Lake here again---sorry to bother you some more & PLEASE forgive the typos, etc as those daily dilaudid/Vailum cocktails wreak havoc w/ one's fingers, too!
But here's the detail info on specifically, depression and CP back pain/spine pain, from that article I read: (just found my cc of it)
CP is very common for those w/ back pain b/c:
* The pain makes sleeping difficult, leading to chronic fatigue 7 irratibility during the day
* then, during the day, people w/ back pain have difficulty w/ most movement & often need to move slowly & carefully, thus stay home & spend most of their time away from others. This leads to social isolation and lack of formerly enjoyable social activities.
* Due to the inability to work, there may be $$ problems that then impact the family & cause guilt feelings
* Beyond the physical pain itself, many of the medications cause gastointestinal problems & a general feeling of mental dullness/forgetfulness/brain fog, etc.
* The CP is constantly distracting, leading to concentration problems, memory lapses & reduction in "clear thinking" & reasoning
* Normal "love-life" activities are often the last thing on the person's mind, and if attempted, cause more discomfort & that can lead to a breakdown and more stress in the person's marital relationship
These things then may lead to feelings of despair, hopelessness and other symptoms of major depression.
Your ability to even do the simple household chores, take care of ones children & engage in enjoyable leisure activities w/ spouse/other family members is severely limited and further strains relationships. Add to that a feeling of the CP patient's anger over what can't be controlled or changed, and it is no wonder that we feel an acute sense of loss &gried, which further deepens the problem.
So there you have it...it's NOT in our heads! We CANNOT help it...we must just live w/ it, try to work around it, endure it, adjust for it & carry on..
BTW: the article came from a site called "spine care help" at www.spinecarehelp.com/depression-chronic-back-pain.htm, & there are other helpful things there to read & ponder.
Catch you all later---the previously mentioned medicinal aids have just kicked in & I need to rest...the cats are lurking...waiting for a horizantal surface..ME!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery complications includied sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & DDD @ L4/5.
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery with pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after discectomy @ L4/5. Some improvement in sciatica & leg/nerve pain, but most of the CP continues....