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Aug 10, 2016 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I am 63 years old. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CMS and chronic fatigue syndrome in 2007. At the time I had a viral panel done that showed that, while I had antibodies for nearly everything except Lyme Disease, I had an active Epstein Barr infection. While I have never been able to make the connection, I don’t believe in coincidences.

I am lucky enough to be able to work from home. This gives me the schedule flexibility to function.

I have been through all of the medication protocols that the “experts” around here come up with, and none have worked for me. I had terrible reactions to Lyrica and Cymbalta, and the rest didn’t work. Despite what doctors think, anti-depressants do not work as pain killers for me.

My most recent issue has created terrible problems for me. 16 months ago I had serious open rotator cuff surgery. This required amputation of the end of my collarbone to remove large bone spurs, as well as repair of a large, full-thickness rotator cuff tear. I went through 6 months of PT and continue to work out at a gym. However, I still have severe shoulder pain. I have seen pain management specialists, neurologists and rheumatologists. Those who didn’t make me worse told me to get lost.

I really think I have reached the end of my rope, and don’t seem to have anywhere else to turn.