Chronic Pain, Diabetes,Depression & other ailments

Robert C. H.
By Robert C. H. Latest Reply 2009-01-17 15:06:23 -0600
Started 2008-11-20 22:04:20 -0600

Sometimes I am just so overwhekmed by all of these together that trying to keep control of one thing makes me forget to concentrate on the others, sometimes I am so depressed that I sleep for ten or twelve hrs,which of course means I'm not testing, nor am I eating, and not taking my meds as I should, I'm sure I am not alone what do others do to try and corect this


22 replies

mike67
mike67 2008-12-30 00:06:24 -0600 Report

i have had the same problem myself. i was so depressed with diabeties and all that came with it.they tried me on prozac 20 mg. not much good came, after two months they placed me on prozac 60 mg. and that was the trick i totally had no more depression. as for as severe pain for neuropathy i use ms contin 15mg. and soma and they work very well for me, though they are some times hard to get prescribed,well good luck,mb.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2008-12-07 05:10:42 -0600 Report

In whatever degree of pain we all suffer, everyone of us can relate to you. Sometimes it would take too long to even tell my wife where it all hurts when she asks me how I feel, so I just say 'pretty good.' You and I both know that feeling 'pretty good' is what we strive for. I haven't reached 'pretty good' in years. I take prescription narcotics twice daily and 2400 mgs of motrin daily as well as my daily Zoloft. Besides being a bit fuzzy headed I see little benefit until I try to go a day without taking them. It is then I see just how much they are helping. About once a month I start feeling sorry for myself and skip a day of my pain meds. The next day as soon as my meds are again suppressing the pain, I realize that as my pain is fading so is my depression. It may sound a little manic to some, but it is a cycle that I have discovered which helps me both deal with the pain and the depression.

I am a devout Christian and truly believe that we all have hurtles set up in our lives that we must find a way over, around, or through. We are here to learn and experience those things that God wants to teach us. Embrace each day with a newly rediscovered gratitude for the experiences He that loves us has seen fit to provide us.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2008-11-30 23:06:17 -0600 Report

Hi! I understand how you feel. It seems somedays that I'm just too tired to figure it all out. I'm a polio survivor from 18mth old in 1948. I now have post polio syndrom. My stomach is paralized so I'm in constant pain 24/7. I'm on fentenyl pain patches (the stronges pain meds out there). I'm in agony with out the pain meds. I also have oxycoden for the break through pain. I still hurt but not as bad as I do with out the help. I have nutcracker esphgus syndrum. The pain is so bad that I end up in the hospital. My esphagus has a hard time moving food into the stomache. This is caused by the polio. I'v have polio nuropathy in both feet and legs for close to 20 yrs. There are days I can't feel my good foot yet it hurts enough to drive me nuts. I'm on oxygen 24/7 because my diaphram barley works. I'm on a breathing machine at night. It breaths for me when my body can't do it on its own. I can't take care of myself anymore. Bless my dear husband of 44yrs he cooks,cleans, feeds me, and keeps track of all the medicines I take. He mashes all me meds and puts warm water with them. Then he puts into a large syringe and then puts it into my g-tube. On the days that I'm to sick to eat he give me liquid suppliment in my g-tube. I get embarassed at having the g-tube it shows through all my cloths. But it is a life saver. Both of my rotator cuffs are torn very bad and need surgery. But they can't do surgery on them. My pulmanologist spealist said that with my breathing problems I would not wake up.
Somy arms hurt to do anything, sometimes even typing on the net. I have only been a diabetic since october. So now I have to worry about what I can eat and can't. test my blood sugars. I can't seem to get the numbers down to 130. Any way, I do understand what you are feeling. Heavenly Father is aware of our battles and is there for us. Pray and you will feel better about things. I'm your friend and if you need to talk I'm always close to my phone.

