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White Beard
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   Posted 5/4/2012 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Tiffany I copied your post that you made in LexiRae's thread and am starting a new thread for you here. I think you will find a much better response and people welcoming you!
 
Hello everyone. My name is Tiffany and I am new here. I am not new to pain, but my depression as got the better of me today and I thought that maybe reaching out to others who understand is a good way to just get my feelings out. Helping others is also a good way to get out of myself, so I hope I can give some sort of support to the best of my ability.

I had an emergency surgery back in 2003 and have not been the same since. I had a great job, living in san Francisco and had just an amazing life. Now I live in a pretty isolated place in Oregon with my mother now for 6 years. My family Nd friends keep me going and if it weren't for them, I would have taken an exit long ago.

I am sure you all have been to endless doctors, tried so many different meds, treatments, spend several thousands of dollars on treatments, etc. just the thought of where I have been boggles my mind. After 8 surgeries! I did try one thing that did work. I have nerve pain in my lower abdomin and now my pain is spreading, but after using the Calmare machine, I felt so much better. I had 10 treatments in CT, which is far from me and now I am trying to get a dr here in southern Oregon to buy one. After your 10 sessions, it is imperative to go back and do booster treatments. Right now traveling is too hard on me and I can't afford to travel, so i am back in terrible pain. If you are interested, please go to the web site to see if there is a machine near you. There is now a billing code for it for insurance purposes, it is FDA approved and the military just bought 6 for our vets.http://www.calmarett.com/

I am not trying to sell you anything, I am just reaching out to those in pain and trying to help whomever I can.

Thank you for having this site. I really feel for everyone in pain. We are a large, but rare group of people.

Sincerely,
Tiffany

White Beard
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   Posted 5/4/2012 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tiffany Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. I think you have came to the right place if your having chronic pain, You mentioned  that you had emergency surgery but you did not mention what it was for, or why your having pain and what is causing it. Did the surgery cause you to have the chronic pain? Were you in an accident or something? It would help us to know a little bit more about your condition and what kind of pain you are having. So we could better relate to you and give you our support! Again I Welcome you to our Chronic Pain Forum, and I do hope you find the people here as caring an compassionate as I have!
 
White Beard
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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!

T-pain
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   Posted 5/4/2012 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear white beard,

Thank you so much for welcoming into your pain forum. To answer your questions; I had an ectopic pregnancy rupture ths had the emergency surgery. Since then, I have had 7 surgeries to try to correct the pain. I have had spinal injections, pt, laser therapy, hypnosis, you name it, I have tried it. Doctors still don't know what is going on. I just found out that I have osteoarthritis so that does not help. Then out of nowhere, a year ago, my left arm started to hurt and is getting worse. So aside from my initial pain, which I think is nerve damage, other things are starting to arise.

I don't know how much longer I can wake up in pain on a daily basis. I am secluded and feel that I am losing my youth to this burden. I started to look for a new therapist today, but I have kind of lost faith in them after seeing so many.

Thank you so much for listening. I don't want to feel like a complainer, so I came here to vent a little bc I know for a fact that people like yourself, will understand.

What do you do to cope; physically and mentally? Sounds like you have so much pain, from what I have read on your post. Any insight would be most appreciated.

Sincerely,
Tiffany

Fusiongirl
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   Posted 5/4/2012 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tiffany
Just wanted to say hi. Pain is so hard to deal with, no wonder you feel depressed. Feel free to vent any time. You are entitled to after all you have been through. To lose the life you had must be so hard. Hang on in there though.
Thinking about you
Jane

T-pain
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   Posted 5/4/2012 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Jane,
Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words.
Best regards, Tiffany

grandmaroses
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Tiffany, I just popped in to say welcome. This site is the place I come when things are fine just so I can give a thoughtful word if possible, I also come to whine and the other members are so kind they comiserate with me.
Take care
Rose



Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol

White Beard
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   Posted 5/5/2012 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
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!
 
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
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!

Post Edited (White Beard) : 5/5/2012 12:37:30 AM (GMT-6)

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