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Chronic Pain Affects Social Life

How does chronic pain affect you socially? I find that it is hard to keep a plan that I make because I never know how I am going to feel that day.

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 ---Maureen on 11/22/10
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Maureen, go to the Mall link up above and then go to Chat and Penpals on the left. There will be a screen where you can sign up for e-mail here. Once you are in there, we can communicate and exchange private e-mail addresses. I won't post my private one on here for personal reasons.
---Trish9863 on 12/16/10

I know how you feel. I have less friends now than years ago. My chronic pain came after a tick bite in '96. It is better today, but not completely gone. I have to take elavil to get any sleep & to help with my pain. I sleep on a magnetic memory foam mattress pad (north side up, not safe for some medical conditions). I take too many herbs & supplements to mention here that really help me. Anyone can contact me if anyone is interested in these. Thank God for this site & internet friends.
---Hope5979 on 12/16/10

I have 2 crushed discs and a bulging disc with arthritis in my lower back and bone spurs on 3-7 in my neck along with fibromyalgia.
I also have a high white cell count as well as high muscle enzyme count.
I take Hydrocodone 750mg 6 times a day, Gabipentine 4 times a day and Cyclobenzaprine 4 times a day.
Without these I am in too much pain to get out of bed.
But, I trust the Lord and love him regardless.
If the Lord is strong through weak vessels it's cool with me.
The hardest part is not being able to schedule anything and living minute by minute. But, the Lord said take no thought for tommorrow.
---Frank on 12/3/10

Trish...I do not know how to send a private message...please send me a email and I will reply. I can't wait to communicate with you. I hope u are well.
---Maureen on 12/2/10

// I find it hard to keep a plan I make b/c I never know how I am going to feel that day.//

This is the problem of most people with chronic pain OR chronic disease of many kinds.

You must explain clearly, and possibly more than once, to your friends that if you find you must "back out" of plans, it is not from lack of desire to participate.

You may end up with fewer invitations, but the ones you do get, are from those you know are truly your friends. Keep in contact with these friends by pnone, e-mail or visits when possible. Continue to show an interest in their activities, even if you can't always be there in person.
---Donna66 on 12/1/10

To Whosoever Has An Ear To Hear?

I find it hard to keep a plan I make b/c I never know how I am going to feel that day.

Brethren, The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear !!! ~ R.W.Emerson

So fear not nor take thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto each day is the evil thereof, but knowing that God's Grace is Sufficient and seeking first the Kingdom of God, His Righteousness shall be added unto you... For where the painful evil of sin abounds, Grace does much more abound, and Understanding of this shall be made clear as you depart from each days evil. Job 28:28
---ShawnM.T. on 11/28/10

Hi Maureen,
hope that works out for You,been my self known to just dump a couple tablespoons down the back of my throat and flush down with a quart of water...
---kevin on 11/26/10

I had chronic pain for over 2 years. I have plenty of sympathy for anyone with pain. My back surgery was amazing. Thank God, the pain is gone. I read about a lady in the paper Tuesday who was 92 with spinal stenosis, ruptured veterbrae, all kinds of painful things in her life. She can't take any drugs, shots or anything for pain relief. She lays in a tub of hot water for relief. I have never seen or met her but I sure pray for her.
---shira3877 on 11/26/10

I understand about all those ailments, Trish.

I have gout, which most has behaved itself in the desert weather.

Someone I know came down with fibro a few years after back surgery for a disk that was pooching out from L4.

And since then he has two compression fractures.
---Cluny on 11/24/10

Cluny, In addition to fibromyalgia I have herniated discs, bursitis and sciatica. Since I have to be on coumadin for a recent pulmonary embolism, I can't get the cortisone shots any time soon.
---Trish9863 on 11/24/10

Trish, I know several men who have been forced to go on disability as a result of the constant pain from fibromyalgia.

Trust me, I know it's debilitating.

I've heard only ONE reference to it on a TV program.
---Cluny on 11/24/10

Maureen, Private message me, and we can be penpals if you like. My family has trouble understanding my pain at times, and they think I retired early for nothing. It is comforting to have a friend who can empathize. I will gladly correspond with you.
---Trish9863 on 11/24/10

Wow Kevin, thanks...that is a lot better than depending on narcotics. I will check it out.

I have missed out on holidays and family gatherings which at times have left me feeling isolated. I am pretty much confined to the house. Occasionally I get to church or to Bible Study.

I know that I am never ever King is always with me...and the Holy Spirit.
---Maureen on 11/24/10

if You can find cayenne pepper capsules at a organic or homeopathic shop? it has been found that Cayenne pepper blocks pain receptors in the brain,so it may bring You some relief,or atleast reduce Your pain to a predictable level,without any negative side effects.
---kevin on 11/23/10

I have often had to miss Bible study, or knitting night because of my chronic pain. It can be discouraging, but I am taking care of myself as best I can.
---Trish on 11/23/10

I know several people, including men, with fibromyalgia.

They literally don't know from one hour to the next how they will feel, or what they will be able to do.

All they can do is do what they can when they can.

\\Even Paul wrote saying we will do this if the Lord wills.\\

This was James, but otherwise, OK.
---Cluny on 11/22/10

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Even Paul wrote saying we will do this if the Lord wills.
Some of us with chronic pain take life day by day and minute by minute.
At least I do.
The widow that gave two mites gave more than the rich who gave of their abundance.
In like matter it's not how much time we have but how we use what we have.
Many so-called Christians have good health and have an abundance of time to spread heresy and lead others astray.
May God bless.
---Frank on 11/22/10

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