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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
 since I'm new here and I basically don't know anyone, I would like to learn about the members. This idea came to me when Palady replied to my post and even though she sounded really nice, I realized I did not know anything about her or anyone else for that matter.
What's you age bracket, female, male, alone, married with kids, are you working?
I am not nosy. It just that it'd be so nice from now on to put a face (so to speak) on those friendly posts full of hope, to have an semblance of acquaintance so I'd feel closer when we exchange.
I'm Dany, I come from the province of Quebec, Canada and my mother tongue is of course, french. I am in my late 30's, have 2 kids (15 and 7), divorced, alone (and lonely) and I have not been working for the past 2 years. I try to keep myself busy in spite of everything, but it's tough and therefore, I fight depression constantly. My condition is the back: 3 slipped disks, pain in the lower back, upper and in the neck. Some in the heel, which I supposed is the sciatic nerve acting up. I was never close to my family so not much help there. I like reading, movies, animals and long walk in the great outdoors. I speak 3 languages without much of an accent: French, english and spanish.
Your turn! Please fell free...

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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Frenchie71 said...

What's you age bracket, female, male, alone, married with kids, are you working?

Hi Dany,

Nice to meet you (or should I say "enchantée"?)!
Lyme Disease, autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, "lupus-like" CTD?, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, GERD, degenerative disc disease, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel

Doxycycline, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP

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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Frenchie71 said...
What's you age bracket, female, male, alone, married with kids, are you working?
Hi Dany!
I am new to this forum as well, this is actually my first post.
I'm a 30 year old female, I've never been married and have recently begun dating a very patient man, no children.  I am still working although I'm facing some tough decisions since my job requires that I travel for months on end which is very taxing on the body.  My next project is set to start on 2/15 and I'm pretty apprehensive about the toll it'll take on me.
I'm relatively new to chronic pain at the level that I have it.  I woke up in May 2008 and was unable to walk for two weeks.  Turns out that I was in need of a spinal fusion at L5-S1 and I had that surgery on 4/20.  Since September 2008 I've been on pain meds, Darvocet from 9/08 - 4/09 and since my surgery I've been on a combination of percocet, lortab, ultram, tramadol, and muscle relaxers (the specific ones are escaping my memory right now).  I've also completed 3.5 months of physical therapy and have undergone routine chiropractic care and massage therapy.  My surgeon has handed my pain management off to a pain management doctor and I'm hoping to get in to see one in the next few weeks.
I'm at the point now where the frustration is setting in quickly.  I'm realizing that I may have to seriously consider making a career change so that I can stay local and not have to travel.  I'm trying to put a positive spin on things that have changed, like my inability to bend over and having to pick and chose my tasks for the day, I can either go grocery shopping OR change the cat litter OR vacuum OR fold laundry but in no way can I handle more than one of those a day.  I'm also starting to struggle with other people and their good intentions.  The perception seems to be that my surgery should have fixed my pain so I feel as if I have to justify my still having pain.  I feel guilty for being on pain meds and I feel that others look at me like I'm taking them for fun when I take them just to get out of bed in the morning.  It's tough to know that I may never have a day without pain and I'm still so young, and I feel guilty for having a hard time adjusting when so many other people out there have it so much worse than me.
That ended up being much longer than I anticipated! 

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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frenchie,
I am female, 49, 3 kids (16, 14 and 10), an artist, parttime tertiary teacher, married very happily but suffer from a form of RA which is not responding to treatment (yet) I also have endometriosis, weak lungs prone to pneumonia/ bronchitis and asthma, a reconstructed right shoulder which is now partially fused. Last September I had both ovaries removed due to cysts and looking glandular, my surgeon felt they looked nasty, but subsequet tests revealed no cancer TG, but it has left me with a massive RA flare, I have swollen knees, feet (ankles, heals, metatarsels and some toes), elbows and wrists. I also have bursitis in both hips and a sore lower back which my rheumy feels is osteoarthrits not rheumatoid for a change! I think thats it.

Most people here are coping with many overlapping conditions but we all share the need to talk about it without being judged for moaning or self obsessing. Its a great place for getting things off our chests we may not feel so comfortable doing with our friends. I also find it a really valuable site for advice and there is such a wealth of experience out there to learn from, brilliant place, I hope you enjoy, welcome, golitho

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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Frenchie71 said...

What's you age bracket, female, male, alone, married with kids, are you working?

OK, I'll try again....90% of my original post disappeared!

Welcome Dany!

I'm in my early 50's, female, married and on my second set of kids! LOL!

What I mean by "second set" of kids is that during my twenties I had 4 children....they are now all in their 30s except for the baby (my son) who is 29 years old today! 3 of the 4 are married and have had children: I have 5 beautiful grandchildren so far.

