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Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 12/28/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Purplereading!

I see that you have responded to a few of our members post. We wanted to Officially welcome you to to Chronic Pain forum! smilewinkgrin

I think you will enjoy this forum, if you are suffering from CP. Can you please share with us a little more about yourself, as we always welcome new members, and would like to get to know you.

One think I would like to suggest is to read the Chronic Pain 101 article, located at the top of the page. It was posted by one of our Moderators, and is full of excellent information regarding CP. It may be wise to read the forum rules as well.

Again!...Welcome to the forum, and please feel free to share your CP experience and or troubles with the membership here.


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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 9249
   Posted 12/29/2010 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome!!

I sort of feel like I'm greeting the summer breeze since we've not met yet but I still want to invite you to join us and share your story. This is a wonderful forum with great members who truly care about each other.

Hope to hear from you soon...
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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 856
   Posted 12/29/2010 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to stop in too to welcome you! This forum has helped me so much, as there are so many people here who understand what it is like to have chronic pain.

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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 108
   Posted 12/31/2010 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Iappreciate all the welcomes, and have been around for awhile off and on. I am an RN who has been on disability due to chronic pain since 2002. Basically, the result of my career, a drunk driver hitting me head on in my lane of traffic after dark with no lights on his vehicle, and mistakes by physcians, and a dose of MRSA. I have found that over the past 8 years, I have been more and more dependent on doing as little as possible, to prevent exacerbations. I already needed a new knee, and a hip, and the other knee was on its way out. I have been on pain management since 1996, due to extreme adhesions, and ostititis pubis. While contemplating a total knee replacement, the accident occured, and I received broken ribs(8) a broken ankle, a fracture in my knee and torn meniscus, etc. The ankle was surgicaly pinned, the ribs healed, and the knee injuries were not recognized by MRI, until I had a scope, and then magically the MRI reports began to read the same as the op report. As a result of the Scope, I had a bleed, and called the ortho who told me to put HEAT on it, I questioned him and he said yes, which of course is the exact opposite of what should be done. By morning , the knee has bled through the bandage all over the bed, and I could not walk. Oh yeah, back track to the wreck 6 months before. The ambulance took me to the ER, and they told me I had a broken ankle, and possible other inuries but to go home and call an ortho on Monday *it was Friday. By sat morn I could not walk, so I went back to the ER, and they admitted as m ankle needed surgery anyway. Anyway, back to the scope, I called the ER to reach the ortho and repeatedly was told he was going out of town to a ball game. Eventually after 8 calls, I went to meet him at ER and he said :OH you dedicided to bleed. Admitted me from Sat to tues, sent me home, and by Thurs, I had green puss running out of the knee scope holes, called his office repeatedly and was told it was not possible, went to ER on Friday and ER doc said YOU are a nurse do you not recognize infection when yousee it.?!!! spent the next week having surgery everyother day then sent home. Told I would have to have months of antibiotics due to the MRSA and the total knee would have to wait a year. EVentually had the knee replaced and he used the wrong knee took too much bone and generally messed it up. Made multiple mistakes over the next year, and I ended up in Kansas City at a knee revision specialitst, who promised to help with the pain "at least" Had a stemmed implant put in that extends 10 inches into my thigh and about 8 into my calf, and nothing had been right since. the leg swells to three times the normal from mid thigh to mid calf, and never never never stops hurting. Fell about two months ago and the other knee is now more painful than the bad. In addition, had ears of DDD, and two torn annulus in lumbar spine, and now feet are often so numb I can fall by just walking. In additon have a huge cervical spur in my neck htat cuases hands to go numb. SO life of chronic pain for me. what I hate most about it is that meds control my life and the physcian is in control of the meds. Live in a rural area with no real pain management. well that is me in a nutshell, hope to get to know you all better. RNin pain

White Beard
Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3702
   Posted 12/31/2010 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I would also like to Wecome you to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. It sure sounds like you have had quite a time of it! I think you will find that there are allot of us in the Nursing Profession here on this forum. Many on disability and long term suffers of chronic pain. You definitely have came to the right place though, as I really don't think you will find a better bunch of people anywhere on the internet, as what we have right here on this Chronic Pain Forum!  They really are the best! 
Again I Welcome YOU  and I do wish YOU well!
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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