I have been member of this site for about a week, now. I have read every post I can find. One thing I have noticed is that we are all suffering with the same thing but instead of telling each other that we know better or that my way is the only way or such similar sayings that we have all heard from our work colleagues, friends and even family, we are all sympathetic with each other. We make suggestions and provide advice and help and also we follow each others postings with genuine concern.
While we are all suffering the same complaints, our cases are very individual and personal. In my case it took me some twenty years before I would allow myself to be "Disabled" or suffering with "Chronic Pain Syndrome." During all that time I literally stuck to the key board and searched the internet high and low to find out what wa causing my pain. I learned an incredible amount of useful information, everything from 'quack remedies' to High Tech equipment and new drugs.
The main thing I learned was the definition of Chronic Pain. Chronic Pain is pain that is continuous for six months or more. I think we are all aware of how pain is normally handled by the nervous system but in our cases, the signals get muddled up somehow and while it initially physical in nature, there mental processes involved as well. It is not an easy problem to solve.
My researches gave me ample ammunition to take to my G.P. and have him make the necessary referrals to specialists that I wanted to see, not who they wanted me to see. I was able to speak to them on their level and was not afraid to question them.
I am extremely fortunate to have been seen by top surgeons and attended the best neurological cntre in the U.K.
I guess the upshot of all this diatribe is the two following statements.
1. Every morning I wake up and thank 'God" that I am alive.
2. Everywhere and every place there is always someone who is much more worse off than I am.,
In keeping the above statements in mind I feel that I am able to tackle anything that comes my way. l So, folks, let's all get up off our backsides, do our exercises, take our meds and let us think about all those who are worse of than we are and give thanks for what we CAN DO, NOT what we CANNOT DO.
Good luck to all of you and let's keep the posts coming so that we are all aware of what is happening out in the big wide world.