Thanks for the warm welcome to the family.
Wow, you too have your trials don’t you? How is your MS? As for the anxiety/panic attacks, I suffered terribly from that condition for about five years. I had been is a serious car accident in 1993 were a driver ran a red light and slammed into the passenger’s side of the car caving it in where it caused the dash board to fold up like an accordion and breaking out all the windows in the car. The anxiety/panic, ptsd started while driving down the highway at 6AM one morning. I had to ask myself, “What are you afraid of? There are only a few cars on the road at this hour in the morning.” I then had to repeatedly tell myself that I was in fact safe and not going to just up and die. This went on for several months. It was at that time it progressed to general panic/anxiety attacks just out of the blue that would occur just about anywhere at anytime. My husband spent the next five years gently loving me though this ordeal.
As for your fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, how do you cope? This is the most difficult part of what I am going through. People who have not had to deal with this incredible disabling physical condition think it is something you can just go sleep off. Or else they think it is all in your head as is the case with some doctors. All I can say is, “Don’t we wish we could just sleep it off!” Oh, what a happy day that would be. I have had this fatigue/pain for nine years now. The medication I take helps but does not eliminate the symptoms where I would be allowed to hold down a full time job. But even at that I am grateful for any relief that comes my way no matter how small.
I am grateful that I do not have the depression on top of everything else to cope with. How do you manage? Do you have a good support group at home that helps you cope? I think, for me, the social isolation imposed by a society that does not want to be bothered with a disabled, widowed, cancer patient is one of the most difficult parts of all that I am going though. That part of the situation has caused a lot of heartache.
As for the ankle, it works most of the time. When it acts up I just rest until it settles down and allows me to resume my life.
Again, thank you Annie for the warm welcome.. You’re terrific.