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  • #160705
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    Hi, danib,

    I see you asked a page back about pain conditions, and I did list some in the thread you started. Though they don’t all flare at once, a flare in one can kick off a flare in others. Some, as well, are just ever-present. They are:

    RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – both legs), FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome), Osteoporosis (had since my mid-twenties, worse after surgical menopause & the onset of RSD), Scoliosis (causes muscle spasms and aggravates the deterioration in my discs), RA (coming out of remission after almost fourteen years), and migraine headaches (thank goodness, not often these days).

    I spent two years in a wheel chair strung out on oxycontin & vicadin. Today, other than occassionally Tylenol (and migraine-specific medication if I start getting a string of them), I don’t use any pain meds. The one exception was a period of a few weeks when I was three months sober. I crushed my lower leg (from nothing more than tripping over my own feet trying to walk w/a walker before I was strong enough), and after 4 hrs of surgery, a donor bone graft, steel plate, seven screws, two steel rods & wire to put me back together, I was ordered by a doctor in recovery to “let us treat your pain before you get it in your head to do it yourself.” I took opiates, as directed, for about three weeks, and I never suffered a whit of withdrawal. I craved them for awhile after I stopped, but actual physical withdrawals? Nope. My sponsor practically lived on the phone with me, but I got through it without relapse. I would prefer not to repeat the experience, though!!

    I hope you find some benefit in the information I sent to you. Please, feel free to ask any questions!

    Peace & Love,
    Sugah

    #160728
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    yes, after asking again i did notice that you had listed your pain conditions earlier – hard to keep up with all the new people i’ve met but im trying! 🙂
    you certainly qualify as a chronic pain patient in my book, my best to you & i admire you for your strength.
    i apprecaite the info you sent me, i need to continue to look into this sort of thing – i would really like to meditate more / better. 11th step, been working on it for some time. like the thread on Namaste, have a friend who practices Kundalini. been asking her a lot of questions too. i do have a bit of a problem in that i am agnostic, but i stopped trying to define a HP long ago. nature, fate, whatever – i do still have trouble with any personification of a God tho’ so sometimes the idea of connecting with a HP that is something that can – i dunno’, talk back in some way? that confuses me. so when that topic comes up, it is a stumbling block for me. i’m working on it tho. 🙂
    thanks again for your help, i really appreciate it & will happily continue to learn…

    #160706
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    If it helps, danib, I consider myself Buddhist, though not strict in practice. I envision my HP as a connectedness with humankind and my role in that connectedness as being a positive energy. I draw from it, I feed into it. I use the term “god” to refer to it, and I do pray, but I don’t typically personify god.

    Peace & Love,
    Sugah

    #160729
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    Buddhism is the “religion” i identify with most as well. i really have no idea, i just know that nature is my HP – & the idea that whatever is is meant to be, if that makes any sense at all. it’s hard for me to understand how those things can talk to me – i believe prayer is just self-talk, positive self talk that is good – i’m all for it, but i get all confused when told to “ask for guidance”. that’s just asking yourself what is right to me. or to “connect” to your HP. i just get confused, & really cant’ imagine how that is supposed to help me with pain issues. that’s my very honest response. hope it’s not offensive to anyone, i certainly don’t want to offend – only to understand. it seems like this is a safe place for this type of discussion. 🙂
    i certainly know that yoga & meditation help me, & i do want to figure out how they can help me even more… i know i have a lot to learn. it’s exciting to me really. 🙂

    #160707
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    It is very exciting! And I think that any spiritual journey is a very individual journey, though we can exchange ideas and adopt or adapt those we find speak to us.

    I would begin, at this point, to share, but I’ve spent the evening with Keats (the poet), and I think any sharing would end up being a gobbledygook rant instead. So, maybe tomorrow…

    Peace & Love,
    Sugah

    #160730
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    i look forward to it 🙂

    #160701
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    I cannot wait to get into a Yoga class here! I think it will really help with alot of issues I am facing as I get older and less flexability….although I can still do a split at 44-years old so that is pretty amazing if I do say so myself!! {LOL! It is just not as easy to stand up afterwards!}

    I wonder if all the OTC pain relievers I take and have taken daily over the last 3-years have caused some of my current health issues with my stomach? {Ultrasound testing reveiled swelling on the inteston and a “Chrohn-like” appearance, abdominal pain and cramping, and due to have a colonoscopy in Dec}

    Jane

    #160731
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    yoga is so great! since it’s hard for me to get out of the house i just do tapes at home & that works well for me. 🙂
    i hope the pills haven’t hurt your tummy. for me, i have always had a stomach of iron – then suddenly one day i had horrible cramps for like 10 hours! after that i had pain a lot & got an EGD & colonoscopy (my second, i did the first one with no drugs! haha! decided NOT to do that again!) – the EGD showed that my tummy & duodenum were in trouble. no ulcers yet, but of course that can cause bleeding & death if it progresses so i freaked out – had no idea my Aleve could do that to me! that was the start of this wild ride i’m on now. no more Aleve, just Tylenol – which also scares me because of the threat to the liver. augh! & not much pain relief from it. so there you go. i think Chrohn’s is something different, but i’m not sure. erosion was my problem, not swelling. let us know what your colonoscopy reveals…
    🙂

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