• I was diagnosed about 12 years ago with ankylosing spondylitis. My journey started out with degenerative joint disease and as damage was done through the DJD and osteoarthritis and a few other diseases & conditions I received the ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis.

    The exercise is what I have found helps the most to ease the pain and help me…[Read more]

  • Noki4 replied to the topic Favorite Recipes in the forum Wellness Issues 4 days, 19 hours ago

    Hi TightHope,

    We are happy to have you join us here at TPC. Cooking is one of my least favorite things to do but these recipes shared here are great.


  • Hi Ray Ray,

    I live with ankylosing spondylitis. One thing that my doctor has always insisted on is that I keep as active as I can because it can help with the pain. He is also always reminding me to pay attention to my posture.
    My best to you and I look forward to speaking with you.

    Take care,

  • Jhonsontic,

    I don’t see why you can’t use a massage chair at home. I use a massage thing that lays in my recliner to help ease my aches and pain. Have you saw a doctor about the knee pain so you know what you are dealing with?

    My best to you,


  • Hi TightHope & D,

    It is nice to meet you. I have lived with arthritis for over 25 years. It started in my early 20’s. The best thing I found for me was to educate myself about the medical treatments that could offer me pain relief and ways to live with arthritis. It stinks to have it come on us in our younger years.

    I look forward to sharing…[Read more]

  • Hi Leemac,

    It is nice to meet you, wish it was under different circumstances. I am not a medical professional however I think it would be best to talk to your doctor about the hip pain. I have degenerative joint disease and it affects all the joints. I am thinking your doctor may probably start out with x-rays or and mri of the hip to see what is…[Read more]

  • I must admit I was thinking she is crazy. However the more I read the more I started to understand where you were coming from. You found yourself faced with two realities, the one the medical community had for you […]

  • My insurance company forced my doctor to change the treatment plan that he has had me on for over 20 years. It just isn’t right that someone sitting in an office can tell a medical professional what he can or cannot do. After all he/she is the one that went to medical school and has the best knowledge of what is right for his/her patients.

  • This forum has been started to give us a place to offer support and where we can discuss when our treatment plans have been changed and reduced due to the stigma of using FDA approved pain medications.

    Together we can support each other!

  • Hi Confused Me,

    I have never had braces but one of my children did. When she first had the braces put on, she did have some pain and discomfort. I was told when I consulted her dentist that it was normal and that the pain would ease off after a few days. She was told she could use over the counter pain relievers as needed (please consult your…[Read more]

  • Hi Not2424,

    I am so sorry to hear of your increased pain. Have you seen an orthopedic or a neurologist doctor?

    I have a very progressive form of degenerative joint disease and have had my disc’s deteriorate, so I am bone on bone. I have seen both the orthopedic and neurologist doctors and they have been helpful with idea’s of dealing with my…[Read more]

  • Hi Ger,

    I am happy to hear that you are back on the medication that you feel comfortable with and your pain levels are under control.

    Take care,

  • Noki4 replied to the topic Meditation in the forum Spirituality & Pain 8 months, 1 week ago

    txgal1960, I also have a hard time with meditation. My mind never seems to allow me to slow down long enough to grasp the good that meditation can be. I have had good results using things as a distraction and mentally healing for my pain. I am enjoying the Healing Arts Experience that The Pain Community has launched.


  • Hi Ger Bloom

    It is nice to meet you. I am unable to answer your question personally about Morphine as a daily pain management. However I wanted to welcome you, The Pain Community. The only time I have taken morphine is when I broke my arm. It did help the pain. I hope some others who be able to answer your question more in-depth.

    Take care,


  • Hi Jrasted, I am so sorry for what has happened to you. One thing I do not understand is how that doctor can tell you that you cannot see your primary care provider again. I just cannot see how the other doctors in the practice would be accepting of this guy taking their patients. Even though I would be scared, worried and so much more, I would…[Read more]

  • Thank you for helping us to understand what our spouses may be dealing with. Sometimes I think we forget that our pain can and does affect our caregivers directly.


  • Hello,

    I recently started a yoga program and I am finding it helpful. I cannot say that it is decreasing my pain levels yet however it has gotten me out of house and socializing again. I also enjoy doing it and the instructors are fabulous and took the many health issues I have into account and are always watching out that I do not do something…[Read more]

  • Hi CecilHester,

    I do not know how to help you but I did want to welcome you to the TPC family. I hope you are able to find a treatment that can ease your pain.

    Take care,

  • Noki4 replied to the topic New to site in the forum Welcome to The Pain Community 11 months ago

    Hello MelB,

    It is nice to meet you. I wish it was under different circumstances. I think it is great that you have taken this positive step for yourself. I took this same step many years ago and I have never regretted it. I have met some wonderful people over the years and have made many life long friends and I love to make new friends.

    I see…[Read more]

  • Thank you for asking, my day has been one of increased pain over the last several days. Once my bones get that damp rainy feeling it is hard to get it out again. It is my life so I just keep moving forward a little at a time.

    Hope your pain from getting the car serviced eases soon.


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