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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/27/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Chronic Pain Friends!
      It is a beautiful Monday morning! Last night was a cold one! I just didn't want to get out of my warm bed and get started on my day! Numb toes and cold noses aside, it is Monday. 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 Oct 2009
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 9/27/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a quick check in. Although my weekend has been pretty painful, it's not all bad news. Been trying to push myself harder. It's way to easy to fall into a pattern of doing nothing because of pain and as a result we just become weaker and even less motivated to do anything. I have a bad habit of doing nothing or going on a rampage of trying to do to much. Than I pay dearly for my efforts. I find it so hard to keep a good balance of things. There's no worse feeling than feeling useless. I guess it's better to be in pain from doing something than in pain from doing nothing. I'm hoping the rest of the week goes more smoothly.Thanks for reading my post and I hope all of you have a great week.

Randy (stingray)

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 9/27/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hey All !!! Well I'm continuing to heal pretty well , just dealing with some itching and thats only here and there . Its so great to be able just to walk to the corner store , I really appreciate little things like that now . I have to hit the Motor Vehicle Dept , to get the process of getting my liscense again , thats this week .Was gonna go today but , bingo , thunderstorms ! But I'll get it done , still with physical therapy another 4-6 weeks of it and I should be walking free ! Love you all !! Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Staples out , saw the surgeon he says I'm healing really well , I go back in 2 months . Until then its physical therapy galore !!

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 9/27/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Ahhh, Monday morning. The weekend was busy as normal but full of blessings. Monday comes cold and rainy with a goal of getting schoolwork and some wedding planning done. I find myself doing anything but the 2 things I planned on. Going from typing schoolwork to facebook, then off to wash a few dishes, a load of laundry, some crocheting of prayer shawls. The pain is at a high peak, but I refuse to do nothing and give in to it. So here I am with my 2 dogs warming my feet and trying to stay productive during a flare up. I wonder if the old stand-by of tea and toast will help me focus? My mother and grandmothers' swore by tea and toast coated with jam to fix pretty much everything.

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   Posted 9/27/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I've decided I'll wear a hazmat suit the next time one of my kids gets sick, lol. My son gave me his cold, or a version of it anyway. It always seems to head for my sinuses. Pain levels have been okay for the moment. My husband and I managed to escape for a movie this weekend before it hit me full force which was very nice since we don't get a date night very often, and he took care of the kids some yesterday and let me get some much needed rest. Still resting as much as I can today until it is time to pick the kids up from school, since kids don't stop for Mom's fever and sinus infection! Having a nasty heat wave out here, and for me to be hot is saying a lot. I can count on one hand the number of nights this year that I haven't needed my electric blanket! Just grateful that my pain levels seem to be giving me a break while I'm not feeling that well. Or maybe it is just that my head is so clogged up, I'm not noticing as much. Whatever the reason, I'm going to take it for the blessing it is. Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 9/27/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw the PT today. She did several range of movement things with me. She said I had funtional scoleosis and I looked like a S. She kept jokingly calling me "crooked lady".

She had me step up and down a little step to balance my stair climbing. I'm a little sore, but okay. I get to see her every Monday and Thursday.
I'm off the amrix and predisone thank goodness! They did me bad. :(

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 9/27/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife is having her tonsils out on Weds. 52 y/o and I don't think it's going to be a picnic! Other than that, everything is just normal> for now!
Love All Y'all!
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 Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3089
   Posted 9/27/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Been struggling with my depression lately, but other than that not much is new here. Pain is a little worse due to all the stress & depression issues -- that darn vicious cycle. Only good news is that most my vet school apps are due Oct 1st & I'm all done with them except for two (one more supplement, due Oct 25th, and Tufts application, due Nov 1st).

Saw the cutest puppies at work today -- 6 wk old golden retriever/siberian husky mix puppies. They were adorable. Made my day.


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Total Posts : 1670
   Posted 9/27/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
School holidays here, so I'm innundated with requests for movies, parks, swimming pools... my brother in law is coming to stay from Ireland for 3 weeks, so next week we will go away and show him a bit of the country.
Still deciding if I should change meds or not. Big decision for me, my rheumy wants me to.
Planting out some of my garden, its spring here so the right time for new plants. Body is hanging in there. The feet are the worst right now, followed closely by my shoulder, having a second shot in that later this week. Wish they could inject the feet, but seemingly the joints are too small.
The weather is gorgeous so its lifted my spirits, getting the pool guy over to see about bringing our pool out of its winter hibernation!
Life just seems to be going oh so fast this year, golitho

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 104
   Posted 9/27/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It's in the low 70's in Houston right now. I LOVE when we get a break from the heat and humidity. Unfortunately, my pain worsens when the weather changes. It's like the Trigeminal Nerve can FEEL the barometric pressure dropping/rising. I have the worse fair ups in the winter. My pain levels can fluctuate up to an 8 during cold snaps! But boy I do love the relief from the heat.

oh and Golitho -- yeah for Ireland! Erin Go Bragh!

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 9/28/2010 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been having a tough few weeks emotionally. The finality of filling out paperwork for my Canada Pension Plan Disability really struck me hard...I had always assumed I'd be back to work by this time.

So, I've been struggling with that, along with the growing realization that I am getting worse, not better. I can barely manage walking slowly through a large store anymore...it's getting to the point that a wheelchair would be easier. I just feel so old and useless right now, even though I know that's not really true.

