Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself

Posted by Kelsey Mohring @kelseydm, Apr 27, 2016

Welcome to the new Chronic Pain group.

I’m Kelsey and I’m the moderator of the group. I look forwarding to welcoming you and introducing you to other members. Feel free to browse the topics or start a new one.

Why not take a minute and introduce yourself.

@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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Here’s a link to the website for Silver Sneakers: https://www.silversneakers.com/. Some of the Medicare plus programs offer their programs as part of the health insurance. Minnesota UCare for Seniors offers the program, more info here:
https://www.uchttps://www.silversneakers.com/are.org/HealthWellness/FitnessPrograms/Pages/SilverSneakers.aspx/
John

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@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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Thank you for posting this.  @marylou8

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@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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The link I posted for UCare of Minnesota for their Silver Sneakers info was wrong. Here is the correct link:
https://www.ucare.org/HealthWellness/FitnessPrograms/Pages/SilverSneakers.aspx
John

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@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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to my knowledge, the silver sneakers program is part of particular health programs that use this program to enlist persons into their health care systems. it is covered over most of the us. at least i know most of what i presented is so. peach

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Please unsubscribe me from these emails. Great idea, but i’m getting inundated by too many emails. Thank you.

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I’ve been having a number of tests done lately for more than one issue. The genetic analysis reported that Huntington’s Disease is very unlikely. I haven’t discussed it with a doctor yet. My anxiety level dropped several notches when I saw the report. I like that most of my test results get posted online, so I can see them much sooner than by the USPS. I don’t know why I was anemic, but the doctor had me start taking iron, and the hemoglobin levels went up to normal. I’m glad for that, but I’d still like to know why it dropped in the first place.

The speech therapist has given me some tongue exercises – I never thought I’d have to exercise my tongue – and I’ll see the ENT doctor for a follow-up to see if they’ve helped. If they don’t, I’ll be changing to soft foods some day, and the next step after that is a feeding tube. I hope that’s many years in the future.

I’ve had buzzing in my head, accompanied by dizziness, for a number of years, lasting for a very short time, and happening totally at random, out of the blue. Last Tuesday, August 15, it started at around 5 pm, and went continuously for a week, then tapered off to only most of the time. I have an appointment with a doctor next week to begin the search for a cause. For the first time, nausea has been part of the mix. Yuck!

Peripheral neuropathy – since the spinal cord stimulator implant, the pain has gone down to a 1 or 2, with spikes every once in awhile up to 6. Overall, it’s made a huge improvement in the pain. I tapered off Cymbalta, which the pain specialist thought might help the pain. I’m not sure that it did anything at all. I’ve also tapered down on MScontin from 30mg twice a day to 15mg twice a day. I think I’ll talk with the pain specialist about that because I feel like I may need just a little more, like 15 and 30. I’ve had the rep from the stimulator company adjust the settings twice, and he’s available to do that anytime I call. My therapist recommended that I not taper any more right now because of the level of my depression. He’s concerned that if the pain returns, it would probably have an effect on the depression, which I don’t need right now. We’ve been working on some tough issues that have affected my life since I was a teenager, and I find that it’s a really long time from one Thursday to the next, when I meet with him.

The ENT doctor recommended that my neurologist get involved in the swallowing issue, and I have an appointment with him next week. It takes me a long time to eat a meal, and sometimes I get tired of eating. At lunch today, I could only eat one of the two small brownies on the plate. I Never turn down dessert, especially if it’s chocolate. I just wanted to be done with eating. I take a small bite of food, chew on it awhile, then prepare to swallow it, and then after the food finally gets into the esophagus, I drink a sip of liquid to help it keep going. After it feels like it’s cleared my esophagus, I take the next bite, and start the process again. The speech therapist is concerned that I won’t eat enough to maintain my weight, which is in the normal range, but close to underweight. It takes me back to my college days, when I tried everything to gain weight. I overcame that problem over the years, and in 2015, I went on a diet, which meant cutting back on desserts and stopping the snacks, and lost 60 lbs in 6 months. That was faster than I had anticipated. Now, I work to stay steady. If I got very sick, and lost much weight, it could become a problem.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to the past few months.

