Posted 3/22/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)
I want to welcome you to the CP forum of Healing Well, although we're always sad to meet another person in pain. White Beard asked a lot of questions. I'm not quite sure what you're looking for from us, but certainly feel free to vent.
You may also find some helpful informaiton by reading through othet threads, depending on what you're looking for. Since you've had multiple surgeries, and a car accident, it would seem you would need a good pain management specialist, but I know they aren't always easy to find. Depression, however, usually comes along with chronic pain. Not only because of the many losses we suffer, but because of actual changes in body chemistry from chronic pain that help create depression. Sometimes I think we believe when a doctor suggests we may be depressed that we're being told our pain is all in our head, which is definitely not true. Mind and body are not separate, so an anti-depressant may be helpful as one medication. It certainly doesn't solve all the pain (unless you get really lucky). Many of us are on anti-depressants, myself included, along with other pain medications. But you do need to have a comprehensive assessment for pain, and put together the different treatments, medications, and therapies that can help us to manage pain. In most of our cases, we're not lucky enough to be cured, but we can learn to lower pain levels.
Hope you stay with us. Again, welcome.