New here. Young and living w CP wrecked my life

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am new here and this is my first post, I thought I would say a little about myself.
I am 24 and had a REALLY bad bike accident 13 Months ago and, it has all but destroyed me life!
In the wreck I broke my right foot in 3 places cut my wrist/thumb wife open and fractured my upper spine in 2 Places. Fast forward to now and I have blown 3-4 of my lower discs and 3 of my upper discs have degenerated badly and now are almost half the size they were, I also har very bad sciatica pain in both legs now and one of the old
Fractures still isn't healing correctly and hurts alot. I also have alot of muscle spasms and shooting pains ... I am only 24 and I walk im bound to a walker or cane IF I can even walk and my hubby isn't a big source of support right now I know he doesn't understand it and wants to fix it for me and he's angry alot because I struggle to even crawl out of bed... I feel like a bomb went off in the middle of
My life! I was a very fit and active/attractive young woman an now I've packed on 20 pounds over this on top of everything else! It's really hard to find support especially being so young and going through all this. Thanks for reading and any suggestions to help me would be fantastic! Thanks guys!

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   Posted 1/26/2012 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome KayBug - I'm really sorry to hear you are in this situation. I've been to a pain rehab clinic and what helped me was learning meditation and breathing exercises for relaxation and also, Feldenkrais. I suffer Fibro and chronic pain and find that the more active I am the less pain I'm in (or I can ignore it through doing the activity). I've been doing hydrotherapy for the past 6 mths to help strengthen my body as well. I'm sure the pain I suffer is nothing like yours but I would like to suggest you be careful re taking pain meds. Try more natural methods ie meditation etc. I chucked on heaps of weight when I became inactive however it has come off fairly quickly since I've been more active. The weight is the least of your problems so don't worry about it. In saying this, be careful of what you eat because I put the weight on very quickly and easily through snacking and emotional eating.

I wish you the very best :)
Dx Fibromyalgia, CF, Severe TMJ, Osteopenia of lower spine, arthritis of L hip, bursitis of L shoulder and hip, GERD, Perimenopause and query RA. Deleting Dairy and sugar out of my diet was what set me on the road to recovery.

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   Posted 1/26/2012 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi KayBug,
I am sorry to hear of your pain :(
It is difficult when life just changes like this and you become inactive. And you're still young.
 I sometimes think I have the body of a 60 year old woman, I'm not even thirty just yet.My physical problems are different and didn't go through an accident but I understand the dificulty.
I agree with Mealmaker, I too feel better when I move and exercise. Not moving is my enemy.
I'm sure there is someone proffessional you could turm to to get help with the heaing and pain relief, there are many natural ways of relieving pain (I too prefer the natural ways, not medications) - acupuncture used to help me (I stopped going because I had no money to pay for it at a point, but it did help me with the pains).
I wish for you to get better and all the best.

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   Posted 1/27/2012 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi KayBug~

And Welcome to the CP family! I too am so sorry that you are suffering both physically and emotionally. IMHO, the feeling of being so alone with a problem hurts almost more than the original pain.

One suggestion that might help both areas is seeing a chronic pain psychologist. Yep, there is such a thing. First time I heard of this field it set me back to think a bit but the more I pondered it the more I realized that anyone living with chronic pain sure could use someone/a professional to talk to and give us some help. We have a large number of members who have used a pain psychologist with wonderful results. You would not only have someone to consult about your treatment but also to give suggestions on you helping yourself to reduce the pain AND the emotional side of living with CP. So often family members 'do understand' but don't realize that they have shut us out. Having a professional to talk to can be what someone needs to get their life back. Maybe it would work for you.

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