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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/28/2011 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Chronic Pain Family!
     It is another beautiful Monday morning! Depending on where you live it could be a snowy, windy, rainy or sunny today. We will have to be sure to tell "Phil the Ground Hog" just stay home next year....  Regardless of lying groundhogs! There are still 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. Even you old time veterans who are lurking.
How are you feeling? 
What was your pain scale over the weekend?
What are your major plans for the week?

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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   Posted 3/28/2011 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, besides my sleeping has gotten all turned around worse than it had been, I have on appointment on Friday to get my mammogram done. Not looking forward to that at all. It looks like that they could find some way of examining the breasts without squeezing the fire out of them. They say it doesn't do anything bad to them, but it makes me wonder. It hurts me sooo bad. That's the only thing i've got going on this week.

love and hugs
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

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2011 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am feeling some confusion this morning. Our family had a church event this Saturday that I provided the promotion and supplies for with church funds. Our cook is the hubby of my good friend and team member, and he wanted me to help cook. It was a spaghetti dinner. I sat for most of what I had to do, roll meatballs for hours on Friday and Saturday another 7 hours to prep and serve 140 people. I am exhausted. After the scolding for driving (on a good day) to purchase the supplies no one else had time to get and someone else taking over the dinner who only showed 15 minutes before start, I feel unappreciated and more than a little angry.

My fiance and I also decided together that I need to slow down and focus more on my health and work at home than on church events and Mary Kay. Most of you know how I like to be productive, so this means a major change in my daily routines and a lot more resting. These changes will come with more depression I think as I adjust and attempt to see myself as still of value with my new limitations. It wasn't my fiance's idea but he agrees that I need to focus on my health before I can help others.

My pain scale this week was sky high at 8 on Friday, 9 on Saturday, and 9 on Sunday. Sunday was my 3rd day on a fentanyl patch as well, so things were shaky. I went to church anyway, and had to teach some teenage girls about cellphone respect and decent behavior during a church service. These girls are there most Sundays and text during the sermon, go to the bathroom as a pack during the sermon, and take loud phone calls in the hallway. Their parents do nothing. I spoke with the parents and then the girls. Next, their Sunday school teacher is leading them in a class on proper behavior while listening to any speaker. I am all for them coming to church and learning. I love to see kids there. When they are so disruptive that a whole side of the church can't hear or pay attention, then something has to be said. This is not new and we had addressed it before as a church. I am friends with the pack leader's mother, so she and I will talk this week. Am I a big busy body or what?

Wednesday is counseling and Thursday is a psychiatry appointment with the doctor who thinks that daily talk therapy will cure me. I am just counting down time with him until the other doctor has an opening. This one doesn't listen. School work and crocheting for the rest of the time. My family cleaned very well so that I don't have to do much this week.

I hope you all had better weekends than I did!

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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a big let-down this weekend. I started the week with new pain meds that I thought would be "just the thing" for me. I was building up on the dose and on Monday got to what the script was going to leave me at. With the changes I had a great dose of HOPE that went with it. I felt great. I still had some breakthrough, not not enough to keep me from doing what I needed to. On Thursday I was supposed to call the PM nurse to say how things are going, and I forgot for a couple of reasons, but mostly because the pain was low enough that life stuff had my attention instead of the pain. Saturday I had some more breakthrough pain, enough to cause me to use all sorts of topical and still have to slow down with pain I could still feel enough to stop me from doing what I wanted to do.
On Sunday I had LOTS of pain despite taking the medications and all the topical and wrapping and cooling and heating and sitting with cushions and stuff. it felt like a betrayal of what the new meds were supposed to do for me. I know that this is a process, and it is a long months/years type process not a days/weeks type process, but the feelings persisted anyway. I stayed upbeat for my family and friends through the day, but when my husband woke up after sleeping off work at about 7pm I cracked and cried and got a speech on how I need to stay positive and it was a low dose and I need to call the PM office in the am to let them know about it. I know this stuff and he doesn't know how hard I pushed to keep it together all day because he was asleep all day.
I have seasonal affective disorder along with bipolar, so I typically become like a "bottle rocket" at this time of year and my moods become on the higher spectrum. It usually has happened already, and my pain levels decrease when it happens because i just don't notice it as much in the higher moods. (also depression hurts itself, so higher moods hurt less) Well it hasn't happened yet, and that's weird and I wonder if it is the increased pain or the increased pain meds that are doing it. Either way I am back to guessing what is going on instead of having some idea based on what previous years have been like. Also, I having minor mood fluctuations that make me More or less able to cope with stressors and pain tolerance. I am unable to predict what it will be like from day to day or even from hour to hour. I am unable to control it, and my friends and family are getting annoyed that I seem to seesaw back and forth on the same issues and they can't tell how I will be from day to day.
As the pain increases I am losing holds of the control of my bipolar issues. I want to hide from it all and escape the stress and (terror?) of constant instability.
I do not want to die, I want to hide or sleep until I'm more under control, but I am scared that I have been asking myself that question seriously and increasingly regularly and I don't know the answer until I have thought about it for a little while. I am near the end of what I can handle by myself and I don't know where to turn to give the reins to someone else. I go see my psychiatrist tomorrow, and I will tell her all of this (probibaly print it out for her to read) and see what she does.
So that's where I am, that's what it's been like this weekend.

