I just wanted to say that I completely understand how you feel about
actually "seeing" your health issues have a "name" (getting a diagnosis)....
When I was hospitalized last year, and was discharged - my papers had a list of all 15 or so of my diagnoses. It was validation that YES, something IS wrong w/ me and I'm not losing it
Of course, I'd love to not have a "list" of problems wrong with me.... But, if I have to - it helps knowing what those things are... does that any sense? Maybe I AM losing it...heehee
Anyway, I'm glad you got your diagnosis...... and I like your "lemon/lemonade" analogies :)
(It IS N8, right? And, I'm assuming that is "shorthand" for Nate -- is that right? I have a son named Nathan....and we call him "Nate")...
Pain Issues: Neck/back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands, arms, feet; I also have POTS/dysautonomia; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Addison's Disease; Central Sleep Apnea; etc etc
Meds: MS Contin (480mg daily); MSIR (15mg/6x day); Soma (3x day); Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan; Effexor and on the list goes...
Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation