Hi Jford, I think I'm the person you're looking for. I've been recovering for 35 years, and I could be that client. It's extremely difficult having chronic pain, anxiety and fatigue and trying to stay sober, and yet get relief. I have to take a ton of Gabapentin to ease the pain, and am high by the time I feel any better. That's a huge tease, and I end up wanting more. The anxiety never leaves, and that makes everything so awful. I have found relief in gardening, but that only works from April to October here. I constantly walk a fine line, and it's difficult to go on. I'm glad I'm not 35 and expected to be a mom and work full time, etc. Know that what you're doing is saving people's lives. And maybe one life in specific. Bless you.View Thread
Of course your pain is much too raw. It would be like asking you to replace a member of your family. And having a dog grow old with us is perfect and reasonable. You go ahead and grieve. I grieve with you and I know that Sampson waits for you over that bridge. Physical pain becomes worse when emotional pain is added. I hope you have someone physically with you that you can share some of it with -- family member, friend, even other dog owners or neighbors. Please know that we're all right here knowing your pain. Hugs back to you, CandyView Thread
4 or 5 have been cold rescues -- right off the street. Several more have been through organizations. The really cool thing is that if you feel you can't afford it, you can be a "foster home", meaning some organizations will provide food and med care. With most of these, you can keep the dog permanently. I highly recommend volunteering, although you'll probably bring an animal home with you before too long. That's not all bad, right? In total, I've had like 10 or 11 rescues. And yes, they're all so grateful. I've have everything from a chuawuawa-rat terrier mix to a great dane mix. They've all been so wonderful and loving. Yes, volunteering is terrific. They constantly make me forget about my pain and be grateful for what I have, including them. I couldn't get by without them any more. AND we'll all meet over the bridge. What more could I ask for? Take care. CandyView Thread
Hi Lori, This may be a dumb answer, but I started taking niacin for a while, and the 2nd day I noticed a rash all over and felt kind of a "buzzing" feeling. Found out then that supplements should be discussed with dr first. Also got rash and terrible itch after picking raspberries in neighbor's yard. Won't do that again. Just a couple of possibilities-- Hope your misery has decreased, CandyView Thread
I still have dreams about the dogs I've rescued. I miss them all so much, but when I have dreams about them, I think of it as a sweet visit with my babies from over that bridge. I can only have these short visits now, but what a pack we'll be when I head over that bridge to meet them! That really gives me comfort, and I hope it might help you. I live in Minneapolis, and it's -3* right now. I figure it's close to that where you are. The fibro gets worse when it's so cold, and I long to go outside and dig in my garden. For now, I sit with my 3 current dogs, and they give me that loving look. The pain of losing your best friends doesn't go away, but the edges get a little less raw in time. Know that we want to share your burden, and wish to lessen your pain. Keep in contact with us, and keep talking about your loss. It helps. CandyView Thread
Wow, congratulations Mommahonk! To find the combination that works for you is fantastic! It's so good to see someone who's actually found something that works. And to actually feel HAPPY, that's something we're all yearning for. I'm so glad for you. Gives me courage to go on! CandyView Thread
Hi, Thanks very much for the replies. I'm new, and you made me feel welcome. I'm not sure the doc knows which nerve is involved. He thinks it's the 3rd. I'm so glad to get a diagnosis finally, since this is the 2nd flare of it, and the first one lasted 4 months. I'm pushing 2 months of this one. I just told my employer I'm applying for disability. I'm making an average of just over $1000 a month, and asked if there's a way we can lower my wages and still keep my benefits employee benefits. I'll find out whether or not he's on my side. I've been trying to find a full-time job for over 2 years, after being laid off at a major hospital. Now I'm giving up on that and am declaring my multiple issues -- the typical gambit of back, arm and neck pain, and the depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, etc., plus I'm chemically dependent. With the addition of the head and facial pain, it would be nice to be able to supplement my gabapentin with a pain pill (or 5. I've got a tolerance). I've been reading the posts from all of you and getting great comfort from it since my diagnosis. I didn't believe the diagnosis for quite a while, thinking it was just a whole bunch of individual issues I kind of created myself because of the stress of being laid off. I tried all kinds of things like chiro, massage, etc., until my insurance ran out. Now I've got new insurance but have a very high deductable. Sorry I'm rambling. I haven't talked to anyone else who had fibro, and it's kind of spilling out. I do feel better having connected to all of you. Thanks for that. CandyView Thread
Hi tdkd4e, I have asthma with my fibro, and when I wear a bra, I have to work harder to breathe. Leisure bras seem easier, but underwires would kill me. I recommend that you talk to your doc about it. Chest pain is supposed to be scary, so that you don't ignore it. Don't ignore it. Good luck, CandylandView Thread
Hi Doctor, I've also been diagnosed w/ fibro. Separately, I was diagnosed with 3rd cranial nerve palsy. Starting in Jan, I had binocular diplopia and severe head & facial pain. It lasted 4 months, going away a little at a time. Now It's back, in Nov. Is this typical with fibro? Will it come and go? Is it progressive? Thanks for any advice you can give me.View Thread
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