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Old 08-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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I think this is really hitting home

Ok everyone I think perhaps all of this is starting to sink in, you know that this is my life. I dont feel like myself, you know, postive, hopeful, ready to find something to laugh about me.
I went to evening mass sunday & could barly sit there & then to dinner at my best friends, we have been friends since we were 9/10yrs old, so we are more like sisters, well I had such a flare in pain that I got dry heaves right after dinner, 31/3 hrs after taking my percocet. I was miserable, watching the clock & just so upset. I just started to go out abit more & trying to conquer my fears of being far from home for any length of time. I cant tell you all how this bothered me.
This last set of ESIs kind of dashed my hopes some what, but as strange as this sounds I think I am trying to accept this & I just cant seem to do it.
I am feeling angry, frustrating, scared, tired, well you name it. All that keeps going through my mind is "I just cant believe this is my life", "I cant do this, cant handle this" & so on.
Everything is setting me off, the PM changed my percocet to every 4hrs for now, up to 6 aday, which is 180. Well when my husband picked it up for me & took it out of the bag he said " Wow thats for one month, thats alot", well I kind of lost it. I told him after all he is the one who wanted me to hold off on anything LA, what the heck do you want from me, needless to say I burst into tears, then to boot the bag has a note from the pharmacist "speak to patient High dose" I have had it with everything. Heck I am not taking the allowed amount a day just to be on the safe side, so I was not up to any comments, written or verbal.
I am clueless as to how I am suppose to feel. I am fed up with it all & tired of being strong, acting like everything is peachy. Tired of trying to explain to doctors over & over, tired of pharmacists that look at you like you a drug addict & tired of pain & wondering whats normal & what happening. For some reason I cant get it out of my head that I have got ot get used to this. I know I never will.
My PM has a support group once month maybe I will give it a shot. I know I am feeling abit down, cant take antidepressants & at this time if someone tried to give me another med I would loose it.
I dont know guys, did you all go through this? I feel like I should be used to this by now, but I am not. I want my old life back, as I am sure you all do.

I cant keep up anymore & so tired of being tired, you know. I dont know why all of a sudden I am struggling so much but I am. I just dont know how I will be able to handle this day after day. I know you all know how it is. This pain just never goes away & fear lingers in the back of my mind all the time, you know what if I over do it, what if I cant make it to work, should I attempt to make plans & so on...
I dont know how to adapt or adjust my life to this pain & the meds, which I truely despise. I know I have to but not sure how.
Do you all just get tired? You know just fed up & exhausted with it all?
I need a vacation so bad, as does my husbund but I am to afraid to go any where, look at what happened just going to church & dinner.
How do you all do this? I am venting & honestly had to come on tonight I was feeling so down. Thanks everyone just for letting me vent. Bless you all, Sammy

 
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How do you all do this? I am venting & honestly had to come on tonight I was feeling so down. Thanks everyone just for letting me vent. Bless you all, Sammy
Sammy, I'm so sorry to hear about all of this, but I do understand....More than you can ever know. So much of what you write really hits home. While our pain origin is different, our end result is very much the same.

For what it's worth, I really think you need to look into some type of short term disability. It may or may not lead into LTD. I think I've brought this up before, and I think it's not been received well, so forgive me in advance if I offend you as I don't mean to...I really want to offer my unconditional support. I had many of the same feelings of despair, until I was able to get out from underneath of my job....It as just too much to handle....Everything was crumbling around me.

While the process wasn't easy, and I had some issues to go through in terms of acceptance, it turned out to be an absolute God send. I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel, and how much happier and enjoying life is. Granted, I still have plenty of issues, but since I'm not working, I can plan my life around my pain, instead of planing my pain around my life. We can talk in more detail if and when the opportunity presents itself, but I wanted to throw it out there one more time and see what you thought. I'd also be curious to see what others had to say. I think I remember that Cmpgirl was in a similar situation at one time and things really worked out for her as well.

Take care, and God bless. Please take care of yourself Sammy.

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P.S. I do think that once you go onto some type of LA med, you will begin to feel better. Although you have a good supply of meds each month, I think you're probably experiencing quite a bit of "ups and downs" which ultimately causes other issues. Just my .02 worth.

