hi Leta( no pun intended:) I'm not sure of your age or your ailment, but I am sure of mine: it is a crush injury to the hand/wrist area that I have had at least six surgeries for; the doctor told me my pain was permanent and not in my head. he still sent me to pain management, and gives me techniques to avoid giving me heavy narcotics. I appreciate the sensibilities involved in his decision-making, and love him for lifting my burden at least 75% of the way; I defy him, however, to try to live with my pain ( 25%). I would like to meet a doctor that can honestly evaluate pain and relate to their patients a better way to treat chronic pain. may be a doctor that has a severe injury and is living with it! my doctor supplied many drugs that were not addictive to no avail; when he prescribed oxycodone, he marveled at the management technique that I use to keep it mostly out of my system... sadly, there is a limit that forced him to send me to pain management even though he knew I still do have a significant claim with pain. pain management just drained my resources but not the pain. I have been medicine free for almost one year, and now the weather and pressures of trying" not" to use the hand are coming to get me- short sleep cycles, intense biting, throbbing pains and swelling of my fingers, wrist and elbow area, along with irritability. I hate when that happens. I have to have one final surgery to remove the titanium plate on my Ulna bone which my doctor says may be the source of my pain... the only consolation is that I'm getting another short round of narcs!!!! I honestly believe that between prayer and distractions, you can release enough chemicals inside your body to push off 75% of your pain; however intense that 25% pain is inside of you, I feel for you; when it leaves you to tears, crying, just imagine inside your mind's eye leaning on my shoulder while I rub your back. a kiss from a friend xoxoxo hang in there, my dear; there will be better days for both of us!View Thread
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