My husband is allergic to Latex too. He has had 5 back surgeries and each time they post sighs all over he Latex allergic. However one surgery they used non latex on his back but he was cut in front as well and used regular bandages. Well he broke out in huge blisters and pain and only had on a few hours before they realized it. He kept telling them it was burning. I finally said you need to check his front bandages now!
He too walks into the hospital and starts to feel the reactions from it. Yes, I buy all cotton for him now. I read all labels. You would be surprised what all contains latex. Oh, and found runs in the family on his fathers' side.
I take Diclofenac tablets and in gel form. I like it seems to help with my R/A and is cheaper than Celebrex as older. It also has the side effect of lowering my blood sugar?? Don't know why but does. It however does not help with my FM. It is an anti-inflammatory, FM is not supposed to cause inflammation but seems when I flare I also have a lot of inflammation but could be my other issues.
I don't have any problems with it, but I do take with food or my stomach may become upset. The other med I have never taken so don't know about it!View Thread
I had some stresses all at one time, within months of each other. I too thought it was depression at first, however I am a very positive person. I went to my GP who knew I don't complain. Did blood work and said your tests are strange and can be a few possible things or not? But said I needed to see a Rheumatologist. I did not like the first one, he was old and set in his ways.
So off I go to find a doc I like. I wanted younger doc as they seem to know more about Fibro which my GP suggested it might be with other things. He tested my vit D, 12 at the time. Low! Then trigger points, near bout jumped off the table at a few! LOL Said I had Fibro go home read about it and go to WebMD. So glad I did. More tests said see you in a month.
Go back and tell him yes I loved WebMd and verified a few weird things I thought were just me others had too! Smell, Fog, Muscle spasms, TMJ and on and on. Said well I have more news for you, not just Fibro said I show signs and tests positive to Lupus as well. We already knew I had R/A since teen.
Well all this seemed at the time too much for me. I too lost a wonderful job I loved and boss I loved. I tried to work again shortly afterwards and could not. Doc said get well first, let us find what cocktail works best for you! As we FM'ers all know none of us are a like and what works for one, not another....
Well feeling better and I am actually starting a new job next week. Not what I was making before but less hours too. Lot less stressful as well. It is my come back into the work force to see if I can work? I widh you luck as this is the start of a long road.
I thought I was the only one who hurt so bad when I had to shake hands! Like you said how to not when a hand is extended. I also have had it bad with this storm today. I think too my pain is worse from the weather and stress, as I am completely stressing over my relatives and friends when I moved here from NJ.
So my prayers are going out to all my family and friends in NJ. Not helping my pain with the stress. My mom is the only one in FL and is save from this hurricane this time. My mom and I talked earlier about how I usually worry about her with the hurricanes and now my family in NJ?View Thread
Well coming on late as usual. I have been job hunting. I had a phone interview for a job I could really use, and not too far to drive either. But what worries me is am I capable of this, I mean I was feeling good then this storm. I bedridden except for the recliner, my best friend. I was walking from the kitchen to the recliner and my knee cap popped out! Had to pop it back in place!
My DH and DS can't stand it when I do that. I can't do it in front of either of them! LOL How do they think I feel. Every joint hurts, these are the times I have to use the meds I saved and didn't take on good days. I'm using everything today, and this is supposed to last 4 days???
I am stressed too about my family in NJ. I am just out of the area here in WV. On the mountain we used to high winds and I don't have to worry about flooding here but down in the valley they do. And high winds due occasionally take out lines and trees here. Well typed enough am hurting again. May not write as much as I used to but still here and lurking some days!
Wow, just one?? I don't know it is a toss up between the fibro fog and sleep! The pain I have learned to deal with a long time ago from other ailments. My son finds great humor in my fibro fog. My husband at time gets totally frustrated by it.
The fatigue though has gotten worse so not sure this may over rule the Fibro fog at this point. Job looking and so afraid I will fall asleep at work! Oh no!
