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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/12/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone, I am new here and just to stop by and say hello. I suffer from Ra and other medical problems. I look forward to being on this forum Take care all. I live in California with my black lab, Kodak.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 12/12/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, welcome, tell me about your conditions...and about you and your dog Kodak...

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   


Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9664
   Posted 12/12/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, nice to meet you, there are a whole lot of nice people here that will be coming along to welcome you...
but sure wish it was under better circumstances other than chronic grandmother had RA so it can be very hard
and you have my empathies on that...
I have 3 cats...(allergic to dogs, if I could have a dog it'd be a German spitz, white)
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


White Beard
Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3702
   Posted 12/12/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum! Sorry your having pain, but I am glad you found us! I think you will find that we have some of the most caring and compassionate people that you will find anywhere on the internet! We can't fix you and make your pain go away, but we can give you our ears and listen to you and support you, and if nothing else let you know you are not alone, with your pain! Misery usually always likes company and you will find plenty of company here! I do hope you stick around and become part of our family!

Again I Welcome You!

White Beard

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 453
   Posted 12/12/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Happy Dog this is a wonderful and very active site. You can ask nearly anything you want without it causing problems and the answers are truthful and awesome. We look forward to know you better. Cathy

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/12/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome. I have what they call polly-arthrightus as well as being visually impaired with a hearing loss. I wear two hearing aids. My black lab Kodak is a guide dog. I have been living in the same condo since 1971. I am a widow of two and an half years. I had never lived alone before but I am doing real well with it. I have good friends who help when I need it. I like to do as much for myself as I can. Theh pain is bad sometimes but I know it could be worse. It is cold and wet here in southern California whitch does not help things much as most of you probably already know. I love to read, listen to music, write short stories and poetry, and walk with Kodak. I also enjoy meetitng new friends. I have a scrreenreader on my computer and it talks to me. A wonderful thing. The holliddays are hard on me since my husband has been gone. He loved Christmas. Well, that it is for now. Take care all.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 12/12/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Happy Dog,
I'd like to add my welcome to the Chronic pain forum of Healing Well. You'll find a lot of support and a lot of animal lovers here, and a few of us (me being one of them) live alone so we have some idea of what goes along with that, especially for the holidays.

I also wanted to let you know that Healing Well has a lot of different forums, and you can use the Quick Jump menu at the top to easiy move between them. I say this because there's an RA forum you might also want to post to. You can post to more than one place, so don't worry about that.

Again, welcome!


Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 1713
   Posted 12/12/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Happy Dog
And welcome to the forum.  We love new members and we love their dogs too.  So Kodak, welcome.
I have fibromyalgia and the pain is awful some days, so I know how it can be.  We all share our pain, our joys and our ideas on here.  So feel free to post often and get to know us and let us get to know you.
There is a Koffee Klatch on this forum too that posts every day with a new topic.  Perhaps you would like to join us on there as well.  It is mostly fun topics and we usually post about things other than pain, but it sometimes creeps in there also.  lol.
So stick around and once again, welcome to the family.
Have a low pain day and God bless.
Co-Moderator Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Forums
Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3089
   Posted 12/13/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Happydog (love the name!!),

I too want to welcome you to the CP board at HW! As has been said, this is a wonderfully friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable group! Welcome.

I have severe chronic eye pain that originated with a severe eye injury three years ago. Things keep getting worse instead of better (decreasing vision, decreasing neuralgic & muscular control), but they still can't find the cause. We know bits & pieces of the puzzle, but not enough to put the pieces together. Like you I also use several text-to-speech devices, but my vision isn't as bad as yours.

Again, welcome to the group!


New Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/13/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Skey,
I am sorry to hear about your eye pain. I know about, as well. I have glacoma. It does not bother me just some of the time. I pray the docs will figure out what can help you. Take care and nice to meet you.
Happy Dog
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