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anice
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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi friends, I am sorry I haven't been around in a couple of days. Yesterday my husband and I took the kids to the lake. It was a really nice time. I needed to get away. I  realized I have been in this house day end and day out only going to PT, dr.appts.,etc... It was really getting to me. I wanted to get away bad. Husband bought a chair in a bag w/ an umbrella. I rested and enjoyed being away from home!!! He cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, played in the lake. I got in and walked around in the water for awhile-my own PT!!ha ha    Later, I took my son to his grandmothers' house( 1st husbands' mother) to spend a few days. And it ended up a torrential downpour, driving in this mess. I ended up pulling over about 4 times before we got there!!! I couldn't see the wipers!!!  Long story short... Husband called and said my aunts' electricity went out... I went to get her and brought her home to spend the night here. I took her back home this evening. I enjoyed spending time with her. She is precious to me. And today would have been my grandmothers' b-day. She passed away almost 3 yrs. ago. So, I think some things happen for a reason. It kept her from being alone today and helped give her a little diversion from being so upset,missing her mother...
 
Okay, I had my doctors' appt. this morning. I went with a good attitude. My PT numbers were all better... Well, he didn't release me again... confused   to go back to work. I honestly thought he would. I told him that I am pretty confident that this pain is nerve pain. He said that the pathology report stated that I had significant nerve root compression to L5. I asked if this is the sciatic nerve. Yes. I knew that already. So he said 6 more weeks of land based PT and I go back one month from today. I cried on the way home just as I did last month... He said that all too often especially nurses get back to work too soon and end up doing more damage... And I said that I really need to get back to work for financial reasons. He answered me by stating that I couldn't really work and do PT... I felt like I had been hit in the heart with a hammer. I understand what he was saying. I listened...I said I would do what is expected of me. I will be a good patient but... He also said that the 6 months he talked about at the last visit, I am already half way there... So, it sounds like he plans on me being out for the full 6 months!!! He just won't say it. So, now there is more paperwork for me to do- take another extended short term disability form to him for him to fill out and send back to human resources and a copy to me. I called the nursing supervisor and talked to her. She was nice to me, really. I appreciated that. I explained to her that I don't want to lose my job. I told her that I cried again on the way home. She told me to relax and that my job is safe, to do the PT and to concentrate on getting better and stronger so that I can return and be in shape to do my job. She is right. I am just all in the dumps tonight... I just honestly wasn't expecting this again. I honestly thought I would be released to go back to work. God, I miss my job, my life, my patients, my co-workers, and MONEY. I'll be okay. I am just disappointed. I'll deal with it and I'll bounce back. It just threw me for a loop. I went in the office with high expectations and came out crying... I can't change it. I have no choice. I have to have faith in my doctor that he knows what he is doing and this is the right thing for me. And I'll just keep on keeping on. What alternative do I have? None.   
 
Sorry this is so long. But I know that unfortunately, you knew it would be!!! I can't shorten anything these days.
Anice

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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Where is the rule that says a person's posts have to be 1 sentence or less? turn

It's good that you have something to work towards. If you didn't you would probably be weeks behind where you are at now. Hang in there and the day you do get to go back to work will be all the sweeter and you will be able to enjoy it more knowing deep down that you are truly ready.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe Anice, I'm sorry you didn't get the response you
wanted from the doctor, but maybe you do need the extra time
to mend, there is no set limit on how fast or slow we each get
healed at. I agree with Jim1969 and make it worth working for
as a goal for yourself and maybe take it slower for a week.
I'll keep my finger's crossed for you with hopes that at your
next appointment you'll be able to get back to work...
We'll all be rooting for you!
lots and lots of soft hugz...
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
Of course you're disappointed, and I don't blame you, but as you can guess I'm not surprised. I actually think your doctor is doing right by you in not allowing you to go back too soon. He is very right in saying that if you go back too soon you could do even more damage. I know how hard it is to even begin making some peace with the fact it's not all going to come back to you - your life, your work, the money, etc. - as fast as you want. And perhaps not in the way you want. Each of us has had to and continues to struggle with that process. I know I do.

