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I Suffer From Chronic Pain

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 3, 2015

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    I always have a headache,

    my back hurtd, my neck hurts, I can barely walk when I wake up. It feels like my legs weigh 50lbs a piece. If I walk too much it leaves me fatigued and sore. People try to help by giving me massages but even a 10 minute massage leaves me sore. If anyone pats me on the back, it...
    akrysrose akrysrose 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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    I am no longer in chronic pain,

    thanks to a pain specialist who prescribed me drugs. I cannot describe how it feels to be pain free. It is simply out of this world. I now realise that every breath I took, every movement I made, every step I took, cost me emotionally and physically. I was constantly braced...
    ifoundmehere ifoundmehere 46-50, F 8 Responses Dec 23, 2015

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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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    Some days, I wake up

    and can't even breathe because the pain takes over my senses and knocks the wind right out of me. It really sucks to be in this much pain all of the time. Never getting a break.
    GoodLifeBadDays GoodLifeBadDays 18-21, F Jul 15, 2015

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    Today was a painful day,

    between rain and then physical therapy my body feels like it was ripped apart. Sometimes I feel like a burden at times like this,
    Drea1975 Drea1975 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 suppose it has gotten chronic now,

    it's been 8 months and itäs just spreading. My lower back is in pain every day, the level of pain differ depending on what I do and at times it even swollen. It spreads down to my left back thigh at times too, feels like a muscle strain in a sense. Then it's my feet, also 8...
    LoveUnite LoveUnite 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2015

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    fibro agony.. ever since my cervical fusion

    pain has loved me..haha! its not the years its the mileage. both knees and one wrist with arthritis. the fibromyalgia is the worst. its not enough to stop me completely but is a constant nagging ache. id love to go a day without it. pain meds dont work and antidepressants...
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 1

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    * 36 degree scoliosis * Dessication in all 5

    lumbar discs * Pinched nerve at L5-S1 * Reduced lung capacity due to twisted ribcage * Resting heart rate of 130 * Chronic migraines * Periodic sciatic pain * Irritable bowel syndrome * Endometriosis * GERD Something always hurts. Everyday. All day.
    evepoyepo evepoyepo 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 28, 2015

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    I am 16 and I have cronic pain.

    . It dosent feel well and I can never do anything about it. it has caused problems and has been ripping my life in two. I am Bedridden and most of the day I am unable to move, I have Fybromyalga and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome along with Cronic Migraines and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 15, 2015

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    Can't sleep. In pain again.

    I have complex regional pain syndrome. Over this constant pain. :(
    leyla29 leyla29 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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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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    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 4 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    I just spent my second weekend alone due to

    pain. I have spent countless weekends, weekdays, hours, and moments alone and hurting in both my body and my soul, so I decided to reach out, get vulnerable with new people, and have a life. It didn't work -- I am in so much pain and have spent money I don't have on therapies...
    pearcey3 pearcey3 36-40, F 5 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    I've been suffering if CRPS

    for a year and a month now. It is in my full body and I can't keep standing this terrible pain 24/7 I really just want to give up because pain is really high. My whole life has changed because lf this, I can't do lots of things and the other things I can do l, they bring me pain...
    INeedFreedom INeedFreedom 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 13, 2015

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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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    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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    My leg hurts horribly.

    I've had chronic pain in my hips, knees and legs for about 5 years
    bigben7240 bigben7240 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 26, 2015

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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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    I've had pain and problems with my hips

    and back from when I was a teenager in about early high school. It wasn't too bad back then as I could manage my daily life with a few Ibuprofen but now that my conditions are a lot worse (Now I have arthritis in my hips on top of the hip dysplasia and severe back pain)/ I am in...
    GoldenHeart69 GoldenHeart69 22-25, F 4 days ago

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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 11 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    Pain in both shoulders today,

    im struggling to push my chair and even picking the kettle up is difficult. Still onwards and upwards
    wheels1972 wheels1972 41-45, M Jan 12

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    i wouldn't say chronic

    but almost daily i suffer....i was in a car accident a few years ago. i tore my muscles in multiple places, nerve damage, joint issues, broken collar bone..now i have arthritis in my joints. i suffer from massive migraines from theses injuries.. my nerves have grown into the...
    moongoddess35 moongoddess35 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 7

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    Severe lower back pain has been a problem

    for years. I feel like at my age I shouldn't have to struggle just to finish household chores. My pain led to me losing my job two years ago, despite the fact that the pain is the result of two on-the-job injuries. Such is life.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 15, 2015

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    My usual day is a 4/6 on the pain scale.

    Today is a 9. I'm in so much pain :(
    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 14, 2015

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    So I've got a three year long injury that's

    still undiagnosed. Started as a quad injury, which occurred within weeks of me starting a track season. The pain was terrible the day I injured it. Took a month off of rest, it got 100% better. Proceeded to run every day for three months One day, I ran extra fast in a race and...
    Justventingg Justventingg 18-21, F Dec 17, 2015

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    Some days are worse than others.

    I have severe pain mostly from my neck down to my lower back. The pain also occurs in my arms and legs. It feels like electricity running through my body. This has been going on for about five years. It all started with a work injury. I believe there is more going on than has...
    TheQuirkyQuasar TheQuirkyQuasar 26-30, M Aug 13, 2015

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    I'm not 100% sure that what I get is considered

    "Chronic Pain" but Im 22 and I suffer from growing pains in my legs from the knee cap down, sometimes the pain gets really bad (like tonight) and the pain ventures past the knee... but very rarely
    ChippiiBubblii ChippiiBubblii 22-25, F Oct 22, 2015

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    I had my accident when I was 18.

    1975. Concussion number two , and crushed 5 discs in neck along with shoulder damage. I would say I understand your pain, but, I do not. I am surprised at myself. I am still alive. I have never thought I could stay .... alive this long with this degree of pain. I do not...
    texasjazz texasjazz 56-60, M 1 Response Sep 19, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 3 Responses Jun 11, 2015

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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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    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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    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...
    IcedJuice IcedJuice 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 7, 2015

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    Daily migraine-scale headaches from muscle

    spasms from shattered vertebrae, bone spurs and broken or bulging disks. Life is a constant challenge.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 11, 2015

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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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    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 7 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    Due to the lack of a thyroid the pain extends

    to my whole body, every muscle, sometimes is unbearable. Is a roller coaster of pain every day. Normal painkillers help one day and I don't want to try anything prescribed. Not counting with depression and a bunch of other side effects. Is anybody else dealing with all these due...
    elstillstanding elstillstanding 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 13, 2015

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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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    I need help!!! It's been a month

    since I was in any pain at all and now yeah holy ****!!
    kshine27 kshine27 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 20, 2015

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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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    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 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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