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I Suffer From Chronic Pain

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    In the past four years,

    I've had two work-related back injuries and one serious car crash. Without prescription medication, there isn't much I can do without suffering from pain. I've been unemployed for about a year, but I'm looking forward to having a new career soon. Prescription medication is not...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 25, 2014

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    I will be having a cervical (neck) steroid

    epidural on the 18th for my chronic neck pain. Then on the 22nd I will be having my the carpal tunnel release surgery on my left hand (Dr. T already has done the right), plus a steroid injection on my right wrist. When I've recovered from that surgery we will have the ulnar...
    Harley53 Harley53 61-65, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2014

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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 6 days ago

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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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    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 7 Responses Nov 16, 2012

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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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    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 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 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 15

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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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    Upper inner thigh cramps.

    I just moved the wrong way in my bed and have just put myself into hell. OMG. It feels I think like what taking a baseball bat to the upper thigh would feel like. This suuuuuuuhhhcks.
    prettyprude prettyprude 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 13, 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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    Rain, Rain Go Away

    Rain causes my arthritis to flare up terribly. I have a badly degenerated cervical spine (neurosurgeon tells me I have the spine of a 75 year old) and a bunch of nerve issues resulting from the degeneration.   I'm trying to find a way to cope...realizing that this wet spring is...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 7 Responses Apr 11, 2013

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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 a week ago

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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 3 Responses Jan 29

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    Pain has been ruling my life

    for about the past 4 years and progressively getting worse. I broke my neck 6 years ago and have been paralyzed from about the chest down since. I had a very small amount of nerve pain in my lower back the first 2 years but it was tolerable. It's now gotten to the point to where...
    cpettit757 cpettit757 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2014

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    It All Started...

    In '89 when I fell out of a moving car at the age of 18. In '91 I rear ended a stopped vehicle because my breaks went out. Then this last Oct '07 I did it again...the rear ending thing... it was raining & I was going to change lanes & traffic just stopped & slam! So...
    PrettyPixie PrettyPixie 36-40, F 10 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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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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    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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    It was a high dive accident.

    Funny thing was I was taking risks to overcome my fear of heights. I'd been on swim team and had done the dive successfully before. I did not tuck my head enough. This one 4 second mistake changed my life forever. I was an active teen, into gymnastics and bellydance. I am lucky...
    wisemoon wisemoon 51-55 1 Response Sep 28, 2014

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    @#$()%

    Oh yes I most certainly do suffer from chronic pain. It's chronically paining me right this moment.  My entire back feels like someones been in there ripping the muscles from my bones.  I breathe and my rib cage groans in complaint.  My collarbone, neck, shoulders, jaw all...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 21, 2013

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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 17 Responses Apr 29, 2013

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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...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 12

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    This crap is making my life miserable.

    I try to keep my head up, try to think positive thoughts and not let the pain drag me under, but I'm tired. So tired. I don't know how to keep forcing myself up and out of bed every morning. I just took myself a nice four day long weekend trying to catch up on rest and I...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2014

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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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    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2014

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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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    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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    Just A Little Complaining To Get It Out Of My Head.

    So I have three distinct types of pain thanks to the nature of my cervical (spinal) degeneration: bone pain, muscle pain and nerve pain. Today's complaint will centre on the latter of the three.I'm a little worried about this...the stress of it is mounting so I just want to be...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 9 Responses May 23, 2013

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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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    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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    Are there others out there

    who are constantly in pain?
    AllergyDog66 AllergyDog66 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 18, 2014

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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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    It's Like You Just Read My Mail!

    I too suffer from chronic pain. Yes, car accidents. 2 to be exact. I am going to be 54 this month and about 15 months ago I found a group of doctors that formed a pain management team. I made an appointment, I was brutally honest with everything that was happening to me. Low...
    littlekenosha littlekenosha 51-55 3 Responses Sep 14, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Well, I am sick and tired of hiding

    and pretending it isn't there... It started out as back pain that won't go away with basic procedures. And I thought after the months went by and it never did. Over the counter painkillers don't work on me and the only thing they would do is destroy my liver and kidneys. It...
    4NeonFun 4NeonFun 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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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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    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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    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 Legs Have Joined The Party

    WTF. So.  I have arthritis in my spine and major joints, some in my little joints too.  I have pain through my torso from seized muscles and damaged nerves caused by a near collapse of my cervical spine - discs all degenerating away.  Nerves are being squashed by the vertebrae...
    Whym Whym 36-40, F 11 Responses Oct 23, 2013

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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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    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 2 Responses Feb 27

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    is that the world is à place

    where you should live or suffer or both?
    mido133 mido133 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 9, 2014

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    Right now my upper back

    and shoulder are killing me on my left side. And I have a migraine. This is how I feel most days. I'd love for the pain to go away and never come back. That won't happen though. I hate what overuse has done to my body, but there isn't a damn thing I can do about it. I was born...
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F Oct 5, 2014

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