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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I'm just checking in. The past couple of weeks have been horrible! If I could have jumped out of my body and given it to a pack of wolves I would have done it in a heart beat. My arm continues to act like a big charlie-horse most of the time and the color stays the color of a fine red dinner wine. I only wish it gave me the same effect. The days continue to run one into the other as sleep is hard to come by. My right hip seems to have chronic burcitis so it is impossible to lay on it. I obviously can't lay on the left side so my back is the only place that I can lay. After the trillion (at least it seems like I've had this many) number of surgeries I've had you'd think that I'd be O.K. with laying on my back. My left scapula is just so tender. (It was just scoped right before my surgery) and there are a couple of trigger points there that I'm sure could sing opera. My pain, on a scale on 1 to 10 was about a 17 one Sunday. I was laying on the floor crying and my husband was rubbing a cool cloth on my shoulder. He gave me two Percocet and 2 Baclofen and we changed the Durogesic patch to see if that was the problem. It was time for all of that to take place anyway so never fear.....I wasn't taking too much. If things didn't change in about an hour I was heading for our local hospital and begging for help. Thank God things straightened out.  I went to see my internest today because the top of my shoulder and left side of my neck was swollen as well as was my left scapula and the back across. I had a bunch of lab work wbc is 3.1 as usual; sed rate is 38 but I feel like it is at least 138. Those were the biggies that I was interested in. I don't  have the sheet with me. I feel so sick and I can't put my finger on what it is. I would love to just curl up in a blanket and just watch HGTV and just tell the world to leave me alone. Any of  you feel like that today? Come on over and we'll just watch it together. I just made a killer pitcher of iced tea and maybe we could get some rest.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, bilaterial knee replacements, total left shoulder replacement, years of chronic headaches and chronic pain, asthma.
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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I love HGTV and Iced Tea, may I come over? I just wrote a thread saying in it that it seems to have been a really awful week for a lot of us. I'm thinking of you and hoping you feel at least some better, soon.
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DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Nurse, I am so sorry you are feeling so ill and in so much pain. It sounds like a lot of people have had bad weeks, and it's a shame you're in that group. I will say a wee prayer for you for a reduction in your pain, so you can get some much needed rest. I'm coming off of some excellent sleep after 3 weeks of 3 hours per night or less, and wow, does it ever make a difference in coping!

Gentle hugs and I hope you have the coziest blanket ever wrapped around you. Hugs to your hubby as well...he sounds like a real treasure!

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   Posted 3/31/2010 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Nurse2! Well it sounds like you have been hammered hard with Pain. I really do feel for you, and hope things will get better soon for you. It is so easy to say hang in there, but I do truly mean it, as I understand what severe pain is now, since I had my surgery. Every time the nurse would ask me to rate my pain in the Hospital, I would tell them a 20. It would make her mad and she would ask me the same question, and I would repeat it. Today I laugh about it, but at the time it was not funny to me.

Pain can be horrible, and when it brings tears to your eyes, it is bad. Lets hope you get better. Please keep us updated, so that we can keep lifting you up in a positive light.

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   Posted 3/31/2010 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am so sorry your pain is so awful. You have such a wonderful are a very lucky woman! I'll come for that tea if you still have some. I'm not much for the TV but I'll watch if others are, just for the company.

Warm hugs!
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   Posted 3/31/2010 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Aw Nurse 2, I was hoping with the new PM dr on board things would start turning around for you. You are way past due in that department. But, you know if it is nerve pain going on too, narcotics just don't touch that pain no matter what it is. Gosh, I feel so bad for you because I know what a tough time you are having. What does your drs all think of this mess anyway??? I sure hope somehow thing start to turn around for you. Big gentle hugs coming your way.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nurse2:

I am so sorry you continue to have such horrible pain. I can relate very well to the issues you are facing. It is torturous to not be able to find even one position that is comfortable enough to get some sleep in.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


White Beard
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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   

You have had such a difficult time of it, I can relate to the charley horses, the last few weeks I have been getting them everywhere! They do hurt so bad! I am glad you have your husband there to help you through those difficult times! That can make a big difference right there! When your muscles knot up in a tight ball there is just no way to describe how that feels! You will do just about anything to have them go away! I do wish that the Doctors would get a handle on your pain and spasms, Hang in there nurse2 we are all here for you, I do keep you in my prayers!

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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey nurse2 I'm sorry your having such difficulty with your arm , hip and shoulder , it sounds like you are blessed with a kind and loving husband to help you and god bless him .Please keep the faith we are all praying for you and willcontinue to send good thoughts and vibes your way .your in our thoughts ! your friend Mikel
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