I'm sorry that you have to join us because of pain. I know how hard it is to be in pain at such a young age when doctors are much less likely to take you seriously or offer you the treatment you need (I'm just a few years older than you -- graduating college). All I can say is don't give up. It took me years to find the right doctors & I think you'll hear a similar story from many others, regardless of age. I know that it's even harder when the doctors can't pinpoint what the problem is -- I'm in that boat too. I can't tell you how many professional conferences my case has been presented at now & yet no one has any answers for me. But try & stay positive. I know it sounds corny, but it helps.
You're absolutely right that depression and chronic pain go hand in hand. Each makes the other worse. I also suffer from depression related to my chronic pain. I think you'll find that many of us do. One important step in treating your pain is finding a good psychologist that you can talk to. There are even special psychologists out there that specialize in chronic pain. It is important to get your depression under control if you can.
You may also want to think about
keeping a pain journal (you can find a link to a good one in the CP 101 thread). It is a good way to document your pain for both yourself and your physician & may come in handy when you are trying to explain just how much your pain effects your life.
Post Edited (skeye) : 4/22/2010 11:14:04 AM (GMT-6)