this is exactly what i do! unfortunately, it is not a viable technique if one is employed. i have not been employed for 4 years, which is 5 years after i had my L3-5 laminectomy surgery to relieve the stabbing pain i had been experiencing. now, post surgery, i am back in that pain 'saddle' again, with nerve root issues at L3-2 and possible surgery in my future....i cannot stand OR sit longer than 25 minutes before my pain is intolerable. a walk thru a store is likely to bring on such pain that it makes me feel nauseated. if i take the lyrica i cannot function at all! the v.a. medical folks will NOT rx any pain meds whatsoever lest i may become a screaming narc addict!! mind you, i used percocet prn with my regular doctors when i had "real" medical coverage prior to getting v.a. medical coverage and never became a narc junkie....but i digress. now i must be happy with bigger jars of motrin and a heating pad. i have filed for ssi so i dont lose my home. my job was lucrative but also was a sitting job so.....no sit, no work. cant lay down on the job, when i can be pain 'free'....what a life and i am only 56. i have degerative spine disease idiopathic. no trauma. i can add depression now. i love when the psychologist asks 'why are you depressed?'....gee, why do you think??? is it me? i am so glad to find that i am not alone. my family seems to think i am just wanting to sit and watch a movie b/c i am lazy. they dont understand how frustrating it is to hurt so bad and its impossible to do anything about but try to 'zone it out'..... which is called PAIN MANAGEMENT.View Thread
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