Archive for the ‘fibro fog’ category

Appt with a NeuroSurgeon

December 7, 2012

sciatic nerve pain

 

As you know I have been having back pain, sciatic nerve pain down both legs, and now I have numbness and tingling down my right leg from the knee to my toes.  My doctor referred me to a NeuroSurgeon to see what we can do.  My appointment is Dec 12th.  Please pray for me!

Steroid Shots for Pain

September 30, 2012

I had steroid shots placed in the bursa area of my hip on Thursday to see if it would help with my hip pain.  I had developed pain with walking and it felt like it was bone on bone.  X-rays showed that my hip was ok.  The specialist put multiple steroid injections around the area of pain.  I could tell by the next day that it was helping, which was wonderful!!!  The drawbacks or side-effects of the shots were:  I was so wide awake that I only slept a total of 3 hours for 2 nights straight, my Fibro fog increased, the site was fairly swollen, bruised and painful, and it caused my Fibro to flare this weekend.  The GOOD news again is that it reduced the pain in my hip area so I no longer have the terrible pain when walking.  It is sad that so many things start flares in people with Fibromyalgia (meaning that their Fibro symptoms get worse).  Even treatment like steroid shots to help with hip pain start flares that make your Fibro worse.  I am thankful for any help I can get to reduce pain or increase energy, even at the cost of going through a Fibro Flare.  I don’t always…… but I want to try to look at the positives in my life.  May you be pain-free and have extra energy!

Shots!! Make the Pain Go Away…… PLEASE!!

September 28, 2012

I have been having so much back pain and hip pain that I have been getting Lumbar Epidural Injections and today I was sent to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  He ended up giving me a steroid shot in my bursitis area in my left hip.  He says that my left hip is covered in arthritis, bone spurs, pinching the nerve that causes my sciatica nerve issues.  My bruise is lovely that I got today.  The steroid shot  helped me so much by noon that I was doing little projects that I haven’t been able to do (just light work).  THEN, I went outside to get the mail and the grass was wet.  When I came back in I walked across our living room carpet in my tennis shoes, then onto the tile in the kitchen.  I made it by the refrigerator and fell so hard on my right knee and my left hip.  I pulled the area that had been hurting so much before the steroid shot in my hip.   AARRGG.  I was so upset that I called my husband to come home early to be with me.  I was in the floor crying, I was pissed, in pain, frustrated because every time it seems I get better I get knocked down with pain or fatigue in some way.  Right now I am pretty sick of this Fibro thing, the hip issue, and the back issue.  Someone make it go away!!!  They say that I will eventually need back surgery.  I won’t get pain relief from the sciatic nerve until I have the back surgery.  The nerve is being pinched so badly that all it knows to do is PAIN.  I also have the bulging disc, lots of arthritis, degenerative spurring, ventral flattening of the thecal sac, degenerative changes are most prominent at L4-L5 where there is a broad posterior and left foraminal disc protrusion with bony spurring.  There is moderate to severe left foraminal stenosis at L4-L5 with displacement and compression fo the exiting left L4 nerve root.  So……. sometime in the future I will be having back surgery.  They say this is the only thing that will help relieve my back and sciatica nerve pain.  I think I will try the shots for a while and when I just can’t stand it anymore – I wll schedule the surgery. 

So tell me – have you taken pain pills, pain shots, epidural injections for pain, steroid shots?  Tell me your experience I would love to hear it.

WARNING! Fibro Person Coming Your Way!!

September 25, 2012

“Fibro Colors” posted this today on Facebook and maybe here as well (not sure).  I can relate to this SO well.  I think some of it is due to Fibro Fog.  Not only do I trip over invisible things – I run into the same door knobs walking through the hall day after day (my arms show the bruises), and hit the same door frames with my arms.  If I am coming your way…… WATCH OUT!

