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   Posted 1/6/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally had an appt with a Pain Psychologist today and it went well.  Today we just talked and he asked alot of questions about what is going on in my life and why I thought I needed to see him.  We both agreed that my pain, quitting my job, getting denied SSDI, & not being able to get out due to the weather were just more than my poor old mind could handle. 
I'm going to start Mall Walking for exercise since I can't afford to go to a gym and I'm gonna try to start volunteering some every week to get out around people.  There is a place here in town where one of my former clients goes that is for mentally & physically challenged adults.  With my physical limitations I thought maybe I could help them with crafts, play cards or just help out as needed.  I think this would help me get my self esteem back and not feel quite so worthless.
Next week we are going to start working on relaxation techniques to try to alleviate some of my pain.  I'm sure my PM doctor will be happy with this also.  I do tend to be a little high strung anyway so this would probably be a good thing for me.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news. Sounds like a positive experience - which is important. Relaxation techniques and stress management strategies are good for all of us!

BTW a great resource is
Most of the relaxation and guided imagery CD's (or downloads) there are done by a woman named Belleruth Naparstek, LISW. She's a therapist who started years ago with the Cleveland Clinic, and now her material is used across the country. She does have one CD for chronic pain. I use it a lot. (and also BTW, I have no financial connection whatsoever with this site or the materials on it other than I use them and recommend them!).

Glad you're getting out, too, although with this winter I don't want to even stick my head out the door! Today I went grocery shopping and to pick up an Rx, and cleaning off the car (ice had frozen on the windows underneath the snow) and shoveling a path were a real chore. Thankfully, my cousin plowed the heavy stuff at the end of the driveway. We're supposed to get hit again over the weekend. I cringe to think of my next heating bill. Aren't you in Ohio, or is that someone else?

I'll post this before I crash again!



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   Posted 1/6/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag sounds like you did have a good appt. Relaxation techniques, boy could I use a lot of that one. Thats one thing I never learned to do, lol. I get out of the house and go walking around Target and all the little shops in the strip center with it. Or, I will also go walking around Wally World. This gets me out of the house and moving around. Our mall here is huge and the parking stinks so I stay away from it. Good luck.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 1/6/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   

It really sounds like your getting some good sound advice, and going doing the right things! I am happy for you that your appointment went so well!!! Every thing interacts with everything else, and now your treating the whole person and that is GREAT!

PALady our snow is coming tonight and tomorrow! We go under a winter storm warning at 9PM tonight! Suppose to be 5 to 8 inches of light fluffy snow and then strong blowing winds to drift it all! It is coming your way, so be prepared!

White Beard

keep the faith
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   Posted 1/6/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you had such a positive outcome.
I know you said you can't afford a gym but I have a wonderful physical therapist who works with our arthritis group at our medical center here who does not believe in mechanical equipment and a gym (at least for arthritis ) He has a series of exercises we do on our own or with a chair, soup cans and towels. I have belonged to gyms in the past but he has shown us stuff I have never seen before or would never have thought of and our results are amazing.
So don't feel bad that you don't belong because he would say 'Yea' because it gives you more creativity and flexibility this way.
Hope this gives you encouragement.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Glad to hear that your appointment went so well. It makes all the difference in the world if you are comfortable with your therapist. Sounds like you've already got a nice plan set in motion. I really hope he can help you to deal with the stress of living with CP, as well as managing the pain itself!


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   Posted 1/7/2010 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw a pain psychologist for awhile several years ago, not sure it changed much for me, but I like seeing a therapist to release everything inside and have someone hear my "secrets." I'm not big on being positive all the time, I'm big on acknowledging how things really suck for me and just be with that feeling. Don't know if you have a YMCA/YWCA near you, but they have disability rates, all you need is a MD note. Someone also once told me that if a MD certifies that you need to go to the gym for medical reasons, your dues can be tax deductable (never looked into this, but you never know); come to think of it, doesn't every one go to the gym for medical reasons ultimately?

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   Posted 1/7/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   

I used my husbands EAP program from work for the psychologist referral.  The first 5 visits are paid for 100%.  The doc is gonna work with me as far as how we want to get the most out of 5 visits. 

 After what everyone said in my post about my SSDI denial I wanted to get how I have been feeling documented.  I'm not suicidal but I definately have the blues & I wanted it documented how the meds are affecting my memory, train of thought, how I fall asleep if I set down to take a break and how my sleep habits have gone haywire. 

Thanks for all your suggestions regarding the SSDI, I do think this will help some.  Every little bit counts.  Lucy thanks for the Y suggestion.  Right now finances won't allow even discounted rates but if I get the SSDI through I will definately check on it.


DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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