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.

@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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My pain is better if I just sit in the recliner or lie down in bed. I find myself spending a lot of time reading Connect posts and responding to many. I spend time every day on Facebook, and I enjoy playing Word Mix and other word games. I try to keep ahead of our magazine subscriptions, read books on subjects that interest me, and theoretically playing the piano, which I love to do, but depression tends to stand between me and practicing. (My BA is in music, focus on piano.)

Jim

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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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Singing.

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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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What does OGM stand for and what isthe C word. I’m out of touch with social media speak but I eager to learn.

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@wsh66

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 pain when I am visiting with my grand kids…….. : )

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Hello having a bad pain day today with my upper back/shoulder area and going up my neck into my head. Nothing seems to be helping today. I am also a bit upset because my pain doctor that I have been going to for the last 4 years has joined another larger medical group and they do not take my insurance. I was laid off last June and have had insurance through the health insurance exchange. Won’t qualify for medi-care for another 3 years!! I have seen my doctor twice since then but had to pay cash and can’t keep doing that. I think it is time for my cervical facet joint injections and definitely time for some trigger point injections as well. Have been trying to find a doctor that will accept my insurance but am not having much success, plus I am a little bit scared since I had a really good pain doctor and now having to start over with a new doctor.

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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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@wsh66 here’s a list of most of them…

The 75 Most Important Social Media Acronyms
https://sproutsocial.com/insights/social-media-acronyms/

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