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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/8/2012 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Im Susan   I have been living with Chronic pain for almost 14 years now, Plus add the depression and a list of other illnesses ,I feel really lost and empty. Im just tired of it all. I dont sleep I dont work, I have become a reclose. Is there anyone who can relate?  

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Date Joined Feb 2012
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 2/8/2012 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there, Im Diana.. I have had trigger finger for almost 7 yrs now..Finally getting my surgery in March..

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 2/8/2012 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan
Welcome to the site. Most of, if not all of us know exactly how you feel. I suffer from chronic back pain after having a spinal fusion and suffer a little from anxiety and a little depression. I know how it can really wear you down. I think you'll find this site very helpful and full of supportive people. You can come here and vent your frustrations without having anyone judge you. We 're just people who suffer just like you. So again welcome to the site. I'm sorry your not doing well. Please feel free to post how your doing or any questions you might have. There is also the chat rooms which have a lot of nice people too. I finds it's most used in the evenings. There's a lot of people like me who don't sleep well and it's nice to chat with people who understand how you feel. I wish you all the best Susan and hope to hear more from you.
Chronic Back Pain, Anxiety, A little Depression, Left foot problems...foot growing in length and big toe growing out sideways, Osteoporosis,11 surgeries total..right foot twice, right knee 3 times, right elbow, throat/neck, spinal fusion, left elbow, left knee, currently deciding on whether to have surgery on left foot.
Meds: Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Clonazapam
Birthday July 18th

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   Posted 2/8/2012 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and Welcome to HW.

Like Stingray said, most of us here understand exactly how you feel. You will never meet a more supportive group or a more understanding group. We all have chronic pain of some type and most of us get pretty down about it at times. We miss the "old" days before we were in pain all of the time.

Please stay around and read some of the other threads. We quickly become a family here and you can find a great deal out about others by simply reading the threads.

I hope you will finds some comfort here!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, 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, Vision Issues & much more.....

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   Posted 2/8/2012 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but sorry that you have to be here. Everyone here can relate to what pain is like and how it impacts us in so many ways.

I am sorry that you are so down, yes depression and chronic pain seem to go hand in hand. I do not know if you are on any medication for the depression, if not you may want to discuss this with your dr, many times medication can help. Some of us have sought professional help because it was just too overwhelming to deal with alone. That was the best thing I ever did for myself.

Yes I do miss my other life, who wouldn't. But, I came to terms with it and was able to put a life back together. Its totally different than before in many ways but more important I am not letting chronic pain rule me and take my life away from me anymore. I am 58 years old and feel I have a lot of years left with a lot of different things to do.

Please come here and visit with everyone, you will not be judged and there is always someone around to lend an ear or even a shoulder to lean on.

Anyway, welcome aboard and keep us posted.
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 2/13/2012 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan
Welcome! I`m sorry to hear about your pain. You are in the right place. I have just joined as well and have had so much support. It is nice to come and vent or discuss with others who know what it`s like.
I can relate to what you are saying. I often feel like a recluse, I live alone and because I am in pain I often choose to be alone than see people. I`m also living in a new city so don`t know too many people. At the moment I can still work and I feel like that`s sometimes the only contact I have with people outside of my family. I feel like I might have to give up work at some stage or at least reduce my hours. I did have to for six months and probably should have before then. If you feel lonely come on this site and people will reply to you, they are very friendly and welcoming and already feel like a family to me.
Anyway take care and I hope we get to know you soon. Love Di xxx

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 2/13/2012 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Many of us do go thru what your feeling, chronic pain and depression/anxiety definitely
play a role in our lives, if you've not sought help out yet I urge you to seek out counseling,
especially a chronic pain psychologist...they are out there and it can help, and it is
a very hard battle without help, so please at least look into it....We are like a family here, so welcome....
Many many well wishes to you...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 2/13/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Susan, I am nini53 aka Kathy, you have definetly found the right place.  Its the place no one wants to be but are very glad its here for all of us.
I have been a cp patient for 12+ years, I didnt get out of bed except to go to my doctors once a month for a year and a half.  Finally I realized I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Although sadly I could no longer work outside the home, I knew I had to find different ways to make my quality of life better.  And thats what I did, its a slow process and not everything I tried worked out.  But the ones that did, well they are great.
I have learned to use the computer, my grandchildren make my life a joy every day, just with the things they say and how much they love me and I love them.  I am fortunate to be able to walk with the help of a walker and cane, not both at the same time, but one or the other depending on how I feel.  I read most everything I can get my hands on, my history education is 100% better than it was when I was in school, not to mention what I was taught in school was at best the bare  minimum, and not a true.  I wish I could say the same about math, but I am still struggling with that.  I was unable to help my daughters after they were out of 3rd grade, its the same with my grandchildren, 3rd grade seems to be the cap for me in math.
My point is, there is a world out there, and its made up of many people some much worse off than I am and some much better off than I am, the difference is I have made my mind available and open to all kinds of new and interesting things to do.  I have lived in the Washington D.C. area all my life and this year will be the first year I am going to see the cherry blossum parade, (mostly due to the various foods available all around the festival), but who cares why, I am going.
I hope you will find many other things to do with your life, even though you may not be able to do what you used to do, there is a great big world out there full of interesting things,, people, ect. just waiting for you to find.
Take care,
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 2/14/2012 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan & Diana - and welcome.

I'm Laura - I've had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for nearly 13 years. Now also have a lot of back problems due to osteoporosis, fractures, disc bulges, and a nice collection of other problems besides.

The others have made some excellent points. As Straydog said, chronic pain and depression seem to go hand in hand - and why wouldn't they? Chronic pain is a horrendous thing to live with. It creeps into every aspect of our lives, it interferes with daily living, our relationships. When I first went to my doctor and admitted that I was feeling seriously depressed - he told me that was okay, that it was normal. That with what I was going through, he'd be more worried about what was going through my head if I wasn't depressed. It meant I could get help.

A recluse - I understand that so well. My problems have left me almost totally reliant on a wheelchair - but also mean I can't sit for more than about 10 minutes at a time without a major spike in pain levels. I go out to doctors appointments and that's about it. But that said - I stay in contact with a lot of people by phone, skype and email, never mind forums like this - my laptop is set up so that I can use it while lying in bed if I need to. I do a lot of craft - again set up so that I can work lying down. I function by helping other people best I can, and I keep going because there is no alternative.

Any questions, anything we can do to help, just ask :)

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Full body CRPS with spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bursitis, CTS, osteoporosis, multiple compression fx, disc bulges.

Oxycodone ER/IR, Topamax, Mobic, Somac, Cipramil, Midodrine, Vit D & C, SCS, baclofen/bupivacaine pump

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 2/17/2012 2:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to pop in and say hello and welcome. You have come to the right place for venting, advice, ups and downs. I have been in CP for over 5 years. What is your pain from you didn't really mention it in your post. You don;t have to say but it may help other people be able to relate to you. Anyway welcome and hope you stick with us I have not posted in a long time but I know that it;s here if needed. Take care and hope you pain level stay low.....
Current Diagnosis:
Multi Level DDD, Spinal Stenosis, Protuding Disks and herniation's from C-spine to L-Spine, Mild Osteoarthritis of the spine and Fibromyalgia. Anxiety and Depression.


Cymbalta: 60mgs once a day
Tylenol #4: 8 times as day as needed(still in pain but able to function somewhat)
Clonazapam 0.5 mgs as needed.
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