Coming to terms

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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 1/14/2010 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
G'day everyone.

I'm currently on disability, coming to terms with pain/meds and some mental confusion and fuzziness. I can't do my job in my current state.

I have arthritis which has caused me a great deal of pain radiating from my cervical spine. The first to go were the C5, C6, and C7 combination. i have blown discs and I have boney growths that are interfering with my spinal column and the facet nerves. The spinal column stuff is not bad enough, yet, to warrant surgery. I have, otherwise, found a great group of doctors that are helping me manage the pain and other restrictions.

My GP (general practitioner, family doctor, whatever) is a wonderful woman. She is the cornerstone of the group and works with a pain management doc, a osteo surgeon, a neurologist, and a pain psychologist to keep me from falling off the planet. I am very lucky in that the corp I work for is very generous with health care so I have disability and good health insurance.

The local hospital is wonderful, very well funded and filled with very sweet people.

I'm not sure what else to say as an introduction.

who's also not sure what to put in her sig

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3602
   Posted 1/15/2010 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum! It sounds like you have a really great group of Doctors working with and for you, and now that you have found us here, well hopefully we will be able to complete your pain care needs! I mean we can't fix or cure your pain, but we can lend you our ears and listen to you when you are frustrated and want to vent, we are also a very compassionate and carring group that will support you when you are down, and we are always here for you, so when you are in pain, you can always know that you are not alone with your pain! Oh and also we just don't give sympathy, since we all have chronic pain and many of us have conditions just about like yours, we can empathize with you! Because we know what you are experiencing! I myself just had my second cervical disk fusion this past September 28th I had a C5-6 ACDF Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion done. I had C6-7 done many years ago! So I understand what your pain is like! I am glad you found us, and sorry that you have a reason that you have to come here, nobody wants to see anybody in pain! But I do think we have the best group of people that you would ever want to meet!

So again I Welcome you Wanda and I do hope you will stay around and become a part of our family here!

White Beard

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 1/15/2010 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I also want to add my welcome to the chronic pain forum of HW. It's a wonderful support group.

I'm having computer problems of late, so I can only make a post or two before the site crashes on me, but the title of your post made me come to your thread first tonight. Coming to terms. Indeed. I am also in the process of applying for disability, and hating every minute of it. But I know I need to make peace with all the changes in my life or I'll have only a future filled with bitterness. That I know I don't want.

It's wonderful you've got a great group of doctors, great benefits, etc. supporting you. Many of us struggle with those aspects, so you've got part of the battle one with your medical and financial support systems. As far as having a group of people who understand CP and what it does to your life, well you've found that here!

No need to worry about what to put in a post or your signature. That's very individual (as long as we abide by the forum rules - you may want to read through them). I don't even use a signature. Some do, some don't. I don't think we're supposed to have them too long, though.

Again, welcome! And if you only see me post occasionally it's because of computer issues!


Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5005
   Posted 1/15/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   

    Hello Wanda! That's my mothers name too! Hey! sounds like you have a great group of professionals on your side, and trust me they are hard to come by these days. Im a guessing that most everyone here will agree and fully understands what your saying about dealing with life or the lack of it, while on the meds and your condition. I have said many times...that this CP has destoryed my life as I knew it. My wife and I just had this conversation last night...and as a matter of fact...we have it everyday. I feel like my body is dieing. I think pain,... and it is in every conversation I have all day long. Sound familiar? Your not alone...and have come to the right place to share your experience with us. I'm so glad you joined us here. Please keep us informed...and could you tell us a little more about your self? What meds are you taking and so on? Again!...Welcome to the CP Forum!



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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3193
   Posted 1/15/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Just wanted to take a quick moment to welcome you here to the board. There's lots of good support to be found here.

Sorry, though, that you are dealing w/ many pain issues. The good thing is that it sounds like you have a good doctor... That is so important!

Anyway, I'm not on here as much as I would like due to my health issues and having six children... but I hope you'll stick around and keep posting!

Hope to get to know you better... --Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation

Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 2787
   Posted 1/15/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Wanda,
      Good evening. My name is Dani. It is a pleasure to meet you. I am glad you found Healing Well Community. I have found it to be of great comfort, and I hope you do aswell. Every Thursday night we have "chat night" for the Chronic Pain forum, it would be very cool if you could join us.
       I am sorry you are in so much pain. More so, I am sorry you are having a hard time "comming to terms" with all that has been placed in your path. And goodness, you have alot on your plate! I will never understand why beautiful loving souls have to endure through so much pain. *huggs*
      I want you to know thou, that you are already taking the BEST step you can, in "comming to terms" with disabling chronic illness. That is pain psychology. My pain psychologist and I worked on everything from Cognitive behavioral therapy ~~> to biofeed back and everything inbetween. Its hard, no doubt, getting to the point where you can begin to "re define" yourself. And learn to control your body, your thought process, views... No doubt 4months in, I thought it would never end. But, I am very happy with who I have become.  They help to heal, help to mourn, and help you to "re build". You are already doing the very best you can. It just takes a lot of work and long time to get there.
       I never thought this would happen to me. I was 27, young wife, mother, accountant..... This wasnt supposed to happen to anyone, let alone me. At least thats the way I felt before I began working with pain psychologist. Now, I am 29.. gosh lost so much. Doctors scrambling, nurse had to be relieved because she couldnt stop crying. Just awfull. And still half of what is going on is unanswered. Vision, hearing and tinnitus, bones degenerating, teeth crumbling out... the list would take quite a while to write. Just 2 years ago, all I knew was my lower back "stung". No one was prepared for what would happen to my body in the 2yrs that followed. But, my pain psychologist prepared me for any and everything. No matter the next hurdle, no matter the next stage. She gave me to tools I needed for survival. Add in all the love and support of my "Healing Well Family" and its a recipe for sucess :-)
      And now that this post is horribly long and ive probably driven you crazy with my praise for pain psychologists... Ill end this here. Again, it is a pleasure to know you. I am ever so glad you found Healing Well. I look forward to getting to know you better, as time goes by.
*warm huggs*



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood



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