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Other illnesses along with Chronic Pain

spunky21sspunky21 Posts: 161
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Chronic Pain
I have posted a little while back about having ear infections. It seems as though I have not felt well for about a month. I have been to my PCP with a left ear infection. Approx. a week later went to Urgent Care (on a sunday) rt. ear infection.
The last few days I have had the chills, ear pain, slight sore throat, pinkie finger infected and what I thought was a swollen lymph node left side pelvic area.
Well I woke up this morning and really felt awful. Fever, pain (not the pain from my cervical and lumbar and leg issues) just felt bad. I wanted to cry but doesn't really help the situation. My husband woke up and called the PCP who said to come in now. We got ready and went in. Not really surprised that I have double ear infections, throat infection, infected pinkie finger (no clue how that occured) and a cyst the size of an egg left side pelvic area. The dr. was actually quite amazed I had so much going on all at the same time. I spoke one time before about low immunities in one of my posts. Now the dr. is checking my blood for my white cell count. Not quite sure what or why? Should have asked but I did not sleep the night before and wasn't thinking straight. To be quite honest not quite sure the point of this post maybe I need to vent or I am at my wit's end. I do listen to my body so I do not believe that my pain meds cover up or mask the symptoms of other illnesses. Perhaps the pain I have in my cervical and lumbar and legs is so intense it overrides the other pain from the infections as it is not as severe. All I know is I am one big mess and am feeling quite "blue". Maybe I avoid going to the PCP as I am so tired from running from specialist to specialist. So I let things build up and before you know it I am really under the weather.
Does anyone else go through similar situations where the little aches and pains take a back seat due to our chronic pain issues?
I am so sorry if I sound like I am having a major pity party. I am trying not too. I just feel really alone and sick. I do have a wonderful husband who is so kind and supportive so I know I am not alone that way. I also think I don't want to complain to him about other things as I feel like he deals with enough having to do almost everything due to my disabilities. I think if you click on my name is will list all my issues. Again I apologize for sounding like a big baby. I am just feeling really down.
Praying for brighter tomorrow's for all of us.


  • <<<Hugs>>>> Jan,

    I don't think you are alone. I know that I have felt like a hypochondriac (sp?) this year. I have been to the doctor over and over from one thing or another. I feel like between the PT, the PM, & my NS (throw in the ortho for my knee) why in the world would I want to see my pcp again? Oh yeah don't forget the eye MD and the Horners disease... You are not alone. Just ill my dear.

    I think you are right. Our immune systems can get run down& not function properly. I know my PM clinic offers testing to check all your levels to make sure your getting all your minerals and needed vitamins as well as sleep in order to heal. It makes sense.

    My daughter just had a barthalon cyst on her pelvic area. Not fun. She had to have it drained. I hope the doctor gave you strong antibiotics and scheduled a follow up for Monday.

    I had a sinus infection from May until July. I did antibiotics and then stayed on an antihystimine until September. I think the steroid injections were feeding it.

    I am sorry you are having a bad bout. Pitty party's are my specialty. I was thinking of becoming a "pity party planner" just kidding >:D<

    Try to stay positive, things are going to get better. You will start feeling better soon. I think you should get a cuddle blanket, some good pillows and watch a favorite movie. Try to take your mind off your troubles for a couple hours.



  • So pity party it is, and if I remember correctly, the song says "....it's my party and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to; you would cry too, if it happened to you... :''(
    Honey, you got A LOT going on. I am sorry to hear of all these infections and the terrible way you feel. I think the blood test is absolutely called for. You should ask your doc about some probioatics, to take along with your antibiotics, helps keep the good/healthy bacteria functioning so that the antibiotics don't knock them out too. It's OCT supplement.
    I have been experiencing some extra issues too, and yes your surgery pain/chronic pain, is always most obvious, for me its the last thing in my mind at night....and the first thing I think of in the morning.
    you are NOT alone.
    i hope you start feeling better real soon and lean on that great man of yours....thats why he is there.
    Feel better,
  • I am trying to take additional supplements and probiotics to get my health back.

    I had a required doctors appointment this week, and one thing that he impressed upon me was to work diligently with a PCP to maintain optimal health. He says that he sees patients general health decline rapidly due to chronic pain...so it is not in your head, it's in your body.

    Please take good care of yourself,

  • many people with intractable pain or chronic pain tend to lead a sedentary life style and as a result we hardly mix with the rest of the world .this give s bugs an ideal opportunity to attack us .should we decide to go for a swim or go food shopping etc {with everyone coughing and sneezing we tend to pick up bugs and because we have little passive immunity {is we aren't being sneezed on every day on the train etc and at work} therefor we tent to get ill more than others and the fact that many of us can't sleep and we are busy fighting pain all the time also lowers our immunity ..and if you look at care homes its normal pneumonia that kills off the elderly ..not the cancer or the stroke that put them in the home in the first place ..the ideal situation with people like us is to try and get out a few times a week {if not for the passive resistance ..just to escape from the 4 walls you pain prison cell as it were!}and to keep the circulation good ..ward of heart attacks and strokes ..but as we are in so much pain this is easier to write down than do
  • but it's a new day. I tell myself that even though I still feel awful. I know it is going to take some time to get better. I was prescribed a 14 day supply of antibiotics which I don't believe I have ever had to take them for that long. I have ointments and she did prescribe something for sleep however I am not even going to open the bag it came in. It is Trazadol I believe. I do not know how my PM dr will feel about that. I explained I want nothing my PM dr would find issue with. She said this wasn't a narcotic but I felt she would not give me the prescription. Apparently they have a new system where by they EZ send to local pharmacy. So as we drove through to pick up meds they said there was 4 for me and 2 for my hubby. We use express pay whereby they already have debit card on file. So when I got home and went to take an antibiotic saw the Trazadone bag. I have appt. with PM next week and will take with me to make sure he doesn't have an issue. MY PCP is extremely up front about the fact that I am sleep deprived and that is a bad thing. PM dr. doesn't seem to care to much about that. What do you think?
    Anyway I appreciate your comments as being sick on top of my other issues is just really getting me down. Actually I think I am just plain sick and as Julie said I need to get a blanket and try to get some rest. Not easy when you can't sleep well due to the other pain issues.
    I will most certainly ask about the probiotics and will do some research also.
    Straker you are so right I know I do not get out enough as the pain limits me also husband is disabled as you know and getting the wheelchair in the van takes a toll on him. Actually he would be happy to take me anywhere I wanted to go. To be honest with you just going to appts and tests seem to exhaust me. I try to move about the house as much as possible to keep the blood flowing and streghten my legs as they are very weak. I have had in home therapy as well. So I am trying to be proactive. I just know living like this is really hard. I know its normal to get sick so I think I need to suck it up and get past this. At least I know these illness will go away the Chronic Pain is here to stay and I have a positive attitude about that. I don't know why these problems brought me down so much.
    Thanks again you all make me feel like you care.
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