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.

@lioness

@lillee Good morning hope you slept well .Since its been a week now with CBD I'm sleeping now .There are many good alternatives on here for you see what fits you now.I will say about Tramadol here in California I've been able to get a 90 day supply Dr knows I only take 1or 2 but like the rest of the country last time I had a refill I only got 21 it is said we are letting a bunch of idiots in Washington dictate to us who are in pain and not street users .For me. I have a O.D for my Dr and she is fine with what I do herbs vitamins and more magnesium as fibro people need more so I've found what works for me it's all in research is the beginning.

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Thank all you guys it makes my heart feel good that ya are such a caring kind and sweet bunch.

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I hope everyone's weekend is going good. I have been busy. I am looking for a window unit air conditioner for a young family that has a week old baby, and went to my dad 's Work always helps me out.'s to pull weeds and clean his flower bed up.

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@jmjlove

@tazscott….Lived on 2 different farms, 24 years total. Raised goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, cats and dogs. Every single birthing season was sheer delight for me. Every baby born gave me a thrill. Actually, sheep shearing, fence building, the daily egg search, milking, breeding, producing our own foods, buying and selling fine animals, haying season, picking veggies, canning salsa, well…I LOVED all of it!

After a very large cerebellar stroke, and 2 years later a fast growing aneurysm requiring the removal of 2 ribs and one of my neck muscles in a 71/2 hr. surgery at University of Michigan, I am now unable to work on farm, so sold it to son. Broke my heart, but happy son will carry on and keep it in the fam. Turned out perfectly because it was time to move north to care for 88 year old father. Much change, but worth it to make sure father gets the care he needs. The demands on me I volunteered for so not complaining. The shift in focus was very good for me. Now it's not all about me, my farm, my kids, their kids…..now it's all about my poor dad. He has terrible dementia, rheumatoid, but in good health despite his issues. He has taken a few headers over the last few months, so our major concern is his safety. This focus takes me out of my me zone and into providing loving care for the man who raised me. Nothing like being needed to deflect self focus and babying ones self. This has been a gift of sorts and I'm grateful for it. It's funny, but even if you've had issues with a parent…while caring for them, your love grows beyond measure.

Anyway, lots of words to say we all need a focal point in our lives, otherwise our focus is too often solely on how we feel. It's easy to do. Done it myself, but it doesn't take a genious to see that if we set our sights outside of our personal sufferings, we actually, without realizing it, begin to deal with our issues much better. They become secondary in our lives. I've a feeling you too have discovered that. And many others, here, too. JMJ

Oh! Most important to me is cultivating my Faith, hopefully making a more charitable and generous person out of this broke down old warhorse.

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@jmjlove I'm sorry you had to give up so much, but finding a calling like the care of your dad cannot be a higher honor. How often we see the tables turn, from being cared for as a child, to caring for that same parent later. You're very correct that the outer focus moves the inner focus to the side. My sister has commented how my productivity remains pretty high, in spite of multiple health issues [kidney disease stage 3b, fibromyalgia, lupus, MGUS], but I remind her the importance of distraction while monitoring for optimum return on my time. It's important for me to give back, for all I have been given.
Ginger

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Hi; This is Steve from Maricopa AZ. Had retired from Mayo Rochester since Dec. 2014. I play golf in the morning, and walk/bike/weight lifting for an hour and swim a bit in the afternoon. Got arthritis diagnosis and my hip and back are hurting. so far, my pain management is to take Alive or physical therapy. just wonder how others are doping.

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@jmjlove

@tazscott….Lived on 2 different farms, 24 years total. Raised goats, sheep, rabbits, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, cats and dogs. Every single birthing season was sheer delight for me. Every baby born gave me a thrill. Actually, sheep shearing, fence building, the daily egg search, milking, breeding, producing our own foods, buying and selling fine animals, haying season, picking veggies, canning salsa, well…I LOVED all of it!

After a very large cerebellar stroke, and 2 years later a fast growing aneurysm requiring the removal of 2 ribs and one of my neck muscles in a 71/2 hr. surgery at University of Michigan, I am now unable to work on farm, so sold it to son. Broke my heart, but happy son will carry on and keep it in the fam. Turned out perfectly because it was time to move north to care for 88 year old father. Much change, but worth it to make sure father gets the care he needs. The demands on me I volunteered for so not complaining. The shift in focus was very good for me. Now it's not all about me, my farm, my kids, their kids…..now it's all about my poor dad. He has terrible dementia, rheumatoid, but in good health despite his issues. He has taken a few headers over the last few months, so our major concern is his safety. This focus takes me out of my me zone and into providing loving care for the man who raised me. Nothing like being needed to deflect self focus and babying ones self. This has been a gift of sorts and I'm grateful for it. It's funny, but even if you've had issues with a parent…while caring for them, your love grows beyond measure.

