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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/9/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody - just want to take a moment to introduce myself.  I live in the Bay Area, California.  I'm married and we have six boys, ages 13 down to 4.  I've been very ill for five years.  I became ill during my last pregnancy.  My "official diagnosis" is POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) - which means with ANY activity, my heart beats about 150 beats per minute.  I have Dysautonomia (problems with my autonomic nervous system) and multiple chronic pain issues.  These include severe migraine headaches, severe carpal tunnel syndrome, widespread muscle/joint paint and so forth.
I'm on heavy duty narcotics - the equivalent of 480 morphine sulfate, a break through med, a muscle relaxer and heart meds.  I'm have a trial for the intrathecal drug pump within the next two weeks.
This seems like a VERY supportive board.  I'm 35 years old and am handling 6 kids.  Every day is a journey, to say the least!  I'm looking to share my experiences with others as well as gain wisdom from all of you.
Look forward to talking more :-)   --Tina

Post Edited (Momto6boys) : 9/6/2008 5:55:55 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 8/9/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tina,

Let me be the first to welcome you to the CP board.  You will find that this is a very informative, sympathetic, and supportive place to be.

You certainly do have your hands full...six boys!!!  I just can't imagine being able to do that with perfect health.  I'm so glad you are going to get to try out a pain pump.  They are so much easier and safer to deal with than oral meds, both for you and your family.  I hope it works out well for you.  Please keep us updated on your condition, and let us know if there's anything we can help you with.

Leigh Ann cool

Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems 
  • Divorced, 43, spawn-free 
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Stadol Nasal Spray, Lortab/Percocet, Trazadone, Buspar, Protonix, Tramadol, Visteryl, Carafate Suspension, Co-Q10, B2(Riboflavin), Remifemin(Black Cohosh)
  • Current Problem: Mysterious Internal GI Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 8/9/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Let me second Leigh Ann's welcome! I am sorry for the issues that bring you to us, but we are definitely glad to have you join the crew. You are absolutely right about this being a very supportive forum. I have found much encouragement and helpful information here when I've needed it.

It sounds like you run a very busy household! I can only imagine that a houseful of little men keeps you hopping! I have occasional racing heart rates, and it is really painful! I can't imagine what it would be like to know that any activity at all would bring that on! Do your heart medications help keep that under control? I am glad to hear you are getting the pump trial, too. Be sure you do some careful research about the specific pump you would be getting. I have read that some of them are experiencing recalls due to malfunctions that inhibit delivery of medication. You can search on this board - I think there are several threads about it.

Aside from the threads related to our health issues, we also have a few goofy threads that have been designed by some of the members to help us get our minds off our pain for a little while. You could read on the Beach Party or Dessert Thread if you want to see a little of our sense of humor! tongue

Again, welcome! I look forward to getting to know you better.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 8/10/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tina, welcome to the group I just joined myself but everyone seems nice. I can't imagine having 6 boys!!!!!! I'm going crazy with 1 girl lol. I wish you luck with your pain pump and hope to hear more from you :)
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