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I Suffer From Chronic Pain

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Mar 23

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    I'm in so much damn pain today from me PsA.

    and I have to go to school now :(
    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 1, 2014

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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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    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 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 3 days ago

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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 was injured in the Army from jumping out of

    planes...now I live with pain everyday.
    H00rah H00rah 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 17, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    @#$()%

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

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    As if my normal pain is not enough,

    I think my mattress is punishing my right hip. What I need is a proper bed and not a futon mattress on the floor. I tried to massage out the pain but it isn't working. I'm so sleepy but I'm not sure I can handle it if the pain gets worse. I don't want to be in a drug haze today...
    areilly29 areilly29 26-30, T 6 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    my back hurts constantly.

    i want a message and painkillers.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I made the mistake of going

    for a run around town in my electric chair on a day with the weather front moving in. (it just started raining). It made for an extreme pain day.
    zeroOut zeroOut 61-65, M Sep 4, 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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    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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    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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    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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    love my pain, I've already been through

    so much physically and mentally. I got this. I need more tart cherry juice and oil of oregano. I suggest everyone have that in their diet. its helped me so much. many benefits. <3 love you hang in there!
    FinnAhGinn FinnAhGinn 26-30, F Dec 3, 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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    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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    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 Mar 24

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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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    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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