Anyway, lots of words to say we all need a focal point in our lives, otherwise our focus is too often solely on how we feel. It's easy to do. Done it myself, but it doesn't take a genious to see that if we set our sights outside of our personal sufferings, we actually, without realizing it, begin to deal with our issues much better. They become secondary in our lives. I've a feeling you too have discovered that. And many others, here, too. JMJ

Oh! Most important to me is cultivating my Faith, hopefully making a more charitable and generous person out of this broke down old warhorse.

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I have said it before, this site and everyone who contributes to it is in many way a LIFE SAVER! It is a place where we can talk out our issues to people who care! My family is the type that they don't talk about illness. When I have had a Bad day health wise I can come on here and walk away and feel better.
It is also a tremendous self booster! When you've had a day when nothing you seem to do is right, IT IS A JOY TO COME ON AND SOMEONE HAS PRESSED TH "LIKE YOUR POST" BUTTON.
Think what a Booster that can be to someone is misserable and lonely! We don't even know the people or person we've given them a little Boost for a while.
AGAIN I THANK ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MAYO CONNECT! YOU BRING JOY TO MANY UNTOLD PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T EVEN REALIZE!
Have an enoyable Sunday.
Thanks,
Sundance – aka.. RB
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@chasteve

Hi; This is Steve from Maricopa AZ. Had retired from Mayo Rochester since Dec. 2014. I play golf in the morning, and walk/bike/weight lifting for an hour and swim a bit in the afternoon. Got arthritis diagnosis and my hip and back are hurting. so far, my pain management is to take Alive or physical therapy. just wonder how others are doping.

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Steve, grew up in the Valley! We use to hunt doves around Maricopa long before any housing was going on, 50 + years ago. Something that I have found to be incredable is Blue Emu! Everyone who I have recomended it to says it really works!
I get the spray on bottle. It's cheapest at Wally World. I have Burcitius in my right hip. Inbetween shots, 90 days, towards the end I use it quite frecuently.
Try it.
Sundance aka RB

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@chasteve Welcome Steve to our caring group we let others know what helps us. Since 05 when I fractured my L2my back has hurt but now it's affecting my nerves in legs I use different things things in my tools box Hot shower, Ice it's anti inflammatory ginger,turmeric tea Tens unit, heating pad,chair exercises ,back brace finger exercises for arthritis. I
Aqua exercise hot tub feels 👍 hope some of this helps others may have other tools in there pain chest.

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Love this thread. Yesterday morning, as I woke with anxiety from work and concern about how long I will be able to work, I was committed to finding a way to relax. I decided to pretend I was retired and had all I needed, and to do what I would do if my time was all my own. With this shift I actually ended up getting a ton of things done (looking to downsize my car, planning healthy meals, cooking a fabulous home cooked meal) and all without feeling stressed out, and didn’t notice the pain nearly as much. I will definitely employ this tactic more often. Research shows the brain reacts the same way to this “pretending” as it does to the real thing, so pretend I will! (At least on the weekends…) Happy Sunday everyone.

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@sundance6

I have said it before, this site and everyone who contributes to it is in many way a LIFE SAVER! It is a place where we can talk out our issues to people who care! My family is the type that they don't talk about illness. When I have had a Bad day health wise I can come on here and walk away and feel better.
It is also a tremendous self booster! When you've had a day when nothing you seem to do is right, IT IS A JOY TO COME ON AND SOMEONE HAS PRESSED TH "LIKE YOUR POST" BUTTON.
Think what a Booster that can be to someone is misserable and lonely! We don't even know the people or person we've given them a little Boost for a while.
AGAIN I THANK ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MAYO CONNECT! YOU BRING JOY TO MANY UNTOLD PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T EVEN REALIZE!
Have an enoyable Sunday.
Thanks,
Sundance – aka.. RB
🙂

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I'm so pleased to know that you have found some encouragement and help here at Connect, @sundance6. We are a caring community and we share our experiences. Each person's contribution helps someone!

