I too want to welcome you ro Healing Well. One thing about it, you certainly have enough health issues to cause your pain, RA & AS are two big hitters. Wow! So glad you found us, I think you will find eveyone friendly and helpful. We are always willing to pass on any tips that we think may help another person. Its such a mixed bag you never know what we can come up with lol.
You will find with most CP patients depression plays a role, they seem to go hand in hand. They even claim the antidepressants can alleviate some of the pain according to their studies. I for one deal with depression and thank goodness for my medication. There are so many different kinds on the market, its a matter of finding one that works for you. I think alot the old, old types made people feel sedated. I am not interested in that, I have things to do and being zonked out is not one of them, or have a medication that gives me a hangover the next day. I cannot stand feeling that way and will not take any medication that does that to me. I have a 4 yr old grandson and I spend a lot of time with him and I certainly need a clear head when it comes to him lol.
Sleep, jeesh, what is that. I have not slept in my bed in so long, that I think I have truly forgotten what that is. I am up usually till 5:am then a quick cat nap.When I stop long enough during the day I am know to nod off sitting in my chair-thats my sleep habits-so poor, and I wonder why I am tired, right.
I hope you will hang out with us. We really do have a great group of caring people here and we understand each other better than most. Take care & keep us posted.
Moderator Chronic Pain
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.