Hi, I've written a few times but never gave my full story. I caught my back on fire from leaning against the stove (fibrofog?!) when I was 13. After 3rd-degree burns and skin grafting, I was pronounced "fine" - and thought I was, for the most part, although my burned side always felt tighter. I also got tired and weak a lot for someone so young. Took synthroid for about 15 years and then was told I didn't need it.
After my first baby was born, I began having bad migraines and back pain. about the time I was expecting my second, (age 30) I began feeling more fatigue and back pain, but didn't think it was strange. The third pregnancy really did a job on me. Afterwards, sometimes my back hurt so bad I thought I was having organ failure. A chiropractor helped some, but not enough, and the pain was spreading. I began the search for a doctor who would take me seriously. Thankfully, I finally found one...
I'm now 55 and what I can do is less and less every year - that's what scares me the most. I watched both my parents' decline and was their main support, but physically, I couldn't do much. I buried them both in '08 and miss them terribly.
I feel like I'm growing old myself way too fast and there's nothing I can do about it. I try to walk as much as possible, but now my feet throb and burn after just a few minutes, and if I go a little too far (some days as little as 5 minutes) it can mess up my whole body. If I lift and move an object that's a few ounces too heavy, (like a quart of milk) the same thing happens. Unexpected bumps or dips in the road while driving can do it, too. My whole left side gets sore and tight, in fact, probably 90% of my pain is on the left. I have some lumbar wear and tear, but nothing that "should" keep me from being active. PT always just sends me into flare after a week or 2.
The chiropractor, every few weeks, still helps me feel more aligned for awhile - until my next tighten-up. But I'm never even close to pain-free.
I've been on Nortriptyline for sleep for 18 years (25 mg), Klonopin (.5 gm) also for sleep for 2 years, Darvocet 650-100 as need - more and more often, and now Effexor 35 gm. in the morning for 3 days. Have recently also tried Tramadol (gave me chest pains) and Aleve (nausea).
I'm REALLY glad to have found this place and people who will understand what I'm talking about
, instead of saying, "Oh, you're fine!"