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@do_in_sandiego

Love this thread. Yesterday morning, as I woke with anxiety from work and concern about how long I will be able to work, I was committed to finding a way to relax. I decided to pretend I was retired and had all I needed, and to do what I would do if my time was all my own. With this shift I actually ended up getting a ton of things done (looking to downsize my car, planning healthy meals, cooking a fabulous home cooked meal) and all without feeling stressed out, and didn’t notice the pain nearly as much. I will definitely employ this tactic more often. Research shows the brain reacts the same way to this “pretending” as it does to the real thing, so pretend I will! (At least on the weekends…) Happy Sunday everyone.

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@do-in-san Diego

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@do_in_sandiego

Love this thread. Yesterday morning, as I woke with anxiety from work and concern about how long I will be able to work, I was committed to finding a way to relax. I decided to pretend I was retired and had all I needed, and to do what I would do if my time was all my own. With this shift I actually ended up getting a ton of things done (looking to downsize my car, planning healthy meals, cooking a fabulous home cooked meal) and all without feeling stressed out, and didn’t notice the pain nearly as much. I will definitely employ this tactic more often. Research shows the brain reacts the same way to this “pretending” as it does to the real thing, so pretend I will! (At least on the weekends…) Happy Sunday everyone.

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Distracting your brain can be incredible medicine. Your mind can only focus on one thing at a time. I know people believe they can truely multitask. But the brain can only comprehend one task at a time. If you truely do things you enjoy will take your mind off pain. I know many,many will say but I hurt to much to do anything. But what happens when you just sit around. You just concentrate on pain. Stretching a couple times everyday truely helps in the long run especially. A truely incredible pain doctor I had years ago. Told me you need to hurt more now to hurt less in the future. So,so true

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@do_in_sandiego

Love this thread. Yesterday morning, as I woke with anxiety from work and concern about how long I will be able to work, I was committed to finding a way to relax. I decided to pretend I was retired and had all I needed, and to do what I would do if my time was all my own. With this shift I actually ended up getting a ton of things done (looking to downsize my car, planning healthy meals, cooking a fabulous home cooked meal) and all without feeling stressed out, and didn’t notice the pain nearly as much. I will definitely employ this tactic more often. Research shows the brain reacts the same way to this “pretending” as it does to the real thing, so pretend I will! (At least on the weekends…) Happy Sunday everyone.

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Isn't that fantastic… I used to do that a lot when I was off of work and loved it because it gave me a time off from my stress filled days. If your dreading what's coming up in the future (which you don't really know) it takes away from your present day adventures and pleasures. Enjoy the day because you only have today to do it!

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@chasteve

Hi; This is Steve from Maricopa AZ. Had retired from Mayo Rochester since Dec. 2014. I play golf in the morning, and walk/bike/weight lifting for an hour and swim a bit in the afternoon. Got arthritis diagnosis and my hip and back are hurting. so far, my pain management is to take Alive or physical therapy. just wonder how others are doping.

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@chasteve I routinely change up some creams on my right knee, that has bad osteoarthritis. Arnica Gel lotion, or Topricin lotion both for the fibro, but helps relieve discomfort. Also capsaicin based creams [I call them my "old people's cologne" will warm up the area. CBD tincture sublingual once or twice a day. Stretching, walking gently, all help. I have learned the hard way to be gentle on myself.
Ginger

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@gingers Have you tried Emu cream I haven't but some people swear by it .This is 3months now and my sciatica still bothers me ,I don't know if I need to think of surgery ,non-invasive or try cream ,acupuncture or what I'm running out of options

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@sundance6

I have said it before, this site and everyone who contributes to it is in many way a LIFE SAVER! It is a place where we can talk out our issues to people who care! My family is the type that they don't talk about illness. When I have had a Bad day health wise I can come on here and walk away and feel better.
It is also a tremendous self booster! When you've had a day when nothing you seem to do is right, IT IS A JOY TO COME ON AND SOMEONE HAS PRESSED TH "LIKE YOUR POST" BUTTON.
Think what a Booster that can be to someone is misserable and lonely! We don't even know the people or person we've given them a little Boost for a while.
AGAIN I THANK ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MAYO CONNECT! YOU BRING JOY TO MANY UNTOLD PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T EVEN REALIZE!
Have an enoyable Sunday.
Thanks,
Sundance – aka.. RB
🙂

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@sundance6 It's so true, this is a great place. We all want to be here, to speak/understand/vent/support each other. We all know the value of being heard, and the disappointment of not being heard. Family is not typically given a choice, and will often turn away. I know my family does.

Thanks for voicing what so many of us feel, also!
Ginger

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