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   Posted 3/28/2011 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I spent Sat, Sun on couch with headache, tried my entire arsenal of pills, sprays to no avail.
Tramadol is helping today.  I hope pill 2 kicks in soon! 
Grandson, 3-y-o, fell while running with building toy stick in mouth.  It tore a big gash in his soft palate.  I took him to local hospital, bleeding mostly stopped, transported to local Childrens'.  Several more hours there, Daddy helped, no treatment because only 2 ORs on weekends - Oh it might heal on its own, come in Monday for stitches.  I had to show 8 or 9 docs how to open kid's mouth after he bit through 3 tongue depressers.  (Just like putting a bit in horse's mouth - push cheek where no teeth)  CT to check arteries, wouldn't hold still even with Versed.  I said try TV - cartoons worked! (No wonder kids get dumb)  Called Mon - no appt set up, squeezed in late in day.  Stitches came loose on Tue.  Called, keep observing.  Called today - dead tissue, stitches gone.  More stitches Wed .. maybe.  No food again!  Poor kid.  No other facility will treat kids!  Can't get needed care on weekends!! mad
Need to get well enough to babysit or go with mommy to hospital Wed.  I think it's sinus infection, but ENT says can't see anything.  Only other thing I know of is cerebral spinal fluid - bad hit to head in wreck over a year ago and headache since then.  Back to pills and couch.

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   Posted 3/28/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm here....barely. ha ha

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 3/28/2011 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My pain level on the weekend was at a7 with the butran patch and vicadin. we made choc. chip cookies and I sat thru most of that. My pain level today is a 9. I had PT today and I hurt so much prior to PT that I was dreading going there. I got thru pt and then i laid down when I got home only to have my phone ring. I t was a friend who wanted to stop by. I told her well come on over and I will get dressed just for you. lol. We had a nice visit-she always lifts my spirits.
Everyone have a low pain level for today

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   Posted 3/29/2011 3:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Went on a camping trip with my daughter and my grandaughter and I use the word the word camping losely here as in a cabin with a bed. Hehe! Use to love tent camping but thats just not possible anymore sad   We had a nice time and my pain levels cooperated  or the heated pool worked wonders as that is where I spent the most of my time if I wasnt on the porch swing reading yeah my idea of camping these days. It was wonderful weather for Florida a bit hot but the much needed rain held off til we got home today.

I forgot I had a follow-up from my back injections 2 weeks ago so had to call and reschedule that for later in the week. Told them I was fine and am except that I see no difference in my pain,the sciatica and that was what we were hoping to calm down. In all fairness I will say this, the levels and amount are not any different but it usually begins somewhere in my rearend and goes to the bottom of my foot on the right side and now after the injections it starts somewhere in the back of my thigh and is ending right above my ankle now?

I am not sure with such little results after the horrible experiences I had with the surgery center and loss of feeling,movement and bladder control for hours after the procedure I will be doing anymore and I will discuss that with the Doc on Monday when I go in.

Am busy catching up with everyones week and as you can see am having a bad pain night as I have been up since 1:30 and it is now 4.

Hoping everyone else is having a pain free night and wishes for a good week for all.

Disabled since 1999 from knee injury
DX: Bil knee meniscus removal with LTKR in 01. 6 knee arthroscopy for plica removal meniscus repair. Ank spondyl,ddd at L3-4 S1. disc collapse at L-3 with nerve impengement. legally deaf,copd,rt shoulder rotator cuff tear repair 06. some memory deficit post encephalitis,GERD
MEDS: methadone,xanax,cymbalta,zantac,maxide,K+,lasix,prempro,celebrex,combivent

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   Posted 3/29/2011 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
*hugs* to all of you having a bad time right now.

