I,m 27 years old and been dealing with back pain for years now. The pain has broke me down mentally. I no longer enjoy things I used to love and have a hard time getting motivated. I feel depressed and get these crying spells. I have gained 40lbs in 1years time and cant seem to get motivated to exercise. I need to do something and my doc. procribed bupropion 150mg hopeing it would get me feeling like me again. I know the pain well still be their but hope it gets me back to me someone who lives life
What do you take for the pain? I am not an advocate of narcotics, read my profile. But given the right one at the right dose can greatly restore the quality of your life, taken as directed of course.
I am a member of the American Pain Foundation and in accordance with their guidelines everyone who suffers pain has a right to be taken seriously and their pain be assessed and promptly treated.
Of course you are depressed. But the pain issue is of upmost importantance. The depression resulted from the pain.
Please seek out a pain management provider. The APT website of www.painfoundation.org will give you valuable information and help you locate a provider in your area. God Bless and Good Luck. Sable
hi hun, I know how you feel I was just writing a member since she wa on the same meds I was that I layd in bed the past 2 days and tied to overdose and not wake up after taking 5 pills of everything that I use to take but don't any more and I still woke up sat and just said to myself shitI suppose to be dead and did the same however sunday my hubby of 120 black lab who sleeps with us could not get me to open my eyes. I did not wake up till 3 or 330 am I could almost not have the sreangth get out of bed the pain was phenominal(sp) i crawled out of bed and crawled to the stairs i Kept calling my d hubby until he said wahhhhhat!finally and I had to beg him to please come upstairs to bed I need you. well he said you sure don't act like you need me trying to kill yourself. so we finally began talking and Boy was I ever wrong.
I say this to you because don't get as depresed as me the meds your on id an anti depressant please let me know howit works for you I could use some cos I hate the change of seasons and hate to go out due to my no peripheal lining on my nerves it is also used to stop smoking I remeber when he was gonna have me take it but was told I could I was on to many high dosed narcotics, well now I am on cold turkey since last march and everone always said all on narcotics should take a little vacation because I know none of yu will realize your really in that much pain! HA I said EXCUSE ME I don't thing so march to end of sep almost Nov I don't think so
What you maybe experiencing is anhedonia, the lack of pleasure. It can occur with depression and to me is more a symptom of grief. The buproprion may help, as will some therapy, some simple exercise, some support and some daydreaming. Hope is the healer of grief and setting some easy goals will help produce some hope. If u are physically able, set a simple goal of walking just ten minutes per day and start slow so u won't get sore and give up or quit. U can increase it a minute or 2 every few days til u get up to 30 or 40 min. u will start feeling better when u get up to 15 min per day. The therapy and the meds will also help especially together with the exercise. exercise produces endorphins, they r natural antidepressants. I have had this anhedonia b4 and the exercise not only lifted my mood, but i have lost eleven lbs and my body shifted the weight and toned up. I hope u feel better soon, anhedonia is awful.
You have started at the right place to get some help with your battle and that is by recognizing that you have an issue that you want to make better. The people on this site have all been where you are and will offer you a variety of things that have helped them get through their individual ordeals. In my case, my injury was a work injury. It took many months and several court hearings, but I was able to get workers comp. Since I have workers comp.I was able to get therapy/counseling to help me deal with the depression. I am able to speak with my therapist once a week/once every two weeks. It has really helped me to deal with the losses that I have felt. I have not been able to work in over two years. I am a Physical therapist. That is the only career that I have ever known. It is very hard to be on the receiving end of PT when you have been the one providing it for 23 years.