Your Friend
JoAnna
503-363-8707

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-30 23:24:01 -0600 Report

My heart goes out to you. I cannot even begin to imagine how you have dealt with all of these things over the years. Reading your story and the stories of others dealing with so much each day is truly humbling and helps me to put my own aches and pains and problems in perspective. I am dealing with nothing compared to some of you. You all are such inspirations to me and, I'm sure, to others around you. God has blessed you with an amazing helpmate, it appears, something not everyone can say. I am including both of you in my prayers. Hugs! Diane

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-12-01 19:25:44 -0600 Report

thank you for Your story, You are truly a serviver,Yes there are so many of us that suffer from other ailments besides diabetes,but diabetes only adds on to our suffering.But you are an inspiration to anyone who reads your reply and I'm sure our prayers are with you ROBERT

Babs341
Babs341 2008-12-07 01:23:21 -0600 Report

Dearest JoAnna,

My Lady… You Rock!!!!!!!!!! :)

To have the courage, strength, will power & Love that you… surely incourages myself and many others. As is your husband is A Knight in Shining Armor!

God Bless You Both,
Always,
Babs

Babs341
Babs341 2008-11-30 21:26:47 -0600 Report

Hello All,

Again we can learn something new everyday. There are so many of us that have more than just being diabetic in common. Who would have thought that when I joined this site that I would find such wonderful caring people, who understand the same up's & down's that I do. When you need a helping hand there are so many out there that so willing to pull you up :)

I also have fibro/myofasical pain, neurop in both legs & feet, and yep - Type 2 and some days depressed (who wouldn't be ?).

Even when your not in a down mood, there are days (even weeks- flair up's..) that it takes everything in your power to get out of bed. Knowing that any kind of movement will make it hurt worse.. and during this time your BS goes up.

I know it's hard!! I do have a family. But there are many days that they just don't understand the pain I'm in, nor the problems that I have w/ my diabetes. They forget that all of this is something that I have to deal with & take care of everyday, of every minute, of every second. And being told by everyone that if you just try harder or do this or that it will all go aways. Sorry but there is yet to be that magic "?????" out there that will cure my fibro/myofasical, neurop., or diabetes, (if there is someone plz tell me where I can get some).

Please forgive me, but I've been having a major flare up the past 4 days (nasty weather is such a killer for me) - And as you can problably tell my pain, diabetes, etc. has been going bonkers which of course brings on the depression.

It's not easy… There are many of us here that understand and feel your pain that's not only in your body, but in your heart!! Please hang in there. You may not know this - but there is a reason to get out of bed to keep yourself going… you have friends!!! Though we may not beable to be there w/ you in person, but I'm sure there are many of us who will be glad to join u here at this site: maybe chat a little, have a cup of coffee or a diet soda..

There are days that I can't get online because of the pain in my hands & arms (it has taken me almost an hour just to type this message here). Can u picture how hard it is for me to check my BS on days like this?? Yep, sometimes I can't, because I can't hold my kit in my fingers, today is the kind of day that I can hardly turn a doorknob..

I hope this has given u a little bit of encouragement. Even if it's just a "touch", we are here for you.. good days & bad… :)

Always,
Babs

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-30 21:37:37 -0600 Report

I'm so sorry you're having such a difficult time. You have an unbelievable amount to deal with! I can understand why there are days that you would just prefer to give up and stay in bed, and I certainly can't blame you. I have had, and still have, friends who go through so much pain and discomfort on a daily basis, yet they continue to struggle and try to keep doing what they can. What inspirations they are to me, as you are. I'm sure you are an inspiration to all of your family and friends. God bless you.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-30 21:14:36 -0600 Report

To all of you who have responded and shared the pain and other health issues you're dealing with, my heart goes out to you. I cannot fathom having constant pain. That is enough to cause deep depression. I hope your physicians can keep working with you to do something better for you with respect to the pain - and for the depression.

One of the best ways to deal with depression, of course, is to get involved in helping others. But if you're dealing with terrible pain, I know that is hard to consider. Some volunteer work can be done from home, via the telephone. That might be a possibility. In any event, I believe in the power of God to get us through anything, if we'll only turn it over to Him and allow Him to. The best advice I have to give is to pray…that the pain will subside or disappear if it's His will, and for the strength to deal with your pain and depression. I pray for comfort and strength and relief for each of you. Diane

caragypsy
caragypsy 2008-11-30 20:30:48 -0600 Report

I too have chronic pain. I have neuopathy, fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease All of this hurts a lot and that makes for more stess and depression. I am so tried of all this. Cara

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2008-11-21 12:24:50 -0600 Report

robert, i pray that you get the strongness of mind to see you through every situation you find in life. the inner man has always known where it comes from and who loves him more than any one person could. i am thinking of you and praying.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-21 17:35:17 -0600 Report

