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I Suffer From Chronic Pain

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    Seance September I have had the most agonizing

    pain in my left knee all the way down to my ankle. I have been to so many doc and they all tell me it's just swelling behind my knee. But this feeling it's getting worse by the second. I cry about every day because of this pain. And it's hard for me to cry I mean I had a death...
    izzy33095 izzy33095 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    I just wish I could go back to living a normal

    life... For the past 8 years I've felt nothing but pain. The sad thing is, I'll never have a normal life again. I'll be in pain the rest of my life. The tremors, the spasms, the headaches and the muscle stiffness. It's never going to end because what I have is incurable (as of...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 15

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    I use to be a runner

    and super active... Now I'm happy if I can wash my hair AND shave my legs during the same shower
    joyofabluesky joyofabluesky 31-35, F Jun 11

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    I always physically hurt.

    .... It's a hard hand to deal with.
    cytherea7 cytherea7 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 8

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    Sewmuch2do Sewmuch2do 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 28

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    Depression

    Depression.. Hopelessness... Helplessness.. It's like digging your self out of a cave, tall ,deep ,dark and all you have to get your self out are your hands... As soon as you crawl your way towards the light it's like some one takes your grip from you and throws you back in...
    Ewalkerc Ewalkerc 22-25, F May 5, 2012

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    I have a high pain tolerance,

    but chronic pain just wears you down. I constantly push it down and get on with my life and hide it from people. I still do things I shouldn't, but I'm a big guy and I can't say no when people ask me for help, whether it be moving something heavy or helping them move house. It...
    Bushmanoz Bushmanoz 51-55, M 4 Responses Jan 29

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    Perspective

    My cervical spine is badly degenerated which causes many issues for me, including random nerve damage, as the nerves are caught and crushed between unsupported vertebrae. I've had a bad flare up recently and ended with a very annoying issue that I'm trying to work around without...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 10 Responses Apr 13, 2013

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    This is the fisrt time I've posted.

    I'm feeling very down. I've been a paraplegic with severe chronic pain since 2003. I recently recovered from a pressure sore (after two years in bed and flap surgery) and later was back in the ER on a vent with sepsis. Now my doctor tells me that I have to see a...
    gb3797 gb3797 61-65, M 4 Responses Apr 23

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    All Gone :)

    Last Thursday I had day surgery that has worked wonders already. The surgeon made a tiny cut, it's less than an inch long, moved my nerves out of the way, ouch, and made a tiny incision in the sheath around my tendon. The worst part was coming round after the anesthetic wore off...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes 26-30, F 7 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    back spasms as well as body spasms

    and some headaches at times
    lovelinessbathes lovelinessbathes 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 1

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    I've had chronic head,

    neck, end back pain for 8 years. My condition has no cure, only treatment. None of the treatment works completely. They say as I get older it can either get worse or get better. It hinders my every day life. It makes me miserable. It gets so bad sometimes, to the point where I...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 12

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    I am 25 and struggling with having

    so much pain. It started 4 years ago. I have been to doctors. I've been on every meds. nothing is working and I have become worthless. I cannot go on like this. I just don't see the point of it all anymore.
    ultralord9000 ultralord9000 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    The Pain Only Has The Power I Lend....

    Some good advice received today:pain has no emotion, is not mad at you or have bad intent towards you. The more time you spend thinking about your pain the more it will grow. Attention means growth and more pain. There is the pain and then there is the suffering that we add...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 13 Responses Jun 25, 2013

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    I have severe chronic pain in

    both feet, ankles and hips. I am 21. I had 5 surgeries on my feet between the ages of 15-16. I never fully recovered and I suffer daily.
    thatonecxnt thatonecxnt 22-25, F 1 Response May 20

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    It would be nice just to wake up one day

    and not need painkillers !
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 10

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    New Perspective

    Okay screw it. I'm done with long, drawn out medical testing and endless appointments only to be told at the end of every one that there's just no help out there for me when it comes to the pain I am in.  I need a different focus.  This isn't going to go away.  I was struck...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 20, 2013

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    Suffering Is Not A Competitive Sport!

