Tired and painfull, yep we're hypochondriacs!

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   Posted 8/8/2010 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
So, I'm tired. I fell asleep at work two weekends ago. I was supposed to be checking books out to folks and it was quiet the last half hour or so. I REALLY fell asleep. So, when I was supposed to help this lady, she ended up complaining about this nice lady who tried to help her the Sat. before but she thought I was drunk or something. LOL.
I've pretty much given up on the lyrica or the cymbalta. Don't think their working. But s'not their fault. I don't think literally any of my meds are working. Except the benedryl. That's helping with my allergies. I'm also on Flexerall too. I think its working. I miss feeling my knee. Surface is all numb and below is all pain. Ahh well. Can't use my right pointy finger and right thumb is also extremely stiff/locked. Left pointy and thumb are reacting to this by also hurting badly when I have to bend them at all.
So, I'm tired. Sleep sleep sleep. I wanna sleep. I'm on a two day cycle. Two days where I can't sleep and two days where I can't keep myself awake long enough to do anything. Meh. I don't care about any of the chronic diseases. I'm too blasted tired to figure out how to cure them. I've tried curing the symptoms, avoiding stressors, meditation, very good stretching...and stuff isn't working then, isn't really working now. I am keeping those body parts active when I can stand to well...stand.
How do you all do it? How do you all manage to get so many different things done? I'm envious, 'deed I am.
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Fibromyalgia Dx'd: July 21, 2009: Lyrica, Cymbalta, Hydrocodone, Prenatal Vitamin

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   Posted 8/8/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
"I don't care about any of the chronic diseases. I'm too blasted tired to figure out how to cure them."

I so hear you!!! I don't have any advice, so I'm just weighing in with my sympathy. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all of my diagnoses (is that the plural?) that I just can't seem to deal with any of them. Bleh rolleyes

Hugs - Austen
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   Posted 8/8/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Living with chronic illness is not easy, but giving up on trying would be harder for me.
It is trial and error, lots of guess work about pacing myself. Each day can bring a new
set of symptoms and circumstances. That's where the line "one day at a time " fits in.
All I can do is do what I can do and leave the rest up to God.

I certainly understand the frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed. My Mom
always told me as a kid..."Where there is a will, there is a way" so I keep looking for
a way to live that is going to give me happiness and meaning. This journey is an ongoing
process, a rollercoaster of emotions and pain, but it is my journey and I must do what
I can to make it a fulfilling one. It is my choice to be hopeful that things will get better
and that keeps me going. I believe we are all stronger than we think. We prove to
ourselves every day how strong we are by dealing with what we live with.

Hoping we all will someday find relief from our pain.

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 8/8/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joie, Im so sorry you are having such a rough time right now. I think we have all been to the point that we want to just quit. However I have learned that this illness is part of me and I have come to accept that there are always going to be bad days, so I have learned to enjoy the good ones. Dont ever give up hope and talk to your doc. tell him how you feel about the meds not working. Hopefully he can help you find something that will help.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Joie, I can't remember everyone's problems so help me out here.  Have you talked to your doctor about the numbness...that you haven't been able to feel  your knee and how your lower leg hurts?  I'm not a doctor but this sounds like neuropathy to me.  There are several things that can cause this and one of them is diabetes.  But, please be checked out.  We have numbness, tingling, and pain but I've never had numbness last really long, like you are describing. 
Oh, yes, we all get tired of these health problems and many of us have quite a few.  My body started heading downhill at age 31.  You can't believe this is happening to you...it only happens to other people.  But, indeed, we have been afflicted and need to learn how to live a great life in spite of our problems.  We do have choices.  We can choose to lie down and let our illnesses defeat us or we can fight back!  I've mentioned many times that I'm stubborn and there is NO WAY fibro or anything else I have is going to get me to stop.  I'd much rather deal with the pain than sit in a wheelchair so I keep moving. 
As a matter of fact, I'm starting something new in my "exercise" regime.  Sometimes I just feel so weak and that bothers me.  Because of our pain, we are more sedentary than healthy people.  Yes, I keep moving but I still can't do what others my age can do in the same time frame.  But, I definitely don't want to get weak.  I'm a little older that many of you and I don't want to end up in assisted living and such so I'm trying something new.  I don't watch a lot of television and I hate commercials so I am going to march in place, dig out my plastic base that you step up and down on (can't think of the name...DUH!) and will exercise like that, during the commercials, to help strengthen my legs more.  That works out to be about 15 minutes of exercise in one hour...time I would be spending on my butt! 
It's this type of thing that we all need to do to keep flexible and strong.  The more you move, the less your pain.  But the movement has to be reasonable.  I could never go to a gym and work out.  They'd be taking me out on a stretcher!  But, I walk, swim, do my own housecleaning, gardening, etc.  I also pace myself and that is very important, too.  I think the more you move, the more oxygen gets to your muscles and the less pain.  Look what happens to someone that has a heart attack.  The heart hasn't gotten enough oxygen so what does it do?  It seizes up and that causes pain.  I'm guessing that that could be what happens to our muscles, too, because when I keep moving I do far better than when I sit too long.  So this is something to think about
I use over the counter pain meds and vitamins and supplements to help with my pain.  There are links about these in Fibro 101 if you haven't checked it out yet.  Also, getting yourself on a sleep schedule does help, too.  There are some stretching exercises there that you can do while sitting at your desk.  This would help keep the blood flowing, the oxygen moving and hopefully keep you more alert, too.  You just have to try things and you will find what will help you. 
I wish you the best of luck in your search and let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 8/8/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Just a thought but I had both of my knees go numb several years ago...not just 'feeling numb'...really numb so if I pinched them I couldn't feel a thing.  I was about to go to the doctor and it went away.  It turns out I had been sleeping on my side with my knees pressed together and had compressed the nerves.  I now put a pillow between them, but if I forget....NUMB and pain like you described below the knee...nerve pain.  Don't know if that's what going on with you but that was my problem.


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   Posted 8/8/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
Everybody is right, you must keep moving and get a sleep schedule that is right for you.  Try not to dwell on the things that you are unable to do anymore, and focus on the things that you can do.  Dwelling on the past only makes us depressed.  Don't stress about the future either.  Take life one day at a time, one moment if you have to.  Know that we are all here for you.  Keep posting.
Hugs, Karen
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