The bad news is that you have fibro. The good news is that you are here with a great bunch of caring people.
I was once in a support group for chronic pain that was held at the local hospital. One of the members told how he had no health insurance and could not afford to visit a lot of doctors or buy medicines. He coped by drinking. Simple, isn't it?
People in pain search for ways to remove their pain. 23 years ago, you were in pain--physical and/or emotional. You found that alcohol dulled that pain. Then you found that pain was not the only thing that alcohol can dull.
Many of those here do not have medical insurance or have cruddy coverage that leaves them paying far too much of the cost of their medical care. My DH and I are lucky in having great coverage. If we did not, we would never be able to afford the costs of our prescriptions (over $1000/month just for DH), and I bet we'd figure out that a few stiff drinks each night was cheaper than that!
Back in the day, you did what you had to do to combat your pain. You took the drug alcohol. Today you use different drugs. For some reason (I can't explain it.), the medications you are using under your doctor's care are socially acceptable, but your former drug of choice was not. Go figure.
Giving up alcohol was a difficult, courageous thing to do. Never berate yourself for the fact that your are an alcoholic. Instead, praise yourself for the 23 years you have been a recovering alcoholic.
P.S. Because of your past dependency, make sure that your doctor is aware that you should never be prescribed any medication that could put you back on that track. Once is definitely enough.View Thread
I did accupuncture, too, and was amazed at how much it helped. (Until my scalp got sensitized.) A recent study said that it is of no use for fibro, but those of us who have it say otherwise.
As for your herbs, there is now a Physician's Desk Reference for herbs and other alternatives. Please take the time to go to your library or otherwise get a way to look up the treatments you are using. I was using one that had been recommended by a friend until I found out that the substance was banned in Canada due to its dangerous side effects.
We need to have open minds about other cultures' treatments, but we have to be smart about those we try. Just because something is natural, does not mean its is safe.
Boy, did you luck out! Last week when I went to see the rheumy, I checked out Pennys, Kohls, and Walmart looking for marked down winter accessories. All the good quality stuff was gone--replaced by spring styles.
You're not the only one pigging out on pork. DH went freezer-diving yesterday and got me out some fresh pork to have for dinner tonight. He found FOUR small shoulder roasts. They were good, but we didn't even finish 2 of them. He peeled the potatoes, which was a mixed blessing since he filled a stock pot with them. Our leftover mashed potatoes filled one of those plastic tubs that hold 5 quarts of ice cream. Guess what we'll be eating most nights this week?
With all the freeze/thaw activity we've been having, our front yard is a skating rink. DH has fallen several times (he's been hiding some of the worst falls from me) just feeding his two outside dogs. This year their doghouses are so snug that they don't even bother to come out unless there are some MilkBones along with the kibble. Instead of using straw for their bedding, our son brought home those little squares from the paper shredders at the college. I had no idea what a great insulator paper is! Of course, Yukon, our tan lab, is even warmer snuggled next to DH in bed watching all the wildlife shows on TV.
Hope we all have a good, dragon-free week ahead of us.
It sounds like you've been doing everything right in your search for answers. As you probably know, none of your tests (except a tender point exam) will help diagnose fibromyalgia. But they will help your Drs. rule out other possibilities. There are other conditions that are more completely treatable that could explain your symptoms. If one of them is the problem, you will quickly be on the road to recovery.
If you have fibromyalgia, on the other hand, there are a whole bunch of medications that work for some of us but not for others. If this is your diagnosis, your doctor will probably start you on whatever she has found to work on her patients and not have too many side effects. Please be patient. Finding the right mix for YOU may take a while.
About physical therapy: Please be careful. Go very gently. Make sure any PT you visit understands the ins and outs of fibro. It is very easy to overdo. All those phrases you used to describe your pain do a great job of describing how you'll feel if your PT overdoes it. (I once had a 6 week flare up from a PT EVALUATION! Ask any doctor who prescribes PT if aquatic therapy would be a better choice for you. The combination of warm water and having your body supported by its bouyancy can give you all the benefits of PT with none of the pain,
Please let us know how things go in the next few weeks. We care. We try to help.
