Does constant pain make you feel unwell?
edited 1. Apr 2014, 13:31 in Living with Arthritis archive
Strictly speaking, this isn't an arthritis question so I hope it's OK to put it on here. I had a bladder prolapse repair in 2007 and now I think I've got another prolapse - lower back pain and general discomfort (I won't go into details!). However, this time it is making me feel quite unwell. I'm tired, shaky and generally feel very out of sorts, apart from the pain itself. Does pain affect others like this? Continuous pain is not something I've had to deal with much in the past, thankfully. I've got a pelvic exam booked for tomorrow, so, hopefully, if it is a prolapse, I will get a referral sorted out quickly.
As5567 Member Posts: 665I think that everyone reacts differently to pain so its hard to answer.
If I'm having a bad flare that has been going on for months then I do feel generally unwell in myself, weak, no appetite and very tired. But this is normal with pain as your body is just reacting to being sick, and in a way its the same as being sick with something such as a virus, your body is trying to fight it off and is causing all of these symptoms.
I hope this is of some help to you
I hope your appointment tomorrow goes as well as it can for you, what ever the outcome is.0
barbara12 Member Posts: 21,280Meg when I have sever pain from OA I am like you, I describe it has flue symptoms and its awful, so I do feel for you..I do think all you can do is take things easy but to be honest I get sick of hearing this and sick of saying it to others..so sorry ..and I hope it eases up for you very soon...(((())) xx0
Thank you so much for your replies. I must be honest that I hadn't thought about the body reacting to pain in that way, but it does make sense and, indeed, does feel a little like 'flu. Just had a phone call from the surgery to say that the doctor who was going to do the exam can't do it after all! However, I was asked if I wanted another doctor to do it and he is actually a gynaecology specialist, so I'm quite happy with that. Just want to get the ball rolling, so to speak.
I'm taking your advice, Barbara, and spending the day with my feet up doing some crocheting.
Thanks again both.
mally Member Posts: 25I was so pleased to read this as I sometimes get quite "fluish" and have never thought that it could be down to an arthritis flare up. I do get incredibly tired. I'll have to start keeping a diary0
Dakky Member Posts: 53Yeah, Definitely.
As others have described. Feel totally run down, cold/flu like. Body is constantly battling weather through inflammation or other illness such as yours.
The mental anguish of constantly needing to fight pain can be just as bad. Can't get to sleep because of pain, waking up to pain, wondering if there's going to be any end in sight, or god forbid, get worse.
Hope you get some relief soon!0
stickywicket Member Posts: 27,428I think my answer would be the rather unhelpful one of Yes it can but that doesn't mean to say that's what's happening to you, Meg, as other things can too. Maybe you have an infection of some kind which would benefit from antibiotics. I hope the examination goees well tomorrow. If it's by a doc (Forgive my ignorance) you could ask. If not maybe check it out with your GP.0
As one who lives with continuous pain I can say that it makes me very tired, somewhat lethargic and occasionally nauseous, but unwell? No. I wonder if you have some sort of infection on top of everything else? Good luck with the exam. and a trip to your GP may be in order, especially if you are on immune-suppressant meds (I'm ashamed to say that I cannot remember your 'flavour' of arthritis :oops: - I apologise). DD0
Just an update. I saw my GP, who is also a gynaecologist. It is a prolapse, but it is mild, so no surgery warranted, just pelvic floor exercises and I'm to go back to see him again in three months. Hopefully, the exercises will improve things and soon make me feel better. The discomfort/aching/pain is being caused by the slack pelvic floor. Sigh!
Thank you again everybody for your kind and helpful comments. I've got OA, DD, so I'm not on immune-suppressants and there is absolutely no need to apologise for not remembering!0
Well that is better news, yes? Get clenching and squeezing my lovely! And thank you for not getting cross with my memory-lapse: I'll try to hold onto that info now! DD0
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