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Re: Need to Talk

Re: Need to Talk

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Posted by Lee Ann on August 30, 2000 at 12:39:35:

In Reply to: Need to Talk posted by Cindy on August 30, 2000 at 09:02:18:

: I was diagnoised with RSD in 10/99. It all started in with a minor car accident in 10/98. I had incredible hip pain ever since finally the doctors decided to do a exploratory surgery but not until 10/99. After the surgery i then developed RSD.. ever since life has not been the same. About a month ago i stopped taking all pain meds and just started trying to use my will power to get myself better, but... unfortunately that has not worked.. my last visit at the beginning of this month my dr was shocked at how well i was doing. Unfortunatley for me i was still very much in pain but tried to mentally block it out. Anyways.. i now am hurting so bad today, the weather where i live has been non stop rain which hasn't helped either. Today I am at work but very much would like to be home in bed. My RSD has spread all the way down my left leg the same side as my hip injury. I am a 26 year old female and i have a 6 year old son. I just called my doctor this morning to let him know that i am not doing too well i am a very strong willed person so when the dr hears that i am in pain he will definately call me right back. Just need to talk to others today i am feeling mighty depressed as if i will never find the end to all of this. Any words of hope would be appreciated.
: Thanks
: God Bless

Cindy,
I am sorry to hear you are having so much pain. I have had RSD for over 8 years now. I too am off all my meds. I went off them because I was having other health problems and wanted to make sure the pain killers were not part of the problem. Now I have to stay off everything till I complete some tests. I have been off meds for almost 9 months now. It just keeps getting drug out more and more. And with no meds the RSD is getting worse. It is spreading. I am getting weaker and am always exhausted. I am not sure going without meds is a good idea. Even if you just take the minimum to give you some relief. If you don't want to be drugged up, talk with the doctors and make sure they understand you have to have a say in what you take and how you take it. It can be a difficult process to fine tune the meds to the point you get some relief, but are not whacked out. I refuse to be drugged up to the point I can't function and am willing to suffer quite a bit of pain in exchange for the ability to
function. I think the one thing I can say is you can have all the strength of will in the world and you can't will yourself out of the pain of RSD. You can't will yourself better. There are tons of us out there who have believe and tried that too. I believed for years I could beat the RSD if I just ignored it enough, did twice the therapy recommended and hung in there. I was wrong. It was a very painful realization to come to. Now instead of trying to beat it, I use my strength to still get through PT each day and to try to have a normal life. I may never have the life I had before, but I can try to make the one I have the very best. Sometimes it takes all the will I have just to make it through the day. That happens to all of us at times. I think it is great that you work so hard to help yourself, but there are meds that may help you and make life a little more tolerable. It is a decision we all have to make for ourselves. Hang in there and good luck. Lee Ann


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