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Unexplained Pain Pattern

Oct 16, 2014 10:03 PM

There are days when I feel almost nothing (granted when you love with chronic back pain this is quite relative), and other days when I am pretty much useless or writhing in my seat during class. Sometimes it doesn't even last the whole day. For example, this morning my back and legs were really bad, but by lunch time I was great! My superior (religious) saw me walking so I felt the need to explain later the way I felt at both times. I tried to explain that I think it is definitely nerve related (I have an L5/S1 disc herniation) and sometimes it pushes on the nerve sending pain and other times it doesn't. I do not know what the triggers are, but I was told a little strongly that I need to figure it out. (The only possible correlation is increased levels of stress for some of the major flare ups.) Anyone have any advice on explaining or handling the situation? I am afraid that if I do not get it under control, I will be asked to leave religious formation. I am also a little frustrated since I have been seeking a remedy since February. I realize that this is a much shorter time than other users, but it is still disheartening.

Oct 17, 2014 7:24 AM

The only thing I can think of is continuing to keep working on your pain log. Track anything that you think is noteworthy (e.g. weather, sleep, food, activities, etc.). You may find some triggers you're not currently thinking of. And find out if there are others in your formation with pain. There is strength in numbers!

Oct 17, 2014 10:21 AM

Thank you! I am new to this and didn't think about tracking anything other than pain and stress levels. I will add that to my log.

Oct 18, 2014 11:45 AM

It can be extremely frustrating as well as devastating when the doctors don't know what's wrong or how to fix it. My chronic abdominal pain started out of nowhere in 2006. They still don't know what's causing it. I went through 6 pain doctors until I found one who really helped me. Have you seen either a pain or an orthopedic specialist? Physical and/or occupational therapy is an option as well. They may be able to help you find some modifications that may allow you to stay in school.

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