Oh,yes. I'm older by 25 years. Worked for a pharmaceutical rat lab, where I learned to recognize drug reactions. Then I got married and worked as an ICU tech. I can spell medical stuff so I was always having to type up doctors' reports from their tape recorders. Then came 4 kids, now grown and gone. One son lives across a big field, so I see the 3 grandsons all the time. Taking them swimming most days is about the extent of my socializing. Too much pain to walk or sit in chairs. I've even had to hire out most of the mowing and snowplowing. My big diesel tractor bounces a bit much.
I've got fibro, Spinal arthritis, kyphosis, scoliosis, lordosis, degenerating disks, spondylosis, arthropathy, extraforaminal protrusions, annular tears, radiculopathy L5, S1, herniated disc L3-L4, cervical foraminal narrowing, heart attack 3 years ago, 2 stents, post-polio
syndrome, 3 slipping ribs, torn knee meniscus, had a Nissen fundoplication of stomach, surgery for 3 trigger fingers, breast cancer took up half of last year, had to stop the meds for side effects, macular drusen and cataracts.
I get spinal injections for sciatica, but I'm only taking tramadol for pain daily. Nothing else works, and I've tried just about everything. I've been trying to find something that allows me to sleep through the night, and regular tramadol just doesn't do it.
To get a night's sleep I can take benzodiazepines, but don't want to get hooked on them. Elavil works too, but doesn't last all night. I'll probably try dropping the dose of tramadol and try various muscle relaxants. My PCP works with me pretty well.