I started on the starter pack. At first I had nausea, lived on crackers and ginger ale. I also had very bad sweating, thought was menopause as was turning 50. I then went to .25 mg one in the morning, one at night. I learned to eat something when I took it and helped me greatly. I ate english muffins or crackers at least. I had to have something on my stomach.
Okay it helped greatly the side effects wore off and I learned to eat each time I took it. Then though as with most meds with me, it began to wear off. I stopped cold turkey no problems and went back on Gabapentin. I took previously for my diabetes and also helped with nerve damage from that. Now though it is wearing off too slowly.
Both Cymbalta and Lyrica made my vision blurry and at times double vision. Shame as the Cymbalta really helped my nerve damage pain. I stopped both cold turkey again with no withdrawals. I don't know where to go from here.
I am currently job looking still.. My unemployment runs out end of year. I need to work but I am really not sure I can and be dependable. But money wise I need to work! I have no insurance which I desperately need !! So keep your fingers crossed I get a job soon !!!!!!!
Oh yeah, keep the crackers and ginger ale handy! I needed them when I was on Savella. Again as long as I remembered to eat with it, it was much better on my tummy!
Hello all, posting again. It felt like long week for me. The weather is not helping. It has been up/down all week, one moment sun comes out then hour later hear thunder on the mountain heading are way. Then pouring rain and storms.
I have a new family member. Husband not pleased. We noticed a cat when we moved in seemed to be living in our crawl space under the house. Well asked around neighbors said yeah he was left behind when old family moved out. Well the house was vacant for 3yrs. Said they put out food for him but won't let anyone near him. He looked pitiful to me and very skinny. I didn't think he would last another winter. Started feeding him. Next think you know he is on the porch we me. He now follows me every where. so we named him Shadow.
Job looking has just got me a little more depressed than usual. I know that I am not the only one out there looking too. Something has to give with this economy soon! Helps has been cool during day, but cold at night, so I have lighting a fire in the woodstove. The warmth from that feels so good.I have been sleeping in the recliner all week as I have to do sometimes. Bed too long I get way too stiff. Recliner is less pain at times to sleep in, so with fire now it's more comfy for me.
Thanks for all the input. However I do not want to collect both at the same time. I was asking him if I can stay on unemployment until I get disability. He said no, as they ask are you able to work and looking for work. So said no income until get my disability.
I just think though that he got mad at me when I did not want to up my Savella and instead wanted to go back to Gabapentin, as I liked it better. Savella was too much for me, let alone taking more of it. Plus I moved I am WV now and he was my doc in NJ. It's a 5 hr drive to see him now. Said can't do sleep study as no insurance for the chronic fatigue.
No he wouldn't hire me or I would hire myself. I am no longer dependable. I never know bad day or not. Never know when my IBS is going to kick in either. He suggested part time disability as feels if I go completely out I may get very depressed. I told him getting depressed I keep getting told I am over qualified.
Yes, I have been told carpel tunnel and R/A in my hands, so not helping. No insurance it is getting worse. My son the one day as getting ready for interview asked you are changing shoes, right? I said yes I'm not going in flip flops. Asked why, said well toes are bad enough from R/A but your feet look really bad now as they keep turning blue like they are now.
Real confidence builder as I am getting ready for an interview! My husband suggested working from home again, as I did that before. But not the greatest internet here in WV, have DSL now had high speed cable before. But I am thinking of doing that but again not much outside contact, and doc thinks I would get more depressed.
I guess I am just getting down from the job hunting and how much FMS has taken from me. I learned to deal with the R/A as teen when got that, then Lupus with the hair loss. But the FMS seems to be the worse for me. At least with the others I was not in pain every day with them, only when they flared. Now seems some pain every day with FMS. Some days better than others, I call good days, but never pain free now.
FMS sucks !!! : ) Just venting again, I guess. Thanks for once again all for being here. This too shall pass.