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I Suffer From Chronic Pain

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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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    Sewmuch2do Sewmuch2do 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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 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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    Daily migraine-scale headaches from muscle

    spasms from shattered vertebrae, bone spurs and broken or bulging disks. Life is a constant challenge.
    Writer1967 Writer1967 46-50, M 4 Responses Jul 11

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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 Apr 13

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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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    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 2 Responses May 20

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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...
    JuiceBoxRebel JuiceBoxRebel 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 7

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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 recently suffered from a fall at work

    where I fractured two bones in my foot. Although my breaks have healed, it's been five months and I'm still in pain. I was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome where my foot is purple, red, sensitive to touch or pressure, a different temperature and a feeling of pins...
    staky85 staky85 26-30 1 Response Jun 11

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    I always physically hurt.

    .... It's a hard hand to deal with.
    cytherea7 cytherea7 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 8

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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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    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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    * 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 2 Responses Jul 28

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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 2 Responses Feb 15

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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

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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 1 Response Apr 29

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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

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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 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 1 Response Jun 20

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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 Jul 15

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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

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    The worst thing is when pain isn't being taken

    seriously. I have chronic pancreatitis and it was on and off for 9y that I I had a c.t scan and discovered that I had calcifications on my pancreas. The pain was intense yet voicing your pain isn't taken for real unless its a 10. By that time you have dehydration and other more...
    stefx85 stefx85 26-30, M 2 days ago

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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 2 Responses Apr 15

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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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    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 2 Responses Mar 24

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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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    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 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...
    Vlette Vlette 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 15

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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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    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