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   Posted 9/20/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum. I am glad to be a member of this forum I need this forum because this summer, I have not been feeling very well. Getting laid off from my other job was just the beginning.

This disease or whatever is causing my neck and joint pain. The worst part of this is the radial weakness, Dizziness, and the headaches. Yesterday, was the worst, I had another of my four hour migraines or whatever they are called.

How do you manage your pain?

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   Posted 9/21/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
   Hello macrip ! Welcome to the forum , I'm glad you stopped by . Do you know what you have macrip ? If not you should see a doctor and describe to him in detail all the synptoms your having , there very well be an answer to the pain your expierencing .So please go as soon as you can and get checked out , and be sure to come back here and let us know how it went and how your doing . Again you are most welcome !  Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Staples out , saw the surgeon he says I'm healing really well , I go back in 2 months . Until then its physical therapy galore !!

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   Posted 9/21/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello macrip3!

I looked at some of your earlier post, and see that you have DDD. I also see that many of the members had some good suggestions for you as well.

Did you follow up as see if Medicaid was a possibility for you, as Straydog suggested?

Pain relief may come in many forms, such as PT, and or pain meds prescribed by a PCD or a PM. There are many more ways to control your pain as well.

For some, a TEN's unit may even work. While we are not DR's, many Dr's will have a patient do PT first, and then at times follow up with an Epidural, for additional relief.

Good luck to you!



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   Posted 9/21/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told that I do not qualify for Medicaid. I did not do much today as I have not been feeling too good. Had another migraine episode earlier. I have been so dizzy today as well.

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   Posted 9/22/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Macrip3 I live in a large city and we have what is called a "county hospital" that people can go to for care if they have little to no income. You pay for care on a sliding scale based on your income. Some folks are able to get their care for free. Do you by chance have a hospital in your area like this one, if so try to go there for care. Also, I do not know if you have checked CP101 here at the forum, it has a lot of info in it for people with no insurance coverage and how to get medication from different companies anywhere from free to a small fee.

Unless you can come up with some money to get the proper care you really are not going to get a handle on things. Everyone here has pretty much given some tips on what they do for self care but self care does not take the place of actual medical care. Pain does not stop until you can find a way to break the pain cycle. You asked how we manage our pain, well there are lots of ways, medication, some do yoga, others will meditate, the one thing that helps a lot of us is to find something to do to take our mind off of the pain, whether its working a puzzle or listening to some soft music, you just do something other than sit and think about the pain. Life has to go on and it is not always easy.

Take care.

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