As a former ICU nurse I am well aware that people have various pain threshholds. I also know some pains wont be relieved no matter what. As for chronic pain, more often than not one has to go through various modalities before acceptable relief can be found. Personally, I havent been pain free in 30 years, since I came down with severe arthritis. For the last 10 years I've had severe spinal stenosis. I had back surgery last year and that did not fix it. I tried various amounts and doses of Vicodin, and that did not help. I wasnt willing to try stronger drugs. I found the only true pain relief I get is when I lie flat. I bought a microwavable heating pad, which I put on my back, and lie flat down for 10 or 15 minutes, and I'm good to go for a while. I do this several times a day.
After my surgery I had physical therapy for a while, which did not aleviate my pain. However, I learned what I should and should not do, which was very valuable. I kept going to the gym after I was done with my prescribed therapy, and initially I thought I'm working so hard and nothing is happening. After a few weeks though I started noticing that I dont need to lie down quite as often, and when I walk I can walk further before I need to stop.
By trial and error you can learn how much activity you can tolerate.
Push it a little, but not a lot. If you know that if doing something specificView Thread
Sorry, I am on my I-pad and had trouble with the reply window, so I thought I better post it so I dont loose the whole thing. I'll come back tomorrow to finish my post when I have access to my home computer again. Again, my apologies.View Thread
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