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Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Chronic Pain Friends!
      Well it is a beautiful Tuesday morning! I hope everyone had a chance to relax as much as possible. I for one am already wishing for another 3 day vacation. Unfortunately it is the start of another work week. There are tasks to complete, jobs to do and appointments that need to be kept.
      Often times we are so busy supporting others that we forget to update about ourselves. So, before we get too wrapped up in starting out the week... Please, stop by and let us know how you are doing. Give us an update. We want to know how you are doing.
What are your major plans for the week?
How are you feeling? What has your pain scale been over the weekend?

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

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been struggling emotionally for the last few weeks and have had some increased pain - that vicious circle. I have a physio appointment Friday, and then next week, I'm having a hip injection done to see how my hip reacts. Other than that, nothing new going on with me. I'm still waiting to get an appointment to see the surgeon...I think I'm going into my 3rd month of waiting. Hopefully soon though...I have to remain positive.

Other than that, life is good. My dear hubby Ray continues to treat me like a Princess. He's working long hours now welding so we don't get to see much of each other (he goes to bed at 9pm, wakes up at 4:30am). It was nice to have the long weekend, and yesterday was great...we slept in, we had time to chat with each other...and so on.

Everyone else is fine...my son and daughter are both doing well, as are their respective partners. Grandson is just a barrel of monkeys and an absolute delight to hang out with. We play with his trains a lot, which is an easy thing for me to do with him - he's 4, and LOVES his trains!

Hope everyone has a good week, as pain free as possible.

DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 9/7/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi CP Fam!!!
Well, last week was not the best, but not the worst. My exhaustion was really bad. My pain well...I am struggling in that the oxy 20 mg is not strong enough, so I need to call my doctor and get that fixed, but we are really having financial issues, so I have to wait until I get paid to even call cause I can't pick up the script till then. So of course the stress of the financial situation is making me hurt worse. Usually during the day while I am at work, I can pretty much deal with the pain. When I get home and the oxy round 1 is wearing off.....that is a whole different story. But hey, its a new week right

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   Posted 9/7/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all !!! Going on Friday , hopefully to get my staples out !
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Dealing with healing now !!!

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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 197
   Posted 9/7/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my MRI with contrast this morning. I think those tiny MRI machines are really torture devices in disguise! The last one had a mirror on the mask they snapped over my face which made it feel not so claustrophobic, but this one didn't, so I felt very trapped. I think they did a better job than they did with the first MRI . I got a CD with the images and these are so much clearer. Obviously I can't tell if there is anything significant on them, but I'm hoping they give a reason for all my pain and numbness and that there is something they can do about it. Otherwise, I think I am finished trying to get anything done and will just ask that they provide a way to manage the worst of my pain.

Post Edited (caligirl2001) : 9/8/2010 11:19:13 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Been very busy with work (for example, today I worked from 7:30 am to 9 pm -- was supposed to get off at 1 pm, but we had several major emergencies this afternoon/evening & I was asked to stay) & veterinary school applications lately, so I haven't been posting much. I try to at least read everyone's posts, but honestly, I've been so tired lately, that my eye's haven't been able to make it through more than a couple threads a day. I'm making some progress on my applications, but honestly, I need to pick up the pace. They are due Oct 1st, and I still have about two-thirds to half the supplemental applications left to do.

On a positive note, my pain has been pretty "good" lately. I really love my stimulator. I will have had it for 2 months come Thursday, and my pain is now down by up to 60% much of the time. It's so much easier to get through each day when the majority of it is spent at a 3/4 instead of an 7/8+. My pain still does get bad at times -- the stim doesn't always help, but 80-90% of the time it makes a huge difference.

My psychiatrist has also recently started me on anxiety meds & they are helping too. Not with the pain, but with the depression & anxiety that comes with chronic illness. He said that they are "long overdue," and I tend to agree. I'm sleeping a little better with them too. Between the stim & my meds, I'm now getting consistently 5-6 hrs of sleep/night, although I am still having trouble waking up.

Well, just wanted to pop in & let everyone know that I haven't forgotten about you! I pray for you all everyday. Hopefully once things settle down in a few weeks, I'll be able to spend more time on HW. As for now, it's off to recharge my stimulator for an hour or two while I go collapse, then off to bed. I've got to be at work early tomorrow AM & I have to get up every couple hours tonight to feed an injured baby squirrel that I just took in. Busy, busy, busy!

hugs to all,

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/8/2010 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Paula - I couldn't have said it better myself! I'm trying to be positive, too; and I also love reading everyone's updates here. I hate to hear people struggling, but glad that everyone shares so openly. We've got a good bunch here, and I feel blessed to be a part of things...

Same old stuff here... babies are growing and moving like little monsters in me; I've got a 6 year old cuddled up to me, with a stomach bug; and I've been fighting some wicked migraines. All in all, a pretty typical day/week :)

Take care everyone... I wish you all well. ---Tina

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 9/8/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
This is the first time I've posted here. I hope no one minds if I add my 2 cents worth. Life is been a constant rollercoaster. It's awful to say that by reading others peoples posts it somehow brings a little comfort that I'm not alone in dealing with a constant battle of pain and pain killers. I need to see my doc about increasing my pain meds even though I already take enough to put most elephants into orbit. I am sorry I had to smile about caligirl's discription of the mri because where I had it done serveral times they didn't give you much more than head phones and I was thinkng how awful it must be for people who can't stand tight spaces. I couldn't get the image out of my head of being a geril in a toilet paper roll and wondered why they liked it. Funny the things that go through your mind when you having tests. Thanks for listening..Hope everyone has a great week. Take care

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Seems like most everyone is trying to keep positive w/ all their problems and pain, thats so great!!! Positive is GOOD!!! I also try to keep my thoughts good> Screw the pain!!! I went fishin yesterday for the first time in well over a month! It was so nice to get out on the water in the "Nature Coast"!!! It was still really hot out there and the fishin wasn't very good> lots of small ones. Thats OK though, I don't mind catching little ones> at least I was catching and didn't have to clean fish when I got back!! No fresh fish for supper tho dadgummit!! It seemed like every spot I went to there were dolphins scaring the fish away! It was like some sort of conspiricy!!! I don't know how they kept finding me as I had travelled at least 40 miles looking for fish and enjoying the fisherman's air conditioning or putting up the bimmini roof and running around at 30+ mph boncing over the waves splashing seaspay in my face!!!!! It feels so good when your soaked w/ sweat!!
So anyway, my hands hardly work this a.m. from all the abuse and casting and my body is a wreck but it was well worth it!!! I have tons of stuff to do around here and maybe I'll pick something easy if I can find an easy job??? But I must get moving, it's almost 8:30am and it ain't getting any cooler outside!!
Love All Y'all!!!
Big giant hugs comin acha!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 1097
   Posted 9/8/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I broke down, and booked myself a massage for this morning. I re-read my earlier post and it just sort of hit me...a massage would feel soooo good! So, that is my plan for the morning. When I get home, I'll have a nap, and then get to work on making tile coaster sets (I make and sell these to friends and family) I've got orders in already, so maybe it's a good thing I'm not working right now!

DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily
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