pain and worry

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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 7/11/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in the midst of a big pain flare. My low back is in constant spasm, and I stiffen up after sitting for about 20 minutes. I am schedules for SI joint injections on Thursday, and I am hoping that they will give me some relief.

I have found that when my pain gets bad, I tend to worry much more than usual. Right now I am worried that there is some source of my pain that I am somehow making worse without knowing it. My back has been cracking almost every time I move for the past few days, which doesn't feel "normal" to me. I am also worried because I have used up my physical therapy coverage for low back pain for the year. And finally I'm worried because my pain is now becoming too hard to hide, and I am uncomfortable with people knowing I am in pain.

Any ideas for how I can control the worry? I am seeing a therapist for cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, but it has not helped very much with the worrying.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

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   Posted 7/11/2011 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heather...
I have anxiety issues, too.  I don't worry so much about my health issues... just a zillion other things tongue (I gotta laugh about it or I'd cry! - not trying to make light of anxiety).
I can only tell you how I cope.  First, I *try* to avoid all anti-anxiety meds.  They work and help some people.  I can't take them because they impair my ability to function as a parent (I feel loopy, no memory, etc).  I only take them at my absolute worst - and there have been a few times.  (Side note...I only get "side effects" from there meds... not from narcotics or anything else.  Weird.)
My biggest thing I've learned, though, is I've wasted so much time worrying about things that never come to fruition.  My faith (I'm a Christian) - says we aren't to worry... and that worrying is actually a sin.  (I know - no religious talk here... just a quick comment).  But, as strong as my faith is - how do you turn your mind "off" when you have anxiety?
I use distraction.  I keep busy.  I laugh a lot and try to find humor in how crazy life is.  I've had some BIG life issues that have caused lots of worry.... and, in most cases, the situations turned out FAR better than expected - so, again, I wasted so much time w/ my anxiety issues.....
And, even if the "worst" happens - you deal w/ it, right?  There is really no other choice.  I don't mean that as harsh as it sounds... and it's something I have to tell myself each day. 
Oh, and the reason I don't worry about my health issues - in particular - is I really have learned that I have NO control over my issues.  I can make my doctor appointments; take my meds; do the things within my control.  But I do have several "progressive" components to my health issues - meaning, things ARE most likely going to get worse (I'm 38). 
Now, I have moments of depression - everyone can tell you that here :)  But, not so much "anxiety" and worry if that makes sense.
I'm rambling (as usual).  Point is - I can relate.  Do your best to try to calm your mind and "change" the "tapes" in your head.... and think about other things than what the "worst" possible outcome can be health-wise.  I know it's not easy.  Hang in there.

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   Posted 7/11/2011 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  sorry to hear of your worries.  Have you addressed these worries to your doctor?  Do you see a Pain Management Doctor?  If not I urge to see a pm doctor, they are best prepared to help you with your worries.
Everything else, well I agree with Tina, the meds taken for anxiety can sometimes backfire on you, also they are addictive.   I to have very strange reactions to most anti anxiety meds.
I believe the best way to stop worrying, try to find out what it is that could be wrong, alot of times it might not be as bad as our imagination leads us to believe.
Good luck, take care hope you will feel better soon.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 7/11/2011 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heather I have generalized anxiety disorder, so I know what you're talking about. I don't worry about my health, except for the masses on my left lung. Normally I don't worry about it. I worry about other things that are going on around me, or at times I really don't know why I'm worried.

My advise is to talk to your doctor about it. He can help you with it. You could try and see a counselor or someone to talk to that may ease your mind. Also, you could make an appointment and see what is causing your back to do the cracking. Seeing a pasin management doctor is a good idea too, if you're not already.

I hope this helps. You take care, and I hope you're having a low pain evening.

love and hugs
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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