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I Suffer From Chronic Pain

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    I have arthritis all over my body

    and I suffer from migraines. I have had a headache everyday for the past 14 years. Sometimes the pain is unbearable.
    Benchar10 Benchar10 41-45, M 6 Responses Mar 16

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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 11 Responses Apr 13, 2013

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    Heating pads are literally amazing.

    The only set back is the temperature regulation issues I have that come with the fibro..I over heat WAY to quickly
    Bandgeek1025 Bandgeek1025 16-17, F Dec 29, 2013

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    I missed school today

    because of the horrible pain I woke up with this morning. I've been having a nasty flare for almost a week now and it's absolutely exhausting and I feel completely drained and run down. When I woke up, my hips just decided not to work properly and everything else makes it...
    Bandgeek1025 Bandgeek1025 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    Sure do. Feels like there are shards of glass

    in my blood. Or angry wasps. Either way... Not cool.
    prettyprude prettyprude 31-35, F 1 Response May 4

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    My Body Hurts

    I have a nerve disease. It's getting better but it's chronic so it's always going to be there. I've gotten so used to the pain that I don't even notice it. Sometimes I don't realize what's bothering me until I get a headache and start to shake. It is something I try so hard to...
    amandie amandie 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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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 12 Responses Oct 23, 2013

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    My pain started when I was 12.

    They called them migraines. When I was 16 I had a headache that didn't go away for 2 years. Eventually my headaches were accompanied by joint and muscle pains and neurological symptoms. Finally at the age of 24, 12 years after my sympToms began I was diagnosed with lupus...
    eeeck eeeck 26-30 Jul 21

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    I have crippling pain all the time.

    Sometimes it's two or more pains at once. Generally I have back pain, ankle pain, neck pain, wrist pain, headaches, and/or migraines.
    kat990 kat990 13-15 3 Responses Jun 28

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    I'm so tired of being in pain all the time.

    I have pretty severe upper back and shoulder pain on my left side from overuse. I have Cerebral Palsy and have limited use of the right side of my body. I wish there was a cure, I'm so tired of the pain.
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    Every damn night I lay in bed with my freaking

    knee throbbing and just plain ol' being a nuisance :(
    143ily 143ily 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    Trapped

    Here I sit, alone in my chair Full of pain, yet unaware Of all the things that will be Praying for heaven to welcome me I am in fear, I am alone In my body, pain found its home I wish my tears could penetrate The pain I feel, both small and great I found my cure, or so it seemed...
    jasonpfuhrman jasonpfuhrman 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 28, 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 14 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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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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    People Who Don't Deal With Chronic Pain Don't Understand

    We don't do it to get pills, or attention, or illicit sympathy. Pain is a part of our everyday lives and something we try to learn to live with, but it's hard. My story started when I was 14. I was diagnosed with moderately severe scoliosis. I have two curves in my spine...
    GingerAsh GingerAsh 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 28, 2011

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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'm trying hard to lose weight

    and get in shape, but my back pain is really making it difficult. I have two weeks until my first Veterans Assosciation pain management visit. I've been waiting on that appointment since November of last year. Ugh!
    mohawkmom mohawkmom 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    My back is always killing me.

    I really need to go to the doctor.......but I'm so busy I don't have time to make an appointment. But my back always ******* hurts.
    analisalane analisalane 22-25, F Jan 22

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    Julian Whitaker, Md On The Perils Of Pain Drug Pills And On Safer Alternatives

    My plumber died in his 40s as a result of his kidneys being blown out by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) prescribed by his doctor, leaving behind bereaved a wife and several children. What a tragic waste! From an e-mail from Dr. Julian Whitaker : December 5, 2011...
    conceptualclarity conceptualclarity 51-55, M 8 Responses Dec 5, 2011

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    14 May 2013 is the day my life changed.

    I completed 2 root canals and that is when the constant pain started. Living with chronic pain is awful, when it's in your teeth it's a 100 times worse. I pray for an answer soon.
    fitwith4 fitwith4 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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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 19 Responses Apr 29, 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 14 Responses Jun 25, 2013

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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 8 Responses Apr 11, 2013

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    I have a rare disorder called Loeyz-Dietz

    syndrome in a bad form. 28 surgeries. 3 open heart. Another coming soon. I can walk and appear mostly normal, but I suffer minimum 8/10 pain at least once a day. Some days the pain is 10/10. I want to talk to anyone who suffers from medical pain. I've never gotten too...
    longcat4u longcat4u 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 30

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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

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    I wonder what normal feels like.