I do think the 6 months is probably a more realistic goal for you considering you still have symptoms. You mentioned a pathology report - did you have another MRI that's showing this compression? (You may have told us this and I don't remember - and I apologize that I can't keep track of my own life anymore let alone everyone else's! LOL)

I am glad you took that outing with your husband and your children. And that you visited with your aunt - although sorry about the rainstorms. We've had a few here, too. This has been a very cold summer in this part of the country, although I know other parts are having horrible heat. But I really encourage you to take more relaxation breaks. If you can make some peace with the 6 months, and not constantly be thinking about going back to work, maybe you can enjoy some time both alone and with your husband and children and that will help your healing. Whether that nerve is going to calm down no one knows. I'll tell you again what I read in the research and was told by my doctor - it can take up to 2 years for the nerve to heal, if it does. I sure hope yours does, but going back to work too soon will almost ensure that it won't because you'll be constantly irritating it.

So take it easy! And we're here to offer shoulders to listen and support you. We DO understand your disappointment and frustration.

((((((((Anice))))))))

PaLady

anice
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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I can't sleep. I can't stop crying. I am so upset...I am struggling with some pretty strong emotions right now. I am upset because I am not dealing with this any better than I am. It's like the floodgates opened again. I've been crying for over 1 1/2 hrs now. I am exhausted now. And yet, I still can't stop crying. I know my doctor is doing the right thing for me. I know all the realities all too well. I know that physically I really am not ready to go back to work. Yet, even knowing all this doesn't seem to help. I tried to talk to my husband earlier. He is being understanding, caring and supportive. Before I went to the appt. this morning I was in a good mood, just knowing today would be the day " I would get my life back". He told me point blank not to get my hopes too high. And I got aggravated at him and told him to stop being so negative, and that this time it would be different...right. Anyway, tonight when we talked I was being irrational and I knew it. I was in the bed crying and he asked me what was wrong. I told him that I quit. I am not going to PT anymore and I was calling the doctor Monday and telling him that I had to go back to work-that he just doesn't understand,etc. I was tired of hurting. I was tired of getting my hopes up and for what? nothing. He told me that he wouldn't let me quit PT and I know that I can't quit. Anyway, I know those were the wrong thoughts. And I know I am not going back to work yet,period. Now I am mad at myself for allowing myself to get this upset,again...My head is splitting. I have cried so much and have dealt with so many different emotions, I am making myself sick-literally. So, tomorrow will be a better day. I will wake up and force all this negative thinking away and deal with the situation for what it is. I have got to stop letting myself get this upset. The doctor I work for called me this evening. I didn't get the call. He left a message on the voicemail. I had asked that he call me to fill him in on what is going on. Now, I am thinking that he thinks I avoided his call. I didn't hear the phone ring. I'll call him tomorrow. I feel like I am letting him down, disappointing him... I know that isn't true. He has not been upset with me by any means. He encouraged me too into going through with the surgery from the begining. Today probably wasn't the best day for me to talk to him in the first place, being all screwed up in the head like I am... i'd sound like a nutcase!!! I'll pull myself together and get to bed and I'll do better tomorrow. This has just blown me out of the water.

I know nerves can take up to 2 yrs to heal, if they heal. I know I am in a significant amoiunt of pain all the time still. I still can't walk "right". I take small steps still but I am getting faster. I look funny when I walk. But I can't help it. I know I need to do more PT. It is expensive and money is tight. I don't know PT will fix this. But I know that I have gotten better according to how I was when I started. I have to give this a fair chance to work.I won't quit PT. I have never been a quiter in my life and I won't quit now.

I have always been a worrier. I know this and it bothers me. It is a major character flaw, in my eyes. When I went ahead with all this, I never imagined the impact it would have on me emotionally. I thought it would only be a physical thing to deal with. I don't have the money to go to counseling. I don't have the money to go to my PCP to talk about getting on a different anti-depressant, and then I'd have another med to buy. I can calm myself down and get it all worked out right in my head, it just takes longer sometimes like it is tonight. But I am getting there. I do have xanax. I need to take it a little more than I do. It does help. I feel better a little now. I took one when I was having my meltdown. I am feeling the calming effect now.

So, I'll do the land PT and go back in a month. I have to do everything I can do to get to the point I need to be at. It is just so d... frusterating for me. I keep thinking of the expense of all this!!!! But I am alive. I am breathing. And what is the old saying, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I ought to be super strong when I'm through with all this hoop jumping,

Thanks for letting me vent. I know you are all tired of all this by now. But I do appreciate you hanging in there with me.
Anice

fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/18/2009 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Anice, you could look at options.

