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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/10/2011 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Chronic Pain Family!
     It is a beautiful Monday morning! Though I would love to do nothing more than to lay on my heating pad and read a good novel.... 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.
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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Retired Mom
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   Posted 1/10/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
For the last week or so, pain has been much better from my back. The last RFA had finally done it's job (it took over three weeks this time with seriously increased pain). Now, however, my back is so much better that I can't even begin to tell you.

I also bought a new car this Friday. I woke up late, dropped my daughter of at school late (extremely unusual) and just decided to go looking. I found the one that made my back feel good with heated seats and automatic lumbar supports and I bought it. It's been a long time since I bought a new vehicle and I felt really good doing something that makes me feel good.

Then....(adults only please), my husband came home from his hunting trip at the lake....I did go by and show him the car but this was actually home. We were going to spend some adult time together when I noticed something was wrong. Upon closer inspection, my bladder tack that had failed.....has broken through the wall of the adjoining tissues. It's pretty easy to feel....teather, mesh, and all. I called the Dr, who saw it as no big deal (of course) and said to just make an appointment sometime this week to see him. Helloooooo.....something's bad wrong here!!!! Of course he's not going to admit it. He did the surgery and I told him exactly when the teather broke and that the bladder leakage was much worse than before. We were going to do another surgery just before Christmas, but I was afraid to because of the Holidays and my pain levels being so high. My psych did not want me to do any more surgeries until my body had healed some, althought I did do the RFA and I did suffer pretty bad with that one. (Please note that not everyone has difficulties with RFA's....that's just my luck, I gues). Anyway, it looks like surgery will be sooner than later and it will be time to pay the other $3000.00 out of pocket for my portion in addition to the dr co-pays and the other things. I just pray it goes well and they fix this thing this time. I'm sick of the problem and now I'm scared of what is going on inside. I'm going to try to get in today, but the roads are all icy and school has been cancelled even here in the south. Please pray this goes well. It may seem small to everyone else, but body parts have a place and should remain where they belong.
Failed fusion L5-S1, Pituatary damage, HGH Def, Fibro, Bladder surgery failure, Nissen Failure, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CTS (Bilateral Surgery completed), CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Vit D, A, Magnesium deficiency, Pre-glaucomic (sp?), HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia, Edema, too many Drug/Food allergies, sensitivites, and current meds to list.

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/10/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
It was a bad weekend. My pain levels have been consistantly pretty high, and unfortunately after counting my pills I found I don't have any spares. Silly me I'd forgotten to take my TENs unit so I didn't have that as an option while I was gone for the weekend. Woulda been nice for those sudden spikes in my elbow and the cramps in my fingers. At least I was well taken care of; between my boyfriend and his cat who was determined to lay /on/ my arm.

One week and counting till my mental test for the SCS unit, and the day after I see my pain doctor as well to potentially discuss my results from the test, hopefully set a date for the trail unit, and talk about my medication and what we can do to make it more effective so we can restore some of my quality of life.
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled and on Percoset for pain.
Hoping 2011 will see my spinal cord stimulator unit finally implanted.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 1/10/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Ouch! I hope you can get it fixed quickly.
Glad you found a good car. What kind is it? I'd love a car with good lumbar support and heated seats.
We got 6 inches in our area. Very few cars on the road. Take it easy.
I had to travel to middle Ga this past weekend.
Four hours drive as a backseat passager. smhair  
Three hours sitting on a narrow church pew for a very loud benefit sing for a sick cousin. smhair
Lumpy hotel bed with limited sleep. skull   Allergic reaction to the motel sheets.
Two hours back on the church pew. smhair
Then four hour drive back home in the back seat. smhair
I could barely get out of the car last night when we got home. nono
Today every joint in my body is hurting. mad
Thank goodness I don't have to go into work today.

Post Edited (couchtater) : 1/10/2011 8:42:20 AM (GMT-7)

Joan M
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   Posted 1/10/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
hi have a lot of hope but am very busy, as usual. trying to cook, post here, made up bed, watered plants, checked out poetry sites, etc. etc.

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9664
   Posted 1/10/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Had a hard time sleeping last night, some of it due to coughing, then my alarm didn't go off this morning
and I was almost late for my eye doctor's appointment and I need new eye plugs which they had to order
and I will get them next week and a new script for reading up close, and to use a steroid eye drop.
I'm just exhausted and sadden still about Privey, will carry her in my heart for a long time...

