…I have to applaud you for toughing it out, and keeping the med's as a latter resort. You are correct, in that there is a lessor of two evils that only you can decide. For many of us here, pain med's is the lesser problem, as we have gotten to a point that we needed something for quality of life. If it was not for pain med's I surely would not be able to continue my career.
I do believe that a good PM may be able to give you some of your quality of life back, and it does not necessarily mean that you need pain med's. There are many options as far as med's are concerned. No one here wants to be on these med's, and certainly not for a high. There is no such thing for me, and I take 112mg a day of Oxycodone products. It simply relieves the pain to a certain point, and even then, I still,... like many here experience pain, but to a lesser degree.
Keep your options
open, and I would suggest a rheumatologist
as Maggie also suggested. I also believe you are doing a very smart thing, and that is keeping your body active. Our bodies are designed so that we function better if we do this. PT might be a suggestion as well (Physical Therapy)
….they might give you some pointers that you can do right there in your home, and exercise's that would give you the maximum benefit for the problem areas that you have.
We wish you all the best, and we appreciate your communication with us. The more we know about
you and your health problems, the better we may be able to point you in a direction of help.
Again!…enjoy the forum, and visit us often! You may as well make this your support home! Our members are more than willing to do so.
A couple of things that may be of interest to you are the "Forum Rules"
, and a post at the top of the post called "Chronic Pain 101"
….I invite you to read both in your spare time…lots of great information there.
Also we do have a forum for those who suffer from arthritis…and even if you do not suffer from this…there may be some help there for you. To find it, click on the Forums and Chat
button at the top of this page. If you need further assistance, just ask for help, and someone will be here for you. You can also email any of the moderators, and I assure they will answer you back. Those Moderators are myself "Screaming Eagle"…."Straydog"….."White Beard"…."Chutz" and "CRPSpatient"
all of which can be found in the Moderator listings or the members listings. You can also click on the email icon just underneath each moderators name if you see them in any post here on the forum.
…one last thing!
…we also have a FaceBook page that is private just for Chronic Pain members here. If you wish to join it…well then email me or CRPSpatient…and we will get you placed in there. Many of our members here belong to it, and it in no way is a replacement for the forum. Your best source of support and information is right here on the CP forum! Period! The FB page offers a relaxed place where we can have a little fun and keep things off the forum that do not belong on it. We also can share photos of family and daily activities and such.
Moderator Chronic Pain Forum
Weekly Quote! "Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 1/21/2012 2:01:06 PM (GMT-7)