I'm struggling at the moment too. My knee is getting worse from the injury a week or so ago and it's making my CRPS worse. I've been stable on my maintenance meds for about a month without needing anything for breakthrough pain; now I'm needing maximum breakthrough meds as well. Thankfully I'm seeing my PM doctor on Friday, so I'm hoping he'll have a few ideas about how to get my pain back under some control. I'm scared too that my knee is going to need surgery...already I am having to deal with the prospect of needing my wisdom teeth removed, and having a revision op for my SCS.

CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

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   Posted 3/29/2011 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Just kinda here lately. Was supposed to see the boyfriend over the weekend, but told him not to come. Was mostly due to the major miscommunication between the two of us, where he assumed something Id said, and then said some hurtful words without necissarily meaning it that way. "I figured it was no big deal" and "You're making a big production out of this" followed by "I figured it wasn't any different from any other time you told me you missed me." So it was several days of talking and trying to make sure he understand the difference between want and need, and not making assumptions.
Pain levels were about an 8 on Saturday and it gave me a chance to pick up knitting I'd not touched in over a month. I really want to get this project done so that I can get it shipped to it's owner before April 11th; it's a "rally scarf" for him for when he goes to night baseball games in San Fransico. The weather was pretty foul so there was no way I was going out. Appears those "warming trends" have finally shown up though.
By Sunday I was up to a 9, but I'd kinda expected it. The weahter was warmer though, and no wind for first time in almost a week. What a blessing! Was able to go out and work on the ponds a bit. The koi are nibbling at my fingers, and my lillies survived the winter; can't wait till they have some blossoms! Helped my Mom with her turtle pond. Lost my footing and crashed into the side of the enclosure; right about where the junction at the top of the thigh/crotch level. Fell face first towards the pond. Right arm couldn't stop me, and my left one didn't find purchase till it hit bottom. Poor Mom, screaming at my dad and son just watching me stand there trying not to slip further and push myself out at the same time. "Help her!!" By the time it registered and they got to me I was already out. I gotta wonderful bruise, but at least nothing worse.
This week will be scheduling my MRI and helping my friend Patty with her horses when the farrier comes. Plus we're candling 36 eggs this week to make sure she still has viable babies. Helped her change the bedding for her Jersey Giant chicks, and played with her baby Sebastipol geese. Still waiting for her chicken Angel to hatch all the eggs she's sitting on; gonna be a bumper crop of baby chicks! Trees are blooming, horses are shedding, eggs are everywhere, the fish are splashing in the ponds, the turtles are all out of hybernation -- wonderful reminders of Spring! scool
Hoping everyone has a low pain week and gets to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of spring. The hummingbird feeder is up as is the bird feeders. We have one regular chipmunk that likes to stuff his cheeks, then run to our deck and sit on it, in the shade, and then eat. The cotton tails are in the yard regularly; gotta get our water feature set up so we have the watering hole available for everyone. Sparrows, finches, and doves are regular visitors, as are the hummingbirds; they like to drink and bathe in the waterfall of my pond.
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Neurologist, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled, on Percoset.
February 2011 successful SCSU trial
No surgeon willing to do my SCSU Implant

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   Posted 3/29/2011 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
        Good morning Rhaevin!
             When I see a member suffering pain at the upper end of the pain scale, it makes my heart cringe. shakehead
    As I read your post, I began to wonder if you are pushing it a little too much, especially with your pain at a level #9.
       I'm not sure what pain scale your using for reference, but on any of them you must be suffering something horrible. Please do take it easy, as there is no sense in making things worse for yourself. I'm guessing that if your son and father were there at the turtle pond, they could have been helping as well? It sounds like you enjoy nature and all that she has to offer, so my plea to you, is that enjoy it as best you can, but don't over do it.
   Again a pain scale of a 9 is pretty high, (Not much room to go up from there) so you really need to be very careful at that point not to aggravate your pain anymore than you have to.
      Here is a pain scale that was listed on the Chronic Pain 101 page. Check out the #9
also the Wong Baker scale:
           Have a better day today please! Again, be careful!
        SE wink

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 3/29/2011 12:14:46 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/29/2011 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
We have kicked this subject around many times here at the forum about how we over extend ourselves and get in real bad trouble in the pain dept. and then spend hours trying to chase the pain around. A lot of it is just plain human nature, but at some point we really do have to take a good hard look at what we are doing to ourselves. We are in essence setting our self up for failure by pushing too hard, too far, and expecting too much from our body. It is very much like putting our body on a run away train, no wonder it revolts against us. The body can only handle so much stress. There again, we are not wanting to accept and make peace with our bodies either. Until we do this we will continue to abuse it. I do call it abuse because we are expecting it to perform at a level that is no longer possible.

