My name is Jamie, I am 22 years old finishing up my Undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, and applied for Law School this year. I have spent the past eight years with a very unusual Chronic Neuromuscular/auto-immune disease that my Neurologists here at UofM have called CIDN, Chronic Inflammatory Demylenating Neuropathy that affects the right side of my back, rib cage, and shoulder. I have a wonderful girlfriend who is my saving grace and is my nurse on particularly miserably painful days.
I have been reading the forum for quite some time and thought it would be nice to introduce myself. I can very much sympathize with all you members suffering with Chronic pain as I have been suffering with it for a good portion of my life. I also just got a positive diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis a week ago that particularly affects my hands, feet, and shoulders for the time being. I truly have the most wonderful family who has stood by these past eight years giving me all the support possible and have gotten me into see some of the very best Neurologists and Neurosurgeons in the entire world. I have been to the Mayo Clinic twice and have a few doctors there who I usually go see once a year or every other year to give them the lowdown on how things have been going. I have always been an extremely independent and hate the fact that I often times need to rely on others to help me, but I just have a wonderful group of friends who take care of me. Aside from the prescriptions, I am also an advocate of Medical Marihuana in helping with my chronic pain.
I suppose thats my story and I appreciate you reading and look forward to getting to know some of you on the site.