Depression and back pain

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   Posted 3/17/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
cry  Hi everyone, I haven't posted in awhile due to having to work alot and a lot of stress.I've been in mail count for the past 30 days and still in daily back pain. The three epidurals i had done only provided temporary relief.I'm done with that and still in alot of pain in my lower back seems all my drs. are passing the buck so to speak they do what they can weather it helps or not then advise PT. I really don't think pt will help and i'm really in the dumps. I work for the postal service and my route lost 3.8 hrs. What that means is now instead of working 5 days a week and having the weekends to rest up i'll have to start working 6 days a week twice a month. This really has me depressed because i was having a hard enough time holding up to 5 days a week . I just want to scream and find a place to hide and just stay there seems like nothing goes right and now i'll be in more pain due to the increase in my work schedule Sorry for the rant but maybe by talking about this will help some with my depression. I hope all of you are doing well thanks for putting up with me. 

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   Posted 3/17/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi A. Kay thats ok, thats why we are here for you. That is rotten to have to go to 6 days. Like you say, you use those 2 days off just to rest up enough to work the next five. What a life, huh? Don't let your depression get out of hand, depression and chronic pain go hand in hand you know. Besides medication is that about all they want to offer? What about your pain mgt dr, what is his thoughts? Does your meds cover your pain? Sorry so many questions. Popped in the other nite on the CD forum, wow, lost of new faces. By the way do you know how C2 is doing. I did not see any posts from her. Looks like alot of the oldies have left that forum. Take care and keep posting here. Hugs, Susie

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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Awe Kay, sure sorry to hear that you'll have to work on Saturdays now..I know how much you look forward to the
weekends..Any chronic illness and depression go hand and hand, it just harder somedays...Those injections are
usually a temporary fix, the next procedures they try is Radiofrequency Ablation (RF) The go and try to burn the
nerves they think are causing the pain, maybe that procedure would work better for you..Anyways...I hope you
get a low pain day soon...
Lots and lots of soft HUGZ
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   Posted 3/17/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to hear about that extra work. Like working isn't hard enough? I was wondering...would you want to either you FMLA time or maybe consider being considered under some disability and having the post office be required to make reaosnable accomodation for you? Yes, you might lose some of the money, but you might keep your health longer. I know the federal government is a nightmare of layers of paperwork and such, but they have to ultimately comply with laws if you doctors were behind you.

Just some thoughts.

Take care of yourself!


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/17/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh, I so do hear you.

It's like they have you on a hamster wheel. It's brutality. I'm sorry.

Tell your doctors flat out that PT injures you. If you do so, I believe you won't be required to go. I really was injured in PT.
(Several times)

Be very clear to your doctors about the amount of pain you are in. For years, I didn't like the idea of being a whiner
so I didn't relate my true feelings about my pain number. I felt that they'd think I was a hysterical woman, a drug seeker,
or crazy. So what do I do? I'd rest all day long in preparation for my apointment. I dress in my very best. Make up and
nails done to my satisfaction. And ... then I'd go in an definitely undereport my pain.

Even here on this forum, you can hear some voices speak of people who are whiners or that we never have anything cheerful
to say. Burns me up.

This is the place where we can come and tell our truth as it is at a certain time. Maybe the next day it will be better. We
speak in the moment.

And this honesty that we share sure helps me. Now, sweet lady, you go share your pain with your doctor. Tell him like it is.
You gotta be careful because of your job but he's required by law not to tell your secrets ... (self-harm secrets are under
mandate, I believe)

And then, come and share with us. We'll try to help.


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   Posted 3/19/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the advice, Susie the only time i take pain meds is when i come home from work. I can't do my job and take pain meds at the same time so i wake up to pain everyday and struggle thru the day. No darn wonder i feel so depressed. Life for me has become such a dread i dread everyday that i wake. I am applying for some disability insurance i don't have all the details of the policy yet. I was told by a co-worker that this insurance is thru our union and it's open season so they can't ask any medical questions. I sure hope she's right if so maybe i can have surgery and get out of pain. I can't do anything right now that would cause me to be out of work can't afford to.I really do apperciate all the advice from you ladies. I'll be seeing my rheumy the first part of april, i'm going to let him know how much pain i'm in, and discuss my options. So for now i'll just see the chiro and use meds in the evenings and drag thru the days ti'll i can do something else. I hope you all are having a low pain day.
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