Hi! My name is Tracey, I am a 25y/old female living in Canada. I was in a horrific car accident in 2001 that left me with a compressed spine, torn tissue/muscle, whiplash etc. I am still recovering 8 years later. I was left with restricted turning of my neck on one side, my right (dominant) arm does not go more than 90 degrees up. My brain doesn't know that there is a space between my arm and head. I have constant pain. And I mean constant. Oh yes it varies. If I go to physio, the next day is stabbing pain. Most days I have burning or throbbing pain which I am actually getting much better at ignoring. I think mentally I am finally in a good place but it would be nice to be able to talk to other people with chronic pain.
Because of my age, narcotic pain killers will not be prescribed. I was on a combination of morphine, toradol (Ketoralac), and percocet for a year. I got pregnant and the medications are toxic and I miscarried. My doctors decided it was to risky to have me on narcotics while of child bearing age and even more, they were worried that I would take too many and be in a daze. I have to say I don't blame them but some days I really really wish I had something to knock me out. I currently have tramacet (tylenol based pain reliever) , flexeril (muscle relaxant), and elavil. A low dose combination of the 3 actually works better for me than the heavy cocktail I listed above. Getting enough prescribed to take the 3 pills daily hasn't been successful so right now I have to take them sparingly and only when I can't physically get out of bed or off the couch (I have them stashed all over my apartment "just in case")
I am currently in my 1st year of a bachelor of nursing and my chronic pain is really really taking its tole. I can't keep up with the younger, healthy students. I am so focused on breathing through pain at certain points that I completely miss entire lectures.
Has anyone attempted school while suffering from pain? If so do you have any tips?
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