I don't have much to add to what everyone else has stated. I take 75 mgs Trazadone and 5 mgs Flexeril at night. It makes it harder to get started in the mornings, but once I'm up and about, I feel fine.
Ambien used to work for me. Gave me weird dreams, did some strange things--sleep walk, coversations I don't remember, etc.
Fractured sleep is one of our crosses to bear, but there are lots of good things to try, so give it a go. Exercise helps me, too. Pam in SavannahView Thread
Cory, That job thing stinks. Would it be too much to ask for something in writing? Even in the small business I work in, if we discuss some type of compensation, I write up a contract and have my boss sign it. It has saved me a couple of times. Sounds like I don't trust my boss, but we all forget things.
I am having a massage tomorrow. The last one I had has been over a month ago, and I did okay with that, so I am looking forward to this one.
Maggie, I love to garden, but in coastal Georgia the heat is so ridiculous if you don't have an irrigation system, you're out of luck. I go to the farmer's market and get the good stuff there, and I do have some friends who share their bounty with me.
I do hope your crocheting is okay! That is such beautiful work, something I have never mastered. Those kitty nails...I should go trim my cats' nails right now while I'm thinking about it! PamView Thread
Mimi, What does DH stand for? I know it is a spouse, but for the life of me I can't figure it out. Darling Husband? Designated Hitter? Just kidding on that one. If it is Darling Husband, no doubt I have one of those!
Saturday was my 48th birthday, and it started out lovely. My DH got me an iPhone and a Macy's gift card. I LOVE shopping online at Macy's. The sales are killer, and I'm a purse fanatic. My day did go a little downhill. This rheumatoid arthritis is making me nuts. I walked with one of my dogs, and pressing the clips to release her harness made me scream in pain. I am still learning what I can and cannot do, but I haven't seen the rheumatologist yet, so hopefully he'll get me on the right meds and this will be much better.
My son in Afghanistan was able to send me a birthday note, but I so wanted a call. It has been a month since we have spoken with him. My husband is trying to get a job for 6 months in Afghanistan (he works for the Army, a civilian, engineer). Bill would leave about the same time Pat returns. These boys are going to kill me with worry. My husband feels a call to this duty, and the extra money is definitely needed, so I support him entirely, but the worry will be there.
I am so thankful for such a wonderful extended family and a great work family, too. They have all been so helpful with this hand limitation, and as a veterinarian, it has been pretty limiting. My clients are so wonderful, my workmates are, too, and I feel truly blessed.
It is sunny here in South Georgia, so I hope everyone else gets a chance to dry out. Keep cool! Pam in SavannahView Thread
Mine started with pain in my right upper back, between my spine and shoulder blade. I found a chiropractor who after 2 treatmetns, made the pain almost disappear for 5 years (remission?). When it came back, nothing worked, then came the hand numbness (2 carpal tunnel surgeries later, hands still numb), and then the leg numbness (neurologist says to me, "yes, so seem to have some nerve conduction abnormalities in this right leg, but I think you need to see a psychiatrist more than a neurologist"). Two years of NO doctors, leg is really bad--couldn't feel my foot at all, kept tripping--finally find a neuro who says, "You are positive 16 out of 18 triggers, you've got fibromyalgia, let's do this". God bless him because now the leg is better, the hands come and go, the shoulder pain is ever present but manageable.
Just recently I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. All my tests for RA were negative, but an MRI of my hand showed serious erosion of the joints. Gotta say, if ya'll are having hand pain and your autoimmune tests were negative, get an MRI of that hand or whatever joint. I have to see a rheumatologist in a couple of weeks, and I am ready! This hand is really limiting me.
My best advice is to keep going to doctors. As big a pain as that is, eventually you may find the one or two that can help you! Pam in SavannahView Thread
Thanks y'all! Jessi, I purchased the Dragon software several years ago for my dad who also has rheumatoid arthritis, and he likes it. I'm not that bad yet.
I have tried to convince my husband to give the house back to the bank, but he has resisted until recently. My credit is great, so should we need to purchase something major, we can still do it. Like most folks, though, actually going through with that is embarrassing. I still think it is what we need to do.
I am kind of hoping the medication I will take will alleviate pain elsewhere. I certainly hope those of you who are in a similar boat to me get your answers soon. Thank you again, and happy Independence Day! PamView Thread
Thank you all so much! My MRI on my hand did show changes suggestive of rheumatoid arthritis, even though my bloodwork was all negative for that disease. I have erosions in one joint and a joint effusion in another, so I will be referred to a rheumatologist. Will they treat my symptoms even though my bloodwork is negative? I guess I will find out soon enough. My son is back at his base in Afghanistan, so we may get a call from him this weekend. The hubs begins his health check ups for his 'deployment' on Thursday. His weight may be over the limit, so he may get turned down unless they are really desperate for engineers (I am told they are). Well, hopefully I'll be on my way soon to a less painful hand. Thanks again for the thoughts and well wishes. You guys are great! Pam in SavannahView Thread
Thanks, Mimi. I've had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists, but I am told those nerves can still be a problem. The way the pinkie joint started was with severe swelling, redness, pain. I took antibiotics for over 2 weeks, and the inflammation resolved but the pain is still there. Part of me wonders if this is just a manifestation of FM, where I did have an infection and that is gone, but the pain response is overactive and so pain is lingering. Hopefully I'll have those MRI results this week. My right neck hurts enough that if they tell me to have surgery, I'll do it.