It makes you wonder if the reason that we need to dose up the population with opiates has something to do with
(1) the doctors and specialists taking so many "alternative" therapies on a "let's see if this works" basis and trying to convince people that they aren't really in pain and it is all in their head, thus prolonging the agony and creating chronic pain out of acute injuries. Why don't they tackle the cause of the pain instead?
(2) the health system's inability to provide appropriate treatments due to the apparent high costs, lack of funding and under-supply of surgeons and specialists. Why is it I can pay out of my own pocket for a private procedure to get almost instant relief, within a quite short time frame from symptom onset, but the public system would not even put me into a higher urgency category despite having not even sat me down for a one on one interview with a neurosurgeon from the outpatient clinic? Why do I have to wait possibly for a decade or more, thus falling into a chronic pain situation, when the treatment is available if I have a spare home loan deposit lying around?
I can almost guarantee that if a survey was done on chronic pain sufferers, the majority would be financially struggling or even on welfare. Rich people can afford procedures, treatments and such, but the poor get a bottle of pills and told to put up with it and it'll go away.
I wonder if this is true or just my skewed perception of reality? If it's true, then there is a bigger issues than prescribing drugs for chronic pain.
So true WTC, I know for certain if I had money I wouldn't be in the state I was today. Rich or poor no body would ever choose to live this HELL day in day out, it's only the rich that can get the proper care needed and not sent on home with another bottle of pills. Then get addicted and be called a addict.
I have had it , there no relief, the pain is ongoing , mine is not going to get better, just gradually worse and worse, what kind of life is that? Definitely not my choice of future I had planned for myself and absolutey nothing to look forward to.
My grandsons have got me through this last 20 months and if I loose caring for them while their mums worked I won't cope. I can't pick them up anymore, I change them on a coffee table . I could never tell anyone I am struggling, because them two babies are my world , they need me. Or more I need them.
But this bleeping neck pain/ migraines is eating me away , there is nothing you can do to ease it and the shoulder /arm pains just as bad and brushing my hair/teeth causes so much arm pain. My head just feels so heavy and Takes all my effort to just hold my head up.
I have """"""g had this """"""g s""t.
I am home alone today which is a good thing because I feel so """"""g angry with this pain and knowing it will never get ever get better ;( Ever ;(
Harpy, glad you are able to vent your aggression out on here. We'll be your sounding board and will not be offended because we know what it is like. Hold on to those two little grandsons if they give you strength, we all need something or someone to hold on to to make life bearable. I really hope you will find a way to get some relief from it all soon.
I have had a lot of whiplash injuries to my neck (and the rest of my spine) with my neck being left with arthritis, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis and a trapped nerve root in the left side of C4. And this trapped nerve gives me hell.
I suffer constant pain down the left side of my neck, into my shoulder and arm that never goes below 7 out of 10, but averages close to 9 out of 10. The pain is severe 24/7 and never lets me sleep all night. I can only lie in one position in bed and after a few hours I am throbbing with pain in my neck and shoulders.
My pain specialist told me there is nothing they can do for that nerve root, because it is too high up. He said trigger point injections may help. These are injections into the muscles from the neck through to shoulder and arm where the seriously bad pain spots are. And it does help. I don't get a huge relief, but it can drop the pain levels to something a little more manageable for a few weeks. That is when it goes down to between 7 and 8 out of 10.
However, the migraine headaches are the worst of it. I used to get them a lot and often, but since I have joined the old farts at the gym and have been doing stretching exercises, which includes my neck and shoulders, I have been getting less migraines.
When I get a migraine, there is no drug that can help me. My head feels like it is about to explode. I end up on the verge of chucking up my boots and this nausea lasts for days, while I have this head ache. I end up in bed a lot. I have only one thing that helps and I can't do it until it gets really bad, then it works a treat.
What I do is go to bed at night with one of those soft ice packs under my neck. I leave it there on the sorest spot for the whole night and go to sleep with it there. Often times I actually get a good night's sleep.
To start with it hurts as the cold is slowly freezing my neck, but after a while all that goes away as your neck kind of goes numb.
So what the ice pack does, is reset my pain condition back to zero for a moment in time. I still have pain, but the searing high levels of 10/10 with the migraine and all the other pain, has been removed for about 8 hours and I go back to normal again. Then it might take another few weeks or several weeks to build up to another migraine. I used to have them about 2 or 3 times a week once, but since going to the gym, it has been down to once every couple of months.
Best thing I ever did was go to the gym.
You should try to see if there is a local gym running movement classes for elderly and chronically ill people. The exercises hardly seem worth doing, but believe me, you will be surprised at just how much they actually work for you and how it will affect your pain levels and disability.
Anyway, I just thought I'd mention all that so you could possibly see if there is anything there that might help you.
Take care Harpy and don't let it get to you if you can possibly prevent it.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
Thanks WTC ,
My granbubs sure do keep me going and if there not here I look at photos of them. Huh if they only knew how they have saved me.
I needed the vent this morning , sometimes I just get so overwhelmed with it all.