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chrisherry
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/17/2009 4:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey ya'll,
   Just wanted to introduce myself.  I am a former nurse, and have been suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia since (I believe) I underwent Gastric Bypass surgery back in 2001.  Prior to that the only medical conditions I ever had were colds.  I am going thru some trying times right now and decided to go online for support due to the fact that I am pretty much a homebody now.  I go to a Pain Management doctor and my new Primary DR is a quack, LOL.  But anyways, glad to be here.

Sherry AKA Pepperchick
 
38 y.o. w/ Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Stroke, Gastric Bypass, Hysterectomy,
Cholecystectomy, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss, Insomnia, and counting.
 
Meds: Ms contin 60 mg 2x day, Actiq 1200 mcg 4x day, Xanax 2mg 3x day, Prozac 20 mg day, Ambien 10mg day, Soma 350 mg 2x day.


uniquelyme
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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Good Morning and Welcome chrisherry
I know what you mean by being a homebody...sometimes I don't get out for a week at a time.  But I think it's from depression from Bipolar...It's hard to make myself get up, take a shower, put on makeup, do my hair.....But since I've been coming here it seems to be better.
 
Being a former nurse, you are aware that chronic pain and depression go hand in hand, and we have to work harder then most to be "normal".  Ha Ha  What's that really?
 
We are always here for you when you need us....and sometimes when you don't WANT us!!  But we are always willing to help if we can, and offer advice if we don't know the answer..
 
So, come back often.  Don't be a stranger....
 
((((((((((((HUGZ))))))))))))
 
Me.

 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
Rhonda
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy
Spinal Fusion
 
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed 

 


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/17/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to says Hello! sure wish it was under better
circumstances though, but Welcome....
Lots of soft hugz.......
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PAlady
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   Posted 2/17/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Chrisherry,
Welcome to the CP forum of Healing Well. Always sorry to learn of another person in pain, but you have come to the right place for support.

And yes, I and many others here know about the increased isolation that comes with the territory.

Again, welcome!

PaLady

mom9mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 2/17/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherry sorry that you have to be on this forum but welcome from all of us that understand what you are going through.I do not go out very much just like you.We have a lot of ice and snow right know and I am scarred to death of falling and making every thing a lot worse.I am praying for warm weather for all of us.Hope to hear more from you.D.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


straydog
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   Posted 2/17/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry, I too wanted to welcome you to Healing Well. So sorry to hear of your fibro and I hope you can get some relief. My sister has it and I know when its flared up it gives her aot of grief. She is on Lyrica for it and feels that it does help.
 
You have come to the right place because chronic pain is something we all understand all too well.I do hope you will hang out with us, we really learn alot from each other. This is one place we can all come and everyone understands what we are talking about.
 
Many of don't get out away frm home very often except to go to a drs appt. Depression is something that goes hand in hand with pain. I have to admit if I did not have my chill pills I would be a mess. They help smooth out the rough edges.
 
You said your PCP is a quack. Hopefull you can seek out a new one thats more in tune to helping you. We have all on this forum had to kiss a few toads before we found our princes too,lol. Its scarey at times what we have encountered for drs.
 
I recently started seeing a new pain mgt dr and she is great. She is a retired neurosurgeon. I have a Medtronic Pain Pump and she accepts pump patients only. She has made such a difference in my pain its almost like its too good to be true. She recenlt did a pump refill and increased everything from the concentration amount to the 24 hour doseage and what a difference it has made for me is unbelieveable. My former dr quit practicing pain mgt and now I am glad he did after seeing this new dr. Its like she said, he was under educated in pain pump and in pain medication she was shocked at what the settings were on my pump, she said I may as well have not been getting anything from the pump because it was set so low. But, its like I told I had become use to the pain after so many years.
 
We hope to see some more posts from you.......Susie


Chutz
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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sherry!

Nice to have you join our family!! I too am a homebody partly because that's just who I am and partly because of fibromyalgia pain along with other pain. So as you are starting to see we are a family of folks who truly understand.

I'm sorry to hear you have a rotten doc. Any way you can change? Maybe ask the pain management doc for a recommendation...on the side of course... <wink, wink> They don't really like to say anything good or bad about colleagues..but then who does I suppose. But if you trust him then he may be a good source of help. And since you have a medical background he may just help you out.

