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Meh...

 

I've got it better than most, but I believe I'll be going on a maintenance dose of allopurinol for gout shortly.

 

And the arthritis in my knee is kicking my butt right now.

 

These things, although chronic, aren't life-threatening or anything but they certainly jeopardize future plans.  I try to go to the gym and eat/drink right in the hopes that in a couple-three years I'll have a decent enough body to not repulse the entire female population - and to allow me to do some things like hike or take bike trips.  I've been a couch potato for a dozen years and am trying to work my way out of it.  Sometimes I feel OK.  And sometimes, it's taken five minutes to get the newspaper from the front yard because of the gout.

 

Just whining, I suppose.  But it's just another straw on the camel's back, to have to fight your body as well as fight your mind.

 

Take care, all!

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Hi Ratboy, Its not whining. Its good to let it out somewhere (says she who struggles to do so and feel ok about it. :-/ )

 

Its funny how painstaking the simplist things can be when things arent working well. The things we take for granted when they did work well. I hope you get treatment that brings some relief. 

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RatBoy I agree with Fizzle - NOT whining and Gout certainly doesn't sound "fun" to have!

 

The rain and cold aren't being "kind" to my joints today. I've come to the conclusion that chronic pain is slow, physical, torture.

Sorry to hear you are suffering Christina. I hope it lets up a little soon. And that the dr mends his ways and listens. . 

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Hey guys I'm new here. I've been dealing with pain the last 5 years. I've been dealing with depression for a 16 . However in the last couple months my pain has gotten worse. I'm at a loss of what to do. An overall getting worse and losing more weight. I'm scared and I don't know what to do. I've seen a doctor and a couple specialists. They know I need medical attention but they also are at a loss of what to do. The pain is causing me to be slightly suicidal. I think anyone that deals with chronic pain knows what I'm talking about. When I'm not in pain though I'm normal or as normal as I usually was. And that's what worries me. I feel like I'm losing my mind. Oh and the pain is due to IBS. So lately eating bowel movements existing all of that hurts.

And I don't want to be drugged up. I don't know what other options I have left. Oh and just to know what I'm doing everything else. I'm exercising, doing yoga, meditating, I've changed my diet, I'm keeping a log, I'm doing visual therapy, I'm doing cognitive therapy, I'm educating myself on my multiple conditions. I'm just at the end of my rope. I don't know what else I could possibly be doing.

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Hey guys I'm new here. I've been dealing with pain the last 5 years. I've been dealing with depression for a 16 . However in the last couple months my pain has gotten worse. I'm at a loss of what to do. An overall getting worse and losing more weight. I'm scared and I don't know what to do. I've seen a doctor and a couple specialists. They know I need medical attention but they also are at a loss of what to do. The pain is causing me to be slightly suicidal. I think anyone that deals with chronic pain knows what I'm talking about. When I'm not in pain though I'm normal or as normal as I usually was. And that's what worries me. I feel like I'm losing my mind. Oh and the pain is due to IBS. So lately eating bowel movements existing all of that hurts.

And I don't want to be drugged up. I don't know what other options I have left. Oh and just to know what I'm doing everything else. I'm exercising, doing yoga, meditating, I've changed my diet, I'm keeping a log, I'm doing visual therapy, I'm doing cognitive therapy, I'm educating myself on my multiple conditions. I'm just at the end of my rope. I don't know what else I could possibly be doing.

 

(((Nightmaresky))) I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time right now with your IBS. It stinks because depression can make pain worse, but pain can also bring on depression and anxiety - arghh. It sounds like you are doing a lot advocating for yourself and trying everything possible to feel better. I hope you get a well-deserved reprieve soon.

 

 

 

RatBoy I agree with Fizzle - NOT whining and Gout certainly doesn't sound "fun" to have!

 

The rain and cold aren't being "kind" to my joints today. I've come to the conclusion that chronic pain is slow, physical, torture.

Sorry to hear you are suffering Christina. I hope it lets up a little soon. And that the dr mends his ways and listens. . 

 

 

Thanks Fizzle. We'll see next week! I'm hanging in there, though had a bit of a rough night last night - the story is almost comical. Almost. I went downstairs to heat up two heating pads for my neck and back. In the process, I bent somehow and am pretty sure my rib fully dislocated as opposed to subluxed this time because the pain was "extreme." I swear, you can't make this stuff up! I hope your body, and your mind, are being kind to you too.

