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.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Chronic Pain group.

@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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@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_sandiego Well, let's all make a promise to ourselves to do something similar! I bet you have prompted several to try this way of looking at a day.
Ginger

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Family get annoyed with the complaints but we are a different family. We have and understand your same language and speak it. So, I don't even bring it up….Here we can freely talk. Smile.

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@lioness

@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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I started out with the cream and now use the spray. Wally World has the best price. If during the night my right hip starts to hurt I get up spray in on, rub it in good, go potty and my hip is ok the rest of the night.
Sundance

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So Thankful of the support this site gives!
Sundance

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I want to just say thanks to you all. This group really helps when I am having good days and especially bad days. when I have tried to talk to others about my pain they act as if I am getting on their nerves. My husband is great bless his heart he has really been there for me and saved my life more that once. We knew each other 4 days and got married that was 19 years ago. Yes there was drinking involved after the 4 day fling lol, but there is nothing he wouldn't do for me. I know I am truly blessed. It's hard to have a friend or even keep a friend in my experience when you have severe chronic pain. You all are so special and I hope one day we find the answers to beat our pain or at least ease it where it's not hard to enjoy our lives.

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By the way my name is Kathryn and it's been a honor meeting you all

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