It seems as if a lot of us saw some sun today. What a wonderful coincidence! Let's hope that means we will actually see some spring soon.
I know I said I think the rheumy is wrong about my neck/shoulders/arms/wrists/hands being on the road to major arthritic changes. I know I thought he was only seeing the same things that have been there since 1972. Now I'm not so sure.
We've had a pretty decent week--for this winter--but I've spent most of it in bed with entirely too much of my body hurting entirely too much of the time. I've taken all the extra showers until I look like a prune. I've used all the heating pads in the house. I've played with my bowl of raw rice (heated in the microwave 40 seconds and then "swish and squish" with the hands) for 15 minutes at a time. And I've stayed in bed entirely too much of the time.
I'll see the rheumy again on Thursday and have another round of trigger points on Friday. Hopefully, something will straighten things out.
About those things under the sink. . . . We had trouble with the pipes that took our grey water (kitchen and laundry water) away from the house. Those pipes froze where they were going under the driveway. When the washing machine emptied, the water got pushed backwards and flooded the kitchen, but it came out under the sink. If you have a similar setup, you may have to wait until the dishwasher or washing machine is emptying to catch the water leaking (actually spouting) back under the sink. At first, our pipes could handle a little water going down the kitchen sink, and only flooded when there was a lot of water at once from the washer or dishwasher. After a few more frozen days, every drop of water came back up. It took THAT happening for us to figure out the problem.
I truly hope that the rest of you had a fibro-free Saturday and will get to enjoy every minute of your Sunday, and every minute of your Monday, and every minute of your. . . . . You get the picture.
I used to teach and had to be on my feet all day, too. When I was younger, I worked Christmas times behind a department store cosmetics counter. I know what you mean about the way your body can ache.
I finally found that I had to buy great shoes (I love my Easy Spirits.) that are fitted for both length and width. These 8 1/2 WW feet do not fit into a "medium."
Bring another pair of shoes (or new inserts) to work and switch during your break. It is amazing how much of a difference this little act can make. Your whole body alignment will be slightly different with the new shoes. This will allow your whole body to feel better--at least a little.
Try not to laugh, but I even brought a comfortable pair of heels to use for just a few minutes. Talk about realigning your body! 5 minutes in my heels would let me spend another 3-4 hours back in my working shoes.
You now have a baffling, painful illness. Pamper yourself whenever you can. Use any meds your doctor offers and you can tolerate. Do whatever it takes to get a good night's sleep. And try to make your clients laugh. It's amazing how much better that can make YOU feel.
And, of course:
Happier clients come back. Happier clients look better when they leave the salon. This brings in other customers who also want to look better. Happier clients make your day easier.
Happier clients tip more.
So have as pain-free as possible today. Tomorrow, have nothing but nice clients!
Gosh, I hope that you are past the worst of this flare. It is no fun at all.
It sounds as if you have been doing LOTS to break this particular pain cycle. It also sounds as if your current meds and other treatments are not enough.
Has your fibro doctor seen you when you are in this bad a shape? She should. If nothing else, she will be more accepting that you ARE in pain. With any luck, she may find better ways to treat you and all of your symptoms.
I know how difficult it is to do one more thing while you are in such pain, but please try to keep track of what you were doing the days before your dragon flared up. Then make a list of all the things you have tried in your effort to feel better. This can be a valuable resource for your next bout.
One more thing. Try to get your doctor to give you some extra help to use as a "rescue kit" during major flares. We all need our daily routine of meds and other aids. We also need some big guns to bring out to really battle an active dragon attack.
Now just relax, think happy thoughts, sip an herbal tea or some hot cocoa, and take a deep breath. All of these can relieve stress and help banish your flare.
How old will you be next year if you do not start your M.A. training? Would you rather be that old with your certification or without it?
You'll be amazed at how rejuvinating it is to go back to school! Your classmates will be amazing people (like you) who have decided to be in charge of their own destiny. Many of them will be closer to your age than you might imagine.
