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    The mind
    WillyPain posted:
    The body. The mind. Although joined, treating one and not the other is not good. To avoid depression I think to displace it- by occupation. They use this in OT (Occupational Therapy). The body-crafting photoalbums modelling etc. The mind- concentrating on things other than the pain (get you mind off it) through activities and reading or visits, pets etc.
    You may simply be left with having to live in pain as I do. If so, what are going to do? Stay occupied as much as possible-sounds like lip service, but it has to be faced. Perhaps anti inflammatorys or cymbalta, that I am not sure of, but that way you'd lose the stomach-not the liver. Make no mistake-it's no picnic. We are not young.
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    davedsel57 responded:

    Chronic pain, unfortunately, is no respecter of age. I've been managing moderate to severe chronic pain for over 30 years since my late teens. Some of us are young but still suffer from conditions that cause pain.

    Living about our circumstances is not an easy, but it can be done. The "mind-set" is everything. Continuing to research pain management methods, staying as active as possible, and keeping a positive attitude are all keys to successfully living with chronic health problems of any kind.
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    annette030 responded:
    I use distraction like you suggested, along with adequate medication to manage my pain. I may have some pain, but it is managable. I use opiates and neurontin and a sleep aid. Works for me, most of the time.

    Take care, Annette
    taxlady49 responded:
    In some ways, it is good to keep your mind occupied as it does take your mind off the pain. However, the pain never reallly goes away and it is often hard to find enough to think about to keep it at bay. I have found that, with fibro and depression both, using cymbalta, for me, has worked to keep both at bay. I taught in primary schools most of my life and was able to keep going, with and without the meds cause the kids needed my attention. As I age, other work is needed to keep me going, weather is more of a factor in pain and sometimes cymbalta is not enough. But I keep working in spite of the pain because there is nothing else to do. I get slow, I walk like I am in pain, my face shows it, but I keep going and tell my clients what is going on. they appreciate that I can keep going. Spring and fall are the worst as the barometer jumps like it is on a spring.
    Part of the process is learning to keep going despite the pain.
    Part of it is also refusing to let the pain run your life. exercise the body and the brain. it cannot hurt and it will keep other bad things away. Meds are not always good, but there are some out there that will help without making you feel like a zombie. I cannot take much over the counter meds for pain, it's not enough and I have had it so long, fibro is a factor. thank goodness it is only pain, not damage.......
    good luck to you, try the cymbalta or other antidepressant like it, they work on both the pain and the depression that goes with it, and what is better than getting two results for the use of one pill.

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