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Oct 01, 2015 2:50 PM

Hi, my name is Andrea and I am new here. I just wanted to say hi to everyone. Hi:)
I was involved in a car accident in 2013 and now I am being treated for chronic pain/ depression and anxiety. I have been reading some of your posts and my situation sounds a lot like most of yours it's all so draining. I'm tired and in pain all the time. I can count how many people that believe me and my illness on one hand. How sad is that:(

Oct 01, 2015 7:01 PM

Very sad. I'm sorry you have so few believers. I decided a long time ago I don't care who believes me. If I don't get help from my Dr I will go elsewhere. Luckily he keeps trying different things so I feel like at least he believes me enough to try treat it. Don't give up keep trying other Dr. Maybe check out a pain management clinic. This site is wonderful for all the support and understanding I have needed. Hope we can help you feel not so alone

Oct 01, 2015 7:20 PM

Thanks achy, I appreciate it. Actually I have been to a pain centre. It was a 5 wk program for chronic pain and disability management. It certainly helped!!!!! I recommend it everyone. It was nice to be with people who believed you. My doc is trying everything. Right now I am taking lyrica cymbalta nabilone and oxycodone. Plus I get Botox injections in my neck. I am hoping by joining all of you , I can get a little support:)

Oct 01, 2015 7:23 PM

I've considered a pain mgmt clinic but didn't know exactly what they did. Guess I sort of felt like they were all about pain meds

Oct 01, 2015 7:29 PM

They have a team of specialist to help you with anything and everything. Basically they teach you how to be proactive. And what I found helpful was deep breathing relaxation

Oct 01, 2015 10:02 PM

Aunnie, welcome! I'm sorry to hear of your accident. I know exactly what you're going through. I was in 5 auto accidents within a 7 year period, and only 1 was my fault. Sadly it caused me to have surgery two years later, in 1995. Now the areas above and below are failing and I have issues with my thoracic and lumbosacral areas. I've developed DDD & osteoarthritis throughout my discs and facets. It's very difficult when others close to you don't believe and support you. I've been unable to work since 2010 and it wasn't until last year that my hubby began to understand and advocate to others for me. It happened after I took him to a rheumatologist appt, and he started something about being glad when I could come off atop the meds. The doc whirled around on him and said, "You apparently don't understand your wife's issues, so let me enlighten you of what's to come.". Lol priceless look on his face!

I have many other issues like fibro, but let me share my coping methods for the spine. I have a pain specialist who does epidural injections, Tramadol for severe pain (allergies to most meds), voltaren gel, heat and ice packs, relaxation methods, gentle stretches, and a TENS unit. I try not to sit or stand too long without breaks. And because of fluid retention from venous reflux, I rest with my legs elevated.

I hope you find many other suggestions from others to find ways to cope. Just know we don't judge here because we're all human and we all understand chronic pain. It's better to rant and get rid of the stress than to hold it in. I try to stay positive, the "glass half full" way of thinking, but sometimes I struggle with it too. Everyone here is so supportive. I pray for everyone's needs. But I'm not offended if someone asks me not to. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🌼

Oct 02, 2015 12:44 AM

Hi aunnie and flappys, I'm new here too and bit can I relate! I have similar issues to flappys and deal with my pain in the same ways. The same remedies and trying to stay positive. Glad to "meet" you guys!

Oct 02, 2015 12:44 AM

I meant boy* can I relate!

Oct 02, 2015 2:07 AM

Welcome all. I haven't been on this group very long but I've ranted, gotten advice and most importantly support. Great group of people here

Oct 02, 2015 8:40 AM

Welcome to you too SunnyinSD! That's South Dakota or San Diego? If South Dakota, I'd have to move because of the cold. My sister lives in MN. 🙏🌼

Oct 02, 2015 10:59 AM

Thank-you all for the warm welcome!!! Today I am feeling a little under the weather. The fatigue is really bad.... My pain levels are at a 6 ( that's how I woke this morning ) The weather is very wet, that might have something to do with it lol. You know, I've been meaning to try yoga. Maybe. I'm not one to go out many places by myself...... More so since my chronic illness. But who knows what the future holds. There's always hope!!

Oct 02, 2015 3:27 PM

Great attitude! I woke up in pain too. It takes awhile to feel less pain each morning for me. Take a hot shower, that always helps my muscle pain. Do yoga at home! YouTube has some great videos and you can even look them up by searching "exercises for back pain", etc. and my smart tv lets me send the YouTube videos to it, to watch on a bigger screen. But I'm also known to do some yoga videos from my phone or laptop!

Oct 02, 2015 3:42 PM

Thanks sunny, I will def look into those yoga videos.... It seems that a lot of people find them good for pain

Oct 02, 2015 3:59 PM

You're welcome, I need to follow my own "yoga" advice. Lol! It's been awhile since I've done them too. Right now, I'm actually in physical therapy for my lower back pain and so they actually have me many stretch exercises that are yoga poses also! I need to get back to doing them...daily! I fell out of doing them the last two weeks because I've been sick with the flu. I don't know if I told you but I'm female, just turned 39. I live in southern California. How about you? It's supposed to rain here on Sunday...I wonder if I too will flare up?! My husband deals with osteoarthritis of the knee. So between my spine and his knee, we will be a sight! Especially since we are getting things into a storage unit that day. Thank goodness for friends to help!

Oct 02, 2015 4:16 PM

I am a 40 year old female who lives in Newfoundland. The weather here is wet and damp( gets right inside your bones). I don't have much motivation for doing any outside activities hence the yoga inquiries lol

Oct 02, 2015 4:36 PM

Anne welcome to our chronic pain family. There is a lot of wonderful, compassionate people here. You can rant and rave all you want this is a non judgment zone. We have all been there. There is always someone here if you need to talk to someone,if they don't know someone else may have experienced it or know someone who has.

Oct 02, 2015 4:44 PM

Thank-you weezie

Oct 02, 2015 7:53 PM

Aunnie, I ordered a DVD of chair yoga, for both older and/or physically challenged. I haven't used it yet because I've been traveling back and forth to Mayo too itch. But I hope to use it soon. 🙏🌼

Oct 02, 2015 7:56 PM

Chair yoga.......... Hmmmm that just might work!!!! Thanks flappy:)

Oct 07, 2015 1:02 AM

I would love to get the name of the yoga in a chair DVD. I have been looking for it. I have 2bad knees and fibro. This will help

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