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Old 03-05-2018, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I hope no-one minds me joining in here


I don't have chronic pain, but I do have a chronic illness which sometimes causes pain and other times just great discomfort and debility. I am bedbound a lot of the time as I have symptoms like overwhelming dizziness, imbalance, nausea, brain fog.

It's my 4th year with this and no medication has helped. I was sober for several years before this happened and for the first year of my illness, even though I lost my career, my friends etc.

But then I started struggling in year 2, and was an absolute mess by year 3. Completely overwhelmed and depressed with always feeling ill, I just had a massive relapse because I couldn't cope with it anymore. I do not want this to happen again.

There seem to be so few resources for people with chronic illnesses like mine who are trying to stay sober, so I hope you don't mind me "joining the gang" so to speak, so I can get support and help support you all too. Like I said, I'm pretty much bedbound most days, so I can't go to meetings and things. It would be great to join you all on here.

I hope you are all feeling as well as possible today.
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Hello , and welcome to our corner of recovery. This is a very small and quiet forum, the "regulars" check in very infrequently so please don't feel ignored if it takes a few days to get replies to your questions.

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Old 03-06-2018, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Mike,

Yes I did notice posts are sometimes weeks or months apart.

As I said, there seem to be few resources for people in recovery who also have chronic pain and illnesses, so it is nice to find one, even if it can be quiet around here.

I honestly don't know how some of you brave souls cope with dealing with sobriety and being chronically ill. I was doing OK, but rather than making me stronger over time, it is really wearing me down.

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Hi stoprelaspsing
I think I replied to you in another thread?

For me alcohol just made things worse in the long run.
Any pain relief I got from it was very hit and miss and short term.

Before long I had to be drunk all day everyday, and that bought with it a raft of other problems, both physical and emotional.

I had to give up drinking in the end cos it was goign to kill me.

Since then I've really thrown the net around to find the best help and the best approaches. I have a good doctor who understands my problem and my needs, and I have a who range of things in place to help me with chronic pain - a mobility scooter to get around on, bars in my house to hold on to, a chair in the shower...

I have an exercise plan, physio when I need it - and some pain relief for when nothing else works. Its controlled tightly - low dose, it's prescription only and no rpts on the script - all just in case - but I've never abused it.

Drinking bought me to a bad dark, miserable place mentally. I'm far more optimistic and stoic now I'm sober.

Just some food for thought

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Old 03-07-2018, 09:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi Dee,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, alcohol is always only a short-term fix, and although with this relapse, I wasn't going out and doing all the stupid, dangerous things I used to do, it did make me very sick. I drank hard for a few weeks, and got gastritis and then, of course, I had to do withdrawal.

I did withdrawal so many times in the past that benzos now only stop me seizing and stop the hallucinations really. I was vomiting, had the runs, sweating etc. It was not fun and I don't ever want to go there again. And the drinking was just a waste of my time and money (not to mention I cannot now go into the corner shop for a very long time - so embarrassed. Because I am not very mobile, I'd buy 3 litre bottles of Vodka at a time so I didn't have to go out every day).

I am back on my anti-drinking tablets (sunflower lecithin does it for me), which make me feel more comfortable in my own skin and have started to see a counsellor who supposedly can deal with illness and addiction.

I saw my balance specialist today and she suggested some helpful things, but I only see her every few months and she seems to be the only medical professional I've seen who really listens to me and thinks outside the box.

I am so glad you have a great plan in place. I'm trying to find one, but like I said most of the people I've seen don't even listen to me, write down incorrect things in their letters. So I'm putting my hope in my lecithin, my balance specialist and bouncing ideas off this counsellor, who has set me homework, which I hope will give me insight. Then it's down to me to find my way out of this depression and back to where I was before.

Thanks for listening
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