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OOOOhhhh.....the absence of pain!!!! (almost)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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I hope I'm not premature in writing this.......but, for the first time in what seems like years, I'm feeling real relief in the pain in my legs! I'm sort of floating ---- and I just had to jot a blog about the absence of pain.

For the past few years, as many of you know, I've been battling chronic, acute pain - pain which has imprisoned me in my home - which has kept me from doing almost everything I love to do. I have a lot of medical 'stuff' going on - all of which is pain producing -all over my body. Where I once loved to walk everywhere (30-35 miles per week!)....now I'm lucky if I can make it two blocks without sitting down.

Anyway.....among my many maladies is bone on bone arthritis in both knees. This makes walking hugely painful. I've had many different treatments, injections etc.... to little avail. (knee replacements are not an option for me at this time.......) My pain mgmt. doctor decided to use something else this time (forgot the name)..... a series of 3 injections in each knee. I'm about to go for the third one later today. (it's not Synvisc.......)

About a week ago ---- I noticed that the 'edge' was definitely off the pain in both my knees. And every day since - I'm seeing a little more progress. Today, I walked 5 blocks, without too much discomfort. I couldn't have done that a couple of weeks ago. I'm so thrilled - but more - I'm hopeful. I have a little mantra I use at times..."the absence of pain, the absence of pain, etc"
Today - It seems to becoming a reality - in my legs, at least.

I've been trying so hard to lose weight - but without moving much - the best I have been able to do is maintain. Now...I'm hopeful to be able to begin a light walking program again - increasing as I go along. Also, I'm starting PT very soon - to try to strengthen muscles and improve my range of motion. It's a daunting task....but I'm feeling so much more up to it!!

Just this reduction in pain ---- has improved my outlook tremendously!!! More evidence of the mind/body connection - if there was ever any doubt!

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    I know I'm a bit late reading this, Libs, but you were soooooo happy I just had to respond!

    I hope the pain becomes less and less with each passing day and that 2014 will see you racing through Central Park!

    JJ xxx

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    2532 days ago
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    That is wonderful that you are getting some pain relief! I have a neurological disease and I know pain, so I can totally relate.

    I love the pic of Lucy waking up, she is so cute!

    I thought of you the other day, we were in New York City in Times Square, for Sunday and Monday night, and we had a great time! I know you live in New York City, although I know it is a very, very big place! It is so fun to go there and see all of the people, and the shopping is phenomenal!

    I hope the pain relief is so very long lasting, Libby!

    I hope you and Lucy have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Big emoticon to both of you!

    2563 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Wonderful news!
    2579 days ago
    emoticon How wonderful that you are not in such pain! I am trying to get relief for my pain too. The doctor prescribed a new pain pill on Monday, but it has not helped at all. I hope I'll either see her again soon, or that she will just prescribe something stronger.
    Pain is no fun at all!

    Hugs, Leslie
    2589 days ago
    Oh Libby, I am so very happy for you. I pray that this wonderful progress continues and you get stronger every day. Chronic pain is so debilitating and I know you have been fighting this for so long. You are right about the body/mind connection. I used to be a licensed massage therapist and the body/mind connection was a huge part of my practice. Most of my clients suffered from some type of chronic pain making it so hard for them to stay positive. Knowing you are going to wake up in pain every day would be very depressing, so it's certainly understandable.

    Keep us updated on your progress. It's wonderful that you're getting back out for some walks now. Enjoy the fall weather and give Lucy a hug for me.

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    2603 days ago
    Its wonderful to think that this may be what works for you. I have early arthritis in my one knee from an old injury, so I know that "dog gnawing at my knee" feeling and thats just the start. Hopefully one day there will be something for me too when it gets really bad. At the moment its still doable.
    2604 days ago
    As an arthritis sufferer too I understand and shoot hooray for you!
    Happy and hopeful for you and us all!
    2604 days ago
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    Thank you one and all --- for your heartwarming comments and support. As many of you also have experience with pain - I think you know 'where I'm coming from'. Any relief is so welcome. I'm looking forward to turning the corner.......

    I had the last in the series of shots in my knees yesterday - and I do have some residual pain today - pretty bad, in fact. I'm hopeful that this is transitory - and I can get back to where I was yesterday morning!!! Fingers crossed.

    Again - thanks to you wonderful Sparks folks for propping me up!!!

    Luv and hugs. Libby
    2605 days ago
  • LEW0213
    I am so happy for you. Only someone who has lived with such pain can truly understand how wonderful it is to have that pain lessen or go away completely. Sounds like you've got yourself a good doctor there too.

    Hugs for you, Libby
    2605 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Good news & I hope it continues to improve. As a chronic pain sufferer of over 30 years with a few rare respites, this is encouraging to hear.
    2605 days ago
    Libby, I am so delighted to hear about this! I just had a big shot for my left shoulder. I am sure my pain was nothing like yours but the relief is awesome for me. So I am having a taste of your experience. I am praying that your relief continues. chris emoticon emoticon
    2605 days ago
    I'm so very happy to read this and so very happy for you!
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  • MARYANN2323
    Reading this is like having a ray of sunshine break thru a dark, cloudy day! It does my emoticon good to know you are having better days. It's about time! xoxo
    2605 days ago
    Oh Libby, I am soooo excited and happy for you! You sure deserve many pain free years ahead doing what you love. You've been such a trooper and always so kind and sweet, even when you were in pain. Enjoy some beautiful walks with Lucy.


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    2606 days ago
    Libby, I am so glad to hear that!! Chronic pain is so hard on our bodies in so many ways, I so glad these new injections are helping and you are able to move more. Oreo sends puppy kisses to you and Lucy emoticon
    2606 days ago
    Libby, that is so exciting. Pain can do so much to your body and you've been living with it for too long. I pray that this works out for you. I would love to know what the doctor is using since dad is having serious problems walking and surgery is not an option for him either.

    hugs...Mary Anne
    2606 days ago
    Yay! I am so happy for you! I cannot imagine what it is like to live in constant pain, but the relief much be pure elation for you! So glad the dr. found something that worked!
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    2606 days ago
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