|2 week pictures|
|Spring pictures of A|
I was reading something in a book about dealing with chronic pain and the writer mentioned to not be afraid to let your friends and family know and help them understand how your feeling. If you don't, they won't understand your behavior at times. What happens to "you" is you shut yourself off from everyone. I watched it happen to me multiple times even though I've been in therapy for 3 years now. This blog was meant for reaching people who deal with chronic pain and/or have a SCS. it was meant to be a pain journal so to speak. Someplace I could feel comfortable talking about how I feel and how I'm dealing with it. So here I am back to complain. I really should continue to do more of it here. As I get through some tough days I'm angry by the time I arrive home. Depressed or angry. I don't know how to stay in the middle. As I've said many times my husband ends up take the brunt of my release.
My latest ailments outside of the everyday trials are a flare up of my gastritis/reflux and the bursitis. In my last post I was feeling so positive that the bursitis was almost gone. I was feeling very little and was continuing to do the stretches even though I'd been released from OT. Within weeks it was much better but unfortunately it just moved areas. I woke up during the night soon after with my upper arm on same side hurting. The pain was all the way from top of shoulder to my elbow on the back side of the arm. (tricep area) Over the last month it has increased to the point I can't lift my arm straight out or past shoulder area. I decided to just deal with it because I had an appointment coming up with my rheumatologist. My OT had already told me the PT would be the person to help me with anything above the elbow. I know Dr. C could give the recommendations and stretches I needed. I preferred to wait for his advise.
Meanwhile, during the same time I was waking up every morning with a burning sensation in my stomach. I was also very nauseous to the point I didn't want to eat anything. I put up with it for two weeks then decided to go ahead and schedule with my gastroenterologist. I figured they'd be sending me a card soon since it had been a year since I'd seen him and my Nexium was about to be out of refills. It just so happened the appointment that was available was the same day as my rheumatologist. The times worked out perfect. I really love getting two over with in one day instead of going back to town on another day.
I saw the gastro doctor first. He said some people build up a tolerance to reflux medication just like a pain reliever so first thing he wanted me to try something new for the reflux. Secondly, and sadly, he wants to do another scope to compare the changes to the gastritis. He was not comfortable with he amount of ibuprofen I'm taking. I told him I really don't have a choice. I refuse to increase my pain medication. I may have a change of heart if my scope shows a big difference but I'm praying it's his first thought. Maybe the Nexium isn't working any longer. My husband has been taking Nexium for years and never had to change. His symptoms haven't returned though.
After leaving there I went straight to see my favorite doctor of all of them. He is the nicest person in the health care field I have ever seen. Believe me when I say I've seen a lot. He always sits and talks with me first. Then he always does an exam. How many of your doctors examine you? Maybe your GP? My PM doctor or my previous orthopedic doctor who did my fusion never once examined my back. They all rely on notes and x rays. Focus, back to topic...he cares about everything else going on, not just my Fibromyalgia. When we discussed my appointment with gastroenterologist he told me he liked the medication he wanted me to try. ( I really appreciation his opinions whether I ask or not ) He was really concerned about that issue for me and asked me to come back 3 months instead of 6 so I could update him on the scope results and my decision about the Fibromyalgia medication I'm taking.
During his exam he had me do all kinds of things with my arm. He conclusion was the bursitis was in my rotator cuff not my arm. The arm is just where the pain refers to. The good news, it's in place you just have some bursitis there. Seriously? So it just left one area of the arm to another. I really just thought it was fibromyalgia pain. He reminded me that for most people the pain level is one number but when you have fibromyalgia it amplifies. He spent quite some time showing me what stretches to do and gave me a print out with instructions. We decided I could do this on my own at home instead of returning to PT.
I talked to him about my medication not helping any longer. He gave me the option of stopping. Sometime when you have so many other things going on you think something isn't working but if you stop it you can tell it is helping. He doesn't doubt it's not, but he suggests I get off and see how much different I feel. The other option is to bump up to two and see if that helps. Before I could get it out, (my concern of weight gain), he reminded me it put some more weight on me. Yes, I know. It already has. Even though I've continued to stay on WW's it still creeped on. I'm back to where I was when I started WW's. I had lost 8 pounds when I started the medication. I can't imagine if I wouldn't have been following a diet where I'd be. I like that he gives me options and he's truly honest with me on how "he" feels about it.
I have a close friend who has dealt with elbow and shoulder pain. I know she really understands where I'm coming from. If I try and find the good in having the bursitis not leave but move to a different area it is that if I don't use my arm it doesn't hurt. I wish it was that way with my back. In some ways I think they are all tied together.
On to some good things. This makes week four of watching two of my grandchildren one day a week. Even though we've never been very far apart life just keeps everyone busy. For me, if I'm not busy, I'm recovering. It's been nice to see them on a regular basis. When P was born I tried really hard in the beginning to see him as often as possible. I was still working at the time and it seemed to get harder and harder to get it done. My daughter brought him to see us plenty of the time. I can remember so many week ends longing to be with him but just couldn't pull myself out of bed to get in the car to go.
Not only do I love spending the day with them it also makes me very happy to be helping my daughter and son in law. It's so hard for mom's to go back to work at any age of their children's life. I believe it's especially hard when you have to leave an infant or even a toddler especially if its not with family. It's a long day for me, but worth every minute of it.
AJ is smiling at her big brother and he loves her so. If I'm not sure where something is he can help me out for sure.
|Hanging out with sista|
|2 week old angel|
Five more days until my mom and I set sail for our caribbean getaway. The closer it gets the more excited I am. I usually get really nervous about leaving town any method of traveling. One or two nights before I start thinking of all the reasons I shouldn't go or what could happen while I'm gone. I've always been anxious about being away from my children. Now I have my grandchildren I think about and miss. And then there is my baby at home, Dallas. Of course I will worry about him. We have a follow up appointment at the vet on Friday so at least I will have an update before I leave.
My mom and I have been off on a short trip together and a longer one with more of the family but never for this length of time just her and I. We will have plenty of time to catch up, enjoy some great food, entertainment, soak up some sunshine and most importantly just relax.
Weekend before last A was here for a visit. She spent Friday night and Saturday with Poppa and Nonna. On Saturday afternoon I brought her to have some spring pictures taken. She loves to get dressed up. After she was done she couldn't wait for her daddy to get there and see her in her beautiful dress and she didn't want to take it off to make sure Aunt B could see "how pretty" (her words) she was. And I agree. Take a look for yourself.
I hope to check back in before leaving on Sunday. If for some reason I don't I will be around soon after to show off some pictures from our trip! Enjoy the rest of the week. We will return on the following Sunday.
Until we chat again....remember to have HOPE-Hold on Pain ends