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   Posted 2/8/2011 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have been diagnosed with chronic pain, along with Lyme disease and fibromylagia.
Pain (as well as fatigue) keep me in this chair or my bed therefore I am
hoping u don't mind if i stop in now and then.  I am searching for ways to well basically get my life back.
I feel silly belonging to three different medical diagnoses (sp?) but I didn't make them (the diagnoses.)  
Hope u don't mind if I read your stories, and occasonaly open mi mouth.  I can just taste life before I got sick and i want to go back so bad and knowlege is power and might lead me back  : )

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   Posted 2/8/2011 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Lisa, we would love to have you here! Please don't feel silly. Most of us have multiple diagnoses. This is a really great group of people who rally around when you need them. The board has ups and downs, but we always come to the need of whoever asks. Please tell us more about yourself when you feel comfortable. I'm sure there is someone here who can help answer questions, give feedback, or simply give support when you need it.

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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   Posted 2/9/2011 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa and welcome! Like retiredmom said...please don't feel silly and we would love to have you join us! I do not know where I would be without the wonderful friends I have made here! I, also, have posted on some of the other groups here on HW....and I do not mean to knock any of them... I just felt most comfortable here! I am sure it is just different personalities...which is what makes the world go around....but, I find that I fit in best with this group! We have it ALL here....anything that causes pain! Look forward to talking to you more! Take care of you!

Rheumatoid Arthritis, 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

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

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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa, I too would like to welcome you to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. By all means, do not feel like an idiot because you have different medical things going on. Sometimes, some of us just get lucky to have that happen to us, lol. If I really wanted to now that I think about it, there are a good 6-7 other forums I could be active on here at HW, but, if I did that I would never be leaving this computer and I can't have that. Sitting here long enough to participate in the CP forum is about all I am good for. Some days I can't do that but that's why there are several mods on here to help out.

I do hope you have or will visit the other forums here when you feel up to it. They will be very beneficial to you in helping you learn about all of your conditions. And like you said in your post, knowledge is powerful. We all need to educate ourselves about our conditions so we can understand things better. Most of us here feel we have learned more from these forums than any dr could possibly tell us. They are too busy to sit down with their patients and really give them the information and input that we so badly need. Granted no one here is a dr but sharing experiences and things like that go a very long way.

Good for you, realizing that yes, you can still have a life. It may be different from your other life, but it is still possible to have a life with illnesses. Having medical issues is not a good enough reason to give up on life, we just sometimes have to go about things a different way and thats ok too. Hang in there and trust in yourself that you will make it through.

I do hope that you have a good group of medical drs taking care of you. Take care and keep us posted on how you are coming along.
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Becoming undone
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   Posted 2/9/2011 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Lisa...I haven't posted here in awhile either...and yeah, I have quite a few issues myself (but mostly hang out in the Crohn's section)...

But I totally related to your comment
lisa said...
I can just taste life before I got sick and i want to go back so bad and knowlege is power and might lead me back : )

Mostly that I miss having a life...this in between kinda life really blows...I spend a lot of days on the couch or in bed(or in the loo)

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   Posted 2/9/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Lisa! I too wanted to welcome you to the CP forum. I am so sorry you feel like this, but please post anything that is getting you down or even when you are in a good mood as well! We don't judge here on HW and will help you through whatever you are dealing with. This forum is the only one I go to because of the people here. There are warm, caring individuals here that will help you through both the good and the bad. :-)

I live to "Tame My Pain!" 

spinal soldier
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   Posted 2/9/2011 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hello Lisa, God bless you and join the club. i can tell you that the link a member put up leading to the; INTRACTABLE PAIN PATIENT'S GUIDEBOOK FOR SURVIVAL is the most comprehensive how-to for pain i have seen. if you can get to it read the whole thing and it will be your life story.

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   Posted 2/9/2011 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome and your advise will be appreciated. your still you and not your dx's.
no matter how many you might have. Sometimes cuddling up with my heating
pad and having a small glass of tart cherry juice sometimes help more than
any pain medicine. Hope you can get a low pain day.
healing hugz and well wishes
* 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"...


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   Posted 2/10/2011 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
If it helps any, I feel like an idiot at least a couple of times a day. Fav quote: Being an American means never having to admit your an idiot.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 2/10/2011 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa, I am glad you decided to pop over here and visit with us! I too post on a couple of different areas here on Healing Well. I guess it's a matter of which condition is bothering us the most at that time. Anyway, I hope to keep seeing you around here, it's great to have ya! Take care.
Gentle Hugs,

Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraines, Possible Graves Disease, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety

Oxycontin, Percocet, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Promethazine as needed for nausea, Ventolin inhaler and Vitamin D3
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