    I have reached out to the disability community, both in my 'every day life' and 'online' for camaraderie, understanding and support, but what I've found is a competitiveness that truly is heartbreaking. I have friends who have similar disabilities and illnesses, folks who live...
    rollingwithhusky rollingwithhusky 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 4, 2012

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    Chronic Pain

    I have had chronic pain for 10 years. But unlike many of the stories around here, my parents weren't very supportive of me. When physical therapy failed to help me, I went to my father and told him that my condition wasn't improving. He, unfortunately, didn't believe me...
    FullBloom FullBloom 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 27, 2013

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    Some Things You Just Can't Ignore....

    This weekend was scary. My friends here will know about my issues with arthritis in my spine and joints, chronic pain and nerve damage.  I've been progressively getting worse in symptoms and severity for about 5 years and have been tested for just about everything under the sun...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 12 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    I've been sick and I've been tired Of faking

    all my smiles Seems as though its come to this It feels all like a lie Every time I look within There's chaos no respite All the walls are caving in The future ain't so bright To the days of young Filled with laughs and carelessness I've crippled myself black To the point of...
    Eli678 Eli678 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 16, 2014

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    Scared

    (Excuse me all, just need somewhere to put this) I'm afraid.  I went for a walk on Saturday with Colt so we could get some sunshine and fresh air...neither of us get outside enough.  It was an easy walk and I took my time, snapping shots with my camera and enjoying the day...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 16 Responses Apr 29, 2013

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    i called in sick to work today,

    not because i was actually sick but simply because i cant move hardly a muscle without wanting to cry! i love my job as a CNA but i think i am causing myself more problems and misery than is necessary. i have had constant worsening pain for 1.5 years in my back and down my leg...
    sweetiepee101 sweetiepee101 18-21, F Jun 20

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    You Don't Look Like You're In Pain.

    It really bothers me, that people say "You don't look like you're in pain." Well I AM! Unless someone's been in pain for a long time...they don't get how life altering, chronic pain is! They think you want out of something....well YEAH I DO!!!! I want out of pain!!!!!
    xbrokenheartx xbrokenheartx 41-45, F 6 Responses Nov 16, 2012

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    I have 3 bulging discs in my lower back

    which press against the nerves in my spine. My pain is sometimes centralized to severe lower back pain, leaving me essentially disabled. I struggle to do any of the normal things people do independently (get out of bed, dress, bathe, etc.) At other times, the pain may also...
    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 7 Responses Jun 2

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    It is known to be a common pain

    that every teenager has... Have you ever experienced sharp chest pain localized on the left side of your chest? It feels like you're about to have a heart attack.. But you aren't... Whenever you breathe in or even sometimes when you breathe out it kills and you can't laugh...
    jlove987 jlove987 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I been suffering from chronic pain

    for 17 years now. I have nerve damage in both legs. Looking to make friends to help each other when we are having bad pain day.
    MrShecter MrShecter 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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    I had RF ablation yesterday on my neck

    and all I can say is wow. I had a meltdown in the office before we even started & probably should have just walked out. I felt all the positivity the dr had at prior visits wasn't there and he told me if this doesn't work -- well they're pretty much out of options for me...
    Genesis922 Genesis922 41-45, F 5 Responses Feb 27

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    I used to be a competitive swimmer (My stroke

    was Butterfly) but between that and lifting things that weighed near my own weight at a horse stable I volunteered at, I injured my back. I have a herniated and bulging disc, and spinal issues which may have to be corrected through surgery. I have been to so many doctors in the...
    LoneDreamer11 LoneDreamer11 18-21, F May 18

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    Can't sleep. In pain again.

