I AM WONDERING IF THE PAIN COMMUNITY COULD ADD SOME THOUGHTS ON DEPRESSION AND CHRONIC PAIN. I AM TRYING TO DETERMINE IF MY LOWER BACK CHRONIC PAIN PROBLEMS ARE CAUSING ME TO BE DEPRESSED. I AM NORMALLY A PRETTY "UP" GUY,BUT I AM FINDING THAT I FIT ALL THE PARAMETERS LISTED FOR DEPRESSION.
I DO ALL THE RIGHT THINGS LISTED TO FIGHT DEPRESSION;DIET,EXERCISE,DON'T DRINK,ETC..SO IT IS NOT THAT. THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS,THAT MAY NEED TO BE CONSIDERED,SUCH AS MY STATION IN LIFE. THOUGH I HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL CARRIER,I NOW FIND MYSELF AT 72,LIVING IN AN APARTMENT ON SOCIAL SECURITY.View Thread
PHIL,MY NAME IS TERRY.I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE FACING AT THE VA. I ALSO,HAVE A FEMALE DR.(WEATHER IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE OR NOT?).WHEN I FIRST WENT TO HER AFTER SHE REPLACED MY OLD DR.,SHE DID NOT WANT TO GIVE ME WHAT I WAS GETTING FROM MY LOCAL DR. (MORPHINE,VICODIN). I HAVE A BACK THAT IS CLASSIFIED AS IRREPARABLE,MEANING THEY WON'T EVEN OPERATE ON IT. I HAD TO GO TO MY LOCAL DR. AGAIN AND CONVINCE HIM TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE VA DR. THAT MY BACK PAIN WAS WORTHY OF THE PAIN MEDICINE I HAD BEEN TAKING FROM HIM. THE LETTER DID WORK AND NOW I AM PRESCRIBED THE FULL PAIN MEDICINE THAT KEEPS ME FUNCTIONING.View Thread
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