My eldest daughter could not raise her two children due to mental health problems, so I've adopted both of them; they are my "second set" of kids, a boy and a girl. The little girl is disabled with many serious medical conditions, but both of them are sweet, happy kids....ages 3 and 4.

My long list of medical problems is in my signature box....along with my list of medications. eyes

I am working still.....I don't know how much longer that will be true though! I'm usually in a lot of pain, of course, plus I have lots of neurological symptoms like double vision, blurry vision, memory loss, vertigo (from the fibro, or the Lyme, or celiac disease, or lupus.....who knows?).

I actually have two jobs: scientist at a major research university by day and part-time math teacher at a local community college by night. I will probably stop the part time job....I have to decide very soon because spring semester is nearly upon us.

I'm hanging on by my fingernails to the day job because it's not only my dream job (I worked VERY hard to get my degrees so I could do this!) but we really can't afford for me to quit. The health insurance alone is reason enough to try to continue to work. My day-job employer is letting me work from home, at least for now, about 80% of the time.

At one time (decades ago) I was fairly fluent in both French and Spanish, despite being une Americaine! :)

But lack of practice has reduced me to mostly being able to read those languages, rather than speak them fluently.

Best wishes to've joined a great forum!
Lyme Disease, autoimmune hepatitis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, "lupus-like" CTD?, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, GERD, degenerative disc disease, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel

Doxycycline, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP

Darvon and Morphine Sulfate PRN

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/27/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
    Dear Frenchie (or dany?),
     Good evening. I cannot remember if I have introduced myself or not, so excuse me if I already have. My name is Dani (spelled with an "i" for feminine)and it is a pleasure to meet you. I am very glad you have found the Healing Well Comminuity. We are a very kind and compassionate group of people.
     I am sorry you have chronic back pain. It sounds like it has been a battle in your life for a very long time. I am very sorry *hugg* Along with making yourself comfortable here, I think you also might enjoy introducting yourself in the depression forum aswell. You will find there are many chronic pain patients that suffer from depression. (sometimes chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, and anxiety aswell). Also, if it hasnt been mentioned to you yet, the Chronic Pain forum has a weekly chat night every Thursday evening. I am unsure of the time zone conversion for where you live, but a "reminder" of the time and how to logg-in to chat is usually posted on Thursday mornings. Perhaps, you would like to join us?
      what we suffer from and what not"  ..Its hard to explain all things I suffer from personally. I am afraid it would take a long time to talk about the last 2yrs of my life. And I dont want this thread to be about me, I want it to be about YOU! And welcoming YOU to our Family! *hugg*
     ~~~>" What's you age bracket, female, male, alone, married with kids, are you working?"
     ~~~>  Married mother with 2 beautiful children. I used to be an accountant. (I want to sell jewelry eventually) :-)
     Well, it was very nice meeting you. I do hope to get to know you better as time goes by. I hope you can find a few moments to relax this evening. Stay strong.

EDT: I am 29 yr old now.



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood



Post Edited (Dani Henson) : 1/27/2010 5:24:32 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/30/2010 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frenchie,

I am 43 years old and have 4 children 24, 14, 14 and 12. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibro, Depression I think caused by the RA and Fibro and diabetes as well. Love to chat.

I don't sleep very well so i'm usually on at night. I also speak both French and english.
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!!!
Current Diagnosis- DCIS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Osteoarthritis right knee, Osteoporosis. Stress!!!!!!  New diagnosis of Fibromyalgia 04/08
Current Meds-Methotrexate 24mg s/c weekly, Plaquenil 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Folic Acid daily, Cesamet1 mg @ bedtime, Oxycontin 20 mg 3 x day, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID, Calcium, Vitamin D  Arava 20mg daily

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   Posted 1/30/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
hello,nice to meet you all my diagnosis is in my signature below. I am currently on no pain meds because I have no insurance.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.

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   Posted 2/1/2010 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Bonjour Dany,

I am new here as well - I just signed up today.

My name is Pam and I am 47 years old. I live in Calgary, AB with my fabulous husband Ray, and our tabby cat Dorie. I have two grown children from a previous relationship - my son Troy is 28 and my daughter Ashley is 27. They also live in Calgary, so I see them often.

Ray and I are Grammi and Grumpa to Ashley's three boys...the two oldest live with their dad in Moncton, NB, so we don't see them often, but the youngest one is with her and he's 4. Calen is an absolute sweetheart and he and I love to play trains and cars together.

I am a Certified Event Planner and have been using those skills in Sr. level Administrative positions for 15+ years now. I am currently on short term disability thru my employer (a large Canadian sporting good company), and will likely be moving to long term disability in the near future.

My list of conditions, etc. is in my signature below, but I try not to let that define "who" I am. I try to keep busy with crafting and reading, and my husband is planning on launching his own homemade soap company, so I'm in charge of the website and marketing for that.