Learning to pace ourselves is something we all must learn. I am still in the learning process of learning to pace myself. When I do, I feel much better and really do last longer. I really think I get more accomplished this way too. We have to quit thinking about how we use to do this or we use to do that, that's the past, this is the present. Learning to live in the present is hard but very doable. It takes a lot of practice and effort. We also have to quit being so hard on ourselves. We are only human like everyone else.

Depression and CP go hand and hand we all know that. Many of us take medication to help with this and get some of the rough edges smoothed out. Can we anticipate more depression, yes we can by our thought process and behavior. It took me awhile with my psychologist to see what she was saying to me and then I realized some of the additional depression was brought on by my very own thoughts. That was quite an eye opener for me. It took me some time to change thinking some of the ways I had been thinking. I also had to stop trying to anticipate every possible thing happening to me if I did this or if I did that. I was running myself ragged trying to anticipate so much stuff. It just knocked my energy in the head. Sometimes I was done before I got started, lol. So, try not to anticipate every move you make or even every decision you make. We can be our very own worst enemy in many ways.

Sometimes we just have to slow down and take a long hard at our self and even though we may not like what we see, be glad that we are where we are because there is always someone else a lot more worse off than we are.
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   Posted 3/29/2011 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi not much to say.Really hurtin, but I guess things can always be worse. yeah

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   Posted 3/29/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Going to see new PM Doctor tomorrow and it's at a good time as I'm breaking my norco's
to last...so hurting is up, and all over geezee didn't think I was that bad.....
his office mess up big time they didn't put my PM records with my rheumy records and if
my pm psychologists hadn't gone down to talk to them I'd still have no appointment geezee
Not sleeping good either.... shakehead mad

Post Edited (Chartreux) : 3/29/2011 6:57:55 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/30/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Screaming Eagle, *hugs* Yes, they were there, but not till later. My Mom had been doing most of the work and was getting tired, so I offered to take over for awhile. Some time during when I started and before I fell they came out to see how our turtles were doing and that's when my feet slipped; stupid physics.
I have tried to learn to pace myself, to watch how much I do. There's so much I've cut out of my life, so much I've slowed down on. I could make a list at how much stuff I've given up over the years. The hardest one I still have though is when people offer to help with tasks that are distincty my responsibility. How do I teach my son responsibility if it appears his mother is always shirking her's? He wants a puppy, I tell him he must be completely responsibile for it, clean up after it, feed it, play with it, love it... everything. And he sees someone else cleaning my koi pond for me. At 8 he still has a hard time discriminating between the fact that Momma isn't like everyone else.
Quick update: My MRI is tomorrow (Thursday) around noon! So that'll be crossed of my to-do list.

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   Posted 3/30/2011 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
        Rhaevin there is a difference between Apples and Oranges! smilewinkgrin
           If you are truly teaching your son responsibility then be careful in teaching him that it is ok to push yourself too far at the expence of more injury to yourself. I'm just suggesting to use a little common sense when it comes to your health, and especially if you are at a 9 on the pain scale. The next level up from there is a 10 and I'm sure you won't be able to teach him anything once you're there. wink
            I'm only making these comments because of the rating of pain you have given here. That type of pain is extreemly severe, and one would be wise to be cautious when at that number.
 Good luck on the MRI. It will take a few days for the report to get back, but be sure to report back to us please. smilewinkgrin   
      Take care!
      SE wink       

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 3/30/2011 8:51:11 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/30/2011 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
to 9yrschronicpain, at 57 i got my first mammogram, only because my gp was really bugging me, and i should know better. At any rate i am sure there is another way, but somehow this is our option. When it was finished i adviced the tech that my father had a tool in his workshop called a vicegrip, there is little difference between these two machines. But has to be done and i am so fortunate it was fine. Just keep getting up and going, my pace is very slow but its what i do not to have any more damage, i also use a cane its very helpful for balance.

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   Posted 3/31/2011 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Screaming Eagle ... *hugs* Thank you. I will definately do my best to remember your words of wisdom.

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   Posted 3/31/2011 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
good am from rainy cold maryland this is the second time i have tried to say good morning lost the first one.  anyway as i said rainy  and cold makes for a very unhappy nini53.  i woke last night or i guess this am at 2 am due to my incision where the not working neurostim. has been installed, it was burning, i have to say i have not had pain from the incision for 7 months so i dont know it looks kinda red to me but i am trying to keep myself from convincing myself there is something very wrong.  My brain knows its probably nothing my panic keeps trying to rear its ugly head.  I hope all are doing great as we can at least. 

