Hi LBL and welcome!
I have not worked since the fibro hit me hard 4 months ago. I can relate to the grueling work week- I was having trouble keeping up with it before the fibro! Our bodies are just not the same with this. Hang in there with the anti-depressant. I'm on Zoloft and it took 2 to 3 weeks where I started noticing any changes.
I just applied for Social Security Disability and I have been fortunate that I have had very "nice" and "helpful" staff guide me through this. I was told that almost "always" you will be turned down the first time through the process.
Good luck with your appt. next week and let us know what they say. GamJill
I have decided to postpone my SSDI interview which was supposed to be this morning for Sept 2nd which will be after my appointment with my new Rheum. Dr. I figure they are going to have to get my medical records anyway so why not have them all taken care of before I go. From other websites and other people I have spoken to it seems that is is standard procedure to get turned down intially for SSDI and then once you go before a judge you almost always gets it. I also have Osteo Arthritis in my knees so having both Fibro and Arthritis together gives you a better chance. I can't believe the hoops you have to jump through to get money that is yours, that you earned when you are disabled. So many people are able to get SSDI and really have nothing wrong with them which makes it harder for those that do have something wrong with them because the Gov't is so cautious. Anyway it seems that Fibro is becoming more and more a ligitamate recognized disability which is a good thing.
My PCP is not very sympathetic to the condition because when I asked for another prescription of Vicodin for those nights that I need is badly she said it is only to be taken when my siatica acts up and that she will not be refilling the prescription again. I am very careful about taking it because I know how additive it can be but it does help when I'm lying in bed in extreme agony. Does anyone else take Viocodin for their Fibro pain?
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Sorry ladies, the post I just wrote went to the Land of the Lost. Anyway, I just wanted to welcome LBL and Speppy to the forum and to share a few ideas for food. A few yrs. ago I had horrible unrelenting pain in my left heel, couldn't sit, stand, walk, or sleep. I read somewhere that bananas can cause prob w/ pain. Of course, I had a delicious banana every day. 48 hrs. after I had my last one the pain subsided. Try to eliminate different foods, you may have prob w/ some of them. I went to PM dr. he said give up fruit, carrots, and potatoes, not all carbs, keep salads, broccoli, cauliflower, proteins,etc. Avoid, white bread, if you eat bread, go for whole grain. I can't eat beef, so I eat a lot of chicken, just not at one sitting. lol I can't handle dairy foods, haven't had milk in almost 20 yrs. Keep up w/ vitamins.
Speppy, I'm sorry you're having a prob w/ your mother. But right now you have to take care of your health, live your life, do what is best for you. Maybe your mother will come on board and be supportive, and maybe not. You still have your life to live, you need to make choices to help you. I'm so sorry you are in such pain, maybe you should keep a pain journal to share w/ you dr. It may help to explain what is going on in your life right now.
You are both in my thoughts. God bless. Alice.