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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 84
   Posted 8/4/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again friends!
After my appointment with the PM Dr. last week I had so much going on that I didn't even look at the presciptions he had written after our discussions.  I went about doing what had to be done, increased the Lyrica dosage by adding a pill of the existing dosage (though it shorts me by 25 mg's), and knowing I needed to make a call to the chiropractic clinic he referred me to.
Well, I grabbed the prescription this afternoon and actuall read it, and finally, there in print is something that I have been searching for all these months - a diagnosis!  It may or may not be that, but it sure validated my thoughts along the way as well as the reason I joined here. The 3 little words written on that little piece of paper read "chronic flank pain"... It is amazing what 3 little words can do to flush away some of th efrustration and emotional exhaustion!
If you read my post about making lemonade last week, I think that seeing this today is like making a big ole cup of it, and while there are still lemons, I know I squeezed quite a few of them!

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 8/4/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, N8,
First, I apologize for not following your threads more closely. I think I've posted occasionally, but I can't even remember these days!

I'm so glad a diagnosis helped you but remember that your insurance company wouldn't pay for anything without one. So you may even be able to call them and get it, although your doctor certainly should be talking to you about it. There are so many different possibilities for a diagnosis, too. I've lost count of all the ones I've had in recent years! So start your list!

Anyway, I'm so glad you got some answers!


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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1158
   Posted 8/4/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I FULLY understand!!!  I went for years with Flank Pain then finally things started to fall into place.  Which led to all my dx's.
It does give you a feeling of release to see those words.......
Best wishes
Kidney Diseases and Disorders
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9664
   Posted 8/4/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you finally got your DX and sure hope
you made a copy of that so you could frame it...
I don't know why your Doctor would never tell you...
Lots and lots of soft hugz...

p.s is that a letter eight or a "B", I used an eight, so hope I got it right....
sorry if I didn't though...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines


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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3193
   Posted 8/5/2009 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   

I just wanted to say that I completely understand how you feel about actually "seeing" your health issues have a "name" (getting a diagnosis)....

When I was hospitalized last year, and was discharged - my papers had a list of all 15 or so of my diagnoses. It was validation that YES, something IS wrong w/ me and I'm not losing it smilewinkgrin
Of course, I'd love to not have a "list" of problems wrong with me.... But, if I have to - it helps knowing what those things are... does that any sense? Maybe I AM losing it...heehee

Anyway, I'm glad you got your diagnosis...... and I like your "lemon/lemonade" analogies :)


(It IS N8, right? And, I'm assuming that is "shorthand" for Nate -- is that right? I have a son named Nathan....and we call him "Nate")...
Pain Issues: Neck/back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands, arms, feet; I also have POTS/dysautonomia; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Addison's Disease; Central Sleep Apnea; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin (480mg daily); MSIR (15mg/6x day); Soma (3x day); Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan; Effexor and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation

Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 2787
   Posted 8/5/2009 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   



I remember going in to therapy telling mary all about how one of my medicines said "for Insomnia" and how obviously my doctor was off his rocker. When she asked why? I said

"Because I dont stay up and play basball or whatever and run amok the streets at night."

"Why do you think that is insomnia?"

".. thats what the people on tv do...."

" And what do you do?"

" I donno, I just wake, I don't know why. And go right back to sleep. Im in a *BED* though."

" And because your awake, in your bed, you do not think you have insomnia?"

....................... smhair smhair smhair  

"Fine. Make sense."

"Is there anything else you wanted to talk about?"


"Okay, lets move on."




TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 84
   Posted 8/5/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all! Just wanted to thank you all for your kind words :) I do feel a little relieved to have something in writing now. I meet the chiropractor that my PM Dr. specifically wrote the script for tomorrow morning. They are outside my insurances network, so I don't know if I will be sticking with them or not. I feel that the additional mg's of Lyrica are starting to make a difference, changing my "normal" days from a constant burn/ache to a dull burn/ache...

And to those of you who asked, I started adding the signature N8 (that is an eight) after a chat with Gretchen1 and I believe either FJ or WB said that is how their son signs 'Nate' too. If I had know when I signed up that I would feel so comfortable with such a great group of people so quickly I would have just used my name :)

I hope you are all having a dull ache day!

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