1. Quit work, quit PT and just stay home and spend much of that time in bed crying.

2. Quit PT, Tell the Dr. you are firing him and go back to work and probably, no more like for sure, make it all worse to where work will not be an option, then you could stay home in bed and cry.

3. Continue to go to PT, do as the Dr said and go back to work when he feels you are ready. You may be in bed crying now, but if you allow yourself to heal, then when you go back to work, you, your family, your patients, the other nurses, and many others will be blessed because you did things the right way.

You already know that two options are not really options. It is just frustrating knowing that you wanted to go back to work and it is not happening yet. It is a good thing that getting stressed out and frustrating doesn't add to the pain you are in. Opps, that already is taking place. Anice, I say these things and so do the others to let you know we care and can see that you put yourself thought these times of dissapointments by fixing your mind on an outcome before you talk to the Dr who you want to make decisions that are best for you. Imagine you are a nurse and a patient is supposed to follow the Dr order but refuse because they want to do things their way. As a nurse what advise are you going to give them. In all this I hope you are finding ways to enjoy your time at home and make the best of it. Finances are probably a big issue but you cannot allow that to hinder your healing.

I hope tomorrow  or actually later today is a good day for you. You are a very important part of this forum and you help plenty of us out. When its time for you to return to work, you will no doubt do extremely well.  


anice
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   Posted 7/18/2009 2:23 AM (GMT -7)   
FatherJohn, You are so right. I almost deleted that post. I now, can almost kick myself for not doing so. I was in a "moment". I will not give up. I will not quit. I owe it to myself to hang in there and do what is right. And that is what I will do. I know it is the only way to do it. And I will continue with the PT and with the doctors orders. He is my doctor. I chose him. He did his part. It is up to me to do the rest and get myself where I need to be. I will follow this through until the very end. I will strive to live in the "today" mode. That is all I can do. And it is what I will do. I will not let myself or my family down. The emotions I dealt with tonight were not pleasant. It was a long hard night. But, I made it. I survived the night. And I will fight not to get in this frame of mind again.

I am now going to bed. The tears are dry and gone. When I stopped crying, I ate. And I ate too much. Shame on me. I don't do that too often, thank goodness. I ate cereal, then later a sandwich, and just finished cheetos!!! Now, my headache is gone, nerves are better, emotions better, no more tears, and now I just ate enough for the entire day!!!! That is another thing, I did to myself. Oh well... I guess we all do that (maybe some of us?) at some time. I'll be making sure that is another thing I won't let myself do again any time soon. I hope my husband will get up with mrs.bright eyes in a couple hours. I am sleepy now....I'll give a full hearted apology to him and say PLEASE. I will need a little more sleep.
 
I also thought of something else. I have 2 beautiful children and a husband who loves me. I enjoyed spending good quality time with them at the lake. I treasure my family. I will now make sure they know how special they are to me each and every day. And I will try to focus more on them and try to start enjoying my days with them. They are my rock. I learned that the hard way too. It was a big eye opener for me during and after my meltdown...I believe I got a talking to from the big man upstairs tonight. I listened...
Anice

Post Edited (anice) : 7/18/2009 3:30:22 AM (GMT-6)


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   

  

   Dear Anice,

   Good morning! *warm huggs* It is good to see you  :-)   I do hope you slept in today. I think its awesome you went to the lake. Were all jelous, we just don't want to say it out loud! You have a laptop? You should take it next time *HW goes mobile*   

   I read all of your posts. I am kinda bummed too. I had really thought that this would be it. I am terribly sorry you arnt released to work yet. I get the impression your doctor is very cautious and careful with you. It does warm my heart that he cares so much! But at the same time I am frustraited he wont atleast allow a part time shift. Perhaps all is for the best. Your doctor seems to make a good point....  Doesnt mean we have to like it thou! Next time just be honest with him "Fine, no work for me...  No christmas cookies for YOU this year!"   nono Big fat X over the Docs name.

   I will wake up and force all this negative thinking away and deal with the situation for what it is.

   Why? Get grumpy! Get mad! Get it out! Better out , than in I say! And look, I know alot of people "Oh my gosh, don't be upset and dissapointed." I say its okay to be upset. Be down right crazy and scream! You have a copy of your old X Ray? Go out the back yard, bury it, and plant a tree on top.  The point im trying to make, is do what it takes to get it out and release it. Find ways to release it. Even if it just mean going in to the garage and scream as loud as your lungs will let you!

