Well here I am, as promised....ready to"Welcome"
you to this wonderful place we call a "Chronic Pain Forum"
I too suffer from the dreaded FSB (Failed Back Syndrome) ...and my right foot swells up all the time as well. I guess its from nerve damage. Boy howdy do we ever know how you feel!
Are you still working? I do!...and it has me worn out by the time I get home, that I hit the sack as soon as I get home most nights. I find myself cat napping.....and then Im up and down the rest of the night. Every once in a while they let me off for a weekend...and I tend to sleep in almost a whole day...and it sure helps.
I hear you about
complaining to your family and friends, about
you're pain...and it really is normal, especially if you're pain is not being managed well enough, so that you can enjoy some sort of relief.
I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I sure hope you have done you're research on the stimulator's....I think I hear more complaints on it than anything else here, although we do have a few members who praise them. Has you're DR or PM mentioned anything about
the "Pain Pumps"?? If I had my choice, I would consider it over the Stimulator.
I can't help you with what to eat, but Jim had some healthy suggestions for you. And again look up the "Melatonin" to help you with you're sleeping problems.
Our head Moderator "Chutz" posted a nice piece called "Chronic Pain 101"....located at the top of our home page. Please do take a peek at it, as there are some pretty good articles and tool for the members to use. Promise me you will look at it..OK?
There is a pain journal there and and excellent "Pain Scale" for you to use as well. Please do a search on the Stimulator's, by clicking on the search button at the upper righthand corner of the home page. There have been lots of discussions on this, so please do look up the information on it. I really don't want to discourage you on this, but more than anything I want you to have all the information you can get, so that you can make a good positive decision on it.
Well I think I have covered most everything I can think of at this time of the morning. Please do visit us often and stay engaged with the members here. They will support you well here, as we have a great group, with lots of experience.
We also have a chat room that you may be interested in...many of the members meet on a nightly basis, and they will warmly welcome you in.
If you have any questions feel free to ask, and someone will pop in to suggest or guide you in a better direction.
Take care, and again,..Welcome!
Moderator Chronic Pain Forum
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