... with 11 diseases for many years now. Right now, I would just like to know that I'm not the only person in chronic pain, I'm here in MD and wondering how you (in chronic pain) are dealing day to day. Please say hello, I would love to talk with you
Hello oceanman and welcome to the site. your question also posted on the main question board, so I came across it. I'm very fortunate, no physical ailments, aside from having COPD, and thats from many years of tobacco use. Hopefully you'll make new friends, support, and find hopefully answers as well as being able to offer the same to other folks. I don't usually answer the pain questions, but from time to time, there might be one that I come across where I add my thoughts. Best of wishes and hope you do feel at home here,pledge
hi oceanman,welcome to dc.my name is subzero58 aka pete.how i deal with chronic pain is by taking just enough medication to make it tolerable for that day.and that day by day feeling you get to know just how much medication you need.the weather,stress,your diet and yes even if you got a good nights sleep.pain management is a team effort.your doctors,bad weather or not you have to have a strong support system AA or NA , friends and family. I saved family till the very last,WELCOME oceanman to the drugs.com family... p.s.im gonna friend you... pete,aka subzero58
Hi - I live in MD too and am a chronic pain patient with lots of things wrong with this body of mine! No, they won't take you in Hospice unless you are terminally ill and expected to die within 18 months. Best to stay off the narcotics - drs just aren't prescribing them anymore and getting off of them is horrible. Have you considered signing a DNR - Do Not Resusitate Order? I'm seriously considering it and putting it on my Medic Alert Bracelet. If God stops my heart then leave me be! That really gives Him the control. Have you consideral more natural alternatives? I'm finding help with alternative health care and herbs and things, grown naturally - gifts from God. I'm tired of everything that modern man has messed up. Anyway, welcome - I don't post much but I do check here everyday. Take care now - ElizaJane. (oh just noticed this question was asked in March! Wow!)
Hi, Oceanman, and sorry for the LONG delay in getting back to you. There are so many questions asked daily that sometimes some fall "between the cracks", so to speak. I hope that you are still here!!
In answer to your statement, I've been a chronic pain patient for 17 years now, and yes, it does get worse. It sucks. The ONLY way that I can handle it is NOT to think about it. Therefore, I try to keep as involved as possible. I will keep my mind constantly busy, and my body if I am physically able to do that. The problem is that when a doctor asks me my pain levels, and what kind of pain do I have, I can't answer them, because I literally REFUSE to think about the pain!! I will read a great book, watch TV, NO COMMERCIALS, (a DVR helps really well), talk on the phone, get out of the house, anything to keep my mind off of it. I will also laugh, make jokes, and have serious political discussions with my husband, or deep psychological discussions too. I do ANYTHING I possibly can to not think about how my body is deceiving me. It's my only coping mechanism, but it keeps me sane.
Best of luck to you, and I do hope that you are still around, as this is a great site! Also, you might want to add a few "tag groups" to your questions so that more people can see them!!
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