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Don’t know what to do anymore….

So here is my story. Been suffering from Fibromyalgia and various other illnesses and conditions. Go into see a surgeon next month for an opinion. I am in constant pain from sacroiliac it dysfunction, neurogenic claudication, crps, spinal stenosis of lumbar region, lumbar radiculopathy, cervical spondylitis, cervical radiculopathy which is enough. Has anyone had any of these issues and if so any surgeries? has it helped? I’m at my wits end. Thank you and good health to all of you!

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Painwarrior63. I'm here because I've been a chronic pain sufferer for 40 years and just wanted to find a community of like minded people that I could relate to.

#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #SpinalStenosis

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Prescription anxiety

I had spine surgery on 3/3 (5 days ago) and I’m in a lot of pain. I expected this as I just had spine surgery 6/22/22 as well. I prepared for the worst and I hoped for the best. Here’s my question….I got a prescription for pain medication the day of my procedure which contained enough for 8 tabs a day spaced at every 4-6 hours, just like the prescription says. Here I am on day 5 with 8 tablets and I’m anxious…is the surgeon going to give me a refill , there’s no way people come off pain meds 5 days after spine surgery right?, am I crazy that I’ve calculated my dose’s exactly because I don’t want to experience the crazy pain that follows?.
Seriously, is there something wrong with that/me? I’ve never been an addict, but if pain was involved and pain medication was needed, I didn’t let anyone help me with that part. I’m the child of an addict, could be something there.
My bruising has only just begun and the swelling is horrific (ice is my friend). So my anxiety has kicked in because I’m scared to call the surgeons office and ask for a refill (to be called in tonight preferably so I don’t have to drive), docs don’t like to refill pain medication even for surgery relief. I’m so afraid to be in pain, but the anxiety of actually calling is getting the best of me right now. Ugh. Why? Just why? Why does my brain do this? I’m certainly not actively thinking these thoughts. I don’t understand why this has to be an issue for me. 😤😩🥴😵‍💫🙄🤥🫥🫤😳😔 #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #MajorDepressiveDisorder #Anxiety #PanicDisorder #MoodDisorder #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #AnxietyMedication #SpinalStenosis #MightyTogether #CheckInWithMe #CrohnsDisease #Fibromyalgia #BrainFog #BackPain #SpinalSurgery #ChronicPain

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Spine Surgery Anxiety 😵‍💫

I have a major spine surgery quickly approaching this Friday 3/3/23 and l'm extremely anxious. I just had a different type of spine surgery 6/22/22. Something just feels different this time and I can't seem to wrap my mind around it. I keep having nightmares that I’m going to wake up from surgery paralyzed. I didn’t have nightmares or anxiety before my last spine surgery. It makes sense and it’s valid, but it just seems odd to me. In total, this will be my 13th surgery, I’m generally not anxious about surgeries or procedures (colonoscopies and endoscopies every 1-2 years for the last 29 years). It definitely doesn’t help that I’m also in a Crohn’s flare currently. Getting to the bathroom quickly can be very challenging after spine surgery, I learned that from the first surgery. Sitting on the toilet is very uncomfortable/difficult also.

⭐️❤️Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated, I'm having trouble escaping/controlling my mind right now.⭐️❤️

Photo is of myself with my awesome Service Dog Onyx, he makes living life much easier for me. 🐕‍🦺

I've had some difficulties finding groups that are active here, so I'm not even sure where to post or where this post will end up. I'm not giving up on finding people to connect with though.

#MightyTogether #SpinalStenosis #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #ChronicPain #chronicbackpain #Arthritis #DegenerativeDiscDisease #PanicDisorder #MajorDepressiveDisorder #CrohnsDisease #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #ChronicSpinePain #Anxiety #Insomnia #Nightmares #PTSD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder

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I’m new here!

Hi, my name is Hpruiett. I'm here because i fell in November and injured my back badly. since then I’m in constant pain. literally it has never been lower than 2-3 since it happened. I’ve had MRI. I have lumbar spinal stenosis as well as moderate arthritis in my lower back as well as multiple fractures in my sacrum. I’m terrified of opioids so I was prescribed ibuprofen, Tylenol, muscle relaxers and back injections. last month I was terminated from my job of 8+yrs for attendance due to my chronic pain. I also lost my insurance. I just need people who understand. I feel like I’m going insane. I only get about 1.5 hrs sleep at a time and lucky to get a total of about 5-6 unrestful hours of sleep. I’m hoping I’m not alone.

#MightyTogether #ChronicIllness #CentralPainSyndrome #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #Grief

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checking in

Hi Friends how is everyone doing? It's been ages, things have been a bit crazy for me in real life. Pneumonia that lasted forever and a lot of dealing with family health issues. it's amazing how health stuff gets in the way of everything. 😔 Anyhoo, hoping my art friends are doing well. 💙🎨 I finally finished this illustration for one of my stories that I started years ago. Woop! I'll try to check in more again. #Art #ArtTherapy #ChronicPain #chronicmigraine #BackPain #PsoriaticArthritis #SpinalStenosis #spinalcordstimulator

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I am new here!

My name is Samuel. I have been diagnosed with 20 different illnesses and/or diseases over the years. The last one, early stages of Alzheimer’s. I am emotionally drained most days. It feels like my memory is being erased, besides having problems communicating and process thoughts, emotions, and ideas, etc. The other issues worsen the situation as these still need to be managed, but they have a severe impact on my mobility, comfort, and other human basic needs. Anyway, thank you for listening.














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I wanna be Free from Chronic Pain

27 years with Chronic Pain and Spinal Stenosis and there is more Pain diagnosis that I can't even spell. 27 years of Screaming in Pain and there is no no end to it at all!! #chronic Pain

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Hi! I’m new.

I think I found a group I can relate to! I, too, have multiple health challenges:
#bipolardisorder2 (w/major depression)
Thanks for welcoming me here! I have enjoyed reading the posts.

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