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. " ~Albert Camus

 *warm Huggs*

Were ALL right here.

Anytime you need us.

*huggs*

dani


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anice
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   Posted 7/18/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Dani, Thank you. I did sleep in today. I needed it in a bad way. I was a nutcase last night and I know it! I'll be okay now. I appreciate all your sweetness and wonderful attitude. I know you always make me smile. And I needed to smile this morning!

I do have a laptop. But I don't think I have the thing I need to take it to the lake with me. I would have loved to have done that. And we all did have a good time. It was good for all of up separately and together as a family. We all needed it in a bad way. We do plan to go again.
Anice

PAlady
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   Posted 7/18/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
I am glad you didn't delete that post. We all need to vent like that at times. And it probably did you good to get it out of your system. yeah And as for the laptop at the beach? Well, mine is an old dial up connection and I can't take it anywhere, but sometimes that's good. I think maybe the beach is a good place to be without technology for awhile! cool

Dani - THAT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST POSTS I'VE EVER SEEN ON HERE!! yeah Something we all need to read from time to time! I LOVED your burying the old X-ray in the back yard ritual! tongue I just have a vision of me doing that with the big old X-rays (before they were on CD's) and my neighbors thinking ok...she has REALLY lost it now! shocked But then they kinda think that already! smilewinkgrin

Hugs to you both!

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uniquelyme
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   Posted 7/18/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Anice...I can't say that I understand how you feel...about the pain, YES, but I haven't worked in ohhhhhh 8 years!!  I don't have disability yet and if it weren't for my mother I and my son would be on the street.
 
But I do understand needing to work for financial reasons.  I know that Dr.'s and Nurses are bad patients.  Please try and do what the Doc says...Maybe, if you give him this next month he will release you on your next visit.
 
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skeye
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anice,

I'm so sorry that you were disappointed again! It is so hard not to be disappointed, or yes, even devastated, when things don't go as planned, especially when it comes to our health. I'm someone who always gets my hopes up too high (even when I know better), and then I hit rock bottom when my expectations are not met. I can't tell you how many doctors' appointments I have left crying. I never get upset in the exam room. In fact, I have a very serious problem in that I cannot/will not/do not know how to express my true feelings to others (especially authority figures, like doctors), so they never see or know what I truly feel, even when I want or need them too - but when I reach my car, and am alone, everything hits me. As Dani said, it is okay to cry! Things will only be worse if you let your emotions build up inside of you; coming to terms with them will help you to accept them & move forward (in time). You'll get there! I have no doubt! You are much stronger than you give yourself credit for. ((((((((((((Anice)))))))))))))))

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kttn251977
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
i love dani's posts, shes a source of light in this place. don't get too down. i have nerve pain as well and i know how badly it burns, itches, twitches, etc. at least you CAN go back to work. i am out permanently at 32, a major blow. and fighting with disability, of course. i always say it could be worse, it could be cancer or worse. though i have my tears. i know i need a good psyhcotrist. i have heard theories that you write your current lives before you come down and have them..... what was i thinking? busch gardens is two blocks away and i get so angry i can't ride a roller coaster anymore or go enjoy a day at the beach. well its really too hot here for that right now. things set me off and then i cry. my mood swings are like the roller coaster i marvel at..... ok i did ride it once, but its a 200ft drop straight down, i couldn't resist.
anice, at least you will get better and keep your focus. i often wish a vampire would bite me so there would be no more pain, but my luck i would be like louis and at odds with the whole world. its a nice thought though, being young, beautiful and pain free always?....
feel better soon my friend, we are all rooting for you!
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straydog
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Anice I think you had a very good dr appt with your dr and he is seeing your improvement as you go along in PT. My hat is off to him for doing the right thing and telling you that you are not physically capable of returning to work. He has made it clear to you that by returning to work too soon is leaving you wide open for further injury. You really do not want or need that, you don't even want to go there.

I do fully sympathize with you on the money situation. Yes, its terrible having a reduction of income, no one knows that better than me and everone else on this forum.  Be glad that you have the short term disability policy, some money is better than no money.

All I can say is quit playing mind games with yourself over this healing business and get on with good healing that will get you back on your feet permanently. I don't understand why you thought he would release you when you knew he wouldnt and knew yourself you are not capable of returning at this time. We have tried so hard on this forum to warn you trthat you have to give your body time to heal properlly. This is the type of emotional situation that is interferring with your recovery and you are doing it to yourself. I do hope you mean it when you say you are done with this stuff because its really affecting you.

