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How much do you push your body when in an effort to fight for mobility you can’t control the nerve pain or the muscle spacticity and spasms?

I’m living with chronic intense spine pain with nerve damage and muscle atrophy in my lower body. Just a few weeks ago I was in a wheelchair for eleven days straight and could not walk at all. I haven’t been able to do anything besides the bare basics of caring for myself and my pup. Yes, the bare basics. I’m not in a wheelchair right this minute but I cannot walk without my rollator or walker with my attached cane. It’s been that way for a long time now, years.

Anyway, I’m trying to walk (via walker) and track my steps, push myself a little more each day.

The pain, burning and numbness take over my body and I have to stop repeatedly to bend my spine forward and relieve the pain and pressure, ease the burning. It’s horrible and the pain sucks but still, I want my life back and I’m not going down without a whole lot more fighting (again). Yes, I’ve been living with chronic pain my entire adult life, so it’s been an ongoing battle for years.

The problem I’m having right now and daily is: when I’m pushing for mobility and trying to save my lower body (mid spine to feet) from being permanently paralyzed I’m fighting nerve damage that only relieves with ice for hours (mid to low spine and bum and hips) but muscle spasms that only relieve with heat (legs/feet).

Just exactly how much muscle spasms/spasticity is too much and how do I know if I’m pushing way too much or just not enough? I’m really not knowing and I know if I don’t keep fighting and just stay in whats comfortable and least painful I won’t be out of the wheelchair very long. Any tips, advice? I welcome them all please. This pain is making me a little bit nuts and I’m using ice and heat at the same time to combat the different parts and symptoms on my lower body. I’m exhausted and frustrated to say the least. #ChronicPain #FailedBackSurgery #Nervedamage #DDD #Osteoarthritis #spinestimulator #migratedleadwire #Exercise #Neuropathy #MuscleWasting #Tremors #numb #tingling #Burning #Spasticity #musclespasms #mobility #Fibromyalgia

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What if it never gets better?

I did have optimism when I was younger but that’s probably because youth came with immaturity and a sense of being naive. Fast forward to the present time, I feel completely different due to many life’s circumstances and changes. My nonchalant attitude and numbness to everything has taken me out of life’s reality for the most part.

Now I feel comfortable in my depression and don’t want to let it go. I’m not sure if I should navigate through this or just let it be?
#Depression #numb #hopeless #MensMentalHealth

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So I find myself alone with no one to go go . No one to talk to about how I’m feeling . The loneliness kicks in and makes me feel down about myself. I’ve been dealing with some major issues with my kids too .

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Battling With Self Doubt & Feeling Numb

Hi. i dont know who read this but i just write it down.
I'm 28. I'm actually battling with self doubt and feeling numb at the same time. I have no idea what should i do to improve my life. #Selfblame #SelfDoubt #numb

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I am type 1 bipolar. I was on abilify for several years. I stopped taking it about a year ago I guess. I didn’t feel s difference.

Currently I am struggling with depression. I’m doing a good job pretending to be fine, but I know I am not. I feel numb. I hate my job. I’m
Always tired. Completely unmotivated to do anything.
Even things I used to love doing. If I didn’t have to leave my house I wouldn’t.

How do I get out of this? It’s affecting my marriage. It’s effecting my relationships with friends, the few I have left, and family.

Everything is hard. How can I be numb and in pain at the same time?

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Hello my name is Charles and it's the first time that I am writing. I suffer from anxiety and sometimes I have numb feelings #numb #sad #Depression #Anxiety

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How do you know if depression or medication is causing you to feel numb about everything?

I've been taking my current medication for a year now. The psychiatrist warned me that emotional numbness could be a side effect. I also tend to be very apathetic when depressed. Looking back over the past year, I see that I've gradually become more and more numb to everything. It's gotten to the point where the numbness is driving suicidal thoughts because it really feels like there is no point to anything. The problem is that I don't know if this just means my depression has gotten worse or if it is actually a side effect of my meds. Any thoughts or advice?

#Medication #numb #Depression #MentalHealth #Anxiety #PTSD

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I pray for better days

<p>I pray for better days</p>
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I don't really know what to call it, anxiety? depression? stress?
But I am feeling so weird and numb right now.
I have no motivation left for anything.
I just want everything to disappear including my own self.
I am so tired!

#tired #numb

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