Chronic bees, how do you get through your pain?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
5208 posts
Bee Keeper

TiffLee:  I have chronic pain from a degenerative spine condition as well as scoliosis. I’m on a medication regimen that is working for now. Are you on any medication? Neurontin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta can be very helpful for fibro. I also use heat and massage, but my understanding is that those treatments can be counter productive with Fibro. Have you considered acupuncture?

ETA: I work full time in healthcare, but I am furthering my degree in the event I may need a desk job eventually. I’d love to go part time, but I have to keep my two dogs in milk bones and vet appointments  

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Bridey77.
Post # 3
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m on a leave of absence trying to get out of a rut.  I don’t know about working full-time or not.  If I push too hard though, the conseuqences could be much worse than just pain for me.  There have been times pretty much throughout my life where I should have been in emerge to be safe, but didn’t know it 🙁

Post # 4
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

TiffLee:  I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis since I was about 10-11 (juvenile onset) and I’ll say that I used to really struggle wih coping. Luckily, I had teachers and professors who understood when I had to email in my homework vs. attending class but it was hard. It took a lot of trial and error to find the right medication cocktail as well. I had a short stint in retail when I was between full-time work and realized I could never be in that industry due to pain brought on my standing for hours so I can understand why you’re thinking of leaving. I now work 35 hours a week (standard) at a law firm and manage pretty well. 

I’ve tried to wean myself off pain medication as my doctors early on really pushed Vicodin on me and I eventually began to worry that I may develop a dependence. I try to stretch and use heat application therapy as an alternative, though I also use OTC remedies, as needed. 🙂 

Post # 8
5208 posts
Bee Keeper

TiffLee:  Talk to your doctor about cymbalta. It’s an antidepressant that has been approved for use in Chronic pain conditions like diabetic neuropathy and fibro. There isn’t a lot of weight gain associated with it either. 

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Keep fighting the good fight! I hope you find something that works.

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