Thank you so much for those words of encouragement. I keep reading them over and over...
Thank you for the much needed support. I truly am going to need it. This is going to be a long hard road but I know I can do it, I have to. Just helps to know I habe the support from not only the few people in my life that know but kind amazing strangers who have been where I am!
There are many ways of managing your pain and you'll probably have to try different things to see what works well for you. Right now I'm not exercising and I have a long way to work back up to where I was but exercising really helped me. I always start with swimming because it's gentle. First go around with it I started walking one lap. That's all I could manage. It took me longer to drive to the gym than the amount of time I spent there. I eventually got to where I was at the gym anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours most days. It helped my pain and more importantly helped my head. I was better able to deal with the pain. There are also prescription creams, compounding creams, lidoderm patches, procedures that may help. I don't think for most pain patients there is any one thing that works. It's usually a combination of things that help. For me, ibuprofen plays a big role. I have several different pain issues and what works for one may not for another. Start out slowly and find what things make you feel better.
Congrats on getting the gift of desperation. U only have to go thru withdrawals once and that's it. Hot baths helped me and exercise during wds help also.
U have ur whole life ahead of u so y not live it freedom and serenity.
I have had 3 unsuccessful spine surgeries and only take aspirin for pain and stiffness. A year ago the doctors told me that all I could hope for was to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life and that was not what I wanted for my life.
I started making simple lists of what I needed and wanted to accomplish every day and check off those things I do as they get done. I started journaling and meditating and told myself that Pain is a symptom, not something to be feared or ignored. I also started rating my pain, 10 being the worst possible and 0 being pain free, and would ask myself as the day goes on what number of pain was I in.
Without being too much Blah Blah Blah, I do wish you the very best in your journey to be drug free. There are alot of awesome people here to help you with any question you might have.