    I would give anything to have one day without pain. I wish there were cures.
    kaye23e kaye23e 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    I woke up this morning bursting to have a pee,

    I didn't make it in time to put my catheter in and my bladder gave way a bit, it is really painful and I have kidney pain now and feel like crap, sorry for moaning, im just fed up
    wheels1972 wheels1972 41-45, M 1 Response May 25

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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 2 Responses Feb 18

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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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    Scoliosis.

    So, I have Scoliosis.  I found out in fourth grade.  The doctor's reason:  I got it from my book sack being too heavy, from my poor posture, and from me overworking my muscles before they were able to fully develop.  I know that I definitely over worked my...
    oliveoil2007 oliveoil2007 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 16, 2007

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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 12 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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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 ever since a car accident over 2

    years ago, currently Dr's are trying to figure out if it's traumatic arthritis or fibromylagia. Meanwhile I've just had enough and don't want to hurt anymore
    Wi5huponastar Wi5huponastar 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 8

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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 6 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 5 Responses Jun 20, 2013

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    If You Know Someone Who Suffers Chronic Pain......

    I am copy / pasting some quotes I found on this subject.“Few things a doctor does are more important than relieving pain. . . pain is soul destroying. No patient should have to endure intense pain unnecessarily. The quality of mercy is essential to the practice of medicine...
    justmarji justmarji 51-55, F 2 Responses Apr 9, 2013

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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 was badly injured in a MVA

    and although I have recovered greatly I still have nerve damage in my lower legs and feet. It is like my feet are burning with pins and needles every night as I lie in bed. Super uncomfortable. I was addicted to pain killers for two years and now use Cannnibus at night to help...
    jpkparker jpkparker 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 15

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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 8 Responses Oct 2, 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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    I have piriformis syndrome

    and suffer every minute. I have been this way for 4 years now. I don't know anyone that can understand this....i hate living this way.My life has changes so much,all the things I loved doing are gone. I can't work, play or function the same anymore. Can you imagine not being...
    Bonnie1958 Bonnie1958 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 24

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    http://health.clevelandclinic.

    org/2014/01/greater-number-diseases-now-attributed-to-smoking/
    cronin43 cronin43 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    Pain is bad this week.

    I've used every natural remedy for pain and a fluoroscopy steroid injection, all to no avail. So frustrated. Suggestions.....
    Kelloggs207 Kelloggs207 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    I was born with CP ( Cerebral Palsy) in my legs.

    My left arm is weaker than my right. I had a serious diving accident when I was 13, injuring my lower back. My foster parents didn't believe me, and as well as the PE teacher at school. My back hurt badly that I couldn't lift the mattress to tuck in the sheets. I couldn't reach...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T Jan 24

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    Pain Medications

    I've been living with chronic pain for nearly 20 years now. After the diagnosis of my disability various doctors tried a number of medications, all had serious side effects. After depression, massive weight gain, dizziness, nausea, sleeplessness, etc. I decided to just 'wing it...
    rollingwithhusky rollingwithhusky 46-50, F 7 Responses Feb 26, 2011

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    For some reason, my body is always in this

    aching state. Whether its joint pain from cold weather, just aches from being sore, or painful headaches; there's always something hurting me. It's never unbearable but I did develop an addiction to painkillers for a while then eventually moved onto something that has helped my...
    misternobrain misternobrain 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    I'm lying on my back,

    in bed. And my feet are involuntarily cramping up. Twisting and becoming more atrophied than usual.. And then the enormous pain just keeps crawling and I keep trying to put my feet back to how they should be...
    prettyprude prettyprude 31-35, F 3 Responses May 25

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    Everyday it bothers me

    that I went in for surgery to correct my jaw problems and it is just worse. I wake up with my jaw dislocated every morning, It makes me scared to sleep near others and the pain is unreal
    slugkitty slugkitty 22-25, F May 13

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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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    nikahole nikahole 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 14

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    I Suffer From I Prolaspsed Disc In My Spine

    i was in a motorcycle accident or should i say i had one happen to me as i was stopped waiting for traffic when a blind idiot crashed into me from behind anyway i had wiplash of the lower spine and suffer from sciatica my sciatic nerve is pinched on the right hand side of my...
    lonelybutlovely lonelybutlovely 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 28, 2010

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    I was diagnosed with DDD in 2004.

    They also found a bulging cervical disk. I was told that I needed a fusion from C3 to C5. I had that done in December of 2004. A month into recovery, a screw came through the bone and they had to revise the fusion all the way to C7. I had a Halo screwed into my skull...
    ChicagoSparky ChicagoSparky 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 22

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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 10 Responses May 23, 2013

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