I live with chronic back pain. I am looking for a support group. Maybe I can find comfort within a group like this. It would be really nice if there is a group in my area. Open to friendships! Thanks!
I'm sorry for your pain, are you in a pain management program? And there's is a lot of people on this site who will help or just talk to you whenever you need someone, I also have back pain( a car hit the side of mine and pushed me into a telephone pole) so I feel your pain, I will pray for you because I know it's hard to wake up every day hurting, but you can take some of the pain away with pain meds, hope this helps and always here for you,,
You've found us, Mark. Welcome. This is an active support group which responds to a wide variety of questions and problems regarding chronic back pain. We are fellow sufferers who have found various ways of dealing with pain and who share from our own experience, strength and hope.
Welcome Mark!! This group has many wonderful people who support each other either through day to day questions and answers, or many others exchange personal messages, or emails to also talk further, beyond the confines of a question/answer venue. I personally have made many good friends from this group, whom I talk to almost daily, and/or write back and forth. It also is a support to read what others do for different situations or medications.
There also is something to be said for actual human contact with people in chronic pain, such as a support group in your area. You might want to post an ad on Craigslist to see if there is something available, or look up in the internet site of your local newspaper to see if there are notices of support groups that meet regularly.
Either way, welcome, and as Pledge would say... " have a cuppa" :-)
Glad to have you! I came looking for the same thing you are and I have to tell you that you won't find a better group of people. I've received a lot of information, support, offers of friendship and a chance to give the same to others. Even on my worst days I've found that there's always someone that is worse off than me, which is a good way for me to keep things in perspective. There's always someone to listen, someone to vent to and someone to laugh with too. So welcome aboard and let us help you as much as they've helped me! :)
Hello Mark. Perhaps I misssed it but local support groups can be found through your local health clinic, internet, churches, doctor. Pain clinics have support groups within them as part of helping people adapt to their own situation. At least the good ones do.
Stay with reliable sources. I suspect the idea of Craig's list might also get you people who are drug searching. It was a good idea, but probably not safe. At least around here it isn't.
Write freely to whomever you relate with. Gather lots of opinions as we all have our own story.
Welcome to a great site I think you will find great support here. I have found some great support & friends here & I think you will also.
I also have Chronic pain & have had it for about 22 years now. I am alot of pain medication & have alot of medical issues. If you would like to find out more about me just check my profile.
I enjoy meeting new people & l am a great listener.
So just coming to this site is a great starter for support. You can also check with your local hospitals as most of them offer support groups.
So again welcome & it is a pleasure meeting you.
Hi Mark, this is a great place to get and give support. When one of us is down, one of the other (or ALL of the others) cheer on the person who is hurting. Today it may be you, and tomorrow it might be anyone of us.
It seems to me, that when I am hurting really badly and my meds are working, helping others on here (if not just some support) gets my mind off of ME. I can spend hours on this site when the pain is so bad I think I wanna rip my hair out.
We haven't had any time of formal get together yet. But perhaps that is in the future.
You've found a group of wonderful people, they have kept me sane through the really bad times. I wouldn't trade this group for anything!
Your new friend,
I am not sure what area you live in but there are Pain Support Groups similar to AA, I had taken a class when I was in a Hospital recovering from depression brought on by my pain, so here is how you can find one, look under pain management group, I know there is a phone number of a person in Rocklin, Ca and she is the sweetest woman you will ever talk to, give me a minute and I will get you that number, also you can always speak to me I am going through alot of depression and pain issues now my self, dealing with judgemental people and what not but here is the link for the rocklin ca meet people chronicpain.meetup.com/cities/us/ca/rocklin now I would imagine she or whomever responds would assist you in finding somthing in your area, good luck ,,, I hope I am not to late answering this qustion, thank you and I am willing to help or talk anytime you are
yes I am in the same situation . but when u feel just the god pain and the tears falling till u cant write u just do not do any good to even yourself let alone someone else or have a conversation or care about what day it is what yr or that u forgat when u eat and so on so for life keeps going, pain keeps going not much changed...
What I am trying to say I got a little dog a few yrs back to be sad with me in a way or to have a reason to keep on going. and this little fellow "forced" me to get up out of bed and try to walk to take him out. lately my pain is so bad that I worry I will loose him for not be able no more to walk him but that will never happen for we are a family and I don't know how he makes it alright again when is real bad. People do not get it unless they are or been in your shoes, meds can bring you more depression or pain the thing you've got to remember is that somewhere and somehow there is someone in so much worse circumstances and is for sure NOT YOU today! and for that you can wipe the last tears if you got any, and blow your nose, wash your face or just try to see if you remember to smile . You know, Scarlet O'Hara said "after all, tomorow is another day.
You said what I have been thinking. I have found this group compassionate and understanding. I am new with this group and reading the comments makes me feel less alone. Chronic back pain is my game right now so if nothing else at least there are supportive people and they care, and that lifts my spirits a bit.
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