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Newbie looking for support

Unique200123UUnique200123 Posts: 8
edited 11/18/2014 - 8:04 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello,
I am a 31 year old female with 3 kids, and am a mental health and drug and alcohol therapist. My history of illnesses is that I have struggled with fibro and muscle spasms since my early adulthood. Recently I started having pain down my right arm, muscle spasms lasting for weeks, numbness in my fingers, shooting pains in my elbow. I went to my doctor I have had for 12 years. He continued to say it was my fibro and muscle spasms and sent me for a lupus and RA test. Both were negative. He gave me a muscle relaxer, meloxicam and Lyrica. After 4 weeks of no symptom reduction, his unwillingness to do anything further sent me to look for a new doctor. 4 weeks ago I got a new doctor whom has sent me for an xray, EMG and to a pain management specialist. My next test will be a MRI. At this point I have nerve issues in my C 4-5 and I believe 6 and 7.im currently on Baclofen, meloxicam, muscle relaxers 3 times per day, tramadol every 8 hours and prednisone. The pain continues. For the past 3 months I have felt crazy and have been looked at as seeking drugs or over exasperating my condition. These issues are affecting my job as I type a lot, cooking and cleaning as both exasperate the problem, , going places, enjoying family and/or friends, driving, my sex life and my mental health. I have tried a heating pad, tiger balm, chiropractor, mild pain medication, and stretching often. Nothing is working. I hope that from this forum I will find others like me and support. The feeling of Loneliness I have been experiencing has rocked my world. No one understands the constant ache and pain I am dealing with on an every day basis. Sometimes I only cry and wish the doctor would shoot a muscle relaxer or pain relieverin all the places it hurts or numb me. Sleeping is difficult hence the 2:15am post. I'm just over it and from the posts I am looking at dealing with this for quite some time. I'm not sure how much more I can handle.
Amanda
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,904

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    edited 11/19/2014 - 5:18 AM
    Sound like you have your hands full with work and kids! And I bet your job is stressful even though you are helping people. I can relate to not being able to clean and cook....things that I actually used to enjoy. I've found that sitting while I chop vegetables helps a little with my lower back pain.

    I just want to encourage you to hang in there and keep trying until you get some relief from your docs. This website has been very helpful to me just knowing that I'm not alone.
    Betty65
  • It sounds like you're finally getting the diagnostic tests you need! It can be a problem with sticking with the same doc for so long. Often they diagnose you & then fit your symptoms to your 'pre-existing' condition. It's so hard because building a good relationship with docs is so important though. Ugh! I think you've done the right thing. I often consult new specialists just for a second opinion. It's good to be certain that you're doing everything you can to help yourself.
    I've got 2 young children. I moved from England to America. Being so far away from my family & old friends is so hard. I find it hard when new people don't know the 'real' me, the old me. Chronic pain is incredibly hard at the best of times. Those who have never hobbled a mile in our shoes can never truly understand. It's so much more than just the pain. You're not alone. You're in great company here. I hope the advise & support you find here is as valuable to you as it has been me. I've made some great friends who "Get It!".

    I look forward to seeing you on the forums & getting to know you. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Thank you all for the kind words. This is exactly what I sought. It am glad to have changed doctors and the idea of changing at times is scary but necessary.
    Amanda
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