Concentrate on the good things the fact that you are progressing, use that good energy to keep improving. You will get there gal, a day at a time. Try to enjoy some of this time off with the kids & hubby. Its important to allow yourself some fun too.

Keep up the good work and throw all that old negetative crap down the garbage disposal lol. You can do this my friend. Hugs                                                                                                          


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anice
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   Posted 7/19/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I do want to thank each of you for your posts. I truly appreciate each of them. You all had something special to bring to me. It feels great to know that you all do care for me in this way.

I am doing better. Friday night I was in a horrible place, a scarey place, and a place I had to fight my way out of. It got so bad, I almost woke my husband up to help me. But I did get through it. It just took a long time. I am not trying to do this to myself. It just happened... And I couldn't turn it around.

The doctor I work for called me this morning. We talked for quiet a while. He said the patients and their parents have been asking about me. He tells them that I am recovering from back surgery and that I will be back. It meant alot to me. I explained to him how much of a huge disappointment(mildly put) it was to me not to be released. I told him that I am going to do what is expected and will be back. He said that although they do miss me, he wants me to be able to work and not to cause more damage... He wants me to keep in touch and let him know how things are going.

I am not going to quit PT. I was in a moment when I said that. I will go to PT and do all the things I am suposed to do. I will do my best. And I will try hard to deal with these emotions better than I have been so I won't have to hurt emotional like I did the other night. I am trying to push the bad and negative away and to only have positive thoughts. That seems to be alot easier said than done. But I am trying.

I am hurting bad today. And I didn't overdo it yesterday. I took a long nap in the afternoon and actually did very little all day. Some days just hurt more than others. And today is one of those days. I have a PM appt on Friday for med refills. I am glad. I am getting a little low. I have enough for 2 a day until then. I won't be without. I just wish I could get better pain control today. My hip feels like I have been beaten with a baseball bat! Oh well, I guess I should be "used to" all this by now.
Anice

PAlady
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   Posted 7/19/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
I know you said you didn't have the money to go to your PCP about another anti-depressant, but truly I wonder if what you're taking is working. Anti-depressants may need to be changed over time; either the type itself or the dose. You're going to your PM this week. How about discussing it with him? He should be able to give something else a try. Or possibly consider increasing the dose.

I know you want to do this by yourself, but our emotions are just as physical as anything else. We don't think of it like that, but it's true. That's how anti-depressants work. That's why we get depressed with chronic pain. It has to do with the neurotransmitters and gets complicated, but the difficulties you're having managing your negative thoughts could be helped by the right anti-depressant. I was getting like that myself after surgery, and figured I could do it on my own even though I was crying several days out of the week, and couldn't seem to pull myself up for more than a day or two without sinking back down. As soon as I started on the anti-depressant I knew it was what I needed. And an increase in dose helped enormously. So please consider talking with your PM about it. It would save you the co-pay for another doctor visit. And if you go to the pparx.org website you may find if you search for your anti-depressant you can at least get it at a discounted rate or get some coupons. Believe me, I understand about the money. I have no health insurance and no money coming in except the little I'm going to get to trickle in from my retirement account. So I know it's not easy. But I'm finding a fair amount of resources for prescriptions, although I haven't applied yet as I still have a couple of months left on my current scripts. And the doctors aren't going to write me a new script just yet.

Please, give it some thought.

Hugs,

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 7/19/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   

PAlady is right. I bet your PM dr will either script you something else for depression or bump up the Elavil. I believe its Elavil you are on, can't remember. If its Elavil & he increases it get ready for a bad fog in the mornings. I would be more inclined to try something different since Elavil can be so sedating. Also it takes Elavil 30 days to get in your system to be effective and it has to be taken as directed.

I feel the pain you are having today is a direct result of the meltdown Friday night. I don't think you are fully aware of what the body goes thru in that type of stress. It may not have caused all of it, but you can bet it is a big contributing fator. I know every time I went trhu a big stressful event, my body paid for it a few days layer. Its a warning sign from your body.

You say you are still not walking correctly and your gait is off . Thats going to affect you as well. PT can help work on that. Plug in youe Tens andtry to relax.

 


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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. 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.

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