I finally had an appt with a Pain Psychologist today and it went well. Today we just talked and he asked alot of questions about what is going on in my life and why I thought I needed to see him. We both agreed that my pain, quitting my job, getting denied SSDI, & not being able to get out due to the weather were just more than my poor old mind could handle.
I'm going to start Mall Walking for exercise since I can't afford to go to a gym and I'm gonna try to start volunteering some every week to get out around people. There is a place here in town where one of my former clients goes that is for mentally & physically challenged adults. With my physical limitations I thought maybe I could help them with crafts, play cards or just help out as needed. I think this would help me get my self esteem back and not feel quite so worthless.
Next week we are going to start working on relaxation techniques to try to alleviate some of my pain. I'm sure my PM doctor will be happy with this also. I do tend to be a little high strung anyway so this would probably be a good thing for me.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3