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Over the past few days I've been sharing posts about different diagnosis's you may have heard about or are even living with. I am providing this information as a way to open the lines of communication with your doctor and/or treatment team as well as those in your life. These posts can be found in the Health & Wellness category for future reference.
There are so many things that can cause our pain and I'm trying to cover a lot of them and I do apologize in advance if I miss your diagnosis...if you would like to have it covered...please let me know and I will gladly do some research for you. Please keep in mind that I am not sharing this information so you can self-diagnose...but to help answer some questions...to provide information and to help you get the conversation started.
Please feel free to share this information with those in your life...it might help answer some questions and it may help them to learn more about what it is you're living with and dealing with on a daily basis. With more information, maybe we can start to decrease the stigma around the "invisible illnesses" we live with.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a diagnosis once used to describe my pain. I've noticed over the years that although the pain has remained...the labels have changed. Has CRPS ever been used to describe and/or diagnose your pain? If you live with this too I hope the following will provide some information for you.
This information is being shared for your educational and entertainment use only and to open the lines of communication with your doctor and treatment and possibly even those you share your life with. If you live with this too...share the information with your support system so they can learn more about you. Do not use this information to self-diagnose...you're not qualified...but please do speak to your doctor if you have questions.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview
What is complex regional pain syndrome? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a term used to describe a group of painful conditions. Examples of earlier names for these conditions include reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, and Sudeck's atrophy.
Pain is the main symptom of CRPS. Most people have severe pain in an arm or a leg. Usually the pain is in a part of your body where you had surgery or an injury. The pain is usually constant and either shooting, sharp, or burning. The pain is much worse and it lasts much longer than you would expect for the kind of injury you had. Some people may not have had an injury or surgery before the pain started, but most people have.
Self-worth is so vital to your happiness. If you don't feel good about YOU, it's hard to feel good about anything else.
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Healing Herbs & Spices
Take a look at the herbs and spices...do you currently use any of them now in your daily diet? Are there some you're interested in or curious to try?
There are natural healing properties to many of our foods...even our herbs and spices.
Natural remedies have been around for generations upon generations and we keep passing them down to the next.
Now natural remedies are not the cure all....neither are the pills...but when used in combination with a healthy diet and an exercise plan...there are benefits.
Will you explore them for you? What's on the end of your fork?
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Where do you look?
Where do we look for the strength to survive in moments of such profound loss and pain? I have been so low before that all I could do is get through one breath and one heartbeat at a time. Sometimes all we have left is to try to make it breath by breath.
Have you been there in that hazy space; disoriented — a hum-like ringing in the ears from an explosion of trauma or bad news? Your disbelief simply will not make it go away. In moments like this everything seems like it is in slow motion; hope is like a tiny speck at the end of a narrow dark tunnel. Sometimes we feel like we are beyond any conceivable positive thought and we just want it all to end. Everyone eventually tries to rally — at least once. We try to willpower ourselves forward; to pick ourselves up, but sometimes we just fall hard all over again.
I want to live from my softness again. I miss it when I go hard.
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I hate it when this happens....I finally remember...
only to forget again.
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Do you choose injections as a part of your treatment plan? I do too. How do you find they work for you? Is the benefit consistent for you? Where do you go to receive your injections? There are many hospital based clinics available but there are also Pain Specialists who are qualified to deliver this treatment. And the effectiveness is different for each person and each treatment.
I receive anesthetic trigger point injections and for the most part I have found them helpful although not always consistent...I call it "getting my juice". I find with the injections I no longer feel like the tin man from Oz...and although it does hurt to some degree receiving them...the benefit has been worth while for me. I've also found this treatment carries less side-effects than other prescription medication and also works good in combination with them too.
I'm sharing this information to give you something to think about. To share information on a treatment you may not have considered yet. Please read the following information and speak to your doctor if you'd like to add it your treatment too.
Anesthetic or Corticosteroid Injections for Low Back Pain
Trigger point injections. Sometimes, putting pressure on a certain spot in the back (called a trigger point) can cause pain at that spot or extending to another area of the body, such as the hip or leg. To try to relieve pain, a local anesthetic, either alone or combined with a corticosteroid, is injected into the area of the back that triggers pain(trigger point injection).
We all have paths that we must walk and sometimes how long we are on those paths is a direct result of our decisions and thoughts.
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is living life with chronic pain...doing the best I can with everyday.