I was 37 when I started my college career--not counting the semester I never finished when I got married at 18. It was the beginning of an exciting new life. Frankly, if I hadn't done that way back then, we would be living on almost nothing now. My DH is the first one to admit how much of a difference my degrees and subsequent teaching have made in our lives.
It will be scary at first, but wonderfully exciting.
APPLY FOR YOUR STUDENT AID NOW. Funds run out early. You don't have to be accepted by a school to begin your aid application process. If you aren't sure how to do it, ask your local librarian. These people are wonderful sources of info and assistance.
I'm so happy for you. It's making me jealous. (And remember, I'm 70!)
Here I am spitting mad--again. Those blankety blank idiots who write the laws have no idea what they do to us. I'm back to the "You can't get your pain patch refills until 29 days after the last refill." Well Sunday was day 29. No patches. Ditto Monday. Ditto for today.
Theoretically, they should have been there by 2 p.m. today. Luckily, I called first. No patches on the UPS truck.
For those of you who do not use opioids, there is a little matter of withdrawal symptoms. It's not just that you are not getting your pain relief. You also have restless legs, emotional storms, and every fibro symptom you can imagine--from headaches to throbbing toes. And, of course, no sleep at all.
I'm seriously considering committing justifiable homicide, but I don't know who to kill first.
We're still getting an inch or 2 of snow every day, but it will warm into the 40's on Thursday and Friday, bringing localized flooding as rains add to melting snow.
I still can't believe that DH ate and LIKED a meal at our Main Street Chinese restaurant. He has managed to survive at buffets, but they have American choices, too. The Dragon House is strictly Chinese with a full menu of fresh entrees prepared just for you. DH was impressed with the quality of his food and even said he'd go there again. I'm so glad because the young family that owns the Dragon House is so nice. We may be in NY, but there are a lot of "rednecks" here who are anti anything not WASP and 100% American. They are not very welcoming to this family. And yet, they are so grateful to be here. "Is so much better here. Much freeer."
Other than the Native Americans, all of us are the descendants of immigrants. Sometimes we forget that. My father--with his German accent--surrounded our family with friends of every color and religion. How lucky I am to have had this exposure early in life. It was easier in suburban NJ. Here in Allegany County, my sons grew up in an environment that is 98% Caucasian. The few non-whites are doctors and their families. Even the rednecks tend to respect them!
Have a good night's sleep and a pain-free Wednesday everyone! And pray that I don't do anything too stupid between now and when I get my meds and they kick back in.
Here in WNY we have about 4 inches of old snow on the ground and 2 inches of new stuff from this afternoon. I don't know what has happened to the weather elves, but THIS is where the snow should be. (Not that I really want it.) You folks down South are not used to real winter weather. Your road crews are unprepared. You drivers are all trying to drive at the posted speed limit when you should halve that on wet snow. Your vehicles probably don't even have snow tires on them.
It is so unfair and unkind and unbelievable that you are getting all this winter weather. I feel for you all.
My dear friend and neighbor and I took a one hour trip to a rheumy. We did some fun shopping first, then went to the office for my 1:40 apt. He told me that the OA in my fingers, wrists, elbows, and shoulders--but especially the hands--will cripple me if I don't start taking some anit-inflamatories soon. He sent me for X-rays and I'll have blood tests (again) tomorrow. Then there will be a follow up in 2 weeks. My best guess is that I am exactly where I was 40 years ago arthritis-wise. That's true in my spine. We'll see what the X-rays say.
It was fun to be out with a girlfriend and shopping as opposed to going with my guys. We did a lot of giggling. The radio station was playing "music you never expected to hear on the radio again" with an emphasis on love songs for Valentines Day. Here were 2 70 year olds singing along with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, and Elvis. And we remembered the all the words to "Chances Are," "Blue Velvet," and "It's Now or Never." What a wonderful experience. God Bless our Friends.
Hope you are all warm and dry and will have a wonderful Valentine's Day tomorrow!