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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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