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.

thank you

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Hello, I’m Elaina and I have many autoimmune diseases. I have constant pain and fatigue.

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Hi, my name is Bob 58 yo and I live in Rancho Mirage, CA. I was in a skiing accident 16 years ago and did a lot of damage to my back. Have had 4 surgeries over this time with the last being a spinal fusion from T1 to pelvis. Have been on opiods and gabapentin for 2 years to help manage incredible relentless pain. Had to stop working in March 2014. My mental state is very poor. Very depressed. I keep telling myself that this is not going to kill me. Others are in as much pain but not going to make it. My spouse is awesome and supportive. But I feel hopeless often and a burden. Has anyone else been to this point?

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I am Tasha .I have Ms ,but yes Bob I feel like a burden all the time.

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Hi everybody. I’m Tim and I suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Hoping to reach out for as much advice as possible in pain management issues. Thanks for this forum.

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@robertrm

Hi, my name is Bob 58 yo and I live in Rancho Mirage, CA. I was in a skiing accident 16 years ago and did a lot of damage to my back. Have had 4 surgeries over this time with the last being a spinal fusion from T1 to pelvis. Have been on opiods and gabapentin for 2 years to help manage incredible relentless pain. Had to stop working in March 2014. My mental state is very poor. Very depressed. I keep telling myself that this is not going to kill me. Others are in as much pain but not going to make it. My spouse is awesome and supportive. But I feel hopeless often and a burden. Has anyone else been to this point?

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Hello @robertrm (Bob), and welcome to Connect. We appreciate your sharing a bit about yourself with the Connect community.

I think I have found a few discussions that I think you may be interested in looking at and joining:

– Laminectomy and L4-L5-S1 fusion, http://mayocl.in/2nbCTCC. (not the same fusion, but many members discussion spinal fusion)
– Motor vehicle accident, soft tissue trauma, http://mayocl.in/2lhUx6H. (contains discussion about back injuries due to accident)

I also invite you to read through some of the discussions taking place in the Mental Health group, http://mayocl.in/2cUfR1j. In the Mental Health group, there are a lot of different discussions taking place on various causes of depression. You will meet some very supportive members who help provide encouragement and coping mechanisms for all different types of feelings of depression.

@robertrm, you have come to the right place to Connect with others who know what you are experiencing. I look forward to seeing you meet others on Connect.

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@elainadenea

Hello, I’m Elaina and I have many autoimmune diseases. I have constant pain and fatigue.

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Hello @elainadenea, and welcome to Connect. You mentioned you have many autoimmune disease. Have you checked out the Autoimmune Diseases specific group? You can find it here, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/autoimmune-diseases/.

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My name is Thomas Michael Quirk & I am 81 yr’s old. I have been suffering from OA since my late 30’s. It has been a long battle. I have taken many medications over the years & most I could not tolerate.Mostly GI problems or they did not work. The 1 Pain Management DR. Who helped me left my area & I have yet to find a replacement. I know what chronic pain is. Most of my joints are effected especially my neck. I have to keep going.

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@jimhd

I have trouble with dysphagia, and wonder if there’s a discussion group going where I can learn more than the little the doctor has told me.

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you had posted to me or somone with different web sites one was shift what were the others? I cant find them now and deleted my conversation they were confusing me sorry and thank you

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@robertrm

Hi, my name is Bob 58 yo and I live in Rancho Mirage, CA. I was in a skiing accident 16 years ago and did a lot of damage to my back. Have had 4 surgeries over this time with the last being a spinal fusion from T1 to pelvis. Have been on opiods and gabapentin for 2 years to help manage incredible relentless pain. Had to stop working in March 2014. My mental state is very poor. Very depressed. I keep telling myself that this is not going to kill me. Others are in as much pain but not going to make it. My spouse is awesome and supportive. But I feel hopeless often and a burden. Has anyone else been to this point?

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In answer to your closing question, yes, and I’m not the only one. I’m hoping to start with a new therapist next week, after an 18 month break from therapy.

Chronic pain didn’t become a factor in my depression until a few years ago, when peripheral neuropathy advanced from numbness and pins and needles to burning pain in my feet. I began seeing a therapist 11 years ago, after I started attempting suicide. Depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder all worked together to finding myself in a deep, dark hole.

Depression can be debilitating, as is chronic pain. Have you spoken with your doctor about the depression? The most successful treatment plan for depression is the combination of medication and therapy. I recommend both if you’re not already doing them. They’ve kept me alive for the past 15 years.

Jim

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@robertrm

Hi, my name is Bob 58 yo and I live in Rancho Mirage, CA. I was in a skiing accident 16 years ago and did a lot of damage to my back. Have had 4 surgeries over this time with the last being a spinal fusion from T1 to pelvis. Have been on opiods and gabapentin for 2 years to help manage incredible relentless pain. Had to stop working in March 2014. My mental state is very poor. Very depressed. I keep telling myself that this is not going to kill me. Others are in as much pain but not going to make it. My spouse is awesome and supportive. But I feel hopeless often and a burden. Has anyone else been to this point?

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Thanks, Jim, for taking the time to respond to me. My doctors don’t seem to be as concerned about my mental health as my physical health. Everything with them is what med combo, what other surgery, what, what, what. It makes me crazy. Ill figure it out. Bob

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@robertrm

Hi, my name is Bob 58 yo and I live in Rancho Mirage, CA. I was in a skiing accident 16 years ago and did a lot of damage to my back. Have had 4 surgeries over this time with the last being a spinal fusion from T1 to pelvis. Have been on opiods and gabapentin for 2 years to help manage incredible relentless pain. Had to stop working in March 2014. My mental state is very poor. Very depressed. I keep telling myself that this is not going to kill me. Others are in as much pain but not going to make it. My spouse is awesome and supportive. But I feel hopeless often and a burden. Has anyone else been to this point?

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Thanks Justin. Ill check them out.

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Hi I’m a new member. Don’t know too much about belonging to these groups. All I know it would be nice to finally talk with people with the same health problems and pain as I have. Thank you all

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@garsoon

My name is Thomas Michael Quirk & I am 81 yr’s old. I have been suffering from OA since my late 30’s. It has been a long battle. I have taken many medications over the years & most I could not tolerate.Mostly GI problems or they did not work. The 1 Pain Management DR. Who helped me left my area & I have yet to find a replacement. I know what chronic pain is. Most of my joints are effected especially my neck. I have to keep going.

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Hello Thomas (@garsoon), welcome to Connect. Thank you for introducing yourself to the other members of the Chronic Pain group. Is it fair of me to assume that OA means osteoarthritis? If so, we have many members discussing OA across Connect, including myself. If you are talking about osteoarthritis, I may ask for your help in starting a new discussion in the Bones, Joints & Muscles group centered around OA.

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@janie56

Hi I’m a new member. Don’t know too much about belonging to these groups. All I know it would be nice to finally talk with people with the same health problems and pain as I have. Thank you all

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Hello @janie56, welcome to Connect. I moved your post to the Chronic Pain Welcome discussion so that all of the Chronic Pain members would see your introduction!

You have come to the right place to talk with people who have similar experiences with health and to get support from members who understand what you are going through. If you don’t mind, would you care to share a bit about yourself? If you share what are the causes of your pain, I can help find you other members and discussions to join.

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