And welcome to the Chronic Pain forum. This is a place where we offer support and our personal experiences for legal treatment of our pain. I do understand what you were asking about
but if that is how you prefer to treat your pain I would suggest a different forum.
If you would like ideas from others here on how we deal with pain then we would be more than glad to help you...in fact I think you'll be surprised how many people will welcome you and take you in. Ya, I know I sound like a mom, but that's what I am anyway...lol ...so if you want some thoughts on how to deal with the pain you live with I do have a few ideas...
I live with all over body pain 24/7. It never goes away! And there are a whole lot of other people here who are in the same situation. Some are older than you...like WAY older...
and some are even younger than you are but we all are on the same playing field when it comes to dealing with miserable pain. So what should you do??? Well, the tough love in me says to look yourself in the mirror, right now!..go ahead, I'll wait for you.
<humming to self>..hmmm, hmmm, dowap-a-do...
So, back already? What did you see? Did you like it? Are you proud of the person you've become? Most of us are but we have to answer that question for ourselves. My guess would be you don't like where you are in you life right now and you want life to be different and definitely better. You can have it if you want it! Ya know that?
I didn't say it would be easy but it will be the best thing you can do for yourself and will make you love that person in the mirror even more.
First, I think you should get another opinion about
your pain. The doctors could very likely be correct, but if it were me I'd sure want to find out if it's not something else. If it is psychosomatic then you are doing the right thing by seeking counseling. Pain can cause horrid depression...why wouldn't it? Ask anyone you know who they'd feel if they had felt this kind of pain. But a second opinion would be a smart thing to do.
I'm not totally familiar with the Canadian health care system but I hear it can be very slow. But IMHO you really do need to see if it's not something physical causing it. Is it still in that same area of the rib cage? Is it stabbing or dull? Are any other areas involved? Have they offered you anything to treat the pain while you are trying to get this figured out? Can you get a referral to a specialist if you haven't already? We would love to help you and we do have a lot of Canadian members who can give you more advice on your system.
hydrozen.. Have you been honest with the doctors about
any recreational self-medication? That's a question you don't have to answer here....but I firmly believe you would be better off letting the doctors prescribe medication for whatever is going on instead of how you're living now. Mixing that with anything else you might take can be dangerous or deadly.
Please keep in touch...and feel free to email me if you want. I really DO care about