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flower123
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I'm new posting here, but I have been reading posts here each day for about five months. I have excruciating chronic pain from a car accident--nerve damage, disc bulges, etc., etc., etc... I've had back issues for several years now. So, I just wanted to say "hi" to everyone. I've read many of your stories and there are many very strong people here.

Regards,

Flower

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3609
   Posted 4/19/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flower123
 
 Welcome to this forum, I am glad you decided to start a thread and introduce yourself, now instead of just reading our post, why don't you consider this an invitation to actively participate with us in the many discussions at this forum. As they say the more the merrier! So tell us as much about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing, what type of pain do you have and how are you being treated? Since you have been reading this forum for quite some time, you should know quite a bit about us, so now let us know a little more about you. I do hope that we will start seeing you regularly post here!
Again Welcome to the Forum!
Good Luck to You!

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
What a nice warm welcome, White Beard. Let me join him Flower, by saying welcome too and I am glad you decided to post. An accident changes your life significantly sometimes and chronic pain can cause depression. I know. I suffer from fibromyalgia and it has gotten so bad over the last eight years. I struggle with it every day.

But, enough about me, I want to learn about you. What is your family situation and your support system like?? It's so important to have a good support system. A lot of us consider this forum to be counted among our most important support systems. Hope you will come to feel that way too.

Keep posting. We want to get to know you!!

God bless

Lindaloo
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
Linda


PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 4/19/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Flower,
I want to add my welcome to White Beard and Lindaloo, and I know others will be along. Since you've been reading for several months, you know how a lot of this works.

I'm also glad you decided to jump in and post. We are strong, I believe, because we are holding eachother's hands in this virtual world. I don't know how I would be surviving without this group. So I'm glad you're going to be part of us more visibly now!

Again, welcome.

PaLady

uniquelyme
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 4/19/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hi Flower and Welcome...We have several new people here today, it must be something in the water?  I hate to hear of anyone being in chronic pain but u came to the right place...  We are here to help..
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
60 mg. MS Contin 2Xdaily/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 1000mg. twice daily (so far)
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


flower123
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 856
   Posted 4/19/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Thank you so much for all of the warm welcomes. I get massage (reallly light) therapy three times a week and I do some light exercises at P.T. I have a pain management doctor and he is a really understanding and sympathetic doctor, but I know that there are some tough ones out there, lol. I have tried acupuncture, steroid injections, aqua therapy, tens unit, ultrasound, etc.

I do have a very wonderful husband and family, but I don't have any children and I don't really know if I'll ever have them. I really want one though and I pray every single day that one day I will be able to be a mother. Right now though, I can't see it. I do often feel guilty because my family helps me so much, but I have come to the point where I accept the help, because when I don't, I pay for it.

I struggle each day with pain in my upper back and neck. When my lower back is bad, the pain shoots down to my feet. My feet burn and get bright red! It's AWFUL and I can't stand it--very frustrating. I was told by an EMG doctor (neurologist?) that I have nerve damage and I will be like this for the rest of my life.

I do also have a number (5, I think) of bulging discs throughout my back and neck. I'm considered young I guess for this pain, but my body feels like it's 150! :) Hmmmm...I am awake at night--every night b/c of the pain, so that's pretty tough.

But, in spite of my book of health problems, I still try to be positive. Being in pain for years has really made me appreciate the little things in life and I am definitely more thankful than I used to be.

That's pretty much it. Sorry if it seemed like I was complaining.

Thanks again,

Flower

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3609
   Posted 4/19/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
flower
Don't ever feel like your complaining to us, you are not! How else can we get to know each other here without tell everyone about us? You have read our post, we don't judge, we listen and we share our views and opinions with each other. What better place to come and talk about your pain and or experiences, or even to vent if you feel the need, than right here with others that know exactly what you are going through?
 
WOW it does sound like you have just about done it all when it comes to controlling your pain! I do think you have hit upon something flower, I think CP does age a person, allot  more than what most of us want to admit! Anyway if you wake up in the night in pain and come to this site you will more than likely find at least a few of us here, at one time or another, and more than likely we are in the same condition. Misery loves company, so when you come here you will not be alone,  at least most of the time anyway!
Good Luck to You

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 4/19/2009 3:42:07 PM (GMT-6)


bluejet2
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 487
   Posted 4/19/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flower:

I just wanted to say a quick hello and welcome as I am having a bad day myself, but I look forward to "talking" to you again real soon.

Lorie

flower123
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 856
   Posted 4/19/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks White Beard. Yes, I do think that pain does age a person--but, I also sometimes think that even though it is so difficult, it makes us more sensitive to how others are feeling (in general) on our lower pain days. Did that make sense?

Bluejet-Thank you too for the welcome. I hope that you have a better day tomorrow.

Thank you all again for such a warm welcome. The people who come her to share and to help really make this place so wonderful. I appreciate you!

Flower

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3609
   Posted 4/19/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
flower what you said makes perfect sense! I think it is easier to be compassionate and sensitive to a persons condition, when you have also experienced the same or similar condition first hand. Because you are not sympathizing with the person but instead you are empathizing with that person and there is a world of difference between the two!  Anyone can show  sympathy to somebody, but not everyone can show empathy! But here, at this forum you get "empathy" and as defined by Taber's cyclopedic Empathy is: "objective awareness of and insight into the feelings, emotions, and behavior of another person and their meaning and significance," Doesn't that pretty well describe most all the folks here? I am glad that you want to join us and become a part of the forum!
 
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


skeye
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 4/19/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flower,

I will keep this brief because I am having a bad night, so this is a lot of effort to post. But I did want to welcome you to the CP board. I'm glad you finally joined in! I too spent a while just reading before I found the strength to post, but I am so glad that I did, the people here, the friends that I have made have been a Godsend! It is unfortunate that we all suffer from pain, but that is what unites us. As Palady said, we are a strong group. Stubborn, perhaps. We don't give up easily. I'm glad that you've joined our ranks! Welcome aboard!

Skeye

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 4/19/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flower, I love your name! Welcome to the club> I'll catch up with you tomorrow, I just wanted to say hello before going to bed. I din't have time to post today! I'll catch up w/ you and introduce myself properly tomorrow!
Good night and welcome to our little family!
Your new friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Thailand and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 4/19/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Flower,
Ever since I saw your name it's been tugging at me that it sounded so familiar, and then I remember - Bambi! Please don't take offense! I loved that movie, alhtough I cried so when the mother died.

Just gave me a smile to think back. For me, it's been a lot of years!

PaLady

Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9622
   Posted 4/19/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to be late, but I wanted to says Hello or Howdy,
but I sure wish it was under better circumstances, those car accidents sure can plain put
sucks.........Never ever had a good car accident...anyway, there are lots of nice people here
so you picked a good place to come...
Lots and lots of soft HUGZ
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Becoming undone
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 927
   Posted 4/20/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Flower: Yes, I too offer a belated welcome. I too am married with no children (for many reasons). Empathy and compassion...the people here have it in spades...

PA lady...have the stuffed animal...got it from Disneyland...love "flower" too...heck I truly believe in flower power...I've got so many of them...

Again, Flower, welcome...
"The earth laughs in flowers"


flower123
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 856
   Posted 4/20/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
:)--flower power:)

Yes, accidents do suck. I've been in a few little ones as well (after the biggie) and even though they're not "major," they still have majorly made me feel awful.

Thanks again!
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