I'm 39 years old and have been suffering from chronic back pain for over 6 years now, I've been diagnosed with arthritis and fibromyalgia, also I have 2 bulging discs in my neck. I was dealing with the pain, it was managable, I was even taking karate. Well in March I had my ovaries out so I was off work for a few weeks, then no sooner healed from that and I fell backwards off a chair. My rheumatologist did a new MRI of my back and I got conflicting information. The PA came in first and said there was some variation in the discs in my upper back where I fell. (this is also where the biggest part of my pain has always been even before I fell) anyhow then the doctor comes in and says the MRI looks fine. Well after the fall I went to physical therapy for a while, which helped some, but then I reached a plateau and stopped therapy since it was no longer helping. My average daily pain before all this was 4/10 unless I overdid things, well now my average is 8/10. It never gets better, the past few weeks it's been so bad, I put on a brave face because I know my family gets tired of hearing me whine about my pain. No one "gets" it, no one. My back is the worst, but a lot of days my whole body aches, getting up to go to work is murder. I can't afford to just quit my job and try for disability, from what I understand I would have to either quit or cut my hours down to next to nothing in order to qualify. I am not the crying type, but days like today I want to sit down and cry. I am depressed, simply because of the pain and not being able to do everything I want to. I hate that I always have to ask for help now for tasks around the house. I am a nurse, and at work I put on a brave face and do what I must do, then come home and sit on my recliner with my heating pad. I'm starting to pack on weight, I've gained 10 pounds in the past 6 months, I know it's because I'm less active, but I can't help that. I joined this group because I need someone, anyone who can relate and not think I'm a whiney baby. My husband is no help, he always acts like he thinks I'm either exaggerating or completely faking. As far as the depression, no one knows, I keep it to myself, I feel like that just makes me more of a loser if I stop being strong and let people know just how low I am feeling right now. I was taking Cymbalta and diclofenac for my fibro, but recently my doctor told me to stop the diclofenac and added Lyrica to my meds. I just started it today, so hoping it will work for me.
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