 
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Sammy, Sammy, Sammy my love,

Of course you are frustrated. Of course you are fed up. Of course you are tired of all of this. Who wouldn't be? Trust me, I think I can speak for almost everyone here, it is not a happy place to be. None of us wants this life. None of us wants to take these meds. We would all love to have our old life back.

If you want my honest opinion, here goes.......... I think you are grossly undermedicated, and you have a husband who has been so unsupportive where the meds are concerned, that he has you hating them and literally undermedicating yourself, because he doesn't have a clue what a "lot" of pain meds are. Whether you realize it or not, he is actually sabotaging your pain management. I'm sorry if that offends, because I don't mean to do that, but you've mentioned in almost every post, that he complains about the meds all the time. He's actually got you convinced.

I really think that until your pain is better controlled (unfortunately that means meds right now) you are going to continue to have a harder time with any kind of acceptance. The longer you go on, not being able to do more physical things, the more upset and angry you will be. There are so many of us here who have come to live a better life (maybe not the best) because we have made up our minds that if it's the meds that help us to be more "normal" then so be it.

My pain is pretty well covered, most of the time (which for me is a 5 on the scale) and I still couldn't work. Here you are, way undermedicated and having dry heaves when you over-do it just a little bit, and you are still trying to work every day. I know you are not in a position right now to stop working, but if you can't afford to quit, then you need to have your pain managed enough to continue to do it.

Sammy honey, you deserve to have some semblence of a normal life. And you are fighting the possibility of having that at every turn. I know there has to be a part of you that understands this, or you wouldn't have blown up at your husband about his comment on how many pills were in the bottle. He is not in your body, feeling this horrid pain every minute of every day.

I'm really sorry if I made you angry. I don't mean to do that, but I hate to see you going through this every day. If you're mad at me, I understand. But please know that I wouldn't say these things if I didn't care. And I really do care. I care a whole lot. Please know that I pray for you every single day. I hope you can find a place where you can start to accept what is happening and I also pray that your husband will come to understand that you need medication to live a more normal happy life. Please take care of yourself. It's been way too long. Many hugs, CMP/MM

 
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Sammy,

Please, please listen to cmpgirl:

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...you are grossly undermedicated, and you have a husband who has been so unsupportive where the meds are concerned, that he has you hating them and literally undermedicating yourself, because he doesn't have a clue what a "lot" of pain meds are. Whether you realize it or not, he is actually sabotaging your pain management. I'm sorry if that offends, because I don't mean to do that, but you've mentioned in almost every post, that he complains about the meds all the time. He's actually got you convinced...

...until your pain is better controlled (unfortunately that means meds right now) you are going to continue to have a harder time with any kind of acceptance. The longer you go on, not being able to do more physical things, the more upset and angry you will be. There are so many of us here who have come to live a better life (maybe not the best) because we have made up our minds that if it's the meds that help us to be more "normal" then so be it...

...Here you are, way undermedicated and having dry heaves when you over-do it just a little bit, and you are still trying to work every day. I know you are not in a position right now to stop working, but if you can't afford to quit, then you need to have your pain managed enough to continue to do it...
You really need to listen to this part the most:

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...you deserve to have some semblence of a normal life...

...you are fighting the possibility of having that at every turn. I know there has to be a part of you that understands this, or you wouldn't have blown up at your husband about his comment on how many pills were in the bottle. He is not in your body, feeling this horrid pain every minute of every day...
cmpgirl has hit the nail on the head here Sammy. And I'm certain you know that. Your body is crying out to be loved and cared for. And that has to start with you. We all love you and would see to it that you got the LA med on board post haste. But we're not there, unfortunately. So you have to muster the strength enough to love yourself. If your husband is afraid of you taking the meds being offered, just ask him how he's gonna handle you as your slide deeper and deeper into pain induced depression and sickness.

Go do this for you, OK sweetie?

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Sweetie, I am sitting here bawling my eyes out. You note rips me apart like you would not believe. You see, I could have written that note myself a few weeks ago. I was undermedicated....duh....I went from 40 to 100 mg. of oxy in the span of three weeks......hmmm doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out it? Three weeks ago my pain was at 9/10's 24/7....now I am seeing 3/4/5's some 8's here and there when I do something dumb.

