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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 3/15/2011 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  everyone!
I am fairly new to the site. I have posted a couple times but never did introduce myself to the group!
My name is Rhonda and I suffer from chronic pain due to Mixed  Connective Tissue Disease.
The past few months have been very challenging, physically and I have been in constant pain.
I came across this website while searching for answers and I am so glad that I did.
The people here are wonderful and the information that I have been able to find has been very helpful!
It's nice to know that we are not alone in this daily struggle against chronic illness and pain!
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this forum!

Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5005
   Posted 3/15/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   


      Hello Rhonda!

          Welcome to the CP Forum! Yes, I think you will enjoy it here, as we have a good group of members.

            I wanted to invite you to read the Chronic Pain 101 listed at the top of the forum page. (Lot's of good information there)

                Again Welcome!

       SE wink

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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 663
   Posted 3/15/2011 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Rhonda, I thought I saw a couple of your posts and didn't realize you were new (I don't get on everyday sometimes). So sorry I didn't welcome you. I am glad you decided to start your own post so that everyone can meet ya!

I hope you keep coming back, this really is a great place. 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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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3193
   Posted 3/15/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda...

Glad you posted an introduction... and welcome to the group!
Look forward to getting to know you better.... :)  --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 3702
   Posted 3/15/2011 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda
It says on the side that you are a regular member?  where have you been hiding? wink  Have you been at the other forums here? smilewinkgrin   Well no matter where you have been, I am glad that you have finally came  to our Chronic Pain Forum! You have certaintly came to the right place, and it does sound like you had more than your share of pain from what I have read about your tyoe of  condition! Anyway you are among friends and family now!!!,   Even though we might not have your condition, we certainly do know what it is like to suffer from chronic pain and we  can definitely empathize with you on that!   Again I want to Welcome to you to our Chronic Pain Family Rhonda! 
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 3/15/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the welcoming posts! I have been here at HW for a little while. I have been in the Lupus forum mostly. I have dropped in a few times. It's so nice to have such wonderful people to share with! Thank you again for your kindness!!!

Connective Tissue Disease and Fibromyalgia.

Meds include; Mobic, Plaquenil, Tramadol, Prevacid, OTC Sleep Aid.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 9249
   Posted 3/16/2011 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda!

Sure glad you have joined the family! Feelings of loneliness sometimes hurt as much, if not more, than the chronic pain. Even with people you love around you there is just nothing like being able to talk, ask or complain to others who walk the same path as you. I find when I am at my lowest that reading posts is great for picking me up.

Moderator on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain forums
Daily Donnybrook: Fibromyalgia, Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Ulcerative Colitis, Rare form of Dermatitis, Collapsed Disk, Osteoarthritis (especially in right hand and neck) and a couple of other adjunct agitations.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain

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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 2265
   Posted 3/16/2011 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda Welcome to our chronic pain family. I'm glad you've found some things here that have helped you. There are some of the best supportive and loving people here. Take care.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 6706
   Posted 3/16/2011 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi and welcome as well Rhonda.

Like you I show up a regular member since I lurked here for a very long time with posting sporadically, I guess hiding out here counts. LOL

Glad you joined us here in CP but sorry it is even necessary,also glad you found something useful to take away and I am sure you will be putting useful things on the table for others to take away,how it works here and its great. So much insight so many experiences and combined years of this battle and its curses and cures.

Again welcome.

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