Jan has such good advice about believing in yourself and your pain. It's easier to talk with the docs when you are confident.
There are some good apps for pain/symptom journaling if you have devices for them. If not, it might be easier to set certain times of the day to stop and jot down a few notes. Waking, mid day, early evening, end of day, and bedtime are some examples.
You don't need to note every time for every day, twice a day would be fine. Location of pain, type of pain, trigger, and any remedy is all you need to write down to start. Mine get repetitive so it takes just a minute or two to make the note, then get back to my real life.
This also allows me to not pay attention to the aches, I will focus on them at note time and try to disregard at other times. (Mind games are one of my tools. La la la la, I can't feel you!). After a month you'll have a great record and you'll start using and developing it the way that suits you and your doctors.
That went on longer than I expected, but this journaling has been very helpful to me and my docs. It was the tool that convinced the neurologist of the severity of migraines, and then showed how the treatments were working.
You might want to try using those stick on Thermacare heaters. I use the "neck" size on my lower back, upper back across the shoulder blades, around or across a thigh, draped over a shoulder, or wherever I'm hurting.View Thread
That is good news for you. Do you know what kind of physicians and other practitioners are at the clinic? That will make a difference in what types of options they'll have available for you. I don't remember if you've said anything about working with a rheumatologist, but some people like them a lot.View Thread
I have definitely become less stable on my feet these past few years. Changing direction is one of my risky moves and I've learned to stop and then turn (usually I remember!)
My physical therapist's site has a class they run periodically on improving balance and coordination, I'm planning to sign up the next time it's offered. Maybe there is something like that in your area.
Oh I wish I had my brains back again. Earlier today I had to drive to the other side of the metro area. Haven't been there for a few years, but I used to live there and wasn't concerned about directions. Boy was I wrong, it was more congested than I remembered. My reactions are slower now and I ended up being blocks past my turns at times. The trip took forever.
I need to keep lists or notes for everything. Can't tell you how often the computer gets turned on, and then I can't remember what I was going to do with it.View Thread
We're having a beautiful day here, bright sunny and 70s. Saturday was drizzling and some spits of snow, but there was our town's annual outdoor craft show so my friends and I went out anyway. I'm paying for it now, but we had so much fun that it was worth it.
I'll spend the afternoon in the kitchen, which is one of my favorite things to do. Some of the garden herbs are dry and ready to put in jars, and I have everything for a soup that my husband likes.
Cory, that photo is beautiful. No wonder you go there ever year!
So sweet of you to take care of that lonely cat, each of mine has come my way in a similar fashion over the years. One was abandoned at the vet's office and they called me because my Cinny had to be put down a few weeks earlier.