I don't have to go thru my story, you know it if you have been reading it. The level of pain relief I have seen in one week is remarkable with the long acting.

Read my post on the pain mgmt board oxycontin and percocet ?. That post in itself speaks volumes.

Please know that I am here for you 24/7.

 
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If I had my way I would be starting on a long acting tommorrow. I am ready.
My pain levels are just worse, my ROM in the left side is not there in the mornings & I am loosing control in the evening where that never was to bad in the past. If felt like both arms were going to lock up on me yesturday.
Work up yesturday morning with my left arm froze in postion, it was excrutiating to move. I have a feeling I am going to end up in trouble if I dont so something soon. I will not make bad choices again, meaning I will think of me first. I should have taken this PM up on the changes when offered. I am going into spasm all day & this is to much.
As far as work I have no short term disability so I need to try to work through this. Hopefully in a couple weeks work will not be so hectic. I am clueless as to how I am making it, & that my friends is the honest to god truth. I dont have the physcial labor that I could or would have had with some jobs/clients that I have had & only work a miles from home which is a blessing, but I just want to stay home this past couple weeks. No way can I give up my income at this time.
I have to tell you all I am worried sick. What ever is going on its progressing. I am lucky I can hot wrap & I strap ice on while I am working if not for that I would never be able to make it, I have also cut back on hrs per day. Thats as much as I can do for now. I come straight home every day & lay on ice.

The PM said he would try a LA with something for breakthrough & that is exactly what I am doing my next appointment, the ESIs are Sept,4 & then the follow up is at the end of the month. I will try to bring it up when I go for the ESIs but I am not sure he will make any changes at that time.
I am not doing well with this lately, feeling extremely emotional over it all.
I have the dizziness thing going on & that is just compounding it all. I am not sure if its coming from the cervical or what but its really making everthing harder.

 
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Sammy,

No way to get in an "emergency appointment?"

There must be a way. Call, or have your husband call and say that you are headed to the ER, or you could come in for a quick appt and get the LA with BT started. Which would they like? If they say go to the ER, then go. Do it again tomorrow. The next day. You get the idea. Force this to happen, NOW.

You CAN do it Sammy. You are so much stronger than you know. You are a woman. A strong woman. You have the power.

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My pain levels are just worse, my ROM in the left side is not there in the mornings & I am loosing control in the evening where that never was to bad in the past. If felt like both arms were going to lock up on me yesturday.
Work up yesturday morning with my left arm froze in postion, it was excrutiating to move.

I have to tell you all I am worried sick. What ever is going on its progressing. I am lucky I can hot wrap & I strap ice on while I am working if not for that I would never be able to make it, I have also cut back on hrs per day. Thats as much as I can do for now. I come straight home every day & lay on ice.
I'm so sorry to hear this....Sounds like you're in a lot of pain.


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As far as work I have no short term disability so I need to try to work through this.
This is unfortunate because a little time off from work would be a good test run to see if it aggravates your condition or not. Please try not to over do it Sammy.

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The Pm got me in last week & I made the wrong choice to stay on the perc & up it. Then he took time the following day to go over some mix ups with my last procedure so I some how doubt I will get in. As far as emergency, well the last visit cost me a small fortune & a misdiagnosis, I realize I have the PM now & I came close to wanting to go in to ER just to beg for some relief.

