Posted 11/24/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)
First of all, any advice I get from someone in Pa. is good advice to me.  My family is from Pa. and it makes me feel at home to hear from you.
And you are right, reading other peoples stories makes it easier to get through the day.  I know that I am not alone and that others care about me...even if they don't know me.
I am 41 and wish that the past 15 years had been better.  I wish a lot of things of course, but at least now those dreams are coming true.  I have a great PM that listens to me, and now I have new friends here that I can count on as well.
Thanks to all.  And maybe one day I'll have thousands of posts to my credit and will help others like you have helped me.

spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1

Posted 11/26/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks, Me....
I went to see a rheumatologist once here in this new city I moved to about two years ago. He was a blunt guy and when I told him I was in terrible pain and that I took a lot of medications and would like help to get myself off some of them and get a correct diagnosis, he stood up, looked seriously at me and said, "Sorry I can't treat you." He then walked out of the door.
This is our sorry state of physician health care today. I resorted to see a pain management specialist, but he only injects my "hot spots" and has no answers for the overall body aches.
I was diagnosed with fibro, but I fear there is something else going on and I am just tired of searching for someone to acknowledge me and get me on track. This is a small town and the nearest big city is Memphis, TN which is about two hours from me. I am really just venting I hope all of you understand.
Posted 11/27/2008 1:05 AM (GMT -7)
Aggie Clare,
This should be the "Venting is Manditory" group...We all do it, we all expect it, and we all listen....So Vent Away!!!!

spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1

Posted 11/28/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -7)
Me, I am so glad that you have found a good pain doctor. That is too rare and occurrence but you did it.

Aggie, I have fibromyalgia. Come and visit the fibro message boards and you will find more people with your experiences. The folks in here understand what you are going through also. And, so do the folks on the arthritis boards.

Hay, maybe we should all get together and have a party!


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