I am just so, so tired of being in pain every day. Everything has to be planned now; there is nothing spontaneous anymore. I guess I'm just realizing how all-encompassing things have been, like there's nothing left of "me" that doesn't hurt.

I pray for this group daily, that everyone here could experience the miracle of pain free living.

Hugs to all,
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 2010
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   Posted 9/28/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to check in and say "hello and I am still alive", although it does not feel much like it! I hope you are all doing well and I miss everyone lots! I still have not had a complete flare! But I am hurting bad everywhere EXCEPT my hands! I have not gone back to the original rheumy because when he said that he could not "feel it", the only joints he even touched was my hands! I am going to ask my PCP for a referral to another rheumy, because, while I wait for my hands to hurt.....I am scared of what is happening in my back!! My back just gets worse and worse! Now the pain in my back is constant and never goes below about a 5 or 6. I also have a lot of pain in my knees, ankles, feet, neck and shoulders. I feel like my brain is just shutting down. All I do is sleep. Well I sleep 2 hours at a time because of the pain....but as soon as I get up, I am yawning and back in bed within an hour at the most! All night and all day!

Anyway...I will be okay.....and please just know that I care about you all very much and I think about you often! I just am not awake enough, or feeling well enough to do much posting lately! Sending healing thoughts out to all my special friends!! Take care everyone!
Spinal Stenosis L3/L4, L4/L5 & L5/S1 with Nerve Impingement, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, GERD, Severe Depression, VERY Large Cyst Right Ovary causing mild twisting, Small Cysts Left Ovary & 3 Large Cysts Uterus and Possible RA

Medications - MS-Contin, Cymbalta, Famotidine and currently Prednisone

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   Posted 9/28/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Checking in even though its now Tuesday! he he..  Over the weekend hubby went to a wedding on Sat.  I didn't go cause I was saving up my energy for Sunday's big event.  Sunday came and my pain level was tolerable....at least for me it was!  So the day began with a huge bow shoot in town and hubby and I have another couple that we have been going with.  I have a lot in common with them and they are more in our age group so we headed for the bow shoot.  Made it through the first round and scored a 101!!!  That's fantastic for me!!!  The pain increased a bit so I took my pain med and two muscle relaxers before deciding whether I wanted to go another round.  Pain went down....to a 6 and I was having so much fun that I went another round.

There are two rounds in these bow shoots so the second round was a little rougher for me.  My friend's knee was swelling and she was in a bit of pain as well, but the two of us struggled through the second round and I scored better the second time around! Scored a 130, so my score for the two rounds was a total of 231!!!  That is a really good shoot for me!!!!  After the shoot we had lunch, smoed turkey and pork...excellent!  They had a raffle and we didn't win anything, but I had a blast and that was the main thing!

Monday morning I had not slept very well the night before cause I was so sore butI knew that this was the price I would pay for having one day of fun and I battled through the day.  Tuesday.......pain isn't to bad....I am down from a 10 yesterday to an 8 today.  So weeks plans......not much I don't think anyway.  Right now I don't have any plans for the rest of the week.  Weather has been quite cool...down to the 70s and I am enjoying that emensly compared to what it has been.

Anyway, doing well all and I pray that each of you are having a low pain day as well.



Retired Mom
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   Posted 9/28/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Sorry I didn't get around to posting on this thread until Tuesday....but you know how Mondays can be.lol
Anyway, my hubby, my daughter, and I went to the lake this weekend (we have our camper permanently set up there now) and had a very nice weekend.  I picked up some new comfy chair cushions for the outside chairs and we finally found a sleeping pattern in the camper that works pretty well.  Despite the large bed I normally share with my hubby, I have found that the pressure from his arm or from him turning during the night was causing me to go home in tears either Friday night or Saturday morning early.  I decided to have him make up the third bed for me and I slept on that.....amazing what a few accomodations will do, isn't it?  I kept my heating pad handy and the air vents directed at me so that I wouldn't get overheated.  The heating pad is a wonder for my back, but I get hot and then sick if I don't keep the air low enough.  It's the first time in many, many months that I have been able to stay for the whole weekend without crying.
Then only negative mad was a B-day party my daughter went to (I stayed, of course, because I didn't know the people  eyes  ) and it was a nightmare.  We only made it for two of the four hours and I HAD TO GO!  My pain jumped from a 4-6 to a 10+++ and I had to take two of my normal meds just to get it back down within levels I could handle   cry  .  I generally undertake meds, rather than overtake them, but this was a very special circumstance.  There was NO and I mean absolutely NO seating with lumbar support  shocked  !  There were only a few seats inside where it was below 90 degrees and the people made me feel so uncomfortable.  When we left early, my daughter actually thanked me for leaving and then thanked me over and over for changing her school (she's in private now and these were the children from the public school she left).  I think it was the first time she saw the "real" difference between the manners, respect, and common courtesy that is mandatory at the Christian school she now attends and the behavior that she had been dealing with on a daily basis before the move.  It was a lesson well learned and worth the few hours of bad pain to appreciate what you have and the atmosphere you live in.
Overall I would say this weekend was a blessing for us all...a few rough patches, but good lessons learned, good family time, and a healthy respect for the others around us.  Now I can look forward to going back to the lake without worrying about having to leave in the middle of the night from pain.  This means a lot to me and to my family.  :-) :-) :-)
Retired Mom
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