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my chronic pain is often a downer. I do take meds for it but often am late with them and then the pain is awful. is life worth living is the trap i get into..i am a very senior person.
Yes life is worth living
I have a similar situation and I guess I’d have to say that there is a time when life isn’t always worth tolerating the intolerable. All of the well meaning therapy and encouragement is just talk.
Hi, @kalo37, and welcome to Connect, @primghar. I can imagine that experiencing chronic pain is a downer and can sometimes make you wonder if life is worth tolerating the intolerable.
I'd like to introduce you to @jimhd @artscaping @rwinney @zorrospouse @tigreyes2004 @mlross4508, who may have some input on the pain you're enduring and how it's making you feel.
kalo37 – will you share more about the pain you are experiencing? primghar, are you experiencing what you'd call intolerable pain currently?
@kalo37 Yes, life is worth living. We have some moments when it may seem like it doesn't, though, don't we? Have you thought about setting a timer to help remind you that you need to take a medication? My husband does that for his medication times, otherwise he may not remember. Can you give that a try?
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I will hang in there, as they say. Pain severe in my knee and often in my shoulder. I am a pro active person so always seeking relief in some way from any disadvantages. lots of rest.
I have the same problem. I have the chronic pain in my feet & legs. I am on Cymbalta . They first started me out on 30 mg & I took it for 4 weeks & no improvement so they put me on 60mg & I have been on it for a week & still no improvement . I am home most of the time because of the pain. I understand what your going through. I guess we have to try different medications to see what works. I bought cream for the legs & that don't help either. I am also a Senior & am dealing with chronic pelvic adhesions so my life is pain. Try to stay busy if you can & I soak my feet in hot water & that helps for awhile. I am hoping this medicine will kick in. Has anyone had good results on Cymbalta? Best of luck to you.
I think once you get over 60 the health care delivery system look at you in a different way. I’ve done most of the pain drugs, done a pain clinic had the facet point injections, done the CBT reframe your thinking” routine, had endless rounds of PT and the list goes on. Mayo has great “programs” I’d you can afford them and live around Rochester, but in flyover country you’re pretty much on your own. I’ve pretty much had to go the drugs route, which is apparently taboo as it’s the “opioid crisis”. But as to pain, you do what you can do and assess your options. Despite what some learned Ph.D has to say, it’s your life.
@kalo37 I hear your pain we all have it one way or the other for us seniors I look at pain this way. While we where young and raising out family working we kept busy by being very active. Now we are retired so God has a sense of humor he gave us pain and our problems to keep us company. lol Seriously keep active when I don't feel like exercising I push myself and feel better after I do So don't let pain win. We are pain warriors all of us . Keep trucking
Hey! Thank you for your kind words and understanding….Pain warriors; I like that as I have always been a fighter.
In 36 with this pain it can be discouraging
Good morning @kalo37, @primghar. Good morning @lisalucier. Lisa has tagged me to try my best to be helpful with the challenge of chronic pain that is trying to take over your life and the joy that you have found living it. My first pain of that strength arrived when I was 27. It is now 50 years later and I am at it again.
I must admit I was shocked to be in such pain after a lifetime of orthopedic surgeries to correct the problems. At times it seems like those pain signals have all ganged up on me once again.
And so….two suggestions.
1. Don't fight the pain. That only makes it worse. Instead, announce to yourself and others "My body needs to rest now" and retire to your favorite comfort zone. When you are sitting or lying as comfortable as you can be, welcome the pain and then study, analyze, and learn from it. Stay present and track it. Where does it start…..how long does it last? If it is constant, does it move around?
2. Check your posture….is your body in alignment? Can you draw a string from the tip of your nose to the space between your toes? If you are sitting, do you have proper support for your spine? I had lumbar pillows made just for the support needed to be sitting up straight. It really helps to sit "strong".
Pay attention to your sitting posture or even your lying down positions. Reset your body to a more healthy position. Much of our pain can be attributed to "habit energy" when our bodies slip back into old habits that may not be energizing and comfortable.
These may seem like small things. And yet they are the easiest self-treatments to do. I try to sit very upright using my back muscles. That means no sinking into the chair with your spine cocked to one side or the other. Its amazing how the muscles in our backs become much stronger when they have work to do.
May you be content and at ease today. Chris
@trellg132 You I repeat you are stronger then the pain don't let it win Its mind over matter . You do need to use all the tools everyone suggest to fight this .
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