    I have complex regional pain syndrome. Over this constant pain. :(
    leyla29 leyla29 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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    I been in my home for 2 weeks waiting on

    doctors to call me due to my pain in my hip on my right side. Yesterday after I turned off my TV I went to my terminal to do some laundry. But today I can't get out of my bed cause my leg is killing me.
    Davie50 Davie50 51-55, M 1 Response Feb 23

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    I hate when people think I'm faking

    or am a baby when I'm in pain all the time. I'm a wrestler and pain is normal but that doesn't make it hurtles. Non wrestlers cannot understand and I hate when they think they can. 7+ concussions of different levels, sprained back, pulled muscles, fractured collar bone, bruised...
    soccer4life777 soccer4life777 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    It's killing me. Laying in bed,

    cringing and wincing and wishing it would go away by now. Nothing helps.
    rosesandcharlie rosesandcharlie 13-15, F Mar 23

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    To start this is not all about my pain

    but how hard it has been living for me as well. I'll start off with the good. I have a loving mother and a few good family who keep me going. An awesome friend as well who just is everything to me and even more than just a friend. They all are the reason I keep trying even...
    AvgDudeJ AvgDudeJ 26-30, M Jun 7

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    Once more I woke up with agony,

    know that I'm in extreme pain so don't want to move. There's a tic tac in my head going fast, guess is just my heart beat trough my veins. No looking on the sides coz my eyes burn, no turning neck coz my shoulders will pull back, no way I want to breath deeply coz I'll feel my...
    lizzyWaterbearer lizzyWaterbearer 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    my back hurts constantly.

    i want a message and painkillers.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 16

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    Hey all.. I have been having really bad nerve

    pain in both of my legs.. It getting worse and I'm worried.. :(
    horneybear79912 horneybear79912 36-40, M Jan 20

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    Chronic Pain Hurts Your Brain...

    I have chronic pain as you know hurts your body, but it hurts your mind. I don't just have chronic pain I have depression. When I'm in pain, I feel angry, frustrated, hopeless, useless, helpless! It's hard to put on a happy face and smile when your hurting. It's hard to handle...
    Ewalkerc Ewalkerc 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    I broke my neck oh 28 years ago,

    in the years that followed I started being more and more uncomfortable. I have been diagnosed as a pain sufferer. It appears that when I broke my neck I also damaged part of my brain and that leads to me being constantly in pain. I get fentanyl which is an opiate. Doctors...
    bluezy261175 bluezy261175 36-40, M 2 Responses May 11

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    I am in soooooo much right

    now surgery cannot come soon enough. I have 4 bad discs in my low back, and two in my neck from a car accident.
    kshine27 kshine27 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    Tonight is not a good night.

    My foot is hurting really bad tonight plus my big toe feels like an ice pick has stuck thru it. I would love to have a pain free good nights sleep. Haven't have one in almost 4 years
    auggie1971 auggie1971 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 10

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    I'm starting to worry

    that I'm running out of treatment options. I have psoriatic arthritis and require monthly infusions of remicade and weekly doses of methotrexate. They were helpful for a long time, but less do in last six months. The side effects are getting much worse and my doctors over which...
    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 29

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    Why Are People So Ignorant Toward Pain?

    My pain story is too long to put into words, however, I can sympathize with any and all who have been faced with unbelieving MD's and family member's. I have been told "it's all in your head" "you need Psych eval" "there's nothing wrong with you" and the best one of all "Your...
    Delphinia65 Delphinia65 46-50, F 8 Responses Jan 7, 2012

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    Venting, Please Pardon Me....

    I'm at work, and I'm really, really, really hurting and nothing is touching it and I cannot stand or sit or walk or lie down without making some new pain pop up somewhere.  I'm slowly moving towars a point in this 'flare up' of whatever is gnawing on my bones where I just...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 11 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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    Ouch

    This is not a good way to start a Friday. I was so exhausted last night that I fell asleep at six, directly after getting my son his dinner.  I woke up several times but was in such pain I just slipped back under and didn't get up until this morning.  Having missed the evening...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 1, 2013

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    Or Do I

    Yes I suffer with chronic pain due to a traumatic car accident back some 23 years ago, along with the onset of Fibromyalgia. I do not choose to dwell on it and instead let me leave you with a quote by Walter Anderson . . . he speaks for me . . . thank you for listening . . . "Bad...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2012

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