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Thanks Fizzle. We'll see next week! I'm hanging in there, though had a bit of a rough night last night - the story is almost comical. Almost. I went downstairs to heat up two heating pads for my neck and back. In the process, I bent somehow and am pretty sure my rib fully dislocated as opposed to subluxed this time because the pain was "extreme." I swear, you can't make this stuff up! I hope your body, and your mind, are being kind to you too.

 

Oh dear! Im really sorry to hear that. :(  I hope you managed to get it relocated again. I think osteopaths can be quite good for that. Especially if they understand the condition. But dislocations can cause a lot of tissue damage so you defintiely need to have it seen to. Maybe it will help you be heard  by your dr.Scraping the barrel looking for the silver lining! Good luck and let us know what happens. 

 

Nightmaresky. welcome. Hang in there if you can and keep persevering. I have fairly mild ibs but my sister has very sever ibs which drs were convinced was chrones. Vomitting from pain was a regular thing. She is however now pretty ok and no longer disabled by it. Keep fighting. 

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Thanks for the encouragement I'm starting to feel a lot better. It's really hard to get yourself through those really bad periods of pain. So far I'm finding yoga to be my saving grace and I've been doing at least 30 of minutes of meditation every morning. It's hard to do it everyday but I find that its helps with the pain and the depression. It's not a miracle cure but it's definitely taking the bite out of both depression in the pain. Also cognitive therapy has been helping.

I hope you are feeling better lady.

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This might turn into a rant, I don't know. I've been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis but I'm not convinced that's the only thing (or the main thing) wrong with me physically. I'm always fatigued, I have achy knees as I write this, and sometimes my left leg hurts really bad. A few months ago, it was so bad I could barely sit down without being in pain. It hasn't been as bad since but I'm afraid that aspect will come back eventually. In the meanwhile, I'm also dealing with a  lot of anxiety, I'm pratically agoraphobic lately, and I'm depressed. Then I have other little things going on that add to my depression and take a kick at my self-esteem. One is a lot of weight gain in the past year, where I'm now at the biggest I've ever been. But due to the fatigue, pain, and pessimism, I just haven't been working out to try to lose it again. I hate this time of year too, because I can't take comfortable walks when it's hot out. I basically dread and fear the summer every year and count down the days until September. I worry about all the rainstorms, possible hurricanes, and just the heat makes me crazy. I don't even want to take the dog out these days, which makes me feel guilty on top of everything else.

I got a bit off-topic but I'm particularly anxious about my next rheumatologist appointment in a few days. I've been on methotrexate and I dont' feel much different so I think they'll try something else. I'm nervous about being put on any kind of injections, anything expensive, or a combo of the two. I dont' even know how long we'll be able to afford to keep seeing this doctor, because our insurance is crap. I don't want to get my hopes up that anything will help or that things will get better, because as I get older, things only seem to get more complicated. At the same time, I'm hoping there's some miracle cure that will at least take the fatigue away so I feel like doing things. I don't know how I'll get through all this otherwise.

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32 minutes ago, evalynn said:

This might turn into a rant, I don't know. I've been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis but I'm not convinced that's the only thing (or the main thing) wrong with me physically. I'm always fatigued, I have achy knees as I write this, and sometimes my left leg hurts really bad. A few months ago, it was so bad I could barely sit down without being in pain. It hasn't been as bad since but I'm afraid that aspect will come back eventually. In the meanwhile, I'm also dealing with a  lot of anxiety, I'm pratically agoraphobic lately, and I'm depressed. Then I have other little things going on that add to my depression and take a kick at my self-esteem. One is a lot of weight gain in the past year, where I'm now at the biggest I've ever been. But due to the fatigue, pain, and pessimism, I just haven't been working out to try to lose it again. I hate this time of year too, because I can't take comfortable walks when it's hot out. I basically dread and fear the summer every year and count down the days until September. I worry about all the rainstorms, possible hurricanes, and just the heat makes me crazy. I don't even want to take the dog out these days, which makes me feel guilty on top of everything else.

I got a bit off-topic but I'm particularly anxious about my next rheumatologist appointment in a few days. I've been on methotrexate and I dont' feel much different so I think they'll try something else. I'm nervous about being put on any kind of injections, anything expensive, or a combo of the two. I dont' even know how long we'll be able to afford to keep seeing this doctor, because our insurance is crap. I don't want to get my hopes up that anything will help or that things will get better, because as I get older, things only seem to get more complicated. At the same time, I'm hoping there's some miracle cure that will at least take the fatigue away so I feel like doing things. I don't know how I'll get through all this otherwise.

Maybe it's fibromyalgia.  You're like me.  I've been wondering if I really have both arthritis and fibromyalgia for a long time now.

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