Mental health problems can bring on aches and pains

John

Posted 2009-10-18

In the summer of 2007 increasing back pain led to a diagnosis of Arthritis in the spine. This steadily got worse during the next 12 months, until sleeping was agony, there seemed no position that relieved the pain from the coccyx region. But, a hot water bottle did help. In addition, there was general back ache, muscular tension.

A lot of tests were run eliminating other causes. If there were any I was not advised. For some reason, over a period of one month, mid-August to mid-September 2008 the pain effectively disappeared, in the coccyx region.

I had followed at least one doctors advice, and I gather general medical opinion, exercise if you can, to keep arthritis at bay. In addition I use coccyx cushions both at home and in the car and have done over all this period and continue to do so. I even bought a rather expensive and very nice reclining armchair which, lifted the legs, and allowed one to reach an almost horizontal position to NO avail. It was 9 months before I could find any relieve with the recliner and was on the verge of disposing of it, even now it is no real 'cure'. Tend to use an office type chair, fabric seat and back, with coccyx cushions.

I was also pretty badly stressed out, I tend to internalize my emotions, going back to my childhood. I do take a therapeutic dose of an anti-depressant, 30 mg. Mirtazapine, though I don't consider myself depressed, this has been a long term treatment for depression and anxiety.

Mental health problems can bring on aches and pains anywhere in the human body. Never mind those with a real physical cause. Three points relating to this:

You should chill out in an evening. For quite sometime I was searching for somewhere new to live and because of my childhood, a services background, have, to start with, all the UK to view. Using the Internet I viewed thousands of properties, mainly during evenings!

Secondly, I am alone, after a second divorce some 5 years ago.

Thirdly, having been a long term working British expat, it is difficult to find people to relate to, travel really does broaden the mind. An easy chat with another expat, roaming the globe in conversation, is taken as trying to show off by my native stay at home Brits.

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