I have learned the hard way to not pass up any changes that may help me. I am going to rest this weekend some & hope it will make a difference. I have ended up with dry heaves twice this week & I am becoming fearful of why this is flaring up so bad in the evenings when most of my pain is in the mornings. I would at least know by evening I could get some relief, at least the meds would help more by that time of the day. I am scared & worried about the future. I am telling the PM just that. I am done holding back. I cant keep going like this. I feel like I want to drop to my knees some days, & trust me that is exactly what what I feel like. I am getting the dizziness & to the point I thought the one day I would faint. I am asking the PM about perhaps doing some blood work.
I told my husbund tonight that I am worried & I cant go on with this pain level & the percocet not lasting even 4hrs. I have added motrin for the past several days but will have to back off it abit soon. I am so angry with myself for making a bad choice when I could have possably had more relief by now.
I just got my percocet filled I am not sure what the chances are he would change anything, but I have thought if it gets worse I may have to give it a try even just calling his office & asking. Since I am still a new patient I dont want to have to do that.
If I did not have you all for support I would loose it. I am not doing well with holding it together as it is. As soon as possable I will look into taking some time off work. I need to do that, just to relax. It has been awhile since I have felt this down & it is so unlike me not to bounce back. I just am exhausted & it the pain & worry that is doing it. I have seen plasma levels mentioned more then once when it comes to short acting meds, anyone care to explain that for me, remember I am in still kind of in
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I will ask for prayers that this next set of ESIs give me some relief. I am mentally triyng to prepare myself in case it does not work. I honestly dont know how I will handle that. I am a positive person & am trying my best to not let this get to me, not doing well in that area at this time. Thanks everyone, you all truely mean so much to me. Sammy

 
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Hi Sammy, I was reading where you said you were having problems with waking up with your arms frozen in place. You need to this check out with a specialist maybe even a Neurologist. I suffer from two different conditions, one is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Cervical Dystonia. Between the two conditions, it has left my left arm locked permenately in a position where my left hand touches my left shoulder. The only time I can extend it any is to put my clothes on. RSD is due to extensive nerve damage and Cervical Dystonia is severe and uncontrollable muscle spasms of the neck. The spasms have now got to the point they run down my arm and my back as well. I'm not sure what's causing your arms to freeze up but I do believe you need to see a specialist of some kind about this before they are permenately frozen like this. There's has to be a reason why your arms are doing this.
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Sammy,

Hang in there, and call the doc if the pain does not get better. I would ask to have your lumbar spine and hip x-rayed at least, just to rule that out as something that's a problem. Sometimes referred pain refers to really strange places. When you get dizzy do you feel faint like your going to pass out, or is the room spinning? I get the room spinning problem and it's caused by my inner ear. I've learned how to manage it, but it can really be awful (scary too), especially at first. I really hope you get better results from you injections than I did mine. You are in my prayers.

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The Pm got me in last week & I made the wrong choice to stay on the perc & up it. Then he took time the following day to go over some mix ups with my last procedure so I some how doubt I will get in.
Honey, don't worry about being a pain in the butt. This is how things get done in these situations. If you had to call or go in every day, then so be it. Don't let the doc's office intimidate you. He works for you!! Not the other way around. Just like Steve said, ask if they want you to come there, or go to the ER. And if they say ER, then go. This is pretty much what Pepper had to do and look how much it helped to get her the attention she needed.

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I have ended up with dry heaves twice this week & I am becoming fearful of why this is flaring up so bad in the evenings when most of my pain is in the mornings. I would at least know by evening I could get some relief, at least the meds would help more by that time of the day.
Sammy, it's because you are putting a body that is really too sick and damaged to work, through it's paces every day. And you are grossly undermedicated on top of that. This is completely unacceptable.


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I am getting the dizziness & to the point I thought the one day I would faint. I am asking the PM about perhaps doing some blood work.
Darlin', I can diagnose the dizziness and the weakness, without sticking one single needle in you. It's from anxiety, exhaustion and depression.


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I just got my percocet filled I am not sure what the chances are he would change anything, but I have thought if it gets worse I may have to give it a try even just calling his office & asking. Since I am still a new patient I dont want to have to do that.
Sweetie, If he offered it to you once, then there should be absolutely no reason for him to say no right now. As someone mentioned in a previous post, (Steve or Ex possibly) just tell him that you have realized that you should have taken the offer of an LA med when he initially suggested it, and would like to take him up on it now. He shouldn't even question it.

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I need to do that, just to relax. It has been awhile since I have felt this down & it is so unlike me not to bounce back. I just am exhausted & it the pain & worry that is doing it.
You said it all, right there, in a nutshell.