Thank You I have found many friends on this site that keep me in there prayers, as they are all in mine,MY BEST ROBERT

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-11-21 09:11:00 -0600 Report

I too have chronic pain in my back due to degenerative disc disease, neuropathy in both feet, and type 2 diabetes. Sleeping has gotten alot better since I have been off the insulin. Do not know why? I think sometimes I am depressed but I think it comes from days I just do not want to test or do anything. If I could some days I would just stay in bed and not move. But my daughter and puppy need me to move. So I just deal. I find if I go ahead and get up and do things it helps with the feeling of depression and I have a feeling of accomplishment.

dj7110
dj7110 2008-11-20 23:29:26 -0600 Report

I know where you are comming from here. I have constant pain (degenerative disc disease with multiple hurniated discs in my back, arthritis in my joints with bone spurs, neuopathy in both feet from my diabtis) which all cause me pain. fell into deep depresion after lossing work and told i could never work again. Can't drive anymore due to my meds. I was ready to throw in the towel.. But It's my kids that keep me going and who I need to be around for. As for sleep which I seldom got they found out I have sleep apnea and so now have to use a machine to help me sleep. Seams it never ends. But ya need to keep chugging along and doing the best ya can. As despite it all there is always those days from time to time you are glad you are around and still make a differance.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-20 23:44:57 -0600 Report

Yes it seems it never ends, but thankyou for reminding me that I can still bring a little happiness to someone out there if I only give myself the chance I send you my Best

MIKEYROBERT
MIKEYROBERT 2008-11-21 08:25:47 -0600 Report

I understand, i'm sick all the time with infections, back pain, and fatigue but i have a wife to live for , a family so i keep going just for them. Hang in there.

Avera
Avera 2008-11-20 23:01:33 -0600 Report

Hello Robert!

I have the same problems as you do. Well, what I did first was to find a site to help me with my chronic pain problems. Here is the link:

http://www.nationalpainfoundation.org/

It is a great site with lots of help and support. They also report on all the newest developments in pain management. There is even a link on the site to click if one is having a crisis. They try and direct you to help and resources for your needs. I am a member of the site and it is free to join. I get a monthly newsletter and have learned much from it.

As for the depression…the best thing for that is to find something that really is of interest to you and MAKE yourself get involved with it. Try and pick something that will make you want to get out of the bed. I DID!!!

Now my hobby is a strange one, lol, so I refuse to post it right here for all to read. lol Everyone might think I am nut. If you are curious, write and I will tell you about it. lol Then I will not be embarassed.

YOU have joined this site and that is a great first step to make friends that also have problems such as ours.

Use your search engine and look for a pain support group and a diabetes support group near where you live. Maybe they will have meetings and you can make some real time friends that have problems also and are willing to share their experiences. It takes a while but it is worth it.

In other words,,,get up and get out,,,,even if it is just to one place a day. It does make a difference. The process is slow, but the rewards are great. Just give it a try. You will be glad that you did.

There is help out there for the pain. HUNT for it! I did,

Avera

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-20 23:12:06 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information, I will use it.Last night I wrote in my journal that I have to find something to do with myself, but because of all my medical conditions, I"M afraid to venture out, so the hobby idea is a good one. I do read a lot but need something more, again I thank you ROBERT

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-12-11 20:45:51 -0600 Report

Avera,can you please ontact me regarding nationalpainfoundational,I signed up but when I try to get in I don't exist, all my e-mails fail. thanks Robert

cakeybakes
cakeybakes 2008-11-20 22:41:28 -0600 Report

I have fibromyalgia, diabetes and depression as well. Some days I have to FORCE myself out of bed and tell myself that I cannot waste any precious time with my family by feeling sorry for myself or letting these stupid ailments get the best of me. My family and I deserve the best of me, not my illnesses. It's the most difficult thing in the world some days to do ANYTHING when all you really want to do is lie down and rest. Life is too short to waste in bed not doing anything! The more active I am, the more active I want to be. There are days, however, when I do have to take some time off and just sit and watch movies or read a good book. Sometimes you just gotta! Don't let this beat you!

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-20 23:02:48 -0600 Report

I thank you for your encouragement,but my problem seem to be that I am alone, and there is nothing there to encourage me to jump out of bed for, I have lost the life I once had and become a hermit of sorts. but I'm grateful you have family and a reason to get up and going,Robert

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