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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/4/2012 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! This looks like a great place for advice, encouragement, hope.

I have epilepsy, which never created major problems in terms of making me feel disabled. But in 2010, everything changed.

Apparently had seizure while cooking. I love cooking, had been mastering all sorts of skills since the 80s. Renowned for some desserts.

Anyway, was working over a cast iron griddle and apparently passed out; lucky I didn't fall on my face, but right hand suffered 3rd degree burns. Index finger partially amputated, middle finger barely's a stick. Whole hand crippled.

I could cope EXCEPT that index is screaming in pain. It swells periodically and when it's not, it just seems to burn endlessly. My neuro doc just diagnosed it as a reflexive sympathetic dystrophy; says the nerve are hyper, essentially.

The epilepsy med already makes me loopy; don't want to live on pain meds too. I did find that a couple of over-counter creams, roll-ons help temporarily. My doc is going to add gabapentin to both try and control my seizures (I'm having breakthroughs much too often now) and because it's a good nerve drug.

But what I need here is encouragement. I feel so depressed; for the first time in my life (I'm in my 50s) I'm disabled. I'm scared to work in kitchen; do I spend my life on frozen foods? Or make sure my husband's always there? He's going to night school; we were bankrupted by 9/11 and then 2009 crash, when I lost my contractor's position as a medical writer.

How do I maintain a business? I'm taking on fewer assignments, but not considered disabled!

I can't lose weight (gained 20 lbs from sitting so much, and eating to fight fatigue).

Even afraid to walk outside.

And of course there's the endless pain. When it ebbs, I'm somewhat productive; I get to my writing, I even knit...even w/bad hand.

How do I cope? Seeking more emotional support than physical relief, but anyone w/ideas for latter also welcome. Thanks

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   Posted 4/4/2012 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome.... glad you are here. You are right - this is a great place for encouragement and such.

With chronic pain and chronic health issues - depression can be really common place. Many here suffer from it.... When the future is so uncertain - it can be a very frustrating, scary path to navigate. Trust me, I understand that more than I can explain.

So, I wish I had more "concrete" answers for you. But I can tell you that - in some shape or form - many here can relate to the emotional aspect of what you are dealing with.

Re: the physical effects - What does the neuro doc suggest for the pain? Have you tried any medications? The gabapentin can be a really good medication. I'm on that - as well as many others here.... for you - it might help you even more - w/ both the seizures and nerve pain.

Anyway, I know others will hopefully post.... and hopefully they can offer you more thoughts and such. But I just wanted to welcome you... and look forward to getting to know you.

Take care --Tina
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 4/4/2012 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
       AHH! I am again following my Hero! (Momto8kids) smilewinkgrin
          Anyways!...Welcome 535! wink ...were glad to have you on board with us!...sorry for the reasons though...and it sounds like it has been a rocky road for you to say the least.
  I see you mentioned Gabapentin....and I'm on that at the moment hoping it will help with some of my nerve related pain. I'm surprised your PM/Dr?...has waited this long to try that med on it is supposed to help with nerve damage. Let us know how it works for you!....also, some of the PM's are using more than one nerve med at the same Lyrica and Gabapentin. Maybe that will be a consideration later for you.
     We hope you stick around and get to know the members...we have a great group and I'm sure you will enjoy the forum greatly.
    Take care,
  SE wink
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