in 2005 I fell off of a 100ft cliff it was an stripmind, I was hiking and got to close to the edge and fell landed in a sitting postition on a rock about 75ft down, from there I fell another 25ft into the water I crushed my pelvic, broke my hips and hipsockets, broke my left fimer in three places, fractured my tail bone all the way across, broke and damaged disk in my back I have a rod from my hip to my knee,and a right hip replacement I now have crippling Arthritis and when i sleep my legs lock up, it takes about a couple of hours to get moving in the mornings, besides the medication im on what else can i do to relieve the pain that I have, i am able to walk now but I hurt every day, any suggestion.
20 Sep 2010
After a different disease that has caused me chronic pain for over 11yrs now I know how hard it is to get used to not only having but regaining the ability to live with chronic pain both physically and mentally. From 1999 when I was injured until around 2004 it had taken me that long to come to a realization that I could have some quality of life and want to enjoy living again after not being able to walk for over 2yrs and being told that I may end up in a wheelchair but made it to a cane instead always fighting what the doctors said would happen to me.
Other than saying that I would think you are on some type of muscle relaxer as my right leg and feet lock up on me at night in bed and still to this day it takes a couple of hours to get moving in the mornings allowing my meds to kick in and for me to stretch a bit, home therapy of any kind that your doctor approves of is a wonderful way to help the pain, warm water therapy being the best of all as you are basically weightless in water and can move more without further injury. If you have a local YMCA that has a warm water therapy pool, I would highly recommend it and so would most doctors as I am only another chronic pain survivor and not a doctor, nurse, or professional.
My condition RSD has caused me to get Rheumatoid Arthritis (3yrs ago) and was just recently tested for Osteopenia; the beginning stages of Osteoporosis at age 42. That pain on top of what I've suffered for so long now is horrible I know.
I do believe in "move it or lose it" but in saying this we have to do so very carefully and only to the amounts we can handle trying to not cause undo pain. I don't move around every day as I can't but the days I do because I'm so stubborn, I move too much knowing I'm only hurting myself. My doctor gets on me for this.
Be stubborn but maybe not as stubborn as I have been as now I see that I'm only paying in pain for the days I do overdo it.
Relaxation techniques, meditation (which I haven't been able to do yet), and other forms of alternative therapies may be something to look into as at this stage in my own disease, I'm finding those things help as I've remained on the same dosage of my strong pain medication refusing any increases for 9yrs knowing both that the medications are dangerous and how young I was then and now.
4yrs ago I found a great church to go to after looking for over 2yrs. For me personally, finding the strength in spirituality has helped me very much and has others but that is a personal choice.
Don't let chronic pain define you. I hope you have also received the mental help it takes to deal with chronic pain from someone trained to deal with people in pain.
I also do things to not focus on my pain. That could be anything from reading a book, watching TV, and research has shown that listening to any music you like for at least 1 to 2 hours a day can help relieve some pain.
None of us are just alike in pain or treatments but never giving up looking for other ways to help is a great way to treat your pain.
I know it has changed who I am in ways that are good and some ways that aren't so good. Mood swings or agitation is a real symptom of experiencing so much pain. I found that with all this time I have now instead of depression (which used to have it's grip on me) I try to be more positive and even found being more compassionate and empathetic to others are traits that I do like about myself now.
Any stress in life that we allow to get to us always is major in making our pain worse so worry a lot less as so many things we have no control over.
If anything I've said here helps at all, I am happy to give any advice I can.
Since getting RSD, I started helping other people who have it after getting over my own depression and helping others has also helped me.
None of us want pity and hopefully you have a good support system in your friends and family. I realize they can only sympathize as nobody else understands except for others in chronic pain.
Put yourself first as taking care of you is the most important thing.
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