Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Posted by Jen, Volunteer Mentor @sandytoes14, Aug 19, 2019

Usually I am not one to share much of my personal story but here goes…I have what is called moderate to severe degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the spine C3-C7 and lumbar spine, and Fibromyalgia. In the 20 years Ive had pain, I"ve been though many treatments including PT, tens unit, bio feedback,injections, nerve ablations, you name it. I'm prescribed Cymbalta 60 mg for Fibro and anxiety as well as 225 mg of Lyrica. I have been on and off various painkillers too. I'm currently on a long acting oxycodone of 13.5 mg and once a day one 15 mg of IR oxycodone. This has been my regime for a few months now as I switched from 15 mg IR oxycodone. Now for those who are worried about me ODing…I understand. I actually hype-vigilant about my meds. (And I have my hubby and son who watch) Years ago I was on 15 mg Fentanyl patch for 10 months and came off it in one month with no side effects.
Right now I'm really struggling with this rotten pain. I have no appetite, either can't sleep or nap during the day.

@parus I miss the good old days too but here in my Sr building we still write Christmas cards sent some back east and will send some online Bless those in storms way bundle up be save

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@sandytoes14

I had to share a couple photos of my Christmas cactus. I just noticed that it is filled with buds and has quite a few blossoms. Happy Tuesday. My your heart be blessed. Be kind, it costs nothing but can be priceless.

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@sandytoes14 Beautiful cactus Use to have one but now have terrium here's a picture of it

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@mamacita Hello there. I am not very tech savvy either. I am constantly misplacing my cell phone, can't keep things straight. I can see where technology is advancement and also where it is replacing people and turning the human race into tech zombies. Everywhere I go others are text-text-texting on their phones, yak-yak-yaking on their phones, stores playing network music… Enough to drive me back to my woman's cave and it does.
A line I use when registering for blood work, etc, and directed to use the computers lining the walls is, "I'm sorry I am technologically impaired". I take on the appearance of a lost individual and being pathetic-it works!!!! When I am stressed nothing works and it takes me longer to register.
I miss getting Christmas cards and all the simple things that made life special and worth living. Succumbing to a machine is dehumanizing which is what it has been designed to do-something about equality for all.
Dismounting soapbox and keeping you and yours in my thoughts.

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I appreciate this post (from a younger perspective) and agree agree agree. PS…I still send Christmas cards. 😊

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@karen00 Hello once again. Yes, I have been MIA. All in all I am doing well with all of the ups and downs. I am presuming you did not lose your apartment. How are things going for you health wise? I have undergone a cervical rhizotomy which has provided some relief as long as I do not try and do too much. Holidays can be rough. I made up my mind to try and not delve into the past as there is no benefit in doing so. I try doing little acts of kindness and/or thoughtful things. I have discovered it can be contagious in a positive way and not like the hellacious intestinal bug that worked a number on me trying to snatch away my Christmas spirit. I am happy and relieved it has past and did not take my Christmas spirit as it left. I surely have cleansed intestines at this point in time.
Good to see you are still connected. 🙂

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@parus hey Parus, so the rhizotomy went well? I looked it up to get more info on it. I didn’t know anything about them. Can you feel relief? Glad you squashed the bug! I’m very lucky that I haven’t had a bug this winter – although it feels like spring now. The temp is 65! We’re in the South, but that’s about 20 degrees too warm for this time of year. I can’t remember if I’ve told you where I live. I’m in Cary, NC – right outside of Raleigh. I just found out my iron is extremely low and have to get IV iron. I’ll be glad because the side effects aren’t good. I am dizzy, weak, and shaky. I have a hard time on my walker and don’t feel safe when I walk. Anyway, it’s always something, right? ……Karen

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@sandytoes14

I had to share a couple photos of my Christmas cactus. I just noticed that it is filled with buds and has quite a few blossoms. Happy Tuesday. My your heart be blessed. Be kind, it costs nothing but can be priceless.

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@sandytoes14 WOW!!! I am impressed. These plants are so unpredictable in blooming. So true about kindness. We never know what a smile and/or a kind word can do.

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@karen00

@parus hey Parus, so the rhizotomy went well? I looked it up to get more info on it. I didn’t know anything about them. Can you feel relief? Glad you squashed the bug! I’m very lucky that I haven’t had a bug this winter – although it feels like spring now. The temp is 65! We’re in the South, but that’s about 20 degrees too warm for this time of year. I can’t remember if I’ve told you where I live. I’m in Cary, NC – right outside of Raleigh. I just found out my iron is extremely low and have to get IV iron. I’ll be glad because the side effects aren’t good. I am dizzy, weak, and shaky. I have a hard time on my walker and don’t feel safe when I walk. Anyway, it’s always something, right? ……Karen

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@karen00 Hoping the iron boost will be helpful.

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