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New here, but not to the pain... frustrated and trying to get back to being Me.

Nov 28, 2016 9:51 AM

Brand new here, but not to the regular and consistent pain for the last 19+ months. A little bit about my pain history. It was discovered that I have two herniated discs in my lumbar region upon a visit to a chiropractor in March of 2015. I continued treatment for about 8 months, until I could no longer afford it as I did not have insurance. My employment went from full time, to voluntary part time, to eventually "let go due to no longer being able to accommodate" in February of this year. Since then I have been trying to get my pain and muscle spasms under control while trying to find a job that can be flexible with my limitations. Currently insured through the state, seeing a Internist and going through all kinds of tests; trying to remain positive in a very long list of frustrations and hopeful for a treatment plan that will get me back to being Me.

Nov 28, 2016 10:22 AM

Am so sorry you are dealing with so much. :( please make yourself at home. We may not all have the same conditions but we all understand pain.

Nov 28, 2016 10:45 AM

I'm sorry your dealing with this...back pain is awful... my insurance has had an MRI auth pending for me for almost 2 months.. Its very frustrating not being able to get the testing and treatments we need...fingers crossed for you for your job search and testing..

Nov 28, 2016 3:44 PM

Ravengrl, you need to concentrate on being the woman you are NOW..🤗.. you can celebrate you're NEW "Normal". You are will find that you will mourn the life you had and were aiming for. You may not get rid of your pain and it may be a permanent part of you. This does NOT in any way, shape or form define who you are. You have to make a definite choice in your own mind to be the best you can be with what you have to work with. We are all on that journey sweet, just some have gone through the "stages" of grief. You'll be alright Sweetie. The family is here for you

Nov 28, 2016 9:50 PM

Hi Ravengrl and welcome to the community.
I'm sorry that you are suffering like this, unfortunately you may find that this is a new you one where you will probably find the pain is permanent, where the pain and limitations is going to be on going.
You will go thro all sorts of emotions starting with frustration and anger then on to grieving the person you were, the person who had no pain and limitations. Don't suppress your emotions you need to go thro them to learn to be the best person you can be, to learn to look for the joys and blessings in each and every day especially in the hard days where things look bleak.
If you don't let yourself go thro this process and suppress your emotions they will manifest in ways that will make things feel harder to cope with, make your pain more difficult to deal with and possibly make the pain worse.

With regards to your muscle spasms and muscle pain have you tried a 20 minute soak in a hot bath with 1 to 2 cups of Epsom bath salts? Or a magnesium spray which is sprayed on to the skin where the painful muscle is then massaged in? Or a magnesium supplement?
Magnesium is meant to help relax the muscles which in turn can help lessen the muscle spasms and muscle pain. Don't get me wrong it's not a cure but may take some of the edge away.
There are many different types of pain relief from medications to alternative therapies that may help you and people can offer you advice on it all but it comes down to trial and error on what will help you as everyone is different, what helps one person may not help another. You can only try to see what will help you.

Here in this community everyone has different conditions but we all suffer from chronic pain and we help each other by offering a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear when you need to rant, celebrate your happy times with you and most importantly (for me anyway!) non judgemental help and advice. I've found people who don't suffer chronic pain offer their advice and views without fully understanding what we're going thro....everyone has a view and think they know what's best for you which in turn can make you feel worse but you need to let a lot of what they say go over your head.

Everyone on this app are in different parts of the world so therefore in different time zones which means that you might not get replies straight away and it may even be a few hours before you get a response.

Sending you {{{BIG GENTLE HEALING LOVING HUGS}}} and you're in my prayers XX

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