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I have seen plasma levels mentioned more then once when it comes to short acting meds, anyone care to explain that for me, remember I am in still kind of in "Introduction to PM 101", lol.
When we take a short-acting med, which releases the medication all at once, our body uses up the med, in the same way. And when it is used up, it's gone! With a long-acting med, you get 1/2 of the dose right away, and the second half releases slowly, over the next few hours, so instead of your system running out of the med, there is a steady level of it in our body, right up to the time we take the next dose. (I don't know if that's the best explaination, but I know there are many others here who can do a better job)

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I will ask for prayers that this next set of ESIs give me some relief.
After what you've documented here, I think this should probably be the last injection you agree to kiddo. So far, from what I've gathered from your posts, they aren't helping you at all and if anything putting you through a couple of days of added pain to boot. You can't be afraid to say no to more of them. The doc can't force you to do them, if they aren't helping you. Remember, he works for you!!! You are the boss!!!

I pray for you each and every day, Sammy. I know this is overwhelming and exhausting and frustrating. But there is help just waiting for you at the doc's office. He offered it to you and now it's time to accept it. Please rest all that you can and call the doc right away. Don't put off the relief any longer. I love ya, girl, and I want to see you feel better. Hugs and prayers, CMP/MM




 
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Hi Sammy,

About blood plasma level.

SA meds are helpful in treating pain. LA meds are helpful in preventing pain.

There are a few components involved in pain relief. First you have the pain. Then, you have the medication, in our cases an opioid. You have the bloodstream in which the opioid travels, and you have the receptor into which the opioid fits. When a receptor is filled with an opioid the brain's sense of pain is dulled - that is if the opioid is potent enough and there's enough of it for the level of pain being experienced. So this is pain relief 101.

Opioids attach to these receptors temporarily. Their length of stay depends on how strongly they are attracted to the receptor (potency) and how much of them is available in the bloodstream. Once the potency and supply run out, and the receptor is unoccupied, the brain's perception of pain returns to its full-on mode and we suffer.

Short Acting (SA) opioids are just that - they occupy the receptor for a certain period of time and then they are gone. Relief is experienced short term. This is appropriate for acute pain and post-op pain, but not for chronic pain. The ups and downs experienced with SA opioids over time is very hard on the body and it just so happens that our tolerance to the opioid's pain relieving effects grows more quickly when SA meds are used exclusively. We also tend to use more narcotics when we depend only on SA meds. With SA meds the pain is experienced cyclically, meaning we have pain, we take meds, meds wear out, we take more meds, etc. You get the idea. During this cyclic trend we experience "wind-up," where the pain tends to get away from us and we are in a constant mode of trying to "catch-up" to the pain - and we are consumed with achieving relief - all the while our tolerance is growing and we are needing more and more meds over shorter and shorter intervals. Study after study has shown that it is much harder to "catch-up" to run-away pain that it is to prevent pain through the use of LA meds.

The idea behind LA meds is simple. Keep enough of the opioids in the bloodstream to keep the receptors occupied and keep our perception of pain dulled enough so that we can have a decent quality of life. In other words, keep the blood plasma level of opioid at whatever level is necessary for sustained pain prevention, not periodic pain relief.

In most cases, LA meds are really SA meds packaged differently. As an LA med, the opioid is packaged in such a way that, rather than all of the opioid being released all at once up front, the opioid is released in such a way that the receptor remains occupied until the next dose of LA med is taken and begins to work. With some LA meds, the opioid is released at a certain percentage right at the beginning, and then once later, timed so that the receptor remains occupied until the next dose is working. The intention, again, is to keep the receptor occupied, and the perception of pain dulled. If done correctly this actually results in the use of less medication because there is no chasing the pain, trying to catch-up to elusive relief while tolerance grows to the point that the goal is impossible to achieve. This is not to say that tolerance does not develop with the use of LA meds. But rather that it develops more slowly.

