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.

@janiss

My name is Janis, I’ve had chronic pain for 20 plus years. My paim stimulater was inplanted 1/17.
It rins the entire length of my spine. It does help dealing with the pain, no it don’t stop the pain it help my brain to deal with it.
I also have rods, played and screwd in my clavicle tje help my pain going down my left arm. Also me lower back as well. With in the last two plus years my paim has increased from my geet to my hands and shoulders. I just keep moving, I know one day I may be in a wheelchair. I’m 57

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If it hasn’t happened yet it doesn’t have to happen. Always see yourself as not needing a wheelchair. Have you tried meditation?

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@johnbishop

Hello @wsh66, Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. I love your outlook and your ability to look on the bright side with a willingness to try alternative therapies to find something that gives you some relief. I have trouble walking very far without pain from my lower back. I have been using a recumbent exercise bike four to five times a week for 30 minutes in the morning to keep up my leg strength but the NuStep Crosstrainer you mention sounds like it would be even better since it also helps with the arms. I think I’m going to have to check out the local gyms to see if one is available. Thanks again for all your suggestions and sharing what treatments you have used.

John

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Isn’t just the best time, when you are working out? I feel so good that I can beat that cross trainer like it owed me money. Best hour of the day!

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@johnbishop

Hello @wsh66, Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. I love your outlook and your ability to look on the bright side with a willingness to try alternative therapies to find something that gives you some relief. I have trouble walking very far without pain from my lower back. I have been using a recumbent exercise bike four to five times a week for 30 minutes in the morning to keep up my leg strength but the NuStep Crosstrainer you mention sounds like it would be even better since it also helps with the arms. I think I’m going to have to check out the local gyms to see if one is available. Thanks again for all your suggestions and sharing what treatments you have used.

John

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@wsh66 you paint a great picture with your words 🙂

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@johnbishop

Hello @wsh66, Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. I love your outlook and your ability to look on the bright side with a willingness to try alternative therapies to find something that gives you some relief. I have trouble walking very far without pain from my lower back. I have been using a recumbent exercise bike four to five times a week for 30 minutes in the morning to keep up my leg strength but the NuStep Crosstrainer you mention sounds like it would be even better since it also helps with the arms. I think I’m going to have to check out the local gyms to see if one is available. Thanks again for all your suggestions and sharing what treatments you have used.

John

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Thank you.

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@johnbishop

Hello @wsh66, Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. I love your outlook and your ability to look on the bright side with a willingness to try alternative therapies to find something that gives you some relief. I have trouble walking very far without pain from my lower back. I have been using a recumbent exercise bike four to five times a week for 30 minutes in the morning to keep up my leg strength but the NuStep Crosstrainer you mention sounds like it would be even better since it also helps with the arms. I think I’m going to have to check out the local gyms to see if one is available. Thanks again for all your suggestions and sharing what treatments you have used.

John

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It’s just part of being terminally hip.

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How about if everyone who reads this fills in the blank. I don’t feel pain when…..?

For me, I don’t feel pain when I’m petting my dogs and they’re showing me affection. Now you try it.

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I don’t feel the pain when…my mind is working overtime doing something fun or interesting.

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@johnbishop

I don’t feel the pain when…my mind is working overtime doing something fun or interesting.

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That works for me too.

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It is definitely helpful to be doing something you enjoy and can still do physically. If you don’t have anything that fits into that space, try something new that is not physical. Anyone started a new activity lately that is undemanding physically?

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@gman007

It is definitely helpful to be doing something you enjoy and can still do physically. If you don’t have anything that fits into that space, try something new that is not physical. Anyone started a new activity lately that is undemanding physically?

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Video games are my mental escape. I try to balance them with physical activity and will never replace being outdoors with video games, but I have found that they are the one true thing that allows my brain to shut off and I can be blissfully unaware of my pain and/or stress for a few short hours.

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When we got past Atari a few decades ago and you had to use several different buttons to be competent, I had to abandon them. I had a golf game when PC’s became pretty typical in most homes that was fairly simple and I could play for hours, but then I lost it and the newer ones are a little more complex than I like. I can do OK with the Wii version, but don’t enjoy playing myself as much as I used to. I imagine the games are also a way to interact with others if you are connected live and that could be good for folks in our community. Thanks, Justin.

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@johnbishop

Hello @wsh66, Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. I love your outlook and your ability to look on the bright side with a willingness to try alternative therapies to find something that gives you some relief. I have trouble walking very far without pain from my lower back. I have been using a recumbent exercise bike four to five times a week for 30 minutes in the morning to keep up my leg strength but the NuStep Crosstrainer you mention sounds like it would be even better since it also helps with the arms. I think I’m going to have to check out the local gyms to see if one is available. Thanks again for all your suggestions and sharing what treatments you have used.

John

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I forgot about the crosstrainer I loved it ,then moved and forgot ,but will restart it Any exercise is good for inflammation

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@johnbishop

I don’t feel the pain when…my mind is working overtime doing something fun or interesting.

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Distraction is the skill that works best for this OGM. I have days I have the attention span of a gnat. Seems all of my issues are chronic. Have grown weary of the “C” word.

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@vdrgwr

I have chronic back pain and sciatica since a car accident in July 2017. I’ve done physical therapy for 4 months had 2 epidural injections and just finished 2 weeks of chiropractic therapy.
Nothing has relieved the pain.
I’m trying to avoid a second surgery.
Any input and help would be greatly appreciated.

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You sound like me same symptoms I went for almost 6months in P.T.before I started to feel better ,water aerobics in a warm water pool helped me also ice @heating pad ,moist one Dr.said to get.Exercises slowly,quite when your body tells you,you can hurt by overdoing.I bought a backbrush that had pad on ,put muscle rub on it for back ,tight muscles aTens unit relaxes them ,some suggestions that helped me

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@vdrgwr

I have chronic back pain and sciatica since a car accident in July 2017. I’ve done physical therapy for 4 months had 2 epidural injections and just finished 2 weeks of chiropractic therapy.
Nothing has relieved the pain.
I’m trying to avoid a second surgery.
Any input and help would be greatly appreciated.

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@vdrgwr

My wife has had two shots in her sciatica nerve, with only a few days of relief. She has an appointment for an EMG, then with the spinal surgeon and depending on what the EMG shows, will have surgery. It can’t be too soon, as far as she’s concerned. She has spinal stenosis in a few places, and the surgery would be to scrape the bone to give the nerve room, and not be squeezed all the time. I hope it will be the answer to her pain.

We have several friends who have had the same surgery and are very happy with the outcome.

Jim

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