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August 20th, 2014, 09:00 AM #1Health issues affecting behavior
I won't elaborate about my specifics, other than to say I have chronic pain. This past weekend I started posting in the forum, and some of my comments were rather snarky. To those whom I offended, I offer my sincerest apologies.
My health issues sometimes affect my behaviors in other areas, such as sleepless nights which lead to erratic performance at work. I do my best to manage my health, including regular pain management appointments.
The main reason why I'm posting this is to see if anyone else here has health issues that affect behaviors, and to learn successful ways to manage those behaviors.
August 20th, 2014, 09:42 AM #2
Has your doctor checked you for "Fibromyalgia" ?
From what you posted it sounds like you have what my wife has.
If that should be the case, be prepared to shell out some big bucks for the meds.
Her's seems to go up every month by 15 -30 dollars.Where's the Great Life of Affiliate Marketing Hiding?
August 20th, 2014, 09:53 AM #3
Yes, I do have Fibromyalgia, among other conditions. Fortunately, my meds aren't outrageously expensive.
August 20th, 2014, 10:27 AM #4
I avoid posting after several glasses of wine as I get sarcastic and impatient. Glad you circled back and sorry to hear about health issues affecting you so.
August 20th, 2014, 10:31 AM #5
A lot of people are in this position, and seeing my wife in constant pain for many, many years, I understand the problems very well.
Missy Ward wrote a great article in Issue 27 of Feedfront Mag - "Succeed in Spite of your Disability" (I had an opportunity to briefly discuss this with her at ASE14) that lends some insight into persevering despite such obstacles, and in some instances, even being able to benefit form some symptoms of some disorders.
Let me also say that fibromyalgia is not a disease, it is a syndrome and it is generally used as a catch-all diagnosis when there is no actual medical diagnosis for the real cause of pain and certain other symptoms. The treatment is basically for pain, treating those symptoms with no real further effort to find the underlying cause. Anyone with this diagnosis should not think that the pain and constant need for heavy-duty pain meds has to be ongoing, but rather they should seek other medical evaluations, in particular from specialists in the fields of neurology/neurosurgery/psychiatry. Stress, depression and anxiety are strongly associated with fibromyalgia and sometimes approaching it from a psychological perspective can lead to help with the symptoms if no medical causation can be found.
Caveat - I am not a doctor and this is not a medical opinion. Seek your own medical advice from a licensed practitioner.
August 20th, 2014, 10:55 AM #6
Phil, thanks for the article link.
As for the topic of Fibro... I know there are a lot of opposing beliefs, etc. I was diagnosed by a top-ranking rheumatologist at a top-ranking medical facility. I saw a group of specialists (the list you named and then some) while in the process of diagnosing other significant health issues. Long story short, I am satisfied with the process I went through and the treatment I am receiving.
I had strong doubts about Fibro, and I've done my own googling on the topic. I tend to read more academic / scientific articles, and avoid the fluff. In the articles I've read, new research continues to support the diagnosis / condition / syndrome.
Even so, Fibro is one of those things that people will either strongly disagree or agree with as a "real" condition. I think the diagnosis isn't so much the problem, as is how people with it handle their lives in response. I've known individuals make Fibro their identity. Heck, I've known people with other conditions make them their identity. There's more to life than having a diagnosis, living with chronic pain, etc.
August 20th, 2014, 10:59 AM #7
Without knowing your specifics... is chiropractic an option? I have a pair of herniated disks in my lower back that nothing (short of surgery) was able to fix. I reeeeeally didn't want back surgery, and tried chiropractic as a last ditch effort, and it actually worked. Others will have horror stories and some will blow it off just because of its new age-y reputation, but it does work for some.Daniel M. Clark
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August 20th, 2014, 11:25 AM #8
I've seen a chiropractor on and off, the longest for one year straight / 3 times a week. (I've had lower back issues since I was a kid). I've had back surgery, too (1/2 disc removed L5 area). Pain relief only lasted 3/4 of 1st year from point of surgery, and I will never have another one! I've had massage therapy, too, on a consistent basis. I've done physical therapy numerous times. Etc. etc. etc.
