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Oct 22, 2017 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

Thank you so much lillyanne for your post. I go to the shelters all the time, but it never occurred to me that I could take them out for walks. What a great idea. You haven’t been too personal at all. I don’t know how to message anyone on here – where would I find out? The SPCA has low cost services and specials on dogs. They offered me one for $15. The thing is, I can’t pay all of my bills each month, so I don’t know how I will be able to take care of a dog. I think much of my depression stems from my financial situation – never expected to wind up like this. Thank you for your encouragement.

Oct 22, 2017 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

Hi, Jim. Hope you’re feeling better today. I’d done what you suggested, looking up the doctor – unfortunately, after my visit. Not impressive. I left my comments for the very reason you suggested. I see him again tomorrow, possibly for the last time depending on how things go. My depression seems to be getting worse daily, despite being on antidepressants. Time for a change I guess. I had an appt. with a good psychologist who helped me before, but she just cancelled, saying she’s too busy. I would think she, of all people, would realize how fragile her patients are.

Oct 19, 2017 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

I love your description of a perfect world. Were that it was. Especially immediate access to appropriate care. Sounds like I’m not the only one who has such a hard time with doctors and insurance! All of the providers who were able to help me have retired. Finding new ones, who I like and am comfortable with, has proved to be just about impossible. The new primary physician had me in tears during our first visit. No smiles, inaccurate information, etc.

I’m sorry – went off on a tangent. What I wanted to address was hope and a reason to keep going. Hope just seems to glimmer from self-talk, prayer, and learning as much as I can. It comes and goes, tho. I have depression, I think everyone with chronic pain does. Between the pain and inability to be productive, it’s hard to maintain happiness. I think the answer is people. I try to stay in touch with old friends, make new ones, even though not often in person. Even this website helps. People are a reason to keep going, as are pets. I lost my Toby dog at 16 last Christmas and miss him terribly. He cheered me up and I would like to adopt another but can no longer afford it. Medicare has just kicked in and reduced my SS. I am grateful for what I have, but circumstances beyond my control, including my health, have altered my finances drastically.

So, more tangents, I’m sorry. I hope you have more responses from others cheerier than I. I try to avoid negativity (negative people, the news), help people when I can, read a lot, try to get out in nature. Thank all of you who remain hopeful and carry on.

Oct 19, 2017 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

Parus, I feel so badly for you and wish I could help in some way, other than sending prayer and healing and loving “vibes.” Just being in such pain can cause high BP. I hope the side effects of the new med are minimal. I’ve been fighting my doctors about the same thing – tried taking the BP med, but it made me lightheaded and dizzy so I stopped. I will try another that a friend takes which doesn’t have the side effects. I don’t understand why the doctors can’t find something to lessen your pain. No one should have to live with that. Do you see a pain management doctor? Mine has helped my pain, although I can no longer do any of the things I used to. Being unproductive is depressing, but I try to remember all of the things I was able to do until 8 years ago. I hope you stop feeling like a burden to society, and useless. I’m sure you have accomplished a lot in your life. This is just a period in your life. I wish I could find the words. You are talented and your artwork is beautiful. My pain doctor has prescribed the dreaded opiods, but I know when I take one, the pain will lessen. I take them as prescribed, no more. I hope you see a pain doctor as well since it sounds as though you need relief from your pain. I don’t know your situation, but hope that you feel better mentally and physically soon. Sending you hope “vibes” as well. Hugs.

Oct 14, 2017 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

Thank you, Gail. A good thing to bring up with my doctor when I see him in a couple of weeks.

Oct 12, 2017 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

I went through a series of epidural shots and facet injections many years ago for my cervical spine and nerve compression. Fortunately, I was insured. I continued to receive the shots despite receiving no benefit or relief since the doctor insisted that it would take a while for the injections to work. The last facet shot was extremely painful, more so than the other shots, and left me with a pain in my neck which has never gone away. I decided that, for me, the shots were not beneficial, just costly and time-consuming. After running into other patients who went through the same thing, it seemed as though only the doctor’s bank account was benefitting from this treatment.

Oct 12, 2017 · Being Old With Chronic Pain plus Loneliness in Chronic Pain

Well, floating along in the same boat has become easier recently what with almost constant rain, storms and hurricanes. : ) I liked your post about being in the same boat. I also like Ghost Horse – it must be gratifying to be able to water paint and enjoy enough talent to produce beautiful paintings. How long have you been painting? I used to sing and play guitar, even professionally into my 30s. It was fun. I also remember playing at home for hours, losing myself in the music. At some point, the songs seemed to be sadder and playing became more difficult. Wish I had the enthusiasm to pick it back up — after so many years, I’m rusty of course, and even I am amazed to find I’ve turned into … well, I’ll leave it at that. LOL

I hope the cold weather holds off long enough for you to enjoy the company of your flowers for quite a bit longer and avoid the worsening pain of the cold. My body no longer handles the cold very well – it’s startling how much difference it makes. It’s good to see you on here again.

Sep 9, 2017 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

I know what you mean about not taking as much pleasure in hobbies, and I think it’s great you’re still pursuing them. I begin therapy again in a month and I’m hoping that will help me to do the same. My depression and anxiety seem to keep me from doing much at all (plus physical ailments, and lack of money after being forced to retire). I will keep your message in mind and try and push myself to do more. Thank you for an encouraging post.
Alice