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When was the last time when you weren't in pain or weren't aware of the pain?

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
hi all,

my name is betty and i'm studying at simon fraser university in british columbia, canada.

for our graduate capstone project, we're working on methods of immersion to support those who suffer from chronic pain.

we have a few questions right now that could help us along:
(if you feel this is better suited sent in a message to myself than posted here, please feel free)

post-injury or otherwise, tell us a story about a time when you weren't in pain, or weren't aware of your pain. was there something in particular about your environment: the sounds, lighting, emotions - that may have contributed to the (most likely brief) absence of pain?

a very large thanks in advance

more information on our project is available at


  • Submerged in warm water at about 10m deep

  • Hiya, Welcome to Spine Health. I have been in chronic pain for so long, i just cant remember the last time i didnt feel pain. What i can say is just before christmas last year, i started some physio (PT) sessions. The physio (PT) was the gentle areobics, they had us running (i could not do this) there was the ball,(that was not to bad)there were lots of leg exercises etc. I told the theropist i was in a lot of pain, and i could not carry on, he said no pain no gain, but something just didnt feel right. By the 3rd session i just could not do it the pain in my back , i could not get down on to the floor, i had the siatic pain back with a vengance. So in the end i went to my doctor and explained to him he said your body is telling you to stop so go home and rest . It feels like a disc has gone, no i wake every morning with my back in spasm this is so painful. sorry for long post !

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  • :) i think it usually involves my five senses. the other day it was walking in the eucalyptus trees with my husband and dog, smell. it could be getting tickled and poked on the bed, touch and laughter. a spontaneous moment! often with laughter involved and most always with one of the five senses really being explored. =)) i want to welcome you to SH as well. we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please make yourself at home! Jenny :)
  • I’m a 48yrs old male, I have moderate to severe pain everyday of my life for the past 12 years,
    I was diagnosed with: cervical myelopothy, sever stinosis in the neck, and severe D.D.D ,
    At 37 I had to have a lamanectomy from C3 to C7 inclusive, do to herniated discs, affecting my spinal cord. The doctors have made it very clear that there is real nothing left to try, medically. Which means this is it…..
    Presently I can not feel with my hands, no sensation, I have pain from my head to my toes. I have been on every type of pain medication and all stopped working after a while
    Now I take Lyrica and and medical marijuana
    (My advice to the world ,” acceptance, never give up, keep your self occupied . get psychological help, just to put things into prospective. Try to smile)
  • Dear all,

    I really want to say thank you for welcoming me to Spine-Health and willing to share your experience with us. We really appreciate for the time you had devoted to write your experience and story. Your sharing is very helpful and important to us, please keep in touch with us, we’ll also keep in touch with you through this thread (or later email). ^^


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  • the only time I feel no pain is when I'm sedated for my spine injections-it usually lasts about 4 hours (sometimes more if I'm able to nap when I get home). Aside from that, I can't remember the last time I wasn't in pain-before my back injuries I had cancer, and before that many female problems that were very painful as well. I've pretty much been on narcotic pain meds since 2000 but I can remember pain back to my teen years (I'm now 34).

    I, too, would like to welcome you to SH! Pull up a chair and stay awhile :) If you know anyone that has chronic pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, etc. please point them to us-this is an excellent resource for support, listening, info and understanding!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,741
    I love a certain type of blues music. I was at a Eric Clapton concert With excellent seats. After he did all his rock and non blues stuff. He did a long set of blues tunes with lightning quick guitar riffs an a voice that got better with age. It took me back to a long time ago, before I knew chronic pain.
    Before that I had been in great pain all day. After that set (about 1 hours worth) I told my wife that something weird happened. I hadn't noticed any pain in that hour. In fact I wasn't aware of the fact that I had a bad back. And that made my hair stand up on end! I felt nothing!
    The same thing happened twice while traveling on a spectacular part of the north coast of California, which I have always loved.
    I wish I could take my mind there, at will!!!!
    A freaked out, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • One of the relaxation things I do is picture myself on a beach in Florida or Barbados, laying on the sand and feeling the warm sun on me with the ocean gently swishing ashore. I remembered and captured that thought and decided to keep it for relaxation during any injections or dental work. At the time I was in Florida there was a big snowstorm in Toronto, Canada where I live and it made me smile that I was there. Almost paradise.
    It doesn't completely take away my pain when I think of it it just really helps me focus on relaxing my body in memory of the warm sand and sun.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • }:) I am most pain free in the water. Weightless is wonderful.


    14 surgeries, including L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 degree fusion with instrumentation and bone graft, L1-L5 fusion (with hardware and auto bone graft), numerous cortisone injections, numerous rhyzotomies, prolotherapy, accupuncture, physical therapy.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • hi i am relatively new to cronic pain in its true sense. i have had various episodes of pain affecting one area of my body, lasting for a period of several weeks or months.

    however for over a year i have experienced cronic pain involving many areas of my body. i have osteoarthritis in my neck, lower back, hips knees and hands. i am waiting on surgery to remove an oeteophyte at c5/6, they are hoping i need only one level( i am more than hoping).

    the newest curve ball my body has found to challenge me is that if i relax or fall asleep my thumb in my left hand disslocates. it is as you can imagine quite painful.

    my medication is naproxed, co-codamol,gabapentin, amitriptyline and i use felbinac gell localy.

    this week my ot gave me a cosi chair, see it here.

    if you open the pdf it explains about the zero gravity.
    it is wonderful, i have only had it a few days, limiting the time spent at zero tilt to 15 mins 3 times a day as my thumb gets too relaxed otherwise :&

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