• DavidM, I am sorry you also suffer. I read this blog and it made me so angry and then so sad. I too live with pain and many of the same issues the writer of this blog and you have. It isn’t right the way we are […]

  • Hi,

    Welcome to The Pain Community discussion forums. First let me say you are not alone. We do understand a life of chronic pain and how lonely it is. I was 24 when my pain journey started and that was a long time ago however I know exactly what you are saying. I was a young mother of 3 kids when my pain started. It is hard to be a caregiver for…[Read more]

  • Hello Carolyn,

    I am sorry for the loss of your daughter. I feel like most people who live with health issues ask the same question you are asking. I am 55 and have lived with pain for half of my lifetime. I raised three daughters and now have grandchildren. I think for me it was the will to raise my children and now it is the will to live for my…[Read more]

  • Ravennah,

    I am sorry to hear that your pain issues have continued. Maybe see if you can get in to see a pain management provider and see if they may have some answers.

    My best to you,

  • Natalie,

    You wrote what I think every pain patient has repeated over and over again. There needs to be a way that we change the stigma against patients. We have been lumped in with those fighting addiction and like you said we are addicts, we only want to live as best we can.

    I don’t have the answers, I keep advocating to those that will listen…[Read more]

  • 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 6 months 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 1 year, 1 month 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]

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