My Faithful Friend – Emily

September 24, 2012

This is our Cocker Spaniel, Emily.  She is 13 years old and we have had her for 8 years.  Emily is a rescue dog.  We had a dog, Watson, at the time and thought he needed someone to play with besides our family.  I found a Cocker Spaniel on line at a place called Pets and People that rescued dogs for placement in good homes.  The Cocker Spaniel was a male named Suds, so I went after work the next day to get him.  He was out for grooming that day so I was starting to leave and return the next day when the lady said “We just received another Cocker Spaniel yesterday… would you like to take a look at her?”.  I said sure since I didn’t care of the sex of the dog, but I really wanted another Cocker Spaniel.  We had a Cocker Spaniel years before and she was an angel.  The lady brough the dog out and she was the UGLIEST dog I had ever seen.  They had just picked her up off the streets of a neighboring town and she was so malnourished that most of her hair had fallen out.  What hair she had left was long, stringy strands of bright red hair.  She was so skinny you could see her complete bone structure of her back, ribs, etc.  I was surprised the dog was standing.  They had to of seen the surprise on my face, but asked “Would you like to take her for a walk?”  I agreed and when I took hold of the leash the ugly, malnourished Cocker Spaniel held her head high and walked like she was royalty.  We walked down the pathway and I stopped and petted her for a few minutes and noticed she had the prettiest, brown eyes I had ever seen.  We instantly fell in love with each other and she became my best friend.  When we went back in I said “I want her!”  On the way home I put her in the front passengers seat on a nice, soft towel.  About 5 minutes into a 40 minute drive home she moved over right up against me and laid her head on my shoulder.  When we got home I gave her a bath and she was right at home.  My husband and our boys looked at her with the same shock that I did when I first saw her, but they fell in love with her as well.  We fattened her up in no time, her hair grew back more of a blondish red and she has been princess in our house ever since.  She takes every step that I take and when I am sick she stays in my bedroom the entire time.  I was in bed for 2 years at one time and Emily stayed with me only going out when my husband or boys took her outside to go to the bathroom.  She is my FAITHFUL FRIEND.

Fibromyalgia is a PAIN!!!

September 18, 2012

This is SO true!!  I haven’t had a second without pain in years.  Constant pain and fatigue is very draining on your body, mind, and soul.  I would give almost anything to have one day without pain and fatigue.  I am praying for a cure or at least medicine that will help me someday.  If you are out there struggling with fibromyalgia or another illness, just know that there are others out here that know what you are experiencing.  We are in this together and we need to encourage one another to live life to the fullest.

Blessings to you and your family.  Please feel free to comment.

Killing Snakes with a Steak Knife while doing the Splits

September 6, 2012

You may see me in the next Olympics.  Today while watering ours and the neighbors curb (since the city recently did some work and just put down sod)…. I stepped one foot by their mailbox to smash down the sod and had one foot in the street.  The spot that I stepped in the street had a little mud and I suddenly did the splits.  Not all the way down like I did last year in my kitchen, since I quickly grabbed the mailbox.  You know I didn’t want the neighbors to be jealous of me being able to do the splits.  🙂
After that I moved the tree ring from around one of our little trees so I could cut a few weeds…… there were two S-N-A-K-E-S staring up at me with their beady little eyes.  I was using a steak knife to cut the weeds like a friend showed me since it is a lot easier, so I cut their heads off and put them in the trash. I have ALWAYS been terrified of any snake so I have no idea why I used the knife instead of getting a hoe.  To me snakes are ALL poisonous!!  You know one of those “CopperHeadedWaterRattlers”.  :0)  I think the steroid shot that I got the previous day must have given me a little too much energy – maybe even a super power.  🙂
I was thinking today that I may combine 2 of my talents and they could have a new event in the Olympics  …… “Killing Snakes with a Steak Knife while doing the Splits”.  What do you think?

Sunshine Award!!

August 10, 2012

I received another award!!  Thanks to Cate of the blog  http://infinitesadnessorhope.wordpress.com for sending a little bit of extra sunshine my way a little while ago.  I haven’t felt well lately so I am a little behind in sending thanks and posting my award.  Thanks again Cate for nominating me for the Sunshine Award.  You brightened my day!  Blessings!

Here are the rules:

1.  If you are nominated, you must blog a post linking back to the person/blog that nominated you.

2. You must answer some questions, nominate ten fellow bloggers and link their blogs to the post!

3. You should comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them.

 

So, here are the questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? 

Sorry, but I don’t have one.

2. What is your favorite number?

I don’t really have one but if I had to pick I would say 3 since I have 3 wonderful boys..

3.   What is your favorite animal? 

That would have to be a dog.  My husband and I have had dogs almost our entire marriage.  Today we have 3 dogs.  They are inside dogs and are a part of our family.  They are all rescued dogs.  We have had Watson for almost 10 years.  He is a mixed breed and is about 65 pounds.  Emily is 12 and a beautiful Cocker Spaniel.  We have had her for about 8 years.  We have had Sam for 6 years and he is a spunky little Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle mix – but looks like a Schnauzer).

