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    The other day, I went out to dinner. I couldn't deal with all the people, a live band, being tired after working all day, and stinging back pain from my spinal cord injury. I had to excuse myself from my acquaintances.
    I told them I was very tired and in pain.
    One of them had offered me a job. He escorted me out to my car. After mentioning my pain he seemed to change his tune about the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pararich View Post
    The other day, I went out to dinner. I couldn't deal with all the people, a live band, being tired after working all day, and stinging back pain from my spinal cord injury. I had to excuse myself from my acquaintances.
    I told them I was very tired and in pain.
    One of them had offered me a job. He escorted me out to my car. After mentioning my pain he seemed to change his tune about the job.
    yeah and that's wrong and it sucks. but...i did it for yrs w/my boss at boeing. i dunno what to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foolish Old View Post
    Actually, Cass - I was talking the truth about the pain management technique that works the best for me. Pure and simple denial. Do I hurt? Nope! I think I do! No you don't, it's all just in your head! Okay, guess I was wrong.

    See how easy that works? Anytime I start to catch on to a different reality, I just distract myself and feed me a drink or two. Poor bastard never catches on. He's just an old fool.

    I don't recommend this pain management program for anybody else, but it works for me. I'm easily distracted.
    nobody in medical field likes to hear the drink thing. i tuned em out long ago. i like your philosophy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass View Post
    nobody in medical field likes to hear the drink thing. i tuned em out long ago. i like your philosophy.
    I've outlived a lot of doctors.
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    you know what gets me about all this is pain meds (incl all the cp stuff, like anti-seizure, anti-dep, etc.) any meds (tylenol for pete's sake) is processed thru and damages liver. but, they don't talk bout that as they write massive pill scripts
    Last edited by cass; 10-11-2010 at 11:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darlagee22 View Post
    Mine goes up and down. In general people whom I care about know that I usually have pain. I don't always talk about it when I feel it, but I tell my family or friends that I am struggling with high pain if its affecting my attitude so they don't misinterpret me and it negatively affect our relationship. If it gets too bad I don't even have the energy to think or worry about others though. I just have to get through. I wrote a "pain plan" to follow if it gets bad because I can't think too well especially if it happens late at night. It involves praying a prayer I wrote, trying to go to the bathroom, then laying in the static back position and watching tv and taking tylenol pm,then if needed an extra lyrica and possibly oxycodone. Now I diverted from the topic...oh well. God, give us all relief.
    Darlagee22 - your post really strikes a chord - I think that is a good idea about a written "pain plan". I usually come unglued late at night (my wife calls it the 'witching hour') and I don't always make good decisions about dealing with the pain. I think I will create a written algorithm to follow. It might be something like:
    1. breathe slowly
    1a. lay down
    2. distraction with music - bach, beethoven, brahms, barber, bartok (the 5 B's
    3. extra 75 lyrica
    4. oxycodone
    5. distraction with TV - Law and Order
    6. ambien
    7. invite my dog into bed to keep me company

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass View Post
    darla, would you mind sharing your pain prayer? you are not diverting this topic, far from it. you are sharing your experiences. to me, that's what cc is all about. when really bad, i recite things i learned as a child. i repeat them over and over in my head, a mantra, if you will, to keep from going crazy or calling 911.
    Cass, sure... I decided to write it from different prayers & scriptures in the Bible cuz although I usually pray just from my heart like I'm talking to God, I found that if I did that I got too emotional and frustrated if I tried to pray spontaneously when I was in a lot of pain and I'd end up mad at God and upset and that makes my pain worse! So I pray this non-emotionally and have confidence that God knows I mean it even though it sounds formal. Then I have to do something to distract my mind like watch tv and play easy computer games.

    "Jesus, your servant, your friend, is in pain. How long, O Lord? I cry out to You, my Resuer and my Salvation. The One who cares for my soul. Relieve my pain and affliction. Let this cup pass from me; yet not my will but thine be done. Glorify Yourself in me. Do a great thing and let my heart cooperate with You. You are my strength and my song in the night."

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    I think that Lyrica and Neurontin are molecules that are excreted by the kidney unchanged and don't have significant liver toxicity. I believe the same goes for narcotics, that they don't have significant liver toxicity. Now one drug is notorious for liver toxicity - alcohol. Let's raise a glass and toast to that !

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    Sorry... had a very petty rant and can't work out how to delete.

    My heart goes out to anyone that has uncontrolled neuropathic pain.... it just sucks.
    Last edited by live2ride; 10-14-2010 at 05:23 AM.

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    Ur right on that liver issue,cass. I'm in the middle of liver tests for the meds i've had for 30+ yrs. Dr asked if i drink, I said yea, if you consider about 1 drink a month. Guess it's going on weed to save my liver, otherwise, getting on a transplant list is not very hopeful. Lupus for 32 yrs, cripple, hell, i'd be at the bottom of the list.

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