I love spas, good wine (yep, I drink it despite being on narcotics), the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, anything to do with weddings, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV series), as well as pretty much any animated movie (Enchanted is a favourite). I adore music, and often use that for relaxation when pain is overwhelming.

My husband takes very good care of me and pretty much runs the house so I don't have to worry about stuff (in addition to him working part-time and going to school part-time). I consider myself very blessed despite dealing with major pain day in and day out.

I'm excited to have found these forums - it's great to connect and share with others who "get" it.

Take care,

Pam aka MsBunky
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Nortriptyline
Other: Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin

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   Posted 2/1/2010 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Dany, many members list their conditions as part of their signatures which show up on the bottom of their posts.

Beyond what I have listed I am a 40 year old male who is a full time stay at home Dad to a 4 year old boy. I also have a 19 year old son who does not live at home. Before becoming a SAHD when my little one was 6 weeks old I spent the previous 8 years or so working as a long haul truck driver here in the USA.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 2/1/2010 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Dany,

I am a few days shy of my 37th birthday. I am married and am mom to two boys, age 6 and 13, and step-mom to a 21 year old who also lives with us. I am fortunate to not have to work. Though that requires some definite sacrifices in terms of life style, it is worth it to be able to devote what little energy I have to caring for my family.

I have no health insurance, so I'm on the bare bones medications (whatever is cheapest and still treats my problems) which means my blood pressure gets treated, and I have vicodin for the days that my pain is too extreme to function otherwise. I take it only on the days that I can't bear the pain any more so that I don't build up a tolerance. Plus, it makes me kind of grouchy and very sensitive to noise to the point that even people talking sounds extremely loud to me, so taking it while kids are still awake isn't very fair to them. But it alleviates the worst of the pain and allows me to continue to function.

I just found these forums recently as well, and I'm very grateful to have found an active community of people who know what it feels like to "look" fine but feel terrible.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, Cervical radiculopathy

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   Posted 2/1/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I am female age 52, also married and have two grown boys along with 3 grown step-sons. I live in NW Ohio. You can see my ailments in my signature and am currently going through testing at a Pain Management doctor to see if I'm a candidate for RF in the lumbar spine. I've had chronic pain for about 7yrs now and have filed for SSDI, got my first denial and am now working with my lawyer on a appeal.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 2/1/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am melissa, I am 31 years old and female. I am Happily married to a great guy. WE have been together for 14 years. We have 2 kids but I rather not mention much about them on a forum.

As you can see by my signature I have a few probelms. I also have bulging discs in my neck. I also fight severe depression. I am disabled since may 2007. Its hard but there is no way I can work. I brush my teetch, then have to lay down, brush my hair lay down. The pain keeps me from sleeping as well as the sleep apnea. I take meds to keep me awake and meds to make me sleep!

crazy pattern.

but I think you will like this forum. everyone is great.

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   Posted 2/1/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!

Just had my birthday last now I am 34. Female with 2 kiddos... (my kids are 17 & 13)
Work 40+ hours per week and it really sucks! So hard just to get thru half a day as it is!
Married to a wonderful man! We also own our own landscape business.
I am also a soccer coach/team manager got a girls U13 team year round.

Love to bake, draw and watch movies!!
I espically love to vacation! I need to hit the lotto so I can stop working!
Live 20min north of Seattle. But grew up in Vegas.

As you can see from my signature, I am not new to pain...
It is horrible living with it every day and trying to work to survive!
Well, at work now, better get busy!
Tethered Spinal Cord
1.5x1.2 cm spinal cord cyst at L5/S1
  (Lumbar Laminectemy completed 9/10/09)
Leg Deformity
Foot Deformity 
Knee Pain
Hip Pain
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Severe Depression
Artheritis (Spine)
Spinal Bone Spurs
NEW: Herniated Disc T5/T6
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you can ride on"
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   Posted 2/1/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dany,
It looks like I'm the old lady of the bunch that have posted. My dx's are posted within the signature like some of the others. I am 59 years and will be 60 in June. We have been married for 40 years and have two daughters, the oldest is 39 and a 2nd grade teacher and they have one daughter that is 18 so that makes grandkid #1; our other child is also a daughter that is 31 and she is a RN and she has two children, girl that is 5 and baby boy that is 4 months. So that make grandkids 2 and 3. We are fortunate to have them with us right in our same town and believe me we do enjoy it. I retired as the Human Resource Director from our hospital in August 2007 after 33 years of service and pain. I'm lucky that I had that option available but as I tell folks it seems that I retired to become a professional patient which really isn't what I had in mind.

Welcome to the HWCP forums and you will not find a better place for understanding and compassion. Take care because I care.
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