As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
"Depression hurts," say the Cymbalta commercials. Yes, it does, and antidepressants that, like Cymbalta, work to make more of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine available have also been shown to relieve pain.
My questions arise from my own experience. Although I was formally diagnosed with bipolar relatively late, I see symptoms going clear back to childhood. I began to have chronic pain in my early 20s, first in my neck and head, then crippling pain in my arms that finally moved to my mid and upper back. This was diagnosed, after 9 difficult years, as fibromyalgia. Then later I injured my low back and have had trouble with it ever since, while other areas of my back flare up periodically.
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Can you please tell me why my temples throb all the time,even without headache? jbw.
No, we really can't tell you why your temples throb. That requires diagnosis, which can only be done in person following a review of your history and a full examination. Sometimes, high blood pressure can cause a sensation of throbbing at the temples, but you really need to see your doctor about this .
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Recently, my 80-plus-year-old dad was visiting with his brother, and the conversation quickly turned to health issues. What medications are you on? How’s your hearing? How’s your blood pressure? How’s your back? After the conversation progressed on this topic for about 15 minutes, Dad turned to me and said, “See, Dorian, what you’ll be talking about when you reach our age?”
Hopefully, my aches, pains and meds won’t be a big part of my conversation. Instead, I hope to keep a sense of humor and perspective on the challenges of aging, but to be involved fully in the world. To reach that goal means starting now.
Which brings me to my book group’s lastest read, “Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes From A Perfectly Imperfect Life” by Lisa Kogan . You may know Lisa from her regular column in O Magazine where she has developed a keen eye and descriptive style that provides a unique take on the world. In one of ...
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