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chronic lower back pain

Letty1Letty1 Posts: 5Member Listener
edited February 18 in Dealing with chronic pain
Hello everyone, new to the site.
I just need to connect with people who understand how living with constant pain can become so depressing. I've had chronic lower back pain for 12 years and now I have constant pain and swelling in my right arm.
I wake up crying most mornings because of it. 


  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 5,395Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Letty1   Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

    Sorry to hear that your in pain.

    I am one of the team of community champions who help and advise new members who join.

    Please have a look at our website on Dealing with Chronic Pain.  You will find many members like yourself.

    Please ask if we can help and advise.  Some one will know from our team or a member of our community.

    Please take care.

  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,856Member Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Letty1, and a warm welcome to the community!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your pain, it can be so tough to live with. You're among others who understand here, and I hope at the very least this community helps you feel less alone. You may be particularly interested in our dealing with chronic pain discussions.
  • steve51steve51 Posts: 5,883Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Letty1

    Good Afternoon & Welcome 🙏🙏

    I am one off the “Community Champion’s” as well.

    Yes I have had “Chronic Pain” since 2005.

    I have been given numerous tablets/treatments.

    None of these have helped to date!!!!!!!!

    Please have a good look 👀 around & please let me know if you get stuck!!!!!!!


  • Letty1Letty1 Posts: 5Member Listener
    Hello and thank you for reading and replying. 
    It's so good knowing there are people who understand what it feels like to be in constant insufferable pain. I'm going to see my GP tomorrow hopefully I'll get stronger pain killers. 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,250Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Letty and welcome

    I do understand how you feel having had chronic lower back pain for 30 odd years. The bad news is that you will never be free of it, painkillers of various types can ease the symptoms but you will need to work with your GP and or pain clinic to find the combination that helps you best. Stronger is not always better, try to find a level that gives you tolerable relief and some quality of life.
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • AnkyieSponAnkyieSpon Posts: 137Community champion Pioneering
    Hi @Letty1 I'm a member of the chronic pain community to so remember your not alone and we are here to help.
    Can I ask has your GP sent you for any xrays or mri or just giving you drugs? 
    (Ankyie Spon)
    I'm a Pain Warrior
  • wildlifewildlife Posts: 1,316Member Pioneering
    Hi @Letty1 I too have chronic lower back pain and now pain in my right leg that wakes me up every morning. I use heat pads (Curaheat from Tescos) when it is really bad. Very soothing and gives relief for a day or too if used all day. I'm using ice on my leg and that also helps a lot. I also do exercises while lying on the bed which may sound crazy but moving any part of the body whichever you can without pain is what I do. It's surprises me that the part of my spine that is degenerating will move freely while I'm lying down but as soon as I get up it won't move at all. My Osteopath said the pain is mostly caused by the muscles around the joint going into spasm (anywhere in the body) is what causes most of the pain rather than the joint itself. I also have a tube of strong gel from the Dr. as pain killers upset my tum but do have to resort to them some of the time.   
  • Saffy5Saffy5 Posts: 8Member Listener
    I too have chronic lower back pain have you been to a pain clinic, I've had radio frequency denerveation several times over the years it helps but unfortunately the nerves grow back and you have to start again but inbetween it's worth it. I know it doesn't work for everyone but it's worth exploring 
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