4.    What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs? 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ginger.a.ray AND https://www.facebook.com/ginger.a.ray#!/groups/333111176759048/ is a group that I have that kind of mirrors this blog.

5. What is your favorite time of the day? 

Morning time is my favorite since I feel better in the morning than anytime of the day.

6. What was your favorite vacation? 

The trip we took driving across the US going to the Oregon/Washington area.  We saw some really beautiful country!

7. What is your favorite physical activity? 

Well….. since I have fibromyalgia I have started doing Water Therapy that seems to help with my pain.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Water!!

9. What is your favorite flower?

I have ALWAYS loved carnations.

10. What is your passion? 

My family has always been my passion.

 

My ’10′ Blogger Nominees

1.  http://csgomez79.wordpress.com/

2.  http://auredhead.wordpress.com/

3.  http://notsotalltales.wordpress.com/

4.  http://youngfibro.wordpress.com/

5.  http://laurensstoryhere.wordpress.com/

6.  http://beckami.wordpress.com/

7.  http://walkingthroughpain.wordpress.com/

8.  http://couchedfibromum.wordpress.com/

9.  http://chronictraveler.wordpress.com/

10.  http://chronickatie.com/author/cakeykatie/

Congratulations and enjoy the little bit of extra Sunshine sent your way today!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

August 10, 2012

I am so honored to be nominated by two bloggers for for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!  Thanks to Kimberly L. Basinger-Coker of the blog  http://makingthejourneyhome.wordpress.com/ AND http://fogandshadows.com/ for nominating me.  This award was inspired by the Sisterhood of Traveling pants and is an award for female bloggers to encourage the spirit of sisterhood.  This means a lot to me and again I say thanks.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the giver

2. Post seven things about yourself

3. Pass the award on to seven other bloggers and inform them that they have been nominated

4. Include the logo of the award on a post in your blog.

Seven Things About Me:

1.  I am a believer, I love God, and I look forward to spending eternity in His presence.

2.  I married my high school sweetheart, Joe.  We were 18 years old and “head over hills in love”.

3.  My husband and I have been married 32 years and are still “head over hills in love”!!

4.  God blessed us with 3 wonderful sons.

5.  I have Severe Fibromyalgia and really miss my old life.

6.  My Fibro was so bad at one time that I spent 2 entire years in bed with extreme pain and fatigue.

7.  I am “trying” to learn to live my new life to the fullest – sometimes it is very difficult.

Seven Deserving Blogs

1.  http://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/

2.  http://thelaughinghousewife.wordpress.com/

3.  http://myeverlastingcompanion.wordpress.com/

4.  http://staciegh.wordpress.com/

5.  http://youngfibro.wordpress.com/

6.  http://halfwaybetweenthegutter.wordpress.com/about-the-author/

7.  http://25pillsaday.wordpress.com/

Congratulations!!

So Fatigued I Can’t Open My Eyes

July 30, 2012

WHAT??  You can even open your eyes?  Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?  Well…. yesterday was one of those days.  I started the day with lots of pain.  Pain in my hips, legs, shoulders, and hands.  I was in so much pain that I decided to take a pain pill.  It took longer for the pain pill to kick in but once it did it reduced my pain significantly.  I don’t know about you, but pain pills give me a spurt of energy – the type of energy that you just have to get up and do something.  When my spurt of energy started I decided to clean up my closet.  I took it easy but was able to make it look so nice.  Then the spurt of energy was gone.  Not only was it gone, but now EXTREME Fatigue kicked in.  When this happens I just have to go to bed.  I was in bed for the rest of the day and night.  I slept all night, but during the day yesterday I just napped off and on.  The fatigue was the extreme kind that I get periodically and I don’t even have the energy to open my eyes.  I had the tv on for some noise, but I could only lay with my eyes closed plastered to the bed.  I did some tossing and turning to try to stay comfortable since some of the pain returned as well.  It was the kind of fatigue if you have ever had it you know what I mean….. it was all I could do to breathe.  My sweet husband would come in to check on me periodically and I could hear him sneak in to not wake me.  I would say “I’m awake Sweetie, I am just still too tired to open my eyes”.  We would talk for a couple of minutes and then he would go on so I could rest.  I am still pretty fatigued today, but able to at least be up and actually HAVE MY EYES OPEN! 


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