Hi Tiffany This is a great place to come and especially if your alone or and secluded, and need company and or to vent your frustrations, with having chronic pain. Tiffany when your here your not alone! You have many others here that do understand what it is like to live with chronic pain, we will listen and be here for you! I think you will find that we are kind of like family here and we do care about each other!
Tiffany have you had any testing done to find out what is causing your left arm pain? There could be many causes for it, but I would think an MRI of your cervical spine would be a good start, allot of arm pain can be caused by a compressed nerve in the neck. So it definitely should be checked out!
Tiffany I see a spinal pain management doctor for my chronic pain. Seeing him has helped me a great deal, besides prescribing me my pain meds, he also gives me epidural spinal injections, and orders MRI exams, and has referred me to neurologist and neurosurgeons, ( heck he even gave me a referral to a counselor when I was going through my divorce!) I have had two surgeries in my neck since I started seeing him, and am seeing another neurosurgeon right now to see about having more surgery done on my lower back! During all this time I also had went through a divorce after 36 years of marriage, and I then started going to a counselor to help me cope with getting through the divorce and also coping with my pain issues. But to be completely honest , during the last few years, getting my divorce and the major surgeries on my neck, I was introduced to this web site ( Healing Well and the Chronic Pain Forum) and beleive it or not, it is the kind, compassionate, and caring folks right here on the forum, that have actually helped me the most! Being alone with no family close by, these folks here, listened to me and was there for me, during this very difficult time! They are the ones that got me through it all! Allot of people on this forum actually become rather close friends, some even get to meet each other in person! But most of all they all care and listen and can empathize with you! So you asked me how I cope? I hope this has answered that question??? I do like every one else I guess, we all just do the best we can, and with the help and support of each other, we just muddle through it every day!
I do wish you well Tiffany!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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