Healing Hugz to all, and (Screaming Eagle) Michael, I hope you and your family are doing okay.
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 1/10/2011 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   


     Chartreux, tell this old fellow what an eye plug is! I dont have a clue! smilewinkgrin

         My wife and I are doing fine, and Privey's funeral was more of a celebration of her life. We had a lot of laughs with many of her friends. I will write up a small piece here in a couple of days as I gather my thought of this woman.

       I hate to hear you coughing again, and it always worries me, so keep an eye on it please!

            retiredmom, I'm so happy that you got a new car. It is nice to have something new! Sorry to hear of your bladder problems again though, and I know you have really struggled with for quite some time. Lets hope they can get this fixed and put to rest.


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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 197
   Posted 1/10/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My back pain has finally settled itself back down to a more manageable level, which is very kind of it. I can sit again, and am not hobbling around by the end of the day looking 3 times my age. However, my ex husband is causing me stress so my migraines are acting up and breaking through my topamax. I can usually shrug off a lot of what he says, especially when he is just calling me names and things because I am so used to it, but when he starts in on our son, it makes me see red and that is where I can't seem to get my stress under control and my migraines break through. One would think after 11 years, he would have found a new hobby, especially since he is that one that left, but apparently not. I am still his favorite target, even after all these years.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

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   Posted 1/10/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sitting at home today on the couch with a blanket while it snows and snows and snows outside. I think we are to get 8 inches. That isn't so bad, but the cold front headed our way is supposed to drop wind chills to -18. Yikes!!!

I had a rough night Saturday night and I guess I just needed some more rest, so I called in sick today. I hate doing that, but my knees were screaming at me and I just didn't feel well. I took some Tramadol and hit the couch w/lots of blankets and slept for three hours straight. I feel much better. Left knee is down to a yell and right knee is pretty good. I think the snow moving in triggered an arthritis and fibro flare.

So happy to have doctors who work with me and help me with medication. Without my Tramadol, Soma, Lexapro and prednisone, I don't think I would be able to function.

Hope everyone has a good week and that everyone's pain level goes down, down, down.

Thanks to everyone here for being so sharing and supportive.

Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Asthma, High BP, DDD, Bulging Discs in Cervical & Lumbar Spine, GERD, Prediabetic
Prednisone, Lexapro, Cardizem, Lisinopril, Advair, Lipitor, Vit D, Joint Supplements, Soma, Tramadol, Fish Oil Supplements
I take one day at a time, and try to save my energy for the joy in life.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 1/10/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
eye plugs are little stopper placed in the tear ducts. They help keep the tears in your eyes if you're prone to dry eyes. I have one in my eye, too. The other one kept falling out so they never replaced it.

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   Posted 1/10/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
"Place's to go, people to see and things to do" "All dressed up and no where to go" "Success is my only option, Failure is not" Sure I hurt today and can't do much since my foot surgery and susposed to be staying off of it as much as possible, I've been doing pretty good at that but in turn laying around doing nothing is making my Neuropathy hurts even worse. "darned if you do and darned if you don't" smurf You know, so in the switch from OC to OP really has not done much of anything for me except make me itch like crazy and break out with a rash too, and not to mention it does not work as well for my Neuropathy pain and if anyone knows what would help in place of the 80mg OC now OP's for pain, please let me know I would appreciate it very much. My pain scale over the weekend has been about a 7-8 but I'm still alive and breathing. "Death is easy cuz Life's so hard"
Have a great week everyone. turn

Post Edited (HatePills&HatePain) : 1/10/2011 3:21:59 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/10/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I felt very good this morning when I visited the pain doc. I hadn't even taken any pills. Ooooooops! By the time I was halfway home (trip is an hour each way) I had to stop and take tramadol and a couple of Advil. Of course that upset my stomach even though I had eaten an egg panini.

Pain doc injected shoulder (bursitis and tendonitis). He said see an orthopedist, but a different one than the one who said I don't have the b&t. He said a rheumatologist won't do anything more than he could do (the inj). I've been trying to get in to see a rheumatologist, but the new one's staff didn't even call back all last week. "Oh yes, they got the reports from the other docs," when I called about that today.

