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Oct 10, 2016 3:44 PM

Hi guys,

I am trying to figure out how others manage mild-moderate pain that might not be bad enough for breakthrough pain meds? Like yesterday, I made a huge boo-boo. I let my IC pain get out of my control and ended up taking a Tramadol. That's something I normally don't do so I'm trying to figure out what others do... Thanks

Oct 10, 2016 3:51 PM

Amanda, after all the time you have a member of this community you know there are several threads of people and how they find distraction. 😊 As you know, what works for some doesn't work at all for others and some stuff works for everyone.🐫 I know that you have an arsenal of distraction techniques like music, singing, working on your family tree, (Break dancing, Hula Hoop, 10k bike races... LOL!!)πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ. The main thing is to never let the pain get ahead of your meds. It can't always be avoided and on bad days, meds do little anyway. πŸ€— You know what to do, I know you do... OR, I could just smack you around for a while if you want!! πŸ˜‚πŸ«πŸ˜œπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ˜

Oct 10, 2016 6:21 PM

Today I think I will just go somewhere and scream until I lose my voice or pass out.

Car shopping - Bah Humbug
Car Shopping with my dad - the Major? Uff Da!!!!!

Oct 10, 2016 9:08 PM

Alwayz, I love you but I'll take a pass on that one dear!!!!πŸ˜›

Oct 11, 2016 12:22 AM

Im having a damn LP today..🐧.with guided imagery no less...🐫 (mainly cos of the masses of fusion 🐧and stenosis they need to plough thru 🐫to get the damn sample.)....lol..πŸ˜‰
...my bare ass ( x ) will be featuring πŸ˜„in a Hampshire Theatre around 9am....🐫just to take my mind off things! Does that count...? πŸ˜‰

Personally... Id rather take a "smack" from Alwayz! πŸ˜™

Oct 11, 2016 1:01 AM

Lulabel, I SO feel for you on that one. And yes, I'd much rather take a smack from Alwayz instead of that already. Gees!!!!!

Oct 11, 2016 9:16 AM

LMAO!!!! I sound like a beast.. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Oct 11, 2016 11:34 AM

...but seriously...🐫.can i please have Alwayz "smack" me rather than an LP πŸ€—

Oct 11, 2016 11:40 AM

Omg Lulabel! You're having an LP? I hope that you are okay hun! Keep us updated

Oct 12, 2016 2:35 AM

Back at home πŸ€— curled up on my bed😊.head fine...🐫but harsh back pain at LP site! πŸ˜™ the doctor was really really good ⚘ although that iv was not for sedation at all! 😷it was for a bag of sodding saline afterwards! πŸ€” but they really came thru for me πŸ€—...im just proud i managed to get thru it...even tho i cried like a girl πŸ˜„πŸ§πŸ˜š

Oct 12, 2016 1:34 PM

Lulabel - I used to work in Pediatric Oncology. One of my jobs was to help hold the kids when they had an LP or Bone Marrow. It always amazed me that the younger kids often refused the numbing meds. The older the child the more help they needed. I had received a new watch when I completed nursing school. It was a musical Micky and Minnie mouse. When you pushed a button it played "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." and the second hand danced back and forth. So for distraction the kids would play the watch. They got to where they new how many times they would have to play it before they were done. Then they got to pick out a toy and if they had to go to the hospital they got a super soaker to sneak attack the nurses over there. Lol.

Oct 12, 2016 9:00 PM

Lula, I also cried like a girl so I do understand. More so with the 1st attempt with 5 attempts to get the bloody spinal needle in, and a brand new radiologist who had no idea what he was doing.

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