10th year of pain management

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notnu2cp
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 2/18/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone! New to this forum but as you can tell from username not new to pain! Was out cybersuffering and ran across your site and thought it looked rather intersting and joined.

Have been a CPer for a good many years thru child raising(5) and now into my golden years(just turned 50)! Wow where does the time? A on SSDI after 25 years as a paramedic,what a beautiful ride? Oh how I miss it. sigh

As you can see from my siggy I wore out 2 knee's and a hip, ust of been work,couldnt have possibly been packin 5 kids on my hip right? HeHe. Also have some degenerate spine probles which ny the way do not cause me alot of problems as yet but which my Ortho Doc says will, boy something to look forward to.

Anyway wanted to stop in and say Hi and make an introduction of sorts. I always enjoy reading others daily grinds as it seems to help me stay humble and remember I a not alone in this and certainly not the worst in my search for relief.

I have a great Doc and am now in y 10th year of pain management and again where did the time go? Have used methadone for y drug of choice for about 7 years and all the stigma that goes along with that. Lots of other meds as well and way too many to list here at the moment.

Looking forward to getting know to you all and hope this becomes a learning experience as well as maybe somewhere along the way I may be able to share as well.

notnu2cp
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 2/18/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Please pardon the missing MMM problem as it seems to be my puter is not typing them for some reason. Sorry I know it makes it hard to read and I will fix it but in the meantime try to make sure I proofread before hitting submit! Having to really hit those Ms hard to get them to come up on screen! Hummm
2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
 
If you stumble make it part of the dance!


volfan
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 2/18/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ruth,

As you probably already know Gramps is some what of a HW Guru. If he doesn't already know he will find out. Gramps you sound like someone whom I would really like to sit around and chew the fat with. thank you for your support of all of us here.
don't worry about the type-o's Ruth I fat finger all over the keyboard and a big fan of spell check. I too was a paramedic of sorts. My state didn't recognize the paramedic rating but had the EMT level equivalents. I was a volunteer for a rescue\fire department. I was also a member of the dive rescue team. I miss all the action with my rescue family.
welcome to our family now and enjoy it. You will find a wealth of info here and check out the chat rooms.
Have a Blessed Day,
Volfan

Mochiah
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 450
   Posted 2/18/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Ruth, I typed my welcome to you over in the narcotic pain poll....but welcome, again!! Gramps is definitely the go-to guy and helps to fight for our rights as CP patients. Everyone is a wealth of strength, knowing we are all in the same battle really helps us to bond.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
 
To handle yourself, use your head...to handle others, use your heart
 
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


notnu2cp
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/19/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   

OMG! Thanks to each of you for the welcome as it is always nice to "meet" new friends! As CPers it sees we tend to lose far more then we gain some days.

I recall early out when I became unable to do all the things I use to do and couldnt do the run around town thing like I use to how "friends" seemed to drift away. It use to bother me at first but then I realized the few who stuck with me over the years thru the battle were far more important then the any who fell to the wayside.

Gramps, I spent a good deal of tie reading your posts in the week or so before i actually registered here and gathered you would be a good source of info. Many thanks to you all those who are here to help folks along their journey in this sometimes hair raising life known as chronic pain!

Hopefully I can make a difference to someone sometime as well.

Volfan, nice to meet you as well and I worked with alot of EMTs as well as paramedics over the years and the EMT progra was taught at a vocational level and was only a 15 week course but boy soe of those guys were way smarter and faster to get things then soe of the 2 or 4 year paramedics. Most of them supplemented their time doing search and rescue and volunteering at so many things they picked up far greater knowledge then what was taught in classes.

I a a firm believer in experience versus learning! Especially when it comes to human nature as I have found so many ties each case is individualized and you just cant follow any kind of protocol. Live and learn.

Thanks again to all for the warm welcome.


2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
 
If you stumble make it part of the dance!


Chutz
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   Posted 2/19/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ruth and welcome to our family!! Glad you stumbled on us. Sure sounds like you'll have lots of experience to share with us as well as us sharing with you.

Keep in touch,
Chutzie
Co-Mod Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Forums
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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, collapsed disk, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteo arthritis in spine and other locations.
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The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits. Albert Einstein: (1879-1955)


notnu2cp
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 2/20/2008 2:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the welcoe Chutz! I sure hope I can take as much as I can give here as almost every step of this CP life from having to accept that I was to getting my SSDI has been backed and supported by online friends as well as the mass amount of imformation gathered here and there. Had it not been for web sites and supports forums I am not sure how I would have made this far in this CP thing you know?

Being new to CP was by far one of the most difficult things or times in my life ever and sad as it is so many have no good support in real life out there. Being able to go somewhere and vent and ask questions and get real answers,and someties to just to being there is the number one most important part of accepting and living with CP isnt it?

Thanks again and everyone here has been so kind and warm in their welcome I already feel at "home" here. Thats a WOW as I belong to several forms and have found myself visiting only here for the past few days!


2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
 
If you stumble make it part of the dance!


TexasJen
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 649
   Posted 2/20/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Howdy Ruth! Just popping in to welcome you. Sorry you find yourself in need of support like the rest of us Painiacs, but glad you found us. :-)

Love your signature line about stumbling and making it a part of the dance! In my younger, healthier life back in the Stone Age, I was ballet dancer so I can thoroughly relate to that comment. LOL!
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, a couple of cervical discs, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but still alive and living with my husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, 1 quaker parrot and 2 gold fish. 


notnu2cp
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 2/21/2008 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the warm we;come TexasJen!  I know there were days early out I would have lost my mind if I had not found online support since I sure didnt get any from home!

Looks like you and I have alot in common other then the married part( mine ran for the hills) after I became a CPer and that happens so so much doesnt? Anway I have 2 dogs as well as 2 cockatiels and went yesterday to look at a Macaw someone has for sale and will make a decision today on whether I am up rehabing this 12 year old wonderful bird! He was gorgeous but has been abused in his short life as well as totally ignored by his current owner due to her work schedule and has started acting out in ways that may or may not be reversed for him.

He literally is eating her out of house,woodwork,couch,books,pics, he is really really bored and somewhat angry I would say due to his aloneness hours.

Anyway, just thought I would share that bit with you and a little leery of him and how he might react to other birds you know? He is a really good deal for me anyway although my kids think plunking down a grand on bird and all his accessories is nutty of me. I have gained so much therapy from the others thru the years they have no understanding and my 2 babies are worth far far more to me then money. All in all the grand for a 3 grand bird not to mention the other grand worth of housing is a deal.

 

Thanks again for the welcome!


2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
 
If you stumble make it part of the dance!

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