posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:21 AM
I've dealt with chronic pain since I about 12 years old, I really never knew what "normal" felt like since my first back surgery was when I was
nine months old, had three after, then from the age of 12-22 I had over 40 operations on my foot to re align bones by breaking them and mending them
back together both of those operations lead to massive infections and bone infections causing them to do tons of debridments of bone/muscle/skin to
get rid of the infections.
I tried medications, no good first off all the do is make you NOT care that the pain is there plus the addiction factor and health risks.
Now that I am a substance abuse counselor I feel tons of empathy for those who deal with pain and use pain meds.
Anyway, first off what you need to do is get a chronic pain specialist and not just any one will do get one who is a certified Anesthesiologist as
they can do many more things than your typical pain doc can.
There are many types of non narcotic injections that they can do into the area that is damaged or into the spine to localized nerve cells.
There's also many other things they can do that I am just not aware of.
Keep a pain log, every day write in a journal putting you over all pain at a scale from 0-10 note other factors about the day from weather to how much
walking, activity you've done that day so you can see in a more simple way what triggers your pain and when you feel at your best.
Pamper yourself, pain can cause your entire body to ache even if it's in a localized area you because very tense causing your muscle to ache and be
sore which can cause head aches, neck pain, eye pain, leg pain.
Take hot baths,get a massage,lay down and relax your body do the muscle relaxation technique of laying in a comfortable position, tense and relax
every muscle in your body starting at your toes going up to your face and count to 4 breathing in and 3 breathing out.
One of the main things to remember about chronic pain is that we are never going to feel 100% normal it's a hard one to swallow but once we come to
terms with that it will be much easier to handle BUT remember we as human living things deserve to have every right to find a base line that is
tolerable to us we deserve to find a way to cope and live a satisfying life and not be prisoners to this so never stop asking doctors for new ways to
cope it is their job to help you never allow them to say "just deal" or "mind over matter" that's not practical.
Also, chronic pain can be a lonely lonely place if you find that you chronic pain is having a psychological effect live depression or despair which it
can often lead to you could find a support group for chronic pain in your area where you can talk to people who truly understand and have great
advice, I myself don't go to these groups as I am younger and they tend to look at me like WTF haha, but it may be good for you.
Hopefully one day there will be a "cure" or something that can make us 100% right again but for now we just have to learn to manage it.
I hope some of this was helpful?
And if not I apologize for wasting your time haha.
I'm really sorry for what you are going through and my heart goes out to you and I hope you find something for you that works out.