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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! I was diagnosed with a herniated disc, c5-6-7 in aug. 07. It was herniated 5 years prior and was better with rehab. Had surgery. Still had pain. Job was terminated on my B-day!Prescribed vicadin for 3 months. Land and pool theropy did not work. Then found out I had a inactive thyroid. Then diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Also have sleep apnea, high blood pressure, closteral, RA and a hear arrithmia. Seems like one thing after another. I know I will not be able to return to work because I never know how I am going to feel. Lately I find I cannot sleep and have restless legs and arms. Has been going on for a week! Doc prescribed 5mg of Clonazepam. Not working. A friend of mine told me to put a bar of zest soap under the sheet down by your feet and it will help. Not sure why but am going to try it tonight. Will keep everyone posted. Also battling depression. Take 90 mg cymbalta. Dont like to talk like this but am at my wits end .............. Any ideas? I do walk daily and try to exercise. My insurance runs out in 11 days. No income. Applied for disability and was denied twice. .................


(PT, I had to edit your post because of one of our forum rules. Talk of suicide isn't not allowed. But if you are feeling suicidal please call either 911 or your local crisis clinic. We do care about you!)

Post Edited By Moderator (Chutz) : 5/3/2009 10:12:37 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/3/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Patrick!

I am very glad you have decided to join our Fibro Family! This is a great bunch of folks who deeply care about each other and sharing ideas on getting good medical help and making life easier when we have fibro to contend with. I sure can see why you would be depressed and at "your wits end" but you CAN make it through these obstacles...many of us have and will be happy to help you. Here, take my hand and we'll begin. (extending hand)

Most people with fibromyalgia have multiple other disorders as you do. You will see that soon as others stop by to welcome you. We just have to take it on day at a time and one disorder at a time. Most days that's the only way I can make it through. Otherwise I feel overwhelmed and get down easily, even with antidepressants.

First off, you need to find alternate health insurance. I'm sure you know about COBRA if that's an option for you. Also, your state will have insurance for people who can't afford or obtain it any other way. Look then up online. I don't know where you live or I'd look it up for you. Another way to go is to call your local Red Cross. Yep, they help with this kind of disaster too. I've seen it work well for many folks. If you need more help on these please ask and someone will be by to help you.

Then, you need to work with your doc on getting the depression under control. It took me several medications before I found one I could tolerate and then after a year I had to switch because of side effects. That's not abnormal tho. Report back to your doc how the Cymbalta is, or is not working. Likely something else will work better.

On the disability denial...sounds like it's time to get an attorney involved. I'm just beginning to apply so we'll see how long it takes to get MY denial! An attorney doesn't' take money up front and only collects if he wins for you.

OK, I've babbled enough....and it's past bed time for me. Please let us know how you are doing, even if you feel the need every hour or so. Hang on...remember I have your hand on this end and won't let go...OK???

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 5/3/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear PT-- So sorry that you are wrestling with so much... Hang on to Chutzie's hand really tight... And mine's available, too, as well as many others. We do care. Honestly. RE: disability - been there and also turned down repeatedly. You really do need to get an attorney, though, at this point. It's truly automatic for them to turn you down at first. And, add more and more crazy paperwork. Just keep plodding along, let your lawyer help you, stay consistent with you responses to SS, and try not to panic - it is a long process usually, but well worth the effort. And come to the forum often... You're part of the family now...
Dx: FMS,OA,depression,anxiety,DDD with 7 herniations so far,HTN,IBS,cardiac 
      stent,failing aortic valve,angina,migraines with aura,many surgeries,+misc.
Rx: Nifedipine,Atenolol,Enalapril,Simvastatin,Levothyroxine,Cymbalta,Bupropion,
      Dicyclomine,Lorazepam,Darvocet,Percocet,albuteral inhaler,nitroglycerin,+
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/4/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
SOOO nice to get to talk with someone on my ailments and finally some people who care. I live in Michigan. The weather plays a big part on how I feel. I was receiving disability through my work and had to see one of their doctors who said I was able to work full time and lift 25 lbs. I wish he would walk in my shoes for a week and I bet he would reconsider. This disability really makes me mad, I have paid in for 32 years and when it is time to use it, U have to fight for it which is not right. Stress really drives up my pain. I have cobra insurance through work and it runs out in 10 days. I have money in 2 IRAs and wonder do I have to use that first?? Can I get goverment assistance?? Midland hospital told me I had to take money out of there to pay them...not sure if they can tell me that but I am not a lawyer or financial guru.Again, thanks for your posts and concern......and accepting me....


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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 117
   Posted 5/4/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
No words of wisdom here - the fog is too thick... Just a gentle {{HUG}} because I care. :-)
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   Posted 5/4/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Pete, and welcome!  I receive social security disability.  My husband died suddenly and  I had to go on COBRA, too, and, when it was close to running out, I started looking for health insurance.  No one would insure me because I had several chronic illnesses.  My doctor said that I was the type of patient that social security disability was written for. 

I called my social security office and started the procedure.  They interviewed me and then sent me forms to fill out describing what I could and could not do.  I was totally honest on those.  I had all my doctors send my medical information to them also at their request.  Then they sent me to their doctors to be examined. 

I did receive disability so I'm drawing on social security early.  Because of that, I only get 71% of what I would have gotten if I waited until I was 65 but the Medicare is so beneficial for me.  So, see if you can do that.  I was 50 years old when I started getting social security disability.


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New Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 5/4/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the information Sherrine. I have hired a attorney and need to take the paperwork to him. I am only 48 but worked on cars for 25 years and that is hard on the body. I have had surgery on both knees. Fatty tumor in left upper thigh removed and then the back surgery. I think the inactive thyroid brought all of this on. I went to see the doctor for disability and they said because of my age, education, training and work experience. Soooo, if I was a idiot with no education I could collect??? What a bunch of crap. Somehow I will make it. The good lord will see me through. Thank you all for the hugs and helping hands....
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