Be sure to do your colonoscopy prep thoroughly. It can save your life. Most colorectal cancers take a long time to become dangerous. Having the test done every 10 years (or more often if your doc recommends that) can find small problems before they get big. But in order to see all of your colon, it has to be completely empty.
Would you believe that none other than Dr. Oz tried to get by with waiting to do his prep after work (instead of starting at midday). He had to have the colonoscopy repeated, and it's a good thing he did it. They found some polyps and were able to remove them right then. The prep is a pain. You'll be very, very empty when you're done. But you'll have a spanking clean colon for your doctor to scope out.
Many of us with FM also have irritable bowel syndrome and some of us have gluten or other digestive issues. If your BMs are usually the kind you have to RUN to the bathroom for, you probably don't really digest your food properly. Then you will not get the full benefit of your food or your supplements. So why are we surprised when we are deficient? Go figure.
Hope eveything goes well on the day, and that they find the cause of some of your problems.
Hey, guess what? The trigger point injections on Monday must have done something magical. I fell asleep sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. then slept through until dh came to say he was going to plant corn. It was 11 a.m.! I haven't slept for more than 2 hours at a time in years--unless I had some major pharmaceutical help with Ambien. This time we focused on the neck, shoulders and upper back since the nerve blocks have the waist level spine pretty much covered. Whatever, it seemed to do the trick.
Would you believe it, Western NY is going to have 4 days in a row with NO rain. Oh, how I wish dh was done with planting and could use this time for hay. You cut it one day, fluff it up the next morning, and then bale it that afternoon. Hard to do when there are never 2 days in a row with no rain.
It's time to start making some potato salad to have on hand for quicker prep time when dh and # 1 son finally come in for supper. Only problem is the spuds from last year are all sprouted. Dh is the first to complain if I actually BUY any potatoes.
Cory, I'm glad that you've found something to help your hands and wrists. I know you need them--not just the way the rest of us do, but for your job. Can you wear the brace BEFORE your wrists hurt? Could it actually prevent some pain there? Prevention is great!
For the rest of you who are dealing with rain, rain, and more rain, we are getting some major humidity, cold nights (40's), and days that will inch up to seasonable by the weekend when, of course, the thunderstorms will be back.
Lou, how great to have time with the GSs, even "work parties" make memories. Lou, how wonderful it is for the young folks to have you for a proud aunt. I know my sons treasure their 4 aunts but have a special relationship with hubby's sister who has no children of her own but is one of the world's greatest aunts.
It's amazing how many of us have found relief with MiMi's vitamin D. I did not know that it was available in topical (applied to the skin as opposed to swallowing like a pill) form. That would get it just where you need it. Although, with something like D, we probably need it everywhere.
I think that someone should start a class action suit against the Social Security Administration for routinely denying disability claims. People go into debt. People lose their medical insurance because they cannot afford the COBRA payments during that long wait.
I guess I was lucky. I had been teaching long enough to get some of my pension (but no where near what it would have been if I had been able to work until 65). Even so, it was nip and tuck whether we would lose our farm while we waited for SSDI.
And those who are forced to cut back on their work hours are royally s***wed! Those smaller paychecks for fewer hours will ultimately mean lower disability payments. NOT FAIR. Neither is it fair to say that you're not disabled unless you cannot do ANY job.
Oh, well. I've ranted long enough. Good luck to all of those who have been forced by their FM to stop working. Here's to a quicker, fairer settlement.
Been there. Hysterectomy that lessened pains, deviated septum and sinus problems, leg and hip pains, constant back pain (standing), intermittent wrist pain, and of course the migranes.
The migranes vanished with my glases. The weight of the specs to correct my 20/400 vision (only saw the E on the eye chart) caused the migranes! But before that surgery I found that the Excederin Migrane worked better for me than all the prescription drugs combined.
Things have settled down now. Mainly because I do so little. I still cannot stand for more than 5 minutes, but I can walk for 20 on a good day.
You too will learn what you can or can not do. You will learn some things that MAY head off flares. You will learn to accept a lower standard of housekeeping and ways to cook 2 or more meals at a time so you can freeze or otherwise save some for a rainy (or at least a fibro-y) day.
Did you know that there is actually a book: Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired. I read it at least 20 years ago and don't remember whether the author had FM or chronic fatigue.
I do remember that it was well written and informative. Perhaps the title is some sort of connection pointing you towards some helpful info.
Sorry I cannot help you more on this book.
Hope your pain clinic visit on Friday is a big step in the right direction.