Tomorrow I'll call the ortho I had for the knee. I understand he does shoulders too. It's been hurting for a year or so, but now I can't get a cup of tea out of the microwave. PT isn't helping at all. I'm taking 4 tramadol a day where I used to need only 3, plus now taking max doses of Advil and arthritis strength Tylenol.

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   Posted 1/10/2011 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey All , My pain levels have been ok , its my psycological health I'm having trouble with , big news right ? Nothing happens fast enough and I feel so unfullfilled , I start volounteering at the animal shelter soon , maybe that will help . I feel so much better than I did before physically , and like such a ****personally , I'm sorry I'm whining so much , I've gotts shake myself out of this , thanks for listening , I do appreciate it a lot . Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Saw the surgeon and I'm really healing great ! Been in physical therapy for almost 2 months now and I can walk pretty well , only going up and down stairs is still a little tough so one step at a time , but that's because of my knee not my hip , but I can walk again , no cane , just me !!

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   Posted 1/10/2011 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I haven't been posting much lately, but have been reading posts and praying for folks on a regular basis. There has been so much going on in my world for the last month and a lot of it stressful, so I just haven't had the energy to post much.

My mom's husband was diagnosed with Lung cancer and passing away within weeks of the diagnosis. Next, my father in law was hospitalized for heart surgery, suffered a stroke while in the hospital and was also diagnosed with an infection in his heart - he's finally home and starting to recover, and finally my adult daughter has been dealing with legal issues regarding custody and visitation for her son and his dad and his other grandparents. It's all been hugely stressful, and in the midst of all this, I am trying to get my home crafting business running as well as my husband's crafting company.

Nothing has changed for me pain wise - I'm still waiting for an appointment to see the Orthopedic Surgeon regarding my hip and now I've also buggered up my right knee somehow...it "catches" on the left side when I'm going up the stairs (predominantly, although I notice the pain going downstairs and walking sometimes as well) - it feels like the knee is giving in on me. I'm also waiting for an appointment for nerve conduction tests for my carpal tunnel syndrome, so I can get that surgery out of the way as well.

The only fantastic thing in all of this is that my hubby and I are going on a West Caribbean cruise, leaving from Miami on March 27th....we'll be celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary in Belize!!!

Anyways, I continue to pray for people here in these forums, and hopefully there will be more time to participate in the near future.

DX: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Type 2 Diabetes, Reynauds, Visual Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Hard Start for IV's, Unable to vomit due to surgery.

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

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   Posted 1/10/2011 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Went to visit my neurosurgeon on Friday. Can you believe that I'm six months out from my stimulator implant?! He was thrilled with my progress & told me that I am his "poster child" for using the stim system for rare, intractable facial pain conditions. My Medtronics rep then checked all the leads & the battery, and everything is running fine. Driving home was a nightmare, though. The dr's office is an hour and a half from my house, but we got hit with a nasty snow storm (that wasn't supposed to start until Friday evening) that picked up right as we were leaving & it took us almost 5 hrs to get home!! We ended up getting a foot & a half of snow. It's been a snowy winter so far, as we got over a foot just after Christmas, a foot and a half Friday, and we are supposed to get at least a foot, if not more, on Weds.

Some more good news, I saw my ophthalmologist today & the combination of being out of school/using my eyes less, and being in less pain thanks to my stimulator, has allowed my eyes to stabilize. My convergence has gotten a little worse, but we aren't going to do anything about it for now, because that lead to other problems. We expect things to start worsening again when I go to vet school in the fall & start using my eyes more heavily, but for now I actually had a positive visit!

I just wish I could say that I felt good. I seem to have come down with the nasty bug that has been going around the family for the last few weeks. Had to call in sick to work today & might have to call in tomorrow too. Being sick certainly hasn't helped my pain any.


Post Edited (skeye) : 1/10/2011 6:23:13 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/10/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone!

I just joined, but I'll stop in here anyhow!

Honestly, I've been sorta crumby over this weekend. Felt pretty good this morning...until I stood up and felt like I got hit by a sack of bricks! lol!

I still ended up going out as I had some things to do, but I had to have people ship me around...which I am not used to yet! I always feel like we're on the verge of crashing into something!
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