Jim

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@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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I’ve heard of it here in Florida. I haven’t looked into it yet, because I haven’t hit 65 as yet. Coming up in a year!

Hazel (@hazelblumberg)

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I’m Jane, 72 years old; active except when I have these awful pain attacks. Cannot figure out what causes them. So tired of going from one doctor to another, taking tramadol 50 mg. when needed but doesn’t help much. For past 2 weeks have had terrible leg and hip pain on left side and right elbow pain. Had an MRI and spinal surgeon said it showed arthritis and some spinal stenosis and suggested I see an ortho surgeon about hip. I cannot imagine myself giving up and just sitting around all day…hope I can find some answers/support on this blog. Thanks so much.

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@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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My experience with the Silver Sneakers program is that it is just an “extra program” offered along with my UCare Senior medicare supplement healthcare plan. They gave me a card that allows me free membership at a nearby exercise/fitness gym that is a participating member. Other gyms in the area offer you a discount with the card. So for me it’s just an extra that I never use. To be honest, it’s probably better to go to the closest mall and spend a few hours walking if you can do that without stopping along the way for a treat…☺

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I am new to the chronic pain. I began having hip pain two years ago and found out I have scoliosis. After physical therapy I improved for over a year. It did not go away but stretching occasionally helped and I functioned well including playing golf. Now my pain is in my lower back and mostly in my legs and left trochanter. I am currently back in PT and hoping that helps again, but I am not as hopeful this time. I am a nurse and follow several women who have similar problems and they are going through injections and misery. I am hoping I can find some other information not only for myself but for these ladies.

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Hi @bellavista, my friend has been contending with a similar if not the same hip issue for three years. She just had PRT, plasma replacement therapy, and is thrilled with the results. No pain with the procedure and her hip pain has been relieved. Check it out.

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@grahamjane

I’m Jane, 72 years old; active except when I have these awful pain attacks. Cannot figure out what causes them. So tired of going from one doctor to another, taking tramadol 50 mg. when needed but doesn’t help much. For past 2 weeks have had terrible leg and hip pain on left side and right elbow pain. Had an MRI and spinal surgeon said it showed arthritis and some spinal stenosis and suggested I see an ortho surgeon about hip. I cannot imagine myself giving up and just sitting around all day…hope I can find some answers/support on this blog. Thanks so much.

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Hi @grahamjane, please see my note to @bellavista about plasma replacement therapy, It is a process to build up your bodies immune system when faced with autoimmune situations like arthritis in joints.

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@vamain

Please unsubscribe me from these emails. Great idea, but i’m getting inundated by too many emails. Thank you.

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Hello @vamain, I see this is your first post. I am sorry you are getting too many emails from Connect but it’s an easy thing to fix. To turn off email notifications, you can click the unsubscribe at the bottom of the email or you can click your Profile in the upper right corner of the screen and select Account Settings. Then go to the bottom and find Email Notifications. There you can select/disable which notifications you want to have sent to you (or not!).

John

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@oldkarl

Peach, the real downer here is that the closest real hospital with pain management, etc, is almost a hundred miles away. And we have a lot of speeders here, not real tourists, but folks who think they can drive 80 mph along the coast on roads built for 35 mph. Then they pile up on a 15 mph curve, at one of our most beautiful spots, and complain about the bad roads and slow drivers. If they want to drive 80, they should go over to I-5 which runs from Vancouver BC to San Diego.

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I'm not sure if I agree with you, John.  I was in Rehab Meds before I retired, and I'm a firm believer in the value of groups with a common goal.  It's fun to be in with a bunch of people.  I go to the water aerobics class twice a week at the Senior Center.  @marylou8

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@artdcsping, wish I new about plasma replacement therapy some ten years ago as I ended up having hip replacements so now I’m in the spinal stenosis stage where my spine is closing and my legs are giving out from underneath me. I’m only 69 and I have a lot of life left but as the spinal problems increase I’m unable to bend over or even do the minimum in keeping up a house so I’d like to read up about this replacement therapyunless it’s too late for me .plasma therapy wonder if that would work for the degenerated discs in my lower back?

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