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   Posted 3/31/2011 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello All my HW Friends!

Sorry I've been gone a while. I needed a little break, both physically and emotionally. Sometimes I just have to back away and lurk or even not check the boards for a few weeks. It helps to have some down time.

The addition is finished (except we found out this AM that the shower LEAKS!) and I've already called the man to come look at it. Otherwise, it turned out beautiful and expensive. The last several weeks/months have been pretty rough because of the extra stress and I haven't really felt well since my hospital stay in Feb. I got the reports this week and man do they make me mad. The have wrong information on every page and none of the information matches the page before it. On one page I am single. I have no spine injures and a normal gait on several (interesting considering I can't walk normal at all and my TLIF failed). I have no nausea (but I had to carry a trashcan from home to use for the nausea/vomiting). I am inappropriate in my mental state due to crying (excuse me...pain/vomiting/more pain...so many needle sticks that they had to bring in an ultrasound machine to find a way to insert a needle). Of course, that was not mentioned. Then I was "mentally incompetent to understand a course of treatment"....excuse me, I have a masters and a perfectly able to understand treatment. I don't understand, however, how each nurse write something completely different in all areas, but they never reconcile the information. They never properly controlled my pain and honestly made things worse most of the time.

On to something else. I had a Mammo on Monday (ouch) and I have a endo scope (upper) on this coming Monday, Psych Dr on Wednesday (yeah!) I really like him, and an apt with a new Cardio Dr on Friday. That's what the records were for. The one the hospital recommended had an answering machine and not even a live person answering system for after hours emergencies....and he's a heart Dr??? Ok, so because my PB was so high 173/107 and I was in tachecardia (sp?) I have to have a chemical stress test before I have my bladder surgery (maybe) in May. We still haven't set the date because I'm so sick of surgeries and Drs.

I thought I had answers when Mayo decided to take my insurance and I could get to the Fl site OK, but they rejected me because they said I had too many medical problems for that site. I need to go to one of the others....that is impossible due to having to fly or to drive for two days. It was because of the HGH deficiency and pituatary damage alone with all the thyroid cycts. So, I get no diagnosic care at all.

My hands and feet are still giving me serious problems and my refux is killing me.

Last, but certainly not least, I saw another Dr in the PM group last month...who decided I didn't need all of the meds I was taking, so he took away some....lovely! I've tried to get in with my normal Dr, but I can't see him until the Middle of May (if I'm not down from the second bladder surgery....to repair the first one). Either way, once they take them away, they don't usually give them back or up another one....and this PM (I've now found out) is allowing the hospital to charge 311.00 in addition to the co-pay simply because you use the room. At least that's my portion.

CP is making me nuts!
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 3/31/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   



  My pain is doing okay. Not so bad. A couple of tuff flares. Nothing I can do about that. Have a lot of stuff I need to get done with the house. Tuckered out. Sleeping is really nice. I sleep for 4+ hours on average each night now. I only wake to go to the restroom or to drink water smilewinkgrin

   Have a new Nephrologist I have to see. I am anxious about that. I do not like strangers. I am dreading this guy because I have had escalating problems with my kidney function for quite a few months now. Hopefully, he will go easy on me. Hopefully, he will not be a "bad" doctor. The bad ones are every where now days.

    Family is doing great. Busy as ever. Knocking out another room in the house today, I hope. I am loosing steam but it has got to get done. The sooner I can transition out to the garage, the better. One of those times I wish there were 2 of me.


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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 3/31/2011 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday was the worst day in a long while. I alternated Vicodin and oxycodone every six hours, tried heat, massage... nothing worked. Finally, at about midnight, I took 15mg of morphine. Thank goodness I slept pretty well -- which tends to be a relative situation for a fibro person -- and today I'm much improved.

I'm impressed at how busy all of you keep, despite your various conditions. Some days -- and I think it's as much the drugs as the pain -- all I manage to do is watch TV and play a game or two on my computer.

Today, though, I loaded the dishwasher, and I did some actual work. Downloaded the grant proposals for my little nonprofit organization, and sent them to the grant committee for review. Plus I just edited three really short pieces for a freelance project I'm managing (or trying to manage, anyway). I also have been reading and responding to messages here. In all, a very productive day. But now I'm done in (except maybe for here). Back to the TV. The Closer is on.


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DX: Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, spinal stenosis & compression, bulging disks, headache, facet joint pain, tendonitis. MEDS: Lyrica, Celebrex, amitriptyline, hydrocodone, oxycodone
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