Pain prevention is so much easier on the body and the spirit than chasing pain relief. As you can see, it's clearly a science and an art for practitioners to know enough about their tools and meds to select appropriate doses and dosing periods to keep their patients comfortable enough to enjoy life even with CP. Up to now most PM docs have come from the ranks of the anesthesiologists, since they are the most familiar with the drugs involved in pain management. During surgery drugs like morphine, fentanyl, BP meds, muscle relaxer and paralytic meds - all these and many more are used during surgical procedures. And, in most hospitals, anesthesiologists oversee the pain management of post-op patients in both recovery and during in-patient care. They are naturals at PM. And this is why GPs are out of their element trying to manage the complexities of everything that goes into managing pain. Day in and day out anesthesiologists face the need to prevent pain in sedated and anesthetized patients while fighting to keep post-op patients comfortable enough to heal and undergo PT before discharge. They understand what causes pain, what makes pain worse, which meds prevent pain meds from working, which meds best treat which kinds of pain, how the body perceives pain, how the opioid receptors work together with opioids to prevent and relieve pain, which conditions can cause pain meds to be ineffective, how the body reacts to pain, which bodily organs and systems are most negatively affected by chronic pain, how to treat unrelieved pain, how to treat too much pain medication, what to look for in patients that are exhibiting dangerous reactions to opioids, etc., etc., etc. This is why a real PM doc is the right choice to treat your pain.

There's so much more to learn about pain management and what's involved in doing the best we can to get relief. Search engines are great things in looking for this information. If you can't think of search criteria just write your question and see what you get. Let's teach each other how to get what we need. I enjoy researching this stuff and I hope it turns out to be helpful to others.

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Oh my, I dont know what I would do without you all, I know I say that often but its the truth. I am miserable, rain in the air so I am in so much pain today.
Cant lift my arms up & just had dry heaves, my poor girls, they are not use to this. One hurried to make me toast the other took off to hide in her room, dont blame her,lol.
CMP, My first set of ESIs did give me just a bit of relief that is the only reason I am giving it a shot with the next set. The secend set he added another type of injection for the ribs, I honstly feel that may have been the one that backfired. I am giving it till next week if I dont feel more control I am calling. I am training my oldest daughter to be able to help me at work in in hopes of giving my body some rest. I am really not doing good & worried about these pain levels. I do realize that if it gets anyworse I will be in trouble. As far as ER goes, heck it took me forever to pay off the last bill, I would rather avoid that if I can. Came close a couple times to just giving in & going, but I am now a PM patient & would probably lay there with nothing for pain anyway.

Ray & Tig, thank you both, RSD has been brought up so I am curious about that. That is tough, dealing with your arm like that, is it painful to?
tig I so feel for you. I am so sorry you have to suffer with the ribs, its a tough spot to deal with. I am not sure I want anymore injections for that specific problem. I am willing to try things but I dont want it to get anyworse, you know. I am beginning to loose weight & I think its the ribs, you know when you eat it can be uncomfortable when those ribs are acting up. I am only 108 so I show every pound I loose, I am weighing myself later today to see how much I have lost. I am getting comments lately on it lately. People dont understand its hard to eat at times when your in pain. People also seem to want to blame the meds, but its not the meds, its the pain & exhaustion. I dont bother much explaining anymore. Do any of you have this kind of problem eating?
I will have to tell the doctor if this does not improve soon. I am just hoping with rest it will get abit better. Thanks you are so special to me, I do love you all, God bless, Sammy

 
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Re: I think this is really hitting home

Please pardon my exuberance, but Steve, that was absolutely fantastic!!! I think we should ask the Mods to make that post a stickey! I've had a pretty good understanding of this concept, for a while now. But, I could have never explained it as eloquently and thoroughly as you did. Bravo! Well done! Kudos!

Sammy honey, I know that meds are not the only answer. There are a myriad of other modalities out there to help with chronic pain. And we should all take advantage of whatever helps. But, sometimes, the meds are just a necessary part of the process. And when a small amount of meds has shown some relief, but you still can't function on a day to day basis, it's time to accept your doc's offer of better meds.

Please read Steve's post over and over, and it might be a good idea to have hubby read it as well. I believe, in my heart of hearts, that taking advantage of your doc's offer, will change your life for the better. I'm not saying that it is a cure. But, I believe it will allow you to do what you need to do every day, without all of the suffering and the fears. Just ask Pepper what being properly medicated has done for her. Please give the doc a call. The sooner, the better. Why wait, in agony, when you don't have to? Please don't do this to yourself.

Many prayers and twice as many hugs, CMP/MM

 
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