Being alone is very hard when you're in pain and I personally think it makes the pain worse. How long has it been since your surgery and the fibro pain that came along with it? It's common for fibro to be triggered by some insult to our system and surgery is one that will do it. For me it was the death of my 23 year old son. I was numb for nearly 2 years and when I started to rejoin life what I found was physical pain to add to the emotional pain. Do come over and join the fibro forum if you haven't. I spend a lot of time there too.

Hugs,
Chutzie
Co-Moderator Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Forums
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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, PTSD, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteoarthritis and a few other side dishes.
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kttn251977
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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi CS, welcome to our small family, you won't find better people than who are on this forum, as long as you keep it clean- we will always be here to listen. I can speak for myself, PALady & Pete- we are the insomniacs of the gang so we are always on here, lol. Welcome aboard! -Shannon
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


PAlady
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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn - you forgot Scarred, Skeye and our new member, fatherjohn! LOL

It's not necessarily a group anyone wants to join!

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL, I just KNOW i can always catch you two..... sorry guys!
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


fatherjohn
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings Chrisherry, welcome to the group. Kttn is so right about the people you find on this forum. I have only been here a short time but it has been extremely helpful. We are all here dealing with some of the same issues but we are all unique and that is what has added depth and reassurance for me. I also know that no matter what time of day or night, someone is available.   

skeye
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 2/19/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi chrisherry,

Welcome to the CP board of HW. I'm sorry that you are hear because you share this horrible affliction, but we are happy to welcome you to our family. Like the others have said, this is a wonderful place to come for support. Joining as a relative newcomer to CP, this forum has helped me so much to deal with my CP & the problems that come along with it. There really is no better place to come for understanding, advice, and hugs (albeit virtual) when you need them the most! Keep posting with us!

And fatherjohn is right, someone is almost always around if you need to talk. I haven't been on as much as I used to at night & in the wee hours of the morning, because my living situation has changed a bit, but many of us here, myself included, are major insomniacs. You probably know that it unfortunately comes with the territory!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 2/19/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, Sherry, I gotta ask - what's the story behind Pepperchick? Something tells me it's good! smilewinkgrin

If you don't want to share, that's ok, too!

PaLady

shannon1
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 369
   Posted 2/19/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Welcome to the group! You have found the right place! Everyone here is GREAT! Looking forward to getting to know you better! hugs
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-2009, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


chrisherry
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/19/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey you guys,
thank you all for the warm welcome it really means alot to me!!

PaLady,
Long story LOL, I have always had a fascination with peppers, unfortunatly I cant eat them! My philosophy is they are beautiful on the outside but when you bite into them you never know what your going to get. Then one day I went out and got a chilipepper tattoo. A couple years later I went and got another, hehe.

Here is a link to my website (that hasnt been updated for a looong time), but under pics you can find a picture of my pepper!
(If it's not allowed and gets deleted I understand)
Thanks for asking!

http://webpages.charter.net/chrisherry/
Sherry AKA Pepperchick
 
38 y.o. w/ Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Stroke, Gastric Bypass, Hysterectomy,
Cholecystectomy, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss, Insomnia, and counting.
 
Meds: Ms contin 60 mg 2x day, Actiq 1200 mcg 4x day, Xanax 2mg 3x day, Prozac 20 mg day, Ambien 10mg day, Soma 350 mg 2x day.


Scarred_for_life
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Total Posts : 1559
   Posted 2/21/2009 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just like to also welcome you to HW Sherry. I have been reading a few of your posts since you have been here and I think you are a very strong person from what I can tell. I do hope that you will hang around with us awhile even though if you get the chance to get some pain relief from this hell we call CP....I say good for you and RUN! ha ha ha! I think my sense of humor is warped in the wee hours of the morning cause I always come up with real strange topics or posts to write about and usually either stun everyone or make them think I'm ready for the loony bin. Anyway I just wanted to welcome you aboard and I look forward to your posts.

Hugs

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


chrisherry
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/23/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred,
Thank you for your post. I really have been enjoying reading everyones stories and posts. And thank you for your compliment about me being strong. I dont feel so strong some days, but on my good days i'm like a bull in a china shop!
Thank you again,
Sherry AKA Pepperchick
 
38 y.o. w/ Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Stroke, Gastric Bypass, Hysterectomy,
Cholecystectomy, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss, Insomnia, and counting.
 
Meds: Ms contin 60 mg 2x day, Actiq 1200 mcg 4x day, Xanax 2mg 3x day, Prozac 20 mg day, Ambien 10mg day, Soma 350 mg 2x day.

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