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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/6/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Friday Koffee Klatch
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
Daily Question:
     Do you have any tips for living with chronic pain? Organize your house? Or ways to make it easier to drive? Perhaps a quick meal for "those days"?
What is your tip for persons living with chronic pain to make their days go smoother?

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And sorry I could not travel both
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   Posted 8/6/2010 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
   Pre-prepare a lot of food that you can just micro wave as you need to , this makes meals a lot simpler to prepare . Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . Awaiting hip replacement surgery .

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   Posted 8/6/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to leave the stuff I use most at approximately waist height so that I don't have to struggle to reach it. If I drop something on the floor, I have a grabber, or, if my daughter is around, she gets to be the grabber ;-)

I keep ten reusable ice packs in the freezer so that when I have a flare up, there's always a few waiting for me. That way I don't need to worry about rushing to put it back into the freezer when I'm done, since there are plenty more ready to go.

I keep cooking as simple as possible, and frankly barely cook these days. Tons of take out and delivery, and cooked meals tend to consist of something like browning some ground beef and then adding a can of baked beans (can you tell I live in Boston? :-P).

I've all but given up on driving. I never liked to drive in the first place, and when I'm in pain I'm distracted by the pain and foggy from the meds, so it's not a very safe situation. My husband does the driving.

Other than these things, I just try to be conscious of my limits and don''t hesitate to ask my husband to do something that I know will cause my pain to increase. I find ways to contribute that aren't as physical, such as handling our finances, folding laundry, and other such things.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods - 1992; herniated disc - 1996; partial removal of rods - 1997; microdiscectomy - 1997; sudden increase in pain - 2008; since 2008 I've tried the following non-pharmaceutical treatments: physical therapy, aquatic therapy, TENS, acupuncture, trigger point injections, selective nerve root blocks; other diagnoses: depression, anxiety, add; current medications: tramadol, lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, welbutrin, ativan, ritalin

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   Posted 8/6/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I completely reorganised my kitchen so I don't have to bend, everything raised to not involve bending, including getting a new fridge with the freezer on the bottom. Its a chest freezer with upper drawers so I can put the ice cream and ice packs still within easy reach.

My OT has told me to change tasks often, so if you get pain washing dishes, go for a walk, or do chores in small increments so you don't over do it. If you're using leg muscles change to arm muscles...

Singing over pain can keep your mind off it sometimes, visualising beautiful scenes can help too.

Writing down lists of what you miss with the old you can help with the emotional impact. Harder to do is the lists of what you like wth the new you, I could go on but hopefully theres some help here, golitho

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   Posted 8/7/2010 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I am going to try a story. When I was the p word free my husband and I had a few roomates. about 15 years ago. One of our friends,we thought, was getting into our bedroom and riffling through our stuff while we were gone. He used to wear gloves wherever he went.He thought they were cool.(old term, I know) So my husband worked for this company that used a glue product. He brought some home and we put it on the toilet seat in our master bedroom(knowing he had been using it). We did our normal routine and one day we came home from the grocery store. We figured we would see something left behind from his gloves...instead we heard yelling coming from our room. My husband rushed in to find our roomate stuck to our toilet seet. I about died laughing when he told us that he wasn't going through our room while we were out. Caught red handed I figured!! Come to find out the glue was 3m industrial glue. Meant to hold everthing in place. It sure did. Hope you all have a great evening. Heather
Big Hugs, Mama6

DX. with Fibromyalgia, Narcolepsy, Poss. RA or Psoratic Arthritis, Herniated disc 3x in last 7 months
Meds: Nuvigl, Cymbalta, Tramadol

Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.

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   Posted 8/8/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh that is so funny. I love it!!

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