I posted a reply to someone and thought I should follow with an intro.
As the subject line reads I am new here kinda as I joined about a year and a half ago and briefly enjoyed your home here when life thru me another obstacle and I have not visited for sometime since.
I have lurked from time to time and am at a farily stable point healthwise for the moment and thought I might try this again since over the years I have belonged to other CP forums and gained a wealth of compassion and info about many subjects.
I think being a part of a community such as this is a big important part of learning to live and survive CP.
A little background on myself now and then I will move on.
I have been a CPer for 11 years since a wrok related injury,was a paramedic in another life! Lol. Am 51 years old and have 5 children all but 1 grown,and she is 11, I also have at this time 1 wonderful full of life 4 year old grandaughter and a grandson due the 25th of this month and looking forward to sharing that with you guys.
I had a significant other but he bailed out early on in this CP life.
I have had 9 knee surgeries bilateral and both knee's have now been replaced,as well as am now having a hip problem and looking forward to that also being replaced in the future.
I was found to have Ankyl spondyl which is a degenerative bone disease at the L-4,5 & S-1 locality but really dont have alot of problems out of that yet.
Have lots of other medical problems some associated with years of running the gambit of non-steroidal anti-inflams which all Docs have to shove at you until finally someone relaizes they cause more harm then good.
Have been on methadone now for 8 years and rejoined the living at that time. Havent had a suicidal tendancy due to extreme never ending pain untreated since that day! Got lucky and got a Great Doc early out (only 3 years of searching) and he has stuck with me thru it all. Worry sometimes since he is getting tot he retirement age and past it already.
Applied and denied SSD 4 times over 3 years and eventually took it to the ALJ hearing stage and won it hands down in less then 5 minutes,sheesh I dont know why they have to put us thru all of that denial crap all to give it to you anyway!
Well thats my story and life as a CPer and as you all know there has been alot of ups and downs in between for sure.
Hoping to give and take from here and looking forward to calling your home mine and making some friends which we can never have too many of in this life we share.
Hoping you all have a great pain-free day starting now!