I truly miss being able to relieve peoples pain, from being able to make a person walk again, from being able to provide a person with a wheelchair that enables them not only to be able to get around their home but be able to enter their community again without restriction or pain. This is a tremendous loss for me. Beyond that, is the loss I feel as a wife and a mother. These are the things that I have been able to discuss and cry and sometimes even laugh about with my therapist. You may want to discuss the possibility of seeing a therapist with your doctor and your insurance company. I know that it has really helped me and my family. My husband and my children have also participated in sessions too. It has helped us survive as a family and kept me and my husband together as a couple. Too many couples are not able to survive chronic pain. Through therapy we have made it so far and I am sure we are going to make it in the long run. I am taking Cymbalta also to help with the depression. It was prescribed for the nerve pain with the understanding that it has anti-depressive benefits too. As the previous repsondent said, exercise is also very helpful. Endorphins are our natural painkillers. Starting with a simple walk whether it be walking in place in the house in front of the TV or outside in your neighborhood for 10 minutes and building upon that is a great place to start. Go to the mall if you like and just window shop. Anything that gets you out of the house. Mall walking has gotten many people motivated to start a walking program and is a nice way to meet new people and it can help to keep you motivated. I wish you the best of luck. Please keep in touch with us here on this site and let us know how you are doing and feeling. We have been where you are and many are just emerging ourselves. There is no shame in what you are feeling and it is just a natural part of the process. Pain is exhausting!!! Some days it takes all I can do to drag myself out of bed, and today was one of those days, but tomorrow is a new day and I won't let myself feel guilty if I had a bad day today. I am a good person who had a bad thing happen to me. I deserve to let myself rest on a day when the pain is bigger than me and tomorrow I will be bigger than the pain!!! Good Luck and God Bless. I am rooting for you and I know that you will win your battle against the pain just as we are all winning our battles. Valerie
I can relate to you completely! I am very sorry but I am getting ready to go to court, UGH... so I can't write what I'd like to right now but as soon as I get a chance I will. Hang in there. It will get better, sometimes it just seems like it never will. Keep checking back, and I will respond better to your ?.
have you had any kind of diagnosis for your back pain? i know where you are coming from. im 25 with 2 small kids. my life sucks. i hurt constantly. its a chore to get off the couch most days. my fiance does all the housework. i feel like a complete failure. the pain meds help alot. they get me to the point where im able to move. the antidepressants help alot. i dont cry like i use to. every once in a while i will have a mild break down... its def not as bad. you can talk to me if you ever need an ear. we are all here to help. xoxo
It was at one time and even still thought that the reason we get chronic pain is because of depression but that's not true. Chronic pain can not only take so much of all we were once able to do easily that we all took for granted as normal to a level of being sedentary like you have been. I've been there too and also depressed at that time more than ever in my life before and since.
In well over 11yrs, it took me until about 4 1/2yrs ago to start not only feeling physically better but also mentally better.
You do need treatment for this depression that can also add to your pain relief. I agree with Anonymous very much so.
I started to slowly force myself to do the smallest things; not what I wanted to but anything I could at a very slow pace. I lost weight I had gained due to being sedentary and also finding out which meds were causing weight gain and getting off of them.
Finally I was able to at least find some quality of life again to a point that I know I can't do what I used to, but there are some very meaningful things I have learned to do again and please know once you're being treated right for both pain and depression, you have to start changing your own attitude towards positive thinking even with help to turn it around again but I promise it can be done.
You can even go on youtube and read about MBS; Mind Body Syndrome; I learned that the same place in the brain that perceives pain in our bodies is also the same place we have emotions; feelings. That is why you are crying more also. It's normal to do this. I still do myself at times even though I am doing much better.
Don't take every word about MBS as true but it sure did point out some things to me that make such sense with intelligent doctors who have studied this a great deal. I now believe one day many diseases will be treated via the brain after watching a few of the videos about MBS which spoke a lot on chronic pain from many different diseases/problems, how it effects our brains, why, and how depression and emotions are so connected.
If some of these things could be a true cure, Big Pharma will be the 1st to blast it saying it doesn't work.
Unfortunately for most diseases cures aren't what is being sought; only treatments to cover up symptoms are the real ploy of big Pharma.
If real cures were uncovered, they would lose so much money and research would close 1st.
I hope this helps you and please know that what you are going through is normal for many of us because we lose so very much. Please know that you have power; your mind. Get help first and then use your mind to control some of what you can as we can't control it all. It will help you to overcome and get back some of what you were that I know how important it is to have that back.
It helps you help yourself; empowerment is priceless.
Always be proactive in all you find out about what you have looking things up about it and any meds you take.
I know you can overcome; my thoughts are with you,
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