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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/10/2011 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I'm new here, I thought I'd introduce myself. If that's not generally something done on this board, please accept my apologies.
I'm a 42 year old male with a back that feel like somebody took a sledgehammer to hit, especially when I get out of bed in the morning. I literally cannot stand up straight for several minutes after getting out of bed. I take ultram/tramadol for it and the medication has worked miracles for me. It doesn't make me feel goofy like vicodin used to and does a great job of alleviating the pain. I hate being this young (relatively speaking) and on a pain med, but it would be even worse to be in near agony all day. Anyway, that's my issue. I'm glad to have found a forum where I can discuss my problem with people who can understand and not think I'm just another junkie trying for a fix.

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 6/10/2011 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum newname. It's good to see that you found us. Our family here is full of the most supportive and loving people than you'll find anywhere else. I'm sorry to hear that you've got the pain in your back. You'll find that alot of the members here have back problems, so there will be alot of sympathy for you. You take care. I hope you're having a low pain night.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 6/10/2011 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Newname!

And welcome to the family~ I'm very glad you have joined us. There's something curative in knowing that others do understand what you are talking about when it comes to chronic pain. Plus their empathy is real. Many of us do have wonderful families who 'understand' and are good to us but it's not the same as talking to someone who lives in your shoes.

It's great that the tramadol works for you. Often people your age and younger aren't afforded the courtesy of pain relief medication because of the fear of addiction. There's some validity to that concern but the facts don't show it to be true. A tiny minority of people who take narcotic pain relievers for chronic pain ever had addiction problems. The other 99+% don't. Yes, anyone who takes these med's will become dependent on them but addiction is rare in those who are truly using the medication properly. I've been on a pain medication regime for many years and no addiction here. I only wish you, I and others here didn't have to resort to it at all.

But I'm still glad to meet you...keep in touch, OK?
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Moderator on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain forums
Daily Donnybrook: Fibromyalgia, Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Ulcerative Colitis, Rare form of Dermatitis, Collapsed Disk, Osteoarthritis (especially in right hand and neck) and a couple of other adjunct agitations.
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 16776
   Posted 6/11/2011 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Newname and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. Like the others have said, we are very glad that you found us but sorry that you have to be here. It really just stinks what CP can do to a person and what it can do to their life. But, I guess its like anything else in this life we have to face, we just take one day at a time.

You have won a pretty big battle by finding a medication regime that gives you relief. That is half of a big battle right there. A lot of people have great difficulty in obtaining relief of any kind of relief for various reasons.

As you can see by coming here you are not alone battling CP. There are a lot of us just like you on this forum. It is amazing how many people are afflicted by CP and it seems like nearly every day a new person comes along that is suffering with it.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and welcome you aboard. Take care and keep us posted on how you are coming along.
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 3557
   Posted 6/11/2011 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there...figured I wouldn't keep posting on the other thread..LOL..and ask here..

A few questions to help us get to know you better too...

What is your diagnosis? Have you been to an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon to have an MRI done? Or tried injections yet?

As you can see on my 'signature' in blue on the bottom...I have cervical issues and previous surgeries...
You and I are the same's no fun dealing with pain at any age

But there are many here with back pain that can help you as well....there are all sorts of chronic pain patients here on the board..

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2011
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 6/11/2011 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lumbar spine arthritis. My doctor says it's not reversible, but can be slowed down and its symptoms alleviated. When I think of how my poor father walks nearly bent in half due to his back pain, it breaks my heart and scares me. Is that my future? He and I have followed pretty much the same path in life. I cannot fathom being in the condition he is.

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 164
   Posted 6/11/2011 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome...I am pretty new here as well. I can tell you I have never been so happy to find such a great place for support.

So atleast your in the right where you need to be! Good luck!
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.
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