Hi SoSick and welcome to Healing Well. I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling very poorly. You sure have alot going on at one time. I am with PaLady on this one, I really doubt any of this is connected together at all. You just have several different health problems hitting you all at once.
I would address getting my depression under control better than what it is now. Also, people with chronic pain have a tendancy to have depression. Many times with the right medication it can help somewhat in the pain department. Its like they go hand in hand.
You mentioned you had surgery and also have a problem with stenosis, which is narrowing and it can cause nerves to become pinched. Surgery does not always relieve the nerve pain, it can stay the same, get worse or improve. Only time will tell in that area as nerves have to heal on their own if they are going to heal at all. Are you by chance seeing a pain mgt dr? If not, I would suggest that ask your PCP to refer you to one for an evaluation. Many times pain mgt drs can help get our pain under better control. Alot of times pain medication will not touch nerve pain, but there are medications that do help with nerve pain, its a matter of finding what will help you.
Diverticulitis can be a very wicked disease. With you just getting out of the hospital you already know that. Is your situation bad enough that the drs think surgery may be the next step? I have a friend that has suffered probably a good 20 yrs with the flare-ups, he needed surgery and kept putting it off. He ended up having surgery and it adone laproscopic and he said he wished he had done it much sooner-would have saved him alot grief. Other than diet and staying on top of when a flare hits thats about all you can do. I do know diet is very important.
I had gall bladder surgery in 02 and it took awhile for my body to adjust after having this surgery. One of the things many end up with is diarhea for awhile.
I have multiple diseases, two autoimmune diseases and many, many health issues, yes at times we do feel that we are cursed. It takes alot of time to go through and get everything sorted out and under control.
Take care of yourself and keep us posted on how you are doing.
SoSick absolutely you have not failed. Your body is failing you somewhat. One thing I learned fast with ill health, I thought I had many friends, in reality I had many acquaintances and a couple of real good friends. A real friend sticks by you. The others move on to the next victim,lol. I always thought I had a relatively healthy body, I could handle sickness and then be fine, little did I know.
Whats the chance of getting your dr to try and get you on a different antidepressant? I have ben on several over the years, its like anything else, after awhile you become tolerate and they stop working.
So where are you at with the diverticulitis, are you a surgical candidate or not? I have crohns disease, chicken broth just stinks lol. I nearly gag at the thought of drinking that stuff. Mainly because thats all you can have the day before your colonoscopy to eat. lol. I am not a big jello fan, but I know when I have landed in the hospital with a flare up from the crohns, after 5 days of total bowel rest that jello tastes pretty lol. I eat alot rice, peanut butter, no red meat, not a chicken eater, I stick mostly with veggies. But you have to be careful there because of the skins irritating things. Ain't it fun lol. I always say have you ever tried to peel a grape, You can do it, but do not be real hungry when tempting this feat. I know you have to really watch what you eat too.
So, do you have insurance and its not a real good plan and expensive? Healthcare and medication is way too expensive for most to afford without some kind of insurance.
Yes, I too take in the strays. One of my golden retrievers is a stray and he has been with me since 2000. I can open up one of the gates and he sits there, he wants no part of the street life. He is about 11 yrs old now and he is having health issues too, so we have been visiting the vet and they cost more than my dr does. He has been the very best loyal pal I could ever hope for. he is my shadow and walk in the backs of my shoes if I have on slide on shoes. He is strictly my dog, very protective guy.
I wish I could wave that magical wand for us all!!
Good Evening. My name is Dani. It is very nice to meet you. I am very glad you found the healing Well Community. A wonderful resource for information and support. I too am new-ish here.
I am sorry you are having such a hard time with mobility latly. Do you have railing on both sides of your stairs? I just cant imagine how hard it must be It sounds as thought it is taking all you have to survive right now
MS has very specific indicators. Perhaps one of the wonderful ladies over in the MS Forum will post a response. I would suggest, however, that you let a medical professional know that you suspect it. It is my understanding that it needs to be treated right away. The soon the better.
I don't know if you responded to what susie asked, and that was if you had seen a pain management doctor to treat chronic pain?? They can really help alot. You mention that you are on anti-depressants and seeing a psychologist? Perhpas you should should tell him/her just like you did here with us...
Liquid man or whatever your name is....this site is for people to talk about their problems not to try and sell snake oil...So please stop soliciting on our site...
I hate Boats!!!!
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Sosick, I also want to welcome you here to the CP forum. Pain is not a respecter of persons and attacks with a vengence when there does not appear to be any reason for it. Some of us here are dealing with the results of injuries, others conditions that seem to have come from no where. The pain is the same and we try whatever we can to help find relief. I wish it was as easy as having a prayer to remove a curse but my experience does not support that. Plain and simple, life is not always fair.
I agree that we sometimes wonder what we did to deserve this but in the end there is not an answer to the question because it was not something we did to deserve it. You mention that you are bipolar and depressed. I would suggest that you talk with your psych. Dr and your primary care dr. and see if they can help with this. It has a great effect on us when we find ourselves in the pit of dispair and there seems to be a dark cloud hanging over us. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you find some answers from your doctors. Please keep posting as there are many on here that care and we support one another.
I am so sorry that this guy got to your email to try and sell you his crap...I wish that people would respect the forum and see it for what it is.... some place to get advice, share your stories, and try to help others in the same place as yourself. And I cannot believe that this guy tried to say that we had Dr.'s on here pushing drugs!!!! Of all the things to say. I think he was trying to divert the attention awat from himself.