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getting by
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   Posted 2/7/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi My name is Karen.  I help moderate fibromyalgia and depression forums.  I suffer from fibromyalgia and depression both, also chronic fatigue and some allergies. 
 
I am in pain constantly.  I take norco for pain, 20 mg three times a day when working.  It helps, but there is still pain.  Though I just live with it.  I try to keep busy so that the pain will fade off into the background.
 
I noticed a lot of wonderful people on the forum and hope to pop in now and then to learn new things and maybe even give some advice. 
 
So that is a little about myself.  I hope that you all are having a painfree evening/night.  I know that sleep is an issue for a lot of you as it is for me.  I do try to meditate to get to sleep.  Also take ambien and xanax.  When I am working I seem to sleep well, but when not, I wake up in pain a lot during the night.  I can only sleep on one side and I feel my hips, back and legs aching. 
 
Anyway, I guess I will end here, I hope to make some friends here and get to know all of you better.  Take care.
 
Hugs, Karen
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White Beard
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen

I hope you spend more time with us here at the CP forum, sounds like you are our type of person!!! But with that said I am really sorry that you are, as chronic pain is no fun, but if you have it, you might as well be here with it, because you are with good company here! We all can listen and support you and best of all we can empathize with you! Personally I think empathy is better than sympathy, any day, because we here know first hand what it is like to have Chronic Pain and what you are experiencing with it! So Welcome to our little niche at Healing Well. Wecome to our CP Family!

White Beard.

PAlady
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Karen,
I'm glad you decided to join us, but not about your pain. This is a great group, tho' I know the fibro forum is, too, because Chutz is involved with both!

I'm in and out of a fog tonight, so this is a bit short, but I wanted to say hello and welcome!

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 2/8/2010 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Karen. Welcome to the chronic pain forum. I'm not sure how long the Norco lasts in your system but has your doctor ever considered an extended release med maybe with something for bt pain for during the daytime hours. This may help to keep your pain levels in check through the night. Take care!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

   Hello Karen! It is wonderful to have you here on the CP forum! Sorry to here of your pain, and sleeping problems. I have to agree with Jag on seeing if you can maybe get on an extended release med. It sure helped me alot, when I switched to them.

   Michael


getting by
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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everybody for the wonderful welcome. The norco that I take doesn't have extended release yet here in the US, but I think it is coming soon. Unless it already has and the doc just hasn't though about it. It seems to keep my pain in check, though I know that I will never be pain free.

Today is a better day, didn't wake up in severe pain. It wasn't as damp as it has been. I live in Notrhern Michigan so we get cold weather and snow all winter. Lots of it. I know, I should move south but can't afford to move.

You all are so wonderful. I thank you again for the welcome. You made me feel so good. I know that this is a wonderful forum. I have been reading some. I hope to join in on chat night too. I believe that is on Thursdays.

I slept pretty good last night, first time in a while. I tried to stay up later so that I would be tired when I went to bed. I know that this is from not working. Hopefully when I go back, things will be better. I am taking a leave of absence because it is hard for me in the cold weather. I was so happy that my boss was able to acomidate me with this. She loves my work and doesn't want to lose me. That makes me feel good about myself.

Thanks again for the warm welcomes. I plan to visit this site often.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/8/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Karen,
 
      Good morning. My name is Dani and it is very nice to meet you. I really enjoy being here in the Chronic Pain forum, and I hope you will too. Welcome *hugg*
 
      I am terribly sorry you have to endure through so much pain on a daily basis. I know very little of fibromyalgia, other than it is very painful and for many people, hard to treat. When I tried to learn more about Fibromyalgia, I found myself rather frustraited at the lack of information! It seems the level of understand and knowlage about Fibromyalgia is still in its early stages. I would have thought with literally MILLIONS of people suffering, 24/7, there would be more knowladge and more treatment options! shakehead
 
      I will end this here, or else I might chatt away til the afternoon! I do hope you have a good day and can find a few moments to rest. please know you are in our hearts here.
 
*hugg*
  dani

 

 

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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

 

 


getting by
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   Posted 2/8/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Dani for the lovely welcome.

Yes fibromyalgia is kind of like an invisable disorder and there isn't a lot they can do for you. For some people, pain meds don't even work. I am lucky that I can control it, or keep it at a tolerable level with the medications that I do take. A lot of my problem is fatigue, but I do take adderall for that and it really helps a lot. Though stimulants do add more to the pain. I have a high pain threshhold and can endure a lot before it gets to me. I am lucky there, but the fatigue is another story. Luckily I have a good doctor who tries to help me in many ways.

It was good to hear from you. Don't ever worry about talking into the afternoon. I love reading posts.

Take care, have a wonderful painfree day.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


skeye
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   Posted 2/8/2010 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen,

Welcome to the CP board! I'm so glad you decided to join us! Everyone here is wonderful; these guys are like my family! I find that this is the one place that I can go where everyone understands what I'm going through. We all suffer from different problems, but pain is pain, and regardless of its form, it affects our lives in so many ways. Pain knows no boundaries.

I'm looking forward to having you here as a member of our chronic pain family (although I'm sorry that you have to join us because of the pain). I also greatly appreciate all the work that you & the other moderators do to make HW such a wonderful place!

hugs,
Skeye

straydog
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   Posted 2/8/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen and welcome to the CP forum. Glad to have you aboard and I hope you will share any info you have in your pocket on taming the wild animal called CP. That is the beauty of this place, everyone has a story to tell and so much info. We can never stop learning and we have a wonderful group to learn from. I remember taking Norco and like you it was very effective for me while it worked. But, what is it "all good things must end", or so it seems, then it was off to a new medication.

Take care and stay warm. Glad you decided to pop over and see us.
 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


getting by
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   Posted 2/8/2010 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Straydog and Skeye,
 
Thank you for the warm and wonderful greeting.  I really appreciate it.  This seems like such a wonderful forum.  I am glad that I have joined you all. 
 
I take the least amount of the norco that I can get away with.  Though when I am working, I practically double it to be able to keep going.  So far since I am not working, I am still able to keep my pain under control with a much lesser amount.  I don't know how long that will work but I am going to milk it for what it is worth.  That also depends on the weather too.  Being it is cold here a lot, that doesn't help much.  But I do try to move around for a daily walk in the fresh air if I can.  I don't make it every day, but I get out quite a bit still.  I guess.  I find that if I try to move around I feel better.  But there are so many days that I would just like to go back to bed.  But I try to fight that. 
 
I hope that you all are doing well, and pain free.
 
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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