Hello everyone!!!! How are you all doing? I would love to hear from you all. I am very interested to hear your stories and how you've been coping with your chronic pain.
I thought I'd share a little more about what's been going on with me these past couple of weeks... For starters, I had my nerve block procedure for my pain (they aren't sure what my diagnosis is at this point) a few weeks ago and it seems to be helping me. I haven't been in severe, severe pain since I had the procedure done so that is good news. I'll have to wait and see what happens these next couple of weeks. My follow-up appt with UCSF is next month so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If all goes well, I'll have two more shots pretty soon (I guess they do them in a series of three if they seem to be helping the patient).
On another note, I've been going to my 8 week chronic pain class and it's been amazing. I'm three weeks into it and I cannot tell you what amazing people I have met. They are so kind and caring, it's unbelievable!!! I was not expecting that. They really want to try and support you in any way that they can. We cover many topics in the group (setting small goals, pacing which means to pace yourself throughout the day and not do too much so your pain doesn't get out of control and tips on how to get some restful sleep among many other things). It sure has been very insightful. I've already learned quite a bit. There are so many people in the class that are much worse off then I am and they always ask me how I am doing and how my pain level is right when I walk through the door!!! It is such a wonderful group. I don't know if any of you have attended something like this but I would highly recommend it. Even if the people in the group don't have the same condition that you have, it's comforting to be around people who suffer from chronic pain because they really do understand what you are going through and they can really sympathize with you.
Well, that's all for right now. Please write back and let me know how you are doing. I would love to hear from you.