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sosick
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   Posted 7/14/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know of any connection between these problems? I' m so sick and depressed. I currently have: spinal stenosis (surgery done) with residual back pain, osteoarthritis, severe arthritis, bipolar disorder, weakness in one leg (from back?), acute diverticulitis- just got out of hospital, severe depression right now, gallbladder surgery recently. Is there some disorder that fits all? I need direction. I've considered a curse on me.

PAlady
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   Posted 7/14/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Sosick,
Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum of Healing Well. We're not doctors here, so can't offer medical advice, but are a great support group.

I doubt there's anything that fits all the conditions you describe, but I can say that as our bodies continue to suffer the stress of one chronic health condition, it weaken other areas. Our immune system gets depressed when we have clinical depression.

I would strongly suggest you speak to your doctor to first help you with the depression, as that can help your outlook, and help you make decisions about how to manage everything. There are also several areas on this forum, including one for depression, and you can post to more than one.

Finding a good psychologist or therapist who has experience with chronic illness can be of immense help.

I know I've had several conditions develop over the past few years, and before that I was relatively healthy. So I know how you feel. It does feel like a curse sometimes!

Again, welcome.

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 7/14/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   

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.


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


sosick
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   Posted 7/14/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Believe it or not, I am on antidepressants & see a psych. I'm having a hard time accepting my life as it is. My bipolar disorder is getting the best of me. My body has gone down the toilet in the last few yrs. Before that I was healthy & lucky & prosperous. Now I've lost everything I cared about & more. I didn't mention all the other health issues. I was just thinking maybe someone out there had heard of all these things being connected. I've been wondering if I have MS like my cousin. That is often misdiagnosed. When I get some good insurance, I'm getting a brain scan to see. Susie reminds me there are still worse situations. She has me beat by 2 things but I'm ahead on the drugs. Got to laugh about something. Thanks for reaching out when I felt the most alone. You may have saved a life today.

straydog
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   Posted 7/14/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
SoSick please come here and post as often as you like. You will find we are a very supportive group of people. We may not have the same health issues as you have but we have suffered many of the other losses you speak of.
 
Just know you are not in this boat alone. I would have laughed in your face if you told me 7 yrs ago my health would be in the shape its in. I would have laughed if you said I would have to take a medical retirement at the age of 49. I was one of those people that went 500 miles an hour and never stopped. I had a very full and active life.
 
Yes, the financial end of this deal hits us harder than anyone can imagine. Only someone in our shape can understand. When I was able to work I made very good money. My husband as well made a very good income. Our life style revolved around our income. We pretty much did what we wanted and never had to think about it. Money was not an issue, but we worked very hard to get to that point. Now, its pathetic,lol. Oh yes, I have to laugh about it. We do need laughter no matter what.
 
I wish you could get some answers and some help with your medical issues. Its so hard to find good drs. I have a friend with MS and oh for your sake I hope that never enters your picture. Now, if you want to talk about a hard disease to get dx'd let me tell you, its very difficult. My friend here in Tx saw over 100 drs to no avail. Finally here Mom insisted she come see this group on Florida and that is where she got her dx. She went to numerous specialist and and a teaching hospital all for nothing.  Her problems started off with loss of vision. Recently we had a man building a shed for us here at the house. He was telling me his wife had some bad health problems, MS being one. The drs dragged their feet for one year before finally telling her it was MS. She lost 80% vision in one eye because the drs were not aggressive enough in the beginning. The visial loss is permament.
 
Yes, you are so right, there are many more people out there worse off  than us. Thats about the only way I can help keep my perspective of things. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


sosick
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea, you do understand- we are alike. What's funny is my mother used to say I would bring any "straydog" home and maybe you are my straydog friend. Thank you for your support when I thought there was nobody out there. I am very afraid of MS. I watch what it does to my cousin. But just as it is made up of alot of symptoms, I thought maybe all I'm going through might add up to something I could fight if only I knew what it was. Right now I lie here in my recliner wishing I had a friend to go 3 blocks to the store to get me a box of jello because the chicken broth is not cutting it. Apparently I don't. My best friend said no. I am cut to the quick. I don't know what I've done wrong in this life to deserve this fate. I tried so hard to be a good person and there when anyone needed help. I guess I failed.

PAlady
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Sosick,
It sounds like you maybe live alone. I do, and sure understand that part about wishing someone could just give you a little TLC when you need it most. Run an errand. Whatever.

Just know that while we're not doctors, this forum has been a godsend to me and many others. You can post 24/7 and someone will respond although maybe not always immediately. Several of us even post in the wee hours of the morning.

So glad you found us!

Hugs,

PaLady

sosick
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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks PaLady. I live with a parrot, a black cat (Stella Luna), a b/w cat (Chronic- my son's) and a husband but he is gone from 8:30am to oftem past midnight. I am alone except for Stella who is probably a reincarnated pug dog or a bat. She is always beside me it seems. My friends have all moved away and I am lonely and sick and scared. Baby (the parrot) talks alot though. I don't like my life spinning out of control and I'm afraid Iwill fall down the stairs. I've done that 3x in last 5 months resulting in surgery for torn ligaments, then fractured knee cap (like who ever does that? ), and now bruised end of my femur with pulled tendons on the other side. All the same right knee. I live in a brace. Do you hear the violins? ?It's pathetic to even me. I am in contact today with someone who would know to see if I do have a Curse on me.

straydog
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   Posted 7/14/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   

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!!


Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Swveral other health issues just not enough roo to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


sosick
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
You are so right about broth. I have just had my first acute bout which must have been going on a long time. I have infections on the right & left side & fluid collecting in the midle. I don't know what that means. I just was released from the hospital after 1wk+. I never saw this coming. I see how I missed it with all the other problems. Honestly a strange woman across the street put a hex on me years ago and my life has been on a downward slide ever since. Being Bipolar is just a bonus in life. lol. The jello is my step up. I tried a little real food yesterday and bloated. Yuk! I feel so weak. With my right leg in a brace it's hard to drive & more so when you are well medicated. I can peel a grape. It's a matter of your teeth. Very sexy to watch I understand. LOL. Crohn's is hell. I was a nurse and I seem to collect friends with it. Strange, isn't it? I have 5 people around me with it. Yes, I agree about aquaintences. I learned today I have 1 friend, maybe 2 (we'll see). My insurance covers squat. I've got Dr's suing me everywhere, hospitals too. My house comes first & hopefully Obama's plan will save it for me. I have a 50%loan to value but I've been here 21yrs and not well enough to move. Hopefully I will be able to get on my husband's insurance in Aug for a modest 400-500 a month. Thanks for helping me so much.
I do feel better after the curse removal prayer that I was sent. Hey, I'll do anything to have my old lucky life back. Well, not my ex. Ya know . . . I have tried alot of antidep. Currently doing Wellbuterin & Zoloff. Cymbalta is a real mind grabber but can't afford it anymore. What do you find works?

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Dear SoSick,

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  sad  It sounds as thought it is taking all you have to survive right now  shakehead   

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... 

 I'm having a hard time accepting my life as it is. My bipolar disorder is getting the best of me.
 
Im sure he/she will know of a differant path to take that might have better results. Another good resource is a pain psychologist. As they specialize in treating the many aspects that come with chronic pain.
 
Again, welcome to healing well. Look forward to getting to know you.
 
:-)
Dani
 
 
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


straydog
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   Posted 7/15/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
SoSick, I am checking on you. Please post and let me know how you are doing. Need to know if you got your jello or not?
Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


uniquelyme
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
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...
 
Me.

 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                                                                   

 


PAlady
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   Posted 7/18/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Kevin,
Please read the forum rules. If you have any financial connection whatsoever to these products then it's against the forum rules for you to post this.

Perhaps a moderator can check this out.

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
my long lost twin! i too suffer from almost everything you describe. as i lay in bed it hurts to type. i don't work anymore (32) and luckily my husband is so kind and caring. all you can do is ask questions. i have had 4 diverticulitis attacks in 2 years, they know me. along with the 3 appendecitis. all you can do is ask what to do and hope you have sympethetic drs. i just had my pain pump put in so i am still in suchers. after that heals (apx 4 weeks) i am going to find out about the surgery for diverticulitis. this is a major one, as i have had my gallbladder out i am now accustomed to the healing. but we do what we must while we are young, each year that passes will be more pain healing, or in some cases not. you are not alone in being depressed we mostly all are. i find this the best outlet to come to when i feel badly. there is someone out there who connects, and the more michael jacksons and anna nicoles makes our lives harder.each time i take a pill i know the risk.i think if you can prove your pain so be it. get what makes you comfortable.
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 mgs 5x day; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed/nausea); Reglan 10 mg. (30 minutes before meal/nausea); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Ambien CR (bedtime); Prilosec 30mg. & 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 7/18/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Liquid man,
No one is saying you can't share your story. That's fine. What I was questioning is whether your post violates the rules of this forum. It has the appearance of promoting something for sale, and that's not allowed here. You can read the forum rules and see if they apply.

But we're always open to someone sharing things that have helped them. But for a lot of us we need a combination of many things, including traditional western medicine. If botanicals work for you that's great. And BTW there are several of us here familiar with a variety of complementary strategies. I prefer the term Integrative Medicine as per Dr. Andrew Weil, who's a western trained physician who integrates a variety of what some consider alternative strategies with traditional western medicine.

If you have a life changing story - and are not selling anything - I'd suggest you start a separate thread and introduce yourself to the group. However we don't need to be judged either. Everyone makes the best choices they can, but most of us here are open to learning.

PaLady

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/18/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
      Dear LiquidMan,
 
   Good evening. My name is Dani. It is nice to meet you. Welcome to the Healing Well Community.
 
   I too, am new here. But! I notice a common etiquette of starting a thread to introduce yourself. Perhaps you should do this aswell. We would love to get to know you a bit better.
 
   I am glad that you have found a natural remedie for what ails you. Can you link the recipe and how to make this drink?
 
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple. "
   !!hehe!!
 
   In any case, it is nice to meet you. Look forward to getting to know you better.
 
 
  dani
 
 
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   

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.


DiLane
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   Posted 7/18/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome. I know just how you feel. I'm depressed, and it's because of my chronic pain. How could a person not get depressed when all they have to look forward to is pain, pain and more pain.  I was grieving before, due to some serious losses, but this is different. I see a therapist, and I find that she helps. At first, I didn't want to go, but had to because of the meds I take. Now, I try to schedule  more sessions. Think about that as it helps. We're all here for you. You're not alone.
Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Hyperthyroidism, Cervical spine issues (DDD, spinal stenosis, bulging discs and more!), Depression, Anxiety.
 
Meds -- Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Lyrica, Motrin, Synthroid, Klonopin


bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/19/2009 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
To liquid man, Kevin. I didn't appreciate your sending an email to my private email account to try to sell me on your concoctions. My personal email address is no longer posted due to you.

Jag

PAlady
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   Posted 7/19/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag,
I sent an alert to the administrator. You also can do this by hitting the "!" icon in the upper right hand corner of any post you find objectionable or you think breaks the forum rules.

Sosick,
I'm sorry this is diverting your thread a ittle, but please try to ignore the poster who appears to be spamming. The administrator should take care of it as soon as he gets a chance.

Take care,

PaLady

uniquelyme
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   Posted 7/19/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Jag,
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.
 
And Welcome,
Me.

 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                                                                   

 

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