I'm on a weight loss program (gained 100 lbs after my health crisis in 2010). I've lost 33 lbs so far. And, I'll be starting a yoga program asap.
My pain mgmt doc wants me to do acupuncture. I've been hesitant to do it because my immune system is compromised (due to meds) and needles make me nervous (I know.. I know... a reputable place will have high cleanliness standards).
Any way... once I earn some respect around here, don't expect me to be so reasonable.
August 20th, 2014, 11:26 AM #9
Glad that worked out for you, Daniel. Orthopedic surgeons and also to an extent neurosurgeons love doing back surgery, and large numbers of them really push it on their patients without exhausting conservative treatment options. Laminectomies, discectomies and spinal fusions are cash cows and there are serious ethical problems with many practitioners that state boards just do not want to look into.
A big part of the problem with that type of surgery is the fact that they almost always provide only temporary relief, as scar tissue that forms a couple of years after often results in the same type of nerve root irritation that the disc bulge itself had caused. And the recommended treatment is always more surgery to remove the scar tissue.
In my old life, I saw hundreds of clients that had or were recommended to have spinal surgery when it should have been a last resort. When my father was in his mid-80, he had leg problems and was referred to a real hack of an orthopedic surgeon that almost immediately scheduled a laminetomy. I stopped it as soon as i found out. A few months later he got his real diagnosis of what was causing his symptoms: Parkinson's Disease.
And of course there is my wife's situation - she has had 14 spinal surgeries and remains in constant pain and on very heavy duty meds.
August 20th, 2014, 02:42 PM #10
My sister recently became a licensed Bowenwork practitioner (she has 15+ years as a massage therapist behind her) and I was one of her "practice" clients. I don't suffer from a lot of pain, but have had sore shoulder / arm & horrible posture from sitting too long at my computer.
I've done many bodywork therapies in my life & I have to say, I was pretty surprised at the results, which in my case was immediate cessation of shoulder/arm discomfort and standing erect effortlessly. Very light touch, non-invasive.
This therapy has particular success with long-term pain issues, and in most cases, doesn't require long-term treatment as other therapies. Google "bowen fibromyalgia" and "bowenwork chicago" if you're interested.Renée
Pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. -Wizardress of Oz
August 27th, 2014, 10:19 AM #11
Never had massage therapy myself but do know others that have said has helped them. Have heard is supposed to be helpful for back troubles and fibromyalgia as well and probably other conditions too.
Had never even heard of it til I became friends with several people online who suffer from it. Whole variety of issues associated with it. As with any chronic pain, think the word chronic is the bad part of it that probably does lead to a lot of other physical and mental issues as well. Anything that's chronic seems to just get worse and worse since you can't really get much relief from if for very long and you know it's gonna be there.
Am very sorry SKR312 for your conditions and hope you are able to get some relief from them. Definitely not the same thing but have had back troubles for years so do understand chronic pain. Both parents suffered with chronic pain troubles too.
"To those whom I offended, I offer my sincerest apologies."
Don't know what those comments were but accept your apology and would think others would as well. We all get grumpy at times, I know I don't always think before posting at times and will sound grumpy when wasn't my intention.
Certainly am not telling you what to do, just making a suggestion but in regards to your health conditions, I do think just being able to talk about them or express your feelings helps a lil bit. Please, if feelings get overwhelming anytime seek someone to talk to about them. A person of faith, possibly your pain management people, even just a friendly ear but please try not to keep it all bottled up inside you. Everyone has moments they may feel vulnerable, shy about letting others know their feelings, etc. but please don't ever feel you don't want to seek someone who might be able to help you feel better.
August 27th, 2014, 11:32 AM #12
We all get a little snarky from time to time. That's part of being human.
I think it helps to realize that just about everyone is going through something, whether it's health problems, financial issues, relationship challenges, time management frustrations, addictions, etc. That doesn't excuse bad behavior, but it certainly makes it easier to understand when we see it in ourselves and others.
August 29th, 2014, 07:28 AM #13
I have nerve damage in the base of my spine, especially between L3 and L4, so I can appreciate what chronic and underlying pain can be. In my case it's underlying and the inability to detect injury until I succumb to chronic pain. Then I get very grumpy. You are not alone, so don't worry about offending others. We have thick skins.
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