pets and chronic pain

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redrose77
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   Posted 1/25/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
We just adopted a cat because I am lonely during the day. Also we have both heard good things about pets and chronic pain. Can anyone verify this? So far my allergies haven't been too bad with her but she stays away from my face which is a good thing. I was looking for a short haired light colored male cat and ended up with a medium haired black female cat. Ironic but she was the only one who responded to me when we went looking. I am really hoping this was the right thing to do, she seems sad since she got here like she is missing her foster home. I adpoted from a rescue program that uses foster homes instead of the shelter. The animals are better cared for and the adoption fee is lower. We have her on a one week trial basis to see if she will fit into our household and so far so good. Anyhow, if anyone out there has experience with what kind of difference a pet makes to chronic pain I would love to hear about it.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 1/25/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
YES YES YES! I got my kitty back in September and he has been a huge improvement for me. I wouldnt say it takes away my pain but he sure helps me get my mind off the constant pain. He makes me laugh a lot, sleeps with me, naps with me, basically keeps me lots of company! And cats are very easy to take care of so it shouldnt take too much out of you! I would deffiantly recommend it from my personal experience!!! Good luck :)

Ginny
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   Posted 1/25/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Redrose,

Oh yes! Animals are very theraputic. It's a fact that petting a cat or dog will lower a person's blood pressure. The sound of a cat purring is very soothing as well.

I've had cats my whole life and will never be without at least one of them! They are such wonderful company. I really hope she fits in well with your home and can stay. She might feel a bit "off" until she gets used to her new routine. Then she'll be just fine!

Good luck!

redrose77
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   Posted 1/28/2010 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks now how do I convince her to stop laying where my head goes on the bed? Or worse next to my husband's feet- my husband who has been known to kick in his sleep. Raven is a sweety and all she does is pur when she is near me but sometimes I want a break. I would love to be able to just cuddle up to my husband in bed right now but she is laying where my head goes and purring and I hate the idea of hurting her feelings. If this were Alexander I would likely have even more trouble with the idea of moving him from our bed and possibly hurting his feelings. Eventually though I will have to do something because I will eventually be tired enough to sleep and I cannot sleep on the loveseat- too short.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence

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