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Pain and COPD

I was diagnosed with COPD in 2009. At first, I had no pain, but after treatment with prednisone, I developed diabetes and osteoporosis. Because of the steroids, I fractured L2 in my spine.

I went to a pain management physician and they recommended that I have a procedure to place cement into the fracture to relieve the pain. I also saw a neurologist who reviewed my CT scan and X-rays and said surgery was indicated but because of my other issues, it was not recommended that I undergo surgery. So, I suffer with the pain.

This disease manifests itself in so many ways and it seems that other problems seem to emanate from it. It’s painful to walk, so now I depend on a walker when I have to venture out.

So, to sum it up, there is pain (sometimes excruciating), but we must carry on! At least my feet hit the floor this morning.

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  • blackjack
    2 years ago

    How long were you on prednisone Dymund? Tramadol may help with your pain used short term. it won’t hurt to ask your doctor about it

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Dymund! I appreciate you sharing a part of your story with the community. It sounds like you have been dealing with a lot since your diagnosis! I am sorry you are living with chronic pain. I know pain like that can be very wearing on a person — body and soul. It sounds like you have a great attitude about living life to fullest despite your health issues. While I know some of your pain is not directly due to COPD, I thought you might appreciate this information on pain and COPD — Quite a few of our members talk about living with pain related to their COPD, so you are not alone in this! Thank you again for sharing your story and your positivity with us! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Dymund and thanks for sharing your experiences with COPD since being diagnosed in 2009. We understand your predicament as others within our community have shared with us they are not surgical candidates for one procedure or another due to their present COPD condition. As you mentioned, there are certainly other conditions that exist with COPD – these conditions are known as comorbidities, as you may already know. This article sheds more light on that subject: I thought you might find it helpful to read.
    I do want to commend you on your positive outlook and good attitude. That in itself can go a long way towards coping with COPD. Your ‘feet hitting the floor in the morning’, is no small accomplishment.
    Keep up the good work!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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