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Posted by Pat G. on October 23, 2000 at 20:39:07:

In Reply to: Re: Forgot to mention posted by Raven on October 20, 2000 at 22:56:20:

: : Hi Everyone,
: : I am about to lose my mind!!! The numbness won't go away and sometimes the pain is in my wrist fingers elbow and shoulder. I take Relafen and Davocet plus vit B complex. I don't know what to do. I have surgery scheduled Dec 18 and I call the Doctor and I get no help. I have CT. In the other hand Iam in a cast for torn tendons. I have so much to do around my house with kids dogs a husband and believe me I have no support! I just don't know if there is anything that will help jus alittle. I get so angry I yell and feel depressed over all this. Any advice is good advice. Thanks so much, Raven

: Forgot to say in the above post:
: I have osteoarthritis in my right knee, both wrists, left ankle and my right hip. I also take MSM and glucosamine/chronition(sp) too. Raven

Dear Raven: I am a woman with oatheoarthritis of the spine. I suffer with pain, numbness & tingling in my low back that goes into my legs. I have the same thing in my neck, which goes into my arms. We live a life style out in the country which involves lifting a great deal, even if it is only to get a piece of firewood into the wood stove. I am telling you this because I understand. I babysit my grandchildren about 10 hours a week, after raising 3 of my own, because the 11 month old baby girl doesn't like anyone else but me. I get a little money from my daughter because we can hardly make it through the month on my and my husband's disability income. Otherwise, I cannot work and even daycaring bothers me due to lifting the baby.

It sounds like you have some pinched nerves, and I cannot understand for the life of me, since you are presurgical, why your doctor will not prescribe some strong pain medications for you. I've had who knows how many surgeries, and doctors never have had a problem giving me medications to make me comfortable prior to surgery. Afterwards, yes, but never before. What does your doctor say when you ask for more or better pain meds? If you are willing to tell me a bit more, perhaps I can better tell you what you need to do. Have you gone to a pain management specialist? I had a doctor who wouldn't help me, too. I found one that would! They do exist.

Raven, I so well understand your depression. I actually am getting a bit teary eyed as I read your post, why? Because I know how it feels to have your body not perform the way you want. I know the hard work it takes to raise kids and care for a family and you hurt. You WANT to do it, but the pain is there. Always there. It is scarey to feel your body going "downhill." Do you ever pray? Sometimes that really does help.

Anyway, I am beginning to write a "book". I simply had to respond to you. I can't stay here at this computer too long, due to the pain. Evenings are the worst. Anyway, please take care and feel free to vent. I am not a professional; I used to be a secretary; I am now a chronic pain sufferer who understands (you'd be surprised how much I understand your position). Take care, Pat G.

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