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by Mocha » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:12 pm

i know many of you deal with chronic pain on a regular basis and i was wondering if/how it affects your moods, how you deal with it.

i have a couple of issues that cause chronic pain and sometimes it just wears me out. it can be depressing as hell. i can't do things i've done all my life, affects my independence.....and for sure i hate asking anyone for help.... :evil:


so what about you?


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by AvantGarde » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:27 pm

Migranes. They come out of nowhere. I lose focus, need to sleep, can't watch tv or be on the computer. Happens every week or so, I figure it will only get worse with age. Mood wise, I get depressed than exhilerated when they stop. Doesn't affect me that much, just when they happen.

Paracetamol seems to help, but I don't over use it.
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by Spm24 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:22 pm

I have joint pain in a couple of areas of my body. It is not constant but enough to be very tiresome on most occasions. It does cause some depressive state when it flares up bad.

I deal with it just like everything I just keep plodding along dealing with it.
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by Duckysmom » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:36 pm

Rheumatoid arthritis, gastro issues that are better but haven't gone away. My broken foot is healing but aches a lot of the time, GERD is a close companion. I'm on so many meds besides my BP meds my internist and pdoc are on a first name basis and I could open my own pharmacy.

Tired a lot. Moods vary with medical ups and downs, usually in the downward direction.
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by Mocha » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:20 pm

thanks for the replies, you guys.

AG.......both my neurologist and pdoc have always believed that migraines, BP and epilepsy are somehow connected. not surprising to me since the same meds are often used to treat all three. are you still taking Depakote or one of it's 'cousins'? Sometimes it's Rx'd for migraines.

btw....we've had threads in the past re: migraines & BP......can't remember the links but there are many articles that talk about migraines and how they can decrease with age (around 40ish)...at least in women.

here's a great site re: migraines:
http://www.migraines.org/

I deal with it just like everything I just keep plodding along dealing with it.

shawn.....same here even when i shouldn't, but you know that already.... :twisted:


Ducky.......oh yeah......i hear ya on the abundance of meds..... :roll:

I can deal with the usual physical issues....it's the heavy duty chronic pain that's wearing me out.

i've been putting off shoulder replacement surgery for a year.......lower back/hip issues that can't be fixed. and most recently (a few weeks ago), i injured my wrist. i didn't go to doctor, thought it would get better on it's own. that's my usual approach to things like that....:roll:.... But now i give.....seeing doc/having it xrayed next week.

I can take a lot of pain, but now i'm tired. and pissed off......as i said, my independence is affected, and i'm fiercely independent. always have been. i don't want to depend on anyone, have always believed you can't depend on anyone but yourself.

sigh......thank buddha for norco is all i have to say....:lol:...

and thanks for listening.


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by AvantGarde » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:34 pm

It makes sense that they are connected. I don't know if it's better with depakote, might be lighter and easier to pass with paracetamol.

I'll check some articles, you know me, but I've never felt the need to research it I don't know why. Will check that site out too. Thank you.
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by libellula » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:49 am

Mocha is an important issue this one for me: two years ago two different doctors diagnosed me Fibromyalgia and therefore chronically I have terrible back pain. The only relief for me is paracetamol, but in the last period I developed a kind of intolerance. I suppose that there is a kind of connection between bp and fibromyalgia but I have no medical evidence to support this idea.
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by Jemane » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:54 am

I get terrible migraines but fortunately not very often. I get an aura before hand where I loose vision for an hour so beforehand. I take a couple of aspirin as soon as I get the aura then I take panadeine forte (paracetamol plus codeine) when the headache hits.
Pain is horrible. I don't know his people with chronic pain cope. I think it would be very depressing.
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by Stuckles » Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:50 pm

I grew up with pain thinking it to be 'normal' ( how daft is that :lol: ) so much so that I am a master at masking pain. I have never been able to pin down the interplay between my chronic pain and BP though.

For some strange reason, I am almost too accepting of the pain. I have never become angry or raged about how unfair it is that I have the condition that causes me chronic pain but when it comes to the BP I am all rage. Don't get me wrong, the fact that I can't do what others do or even that the pain seems to be getting worse every year does sadden me and does weigh on my mind but weirdly enough, it has never been a source of outright depression. In a way I guess it just reaffirms the fact that my depression is not 'natural' and is not from an external source.

The BP has robbed me of much more than the chronic pain and issues with my joints and that's saying a lot for someone who at times struggle to walk without pain let alone even think of throwing a ball so the dog can fetch it or heaven forbid, stupidly think I can ride a bike :lol: . BP has left me with a feeling that 'I have the tools but my hands are chopped off'. It leaves my mind milling around at a hundred miles an hour yet no focus to act on it so it just gets stuck and builds up till I end up doing something crazy just to get my thoughts to let go and change lanes.

The pain I experience is easiest to describe as Fibro-like or arthritic, but because I have a underlying condition, namely a connective tissue disorder, I can't really call it Fibromyalgia. My GP just finds it easiest to refer to it as arthritis. The only pain med's that really did anything is Opioid's and I can no longer take them as they suppress my respiratory function. To make matters worse, anti-inflamatories can't be considered for chronic benefits as it's not supposed to be used as such but it's the only thing that still helps. Both my doctor and a pain specialist agrees that it's 'the lesser of two evils'. It sometimes feels like none of the 'rules' and 'guidelines' governing biology and medicine applies to me :roll:

For the most part I feel frustration. Frustration that both conditions are not well understood, has no 'cure' and will most likely only ever result in the same reaction from doctors, i.e. 'the shrug' with "it is what it is". My conditions isn't 'cureable' only 'manageable' and usually the first thing they think of as a cause when visiting them.
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by AvantGarde » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:09 am

That sucks Stuckles! Wish there were more comforting words. I know there are but I lack vocabulary at the moment.
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by Stuckles » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:53 am

Thanks AvantGarde, sometimes it's the little gestures that means the most. To be honest, it's not so much the things I can't do that frustrates me but rather that when ever I accept that a door has closed and I find a new one opening, it's only a matter of time till that door also closes. I sometimes feel like I'm running for a elevator screaming "Hold the door damn it!" :lol:
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