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Old 06-14-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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I suggest starting a yoga class. It will be tough and you will want to give it up. Work thru the pain. I commit to yoga four times a week...and it did wonders for me. I also suggest using music therapy and aroma therapy. Visualization exercises help too. And a cat.

Seriously....do yoga. And meditation. Best of luck. Your mind can control your body...you just need to learn how to do it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:11 PM
 
Location: FL
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Maybe if nothing is showing on the MRI, it's muscle related? Maybe try some Flexiril, I take Valium for my muscle/ nerve pain because I get spasms as well and it's a hell of a lot cheaper than Lyrica or Skelaxin.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:07 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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but my question is.. can mental health issues be the cause of cause chronic pain?
I might suggest you see a therapist/psychologist who specializes in trauma issues and childhood issues to get to the bottom of the anxiety, so you can resolve it and get off the med for that. There's a technique called EMDR that can clear emotional issues really deeply (it's good for PTSD), and makes endless "talk therapy" unnecessary. I would start with dealing with those childhood issues and see if it makes a difference in your symptoms. You can Google or look in your phone directory under Psychologists and also Counselors. They advertise their specialties: trauma, childhood issues, "corrective parenting" is a good therapy if you can find someone who offers it. (The therapy group re-creates your family of origin, but major events take a more healthy course, per your direction and their enactment.)

Since you raised the question in your OP, I'd say you're on to something, and it's well worth exploring that avenue. Even if it doesn't change the pain, therapy should help alleviate the anxiety. Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Wow, I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you. Sounds very frustrating. Is this pain that you are having caused by inflammation? Also, have you tried any alternative methods to reduce the pain?
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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People really need to research all medications before starting to take them in the first place and not just the sheet the pharmacy puts in the bag. Know what you are getting yourself into. My guess is the back pain is related to stress and I give the yoga suggestion 2 thumbs up.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: earth?
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Did you read Sarno's book on back pain? Evidently, he thinks it is all psychological.

I think there have been quite a few studies that indicate a lot of back pain is caused by other than physical issues - I just read somewhere that people who have back surgeries tend to not improve . . .indicating the pain source is not physiological, even when there are physiological maladies . . . I think you can find good sources of recent studies on the web . . .maybe even Mayo Clinic . . . You are smart to question the source of the pain, instead of simply medicating it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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I suggest starting a yoga class. It will be tough and you will want to give it up. Work thru the pain. I commit to yoga four times a week...and it did wonders for me. I also suggest using music therapy and aroma therapy. Visualization exercises help too. And a cat.

Seriously....do yoga. And meditation. Best of luck. Your mind can control your body...you just need to learn how to do it.
I would find out beyond any doubt there is no physical trauma before doing Yoga. The whole "push through the pain" thing could do irreparable damage trying to twist and stretch if there is hidden physiological damage. Having to deal with pain everyday, from an old severe injury, I have had to accept certain limits. Running on hard surfaces is a good way for me to end up limping for days, for instance. Make sure you know your limits and know what is causing your hurt before attempting ANY rigorous exercise! Including Yoga.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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You know I am so ready to pull my hair out over these drs who tell you or whoever that the pain they expierience is all mental ... You know I am almost tempted to say well I think you're wanting me to pay your bill is all mental LOL I wonder how they would feel about that LOL ... Im so tired of being told all my pain is just mental .. Im sure Im not the only one .
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