I found the HealingWell forum today by chance when I was internet searching for some more information about inflammatory arthritis and hip pain causes. I'm impressed at the knowledge that everyone seems to have about the topics they are discussing -- but I guess that is all too commonplace with people who have conditions that they have to proactively & actively manage as team members with their doctors and caregivers.
I've had Fibro for more years than I care to count! Originally diagnosed in 1987, had some years with relative remission and some years with full flares since then. I'm in full flare right now and am on short-term disability for that and some new symptoms that haven't had a cause pinpointed yet. My left hip and sacrum are presenting with new pain, and as usual, nothing is ever textbook about my symptoms or diagnosis. I'm hoping that we can figure out what's happening pretty soon.
I became interested in the Chronic Pain section because I just began seeing a PM doctor almost a year ago. The osteo of spine (fx L3 & L5 in 1995) and Degenerative Disc Disease (herniated L5 - S1 -- oops, need to add that to profile!) finally reared their ugly head enough that my Rheumy didn't want to prescribe any stronger meds. I've taken Tylenol 3 on and off since the fall in 1995, and the pain suddenly woke up and wasn't happy with the current meds! Go figure!
Anyway, hello to all. Thank you for sharing your stories; knowing that others "out there" are experiencing the same thing makes things more bearable.
I live in Stonewall, Louisiana and am an Accountant by trade. I manage the Accounts Payable department at a local manufacturer and have been there for almost 17 years. I really like what I do, although Sarbanes Oxley laws have made the profession much more tedious. I've been off work now for one day shy of a month. I'd much rather be at work, even with all the stress, micro-management, and rules to follow! I'm one of "those" people who HIDES everything and goes through life with no one ever being able to detect that I'm in pain or don't feel well.
I'll stop at that -- I like to write and have to remind myself that sometimes people don't like to read! I look forward to interacting here.
Dx: Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Polyarthritis, DDD, Tachycardia, Interstitial Cystitis, Raynaud's
Rx: Savella, Mirapex, Oxaprozin, Amitriptyline, Tizanidine, Orphenadrine, Atenolol, Enablex, Nitrofurantoin, Hydroxyzine, Percocet 10
Laughter is the BEST Medicine!