Intro- My Story

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 11/23/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had lumbar and cervical spine- related pain after several auto crashes over the years, now dealing with peripheral neuropathy and pain in both areas. Using neurontin, 3oo mg 2x/ 400 mg bedtime. Also baclofen 10 mg. as needed, up to twice a day. I avoid opiates and benzodiazepines for symptoms and have used neither since these symptoms worsened summer 2011. Had a cervical injection 9/2011 and my lumbar injection last week- 11/ 2011. . Also have traditional health insurance. One possibly interesting thing is that I'm a retired federal officer who spent 20 yrs. performing drug interdiction missions, so I guess I've seen both sides of the street.
My decision to avoid opiates is based on prior pain flare-ups and using felexeril, vicodin, tramadol, carisoprodol for pain. This was when back I could see a Dr. and get pain meds and do PT like all the other times. This time my facet joints and arthritis made PT, chiropractic, deep massage off limits. One point of pride (fool's luck?) is that "this time" I have not had to , or gone back to bed with pain, or even lay down as with opiates, etc. regimen; I've been functional to a much higher level. I also have not had any depression symptoms "this time" and use no antidepressant meds.
This is not to advocate for my pain regimen; it Works for Me, and I am fortunate to live here.
I am looking into learning yoga/ mindfulness to hopefully deal with some of the pain while remaining as productive as possible, and being as pleasant as possible.
Looking forward to learning how to live with this and not make everyone around me miserable in the process!
PTSD, Peripheral Neuropathy, Lumbar/ Cervical facet joints and disks arthritic and damaged.

Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 11/25/2011 2:25:23 PM (GMT-7)

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 16787
   Posted 11/23/2011 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello DavidO and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. As you can see if you have done much reading here at the forum, all of us here suffer with pain related issues for a variety of reasons. No matter what the reason, pain just stinks. Every person here has a different story to tell as to what has led them on this journey. I am very glad that you found us but sorry that you have to be here.

From the sounds of things with you, you have multiple problems going on and that can really make things difficult getting it all treated and taken care of. At least that has been my situation in the past.

This forum has rules set in place by the owner/administrator and we ask all new members to become familiar with these rules. It just helps keep everyone rowing the boat in the same direction so to speak. One of these rules in place here is your type of pain control is not allowed to be discussed here at the forum. However, I do hope that you will hang out with us as every person that comes here can contribute so much to others in many ways. One of my favorite past times is spending time with my 6 year old grandson. When he & I are together we get on a totally different planet, lol and its one that I love. I pretty much forget the world when I am with him. I always say he is my best medicine.

Things seem to be pretty slow here at the forum this week. It usually is when the holidays are starting up. Others will drift in and out as the day progresses.

Anyway, I popped on here and wanted to tell you welcome aboard. I do hope that you and your family have a wonder turkey day. Take care and keep us posted on how you are coming along.

I have a pain pump implanted and it has given me so much better quality life over oral medication. I do not tolerate medications of any kind well at all and we ran into a brick wall after awhile and there was nothing left to try me on. I went many, many years with pain totally out of control and not much of a life. The pump has given me back quite a bit. I did get some profession help, learning to make peace with yourself and CP are over half the battle. Once a person can get there, life can be so much better-but accepting and making peace does not come fast or easy.
Moderator Chronic Pain Forum

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 1276
   Posted 11/23/2011 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Davido,

Just wanted to say welcome to HW. I hope you'll find support and friendship here.

CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have SCS, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 615
   Posted 11/23/2011 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to healing well so sorry for your reason for being here...Pain sucks I agree, I also agree that is a personal choice as to what a person takes to relieve their pain to survive this awful illness. Chronic Keep in touch even if you just want to vent...I understand.

Take care,

Chronic pain(nerve), Fibro,and mild depression

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 11/24/2011 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   

I am looking into other things- and I need to read the forum rules. Hopefully this will help in living with it all; that is what I need, as in accepting it all and carrying on.

Retired Mom
Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 11/24/2011 5:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Davido,

Welcome to HW. Just an hint on your first can "change" it to comply with the rules by clicking on the tab on the right top of the post. If you hover your mouse over it, the you can see the edit choice.

I'm sure everyone would love to have you here to compliment our you can see, we are very diverse but all meld well together because of chronic pain.

I'm glad you found us and hope you will stick around to get to know the group.
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Pre-glaucomic, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet & much more.....
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 9:59 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,612 posts in 329,243 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161786 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Wildcat44444.
282 Guest(s), 7 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Mind body spirit, clocknut, Fegyduck7, Wildcat44444, island time, sebreg, Alxander