Chronic back pain I'm barely walking I use a walker to get by I'm only 57 years old I feel like an 80 years old I have no personal life because the pain is so excruciating and sometimes I ask myself why am I here I don't go out much because it's hard for me I don't know what else to do every time I go to the doctor they say to me I'm sorry I wish I could do more I wish I could do more you can help me so I'm still searching I would just like to have some kind of relief can anyone tell me what can I take for this kind of pain to get my life back in order I'm out of options just looking for a little help
Let me first say how sorry I am that you are going through this.
You are going to need to stay positive and change your lifestyle.
Socialization is extremely important.
Being alone will increase your pain and make you feel hopeless. Please don't let that happen.
Let's think of what you can do to give your life meaning. People need to be needed. People need to share their life by giving advice in an attempt to have some affect on other people.
Do you have any ideas?
Do you have family?
If I may add my two cents...
If they are not for you it may get your mind on what else you can do.
I don't know if you are working and a lot depends on how much free time you have.
You are so young that you need to find something now when it's easier than when you become older.?
Volunteerism is something that has immediate good results. You walk away smiling and feeling worthwhile.
How to choose?
What interests you? Where do your passions lie before the arthritis set in?
Is there a career that you wish you would have gone into but it didn't work out?
Are you a people person?
Obviously, hospitals are always a good start. You need to find something where you sit. If you like infants, perinatal units could be the thing. These babies have to stay in for months. Holding and talking to babies is very important to their growth and well being. AND you would have a rocking chair!
Pediatrics is heart warming because they are lonely and scared especially with chronic illnesses. Just sitting with them talking or reading to them makes their day. Nurses are so busy that having someone that isn't going to leave in 10 min is a luxury to them.
Hospice care is another field. I know, too depressing but it's not ! Patients and families are regular people who are going through a difficult time. They are pretty much bed-bound so it would be easier for you. Experiencing the transition is incredible with raw emotions. Volunteers are the best!
If you are not a people person then talk to them what you can do with your limitations. There is always office work managing the paper work or going to the in-patient units. There is always charts to be made, organization,etc.
The good part of the units is that it is a team and the volunteers are included in the team so you are accepted automatically by a bunch of people who are compassionate (or they wouldn't be in hospice) and grateful to have extra hands.
The school system is also another place where your skills could be used in whatever capacity you can manage.
If you like to sew, quilt or do other creative projects you could join the craft groups in your area.
I was never creative. I started looking at all the new cool things you can make. I don't go out for it but using you-tube and on-line groups you can teach yourself. The day will go by faster and you will feel productive.
It's no longer brushes and paints but all sorts of arts and machines to make things that you can sell or donate. Look on-line to find all the different fun things.
I'm sure with your disease you have a lot of knowledge you can pass on through forums that are specific for arthritis. You can make some good friends that way.
Now as far as medical...
Voltaren gel is a super NSAID gel to rub over the areas. Just this week-end I found two of my friends in their 50s that found dramatic results from it. My knees, her shoulder, his back. We all were amazed that it exceeded our expectations. You will need a prescription.
Two years ago, my knees were barely working. I went to my orthopedist and she said the O/A was almost bone on bone. She gave me Orthovisc injection into both knees. The treatment is shots into the joint (doesn't hurt small needle) every two weeks x 3. I also had physical therapy to add to the chance of success.
For the last 1-1/2 years my knees felt like they were 18 years old !
It's been 2 years and for the last 2 months following a fall, they zbecome stiff and painful. I'm planning on having it done again. The downside is the more you have them the less they are to work as well. It still buys you time to plan for knee replacements.
Well that is all I have for you now.
Perhaps you will get other answers from some of the other kind souls here. Lol
Be well and don't hesitate to talk. You don't need a question here.
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