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Sep. 17th, 2007 | 03:55 am
posted by: plentyonothin in untreated_pain

Hello, I've just joined. Here is my introductory rant.

I've had chronic foot pain for about 6 years which over time has got worse and spread to my legs and back, and bizarre feet my entire life (weak ankles, used to bruise for no reason, wider than the wealth gap). Efforts have been made to find out why I'm in pain and to treat it, but with no success. I tried regular Ibuprofen for a month but it didn't stop the pain and I started to have pain in my oesophagus so stopped due to ulcer worries. I went to a podiatrist and they made me special insoles and told me to do special stretches after diagnosing me with plantar fasciitis, but that didn't stop the pain. I went to a remedial masseur and he seemed to have some idea of what was wrong, but the doctor didn't understand when I tried to explain what he'd said, and I can't afford to regularly see a masseur.

The pain makes it very unpleasant to exercise so I have gained an awful lot of weight, and I'm at the stage where I really have to lose weight by hook or by crook, and I can no longer wait to find a solution to the pain. What I find particularly soul-destroying is trying to get advice on how to lose weight with chronic pain, and the result always seems to be "Exercise!" when I'm already pushing myself through hell to do what I've been doing and am still gaining weight, or "Eat less!" when I'm eating healthier than most of the diet plans I've seen. Are the only options actually either a) starve yourself or b) keep pushing until you pass out from the pain? There must be another way. Right? I'm tired of doctors acting like it's easy, not to mention telling me there's nothing more they can do and I just have to live with it. No, damn it, I do not, and will not.

Anyway. Rant over. I guess I'm just not sure what to do anymore and I want someone to suggest something I haven't already thought of, because at the moment the possibilities seem pretty grim.

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Nips

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from: anemptyflight
date: Sep. 17th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
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aquq aerobics is fantastic. It's a really hard work out, but because you're surronded by water your ouchie bits are a bit more supported than say a treadmil. I have pain in my feet/legs/etc too and found it quite helpful. It tones ypu pretty well.

I would suggest swimming, however, this can actually increase your appetite which isn't what you want.

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Casey the Gnome

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from: androgenie
date: Sep. 17th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
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Swimming, water aerobics, arm bicycles (sometimes called wind jammers), pilates (they have lots of floor exercises), weight training. Just be mindful not to eat more since you are exercising (which is really easy to do....any time you raise your metabolism with exercise, hunger can increase....just make sure to eat lots of fiber, leafy greens, etc and you should be fine)

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NO you should NOT live in pain!

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 19th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
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It kills me to read of so many suffering because of idiot doctors and their nonsense! The only way a chronic pain patient can live a quality life is by being treating adequately for their pain, PERIOD! I love it when a patient asks a doctor, "what can be done about my pain?" and the doctor replies," WHAT? YOUR A DRUGGY! ADDICT! TRY EXERCISE YOU ADDICT!" They are always the BEST doctors, huh!
The fact is exercise is great and all that but for a pain patient Physical therapy or exercise without a consistant, proper dose of opiods everyday isn't going to work! I'm not saying dont try, I'm saying that you shouldn't have to suffer! These doctors and the dam DEA should have the chronic pain and live without treatment NOT US, we dont deserve to be treated like crap!
If you live in America and cant find a good doctor go to www.paincare.org become a member and we will find you some relief!
CM
Pain Patient Support Advocate
The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain (N,F.T.P.)

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 29th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
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have your doctor prescribe lyrica. it works.

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Living in pain

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 21st, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
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Hi,
I could have written your rant myself as I am going through the same thing. I had Nerve decompression surgery on my right foot and that helped and last night I found info on Cryosurgery which I hope to look into ASAP. They say it definitly helps plantar fasciitis. I don't have that but do have neuromas by my toes and am in constant pain for the past five years, the last three being the worst. I can hardly walk from the bedroom to the kitchen or do food shopping and need to lose weight also, but how can you exercise when you are up all night in pain and groggy all day from meds. I can only do what I do and am hoping the Cryosurgery will stop the pain. It only takes twenty minutes and doesn't seem to have any side effects. Been approved by the FDA since 2003 but I just found out about it. Just search for "Cryosurgery". Good luck. There doesn't seem to be a place near me, but I would go to NY if I need to and have it done as I have family there.
It is just so frustrating when you can't do what you used to do or want to do. Just try to exist is about it.

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glitterophelia

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from: glitterophelia
date: Apr. 17th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
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I don't know where you live, so Kratom might not be legal in your area, but you should at least try to find the Phenocane I mentioned in this post:

http://community.livejournal.com/untreated_pain/16868.html

I think it's some extract of tumeric or something? However, only one or two pills a day is all it takes...after a day or two I noticed a difference, it did take the edge off the pain. My mom, who has chronic pain as well, says one pill gets rid of her pain completely, but she's more sensitive to pain pills than I am.

As for exercise, I HIGHLY recommend Pilates, I used to do it and with my pain it worked wonders, I was able to do it because it wasn't harsh exercise and I definitely toned up. Maybe yoga would be good too?

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