My journey started 10 years ago when I had emergency surgery on cervical herniated disc.Five back surgeries later, (last one in 2006)I was left with a life that is much like one that is semi-comatose. I can build myself up to be able to complete 'one' project, and am incapacitated for the next week or more. I thought it was caused by all the back pain. My last surgery was to remove a large amount of titanium hardware in my lumbar area, which we came to realize that the chronic pain was from my body rejecting the hardware. I thought my problems were now over. Not so fortunate! I found that the pain that I felt for many years must have been a mixture of inability to get to the point of exercise to heal and restore my back, but also Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue added to the mix. I take a very low antidepressant, Lexapro for years. Lately I was to the Fibromyalgia clinic in Phila. and have been taking gobs of supplements. I don't get colds as much as I used to. It seems to have helped with the brain fog, but the severe chronic fatigue is horrible. I have done some journalling and documenting and find that I am quite sure that the chronic fatigue has very much to do with hormonal insufficiencies and hormonal changes. Now....how to convince my family doctor of this, and how to get the correct testing. Does anyone have the same experience? My clinic visit amounted to almost $600 out of pocket. We cannot afford that type of help (insurance doesn't cover most of it). I am desperate, or I would never have googled to find if there is anyone that has had the same experience. I feel so alone, and life is just not worth living like this. I am not suicidal, but desperate to find a way to be decently functional.
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