Some of the "experts" say that there are familial links to fibro. Others don't. Obviously, you would feel better dealing with those who do.
About the alcohol. I have noticed that people use drugs of all kinds to alleviate pain. Booze has been around for a long time. It does ease pain for a while, but as we all know, all drugs wear off. Then it takes more of the drug to give the same level of relief.
Unfortunately, no drug can eliminate FM pain. Well managed, most of us can achieve 50% reduction, though. Hey, most of us would take that and say "Thank you!"
If you think that your pain might be gout, you should see either your family doctor or a rheumatologist. Those who have read my posts know I do not favor rheumys for fibro because I consider it a neurological condition better managed by a neurologist. However, if there is a chance you do have gout, a rheumatologist would be a very good choice for your care.
Gout is usually in the big toe. (Mine is in the cervical spine, though.) It has been described as "exquisite pain" that cannot stand to have anything--even the weight of a blanket--touch it.
In the meantime, do pamper yourself as much as possible. Sit with the leg up. Make a "tent" with your bedcovers so that they do not touch your foot. Try warm baths with Epsom Salts for their soothing powers. (If there should be any swelling, the E salts can help with that, too.)
Until you are told that this is NOT gout, you might try limiting any aged cheeses or wines and cutting back on red meats. All of these have been suspected of bringing on gout attacks. Better safe than sorry.
If it is not gout, than myofascial release may be just the thing you need. Beg, borrow, but do not steal a copy of Devin Starlanyl's books. She has so many ways you can help ease most pains.
We had the usual suspects for steaks on the grill. They are no where near as juicy as the store bought, but they taste clean and good without all the junk the commercial growers use on their feedlots.
Just for today, our elder son manned the grill. Usually, it's me or hubby (if he's back from the fields in time), but today John did the honors. He was right there, watching the meat like a hawk while I did the rest of the meal. Consequently, the London broil was perfect, the center slices medium rare for those who like it that way and the outer ones more on the medium side. Amazing what you can do if you aren't running back into the kitchen all the while the grill's going.
But or real Father's Day will be next week when we pick up our younger son from his psyc group home and bring him home for two weeks. I can't wait. He has to spend 21 days of every month at his "home." We try to arrange his visits to straddle two months so we have a full two weeks together. The trip to Rochester and back is 200 miles round trip. I can't really do this two weekends in a row. If I do, the flare usually lasts a long time.
Any time we are all together as a family is a holiday for me and worth almost any flare, though.
Well, it is time to go strip the bed in the guest room.
It took me almost 2 years to get approved. If you haven't been keeping track of all your doctor visits and all the meds that did or did not work, please start now.
I do not have any young children in my house. I had no major reason to throw out all the old meds that no longer (or never had) worked. I just tossed them into a plastic grocery bag and forgot them.
Come the day for the appeal and I brought the bag with me. I also brought my current meds. The judge checked all those little vials out. I think this helped. Of course, the many, many, many trips to the ladies room while I was waiting for the appointment--all in full view of the lady who turned out to be my judge--didn't hurt either.
If you don't have all those vials, maybe you can dig up the pharmacy reciepts you stuck in with each year's tax reciepts. The ones we get list the name of the meds and dosage.
Now that most people have cell phones with cameras, an alternative would be to record all your meds that way.
Every little bit of evidence you have helps.
You're right that this is our money. It is as if we are all some kind of scam artists trying to bilk the system--when in reality we are hard workers who have reached the limit of our ability to work while in constant pain and after years of nonrestorative sleep.
Nancy is so right about Dr. Starlanyl's books. They explain so much. They should be required reading for everyone with FM.
The hot paks and massage are wonderful, too.
I know it sounds crazy, but accupuncture really works, too. Look into it. I didn't believe it would, but it did.
Am I the only one who thinks that EVERY pill, EVERY surgery, and EVERY other modality only works for just so long with fibromyalgia? I think our pain pathways take about 3 to 6 months to find a way around whatever we are doing. That would explain a lot, wouldn't it!
There are some lubricated condoms. They should make things more comfortable for you and less of a worry for your hubby that he might infect you.
You and hubby have to have to have a joint meeting with your family doctor. There are ways to handle all of your problems. If that particular doc is not the one to help you, maybe a marriage/intimacy counselor would help.
Don't let this important part of your lives slip away. Every day you are not intimate makes it harder to start over.
(This is from the 69 year old woman who used to work in "The Pill" factory! Who would have thunk it!)
Happy second honeymoons--and thirds and fourths and fifths, too.