Archive for the ‘Fibromyalgia’ category

My Blessing Today

October 1, 2012

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes.  I have been going through a rough time with my Fibromyalgia and hip pain lately.  I was sick all weekend and I am even sicker today.  In addition to the Fibro, I am sick to my stomach, dizzy, hot/cold, restless legs, raynauds is flaring up, you name it.  BUT our boys went to visit my parents this last weekend and they brought back some goodies that I just opened.  What a blessing!  Home canned green beans, pickles, peppers, tomatoes, salsa, relish, pickled okra, etc.  I will enjoy all of that later.  I also had a package that was full of salt and pepper shakers.  I mentioned to my Mom that I started collecting them so her and Dad sent a bunch and also my sweet Aunt sent me some as well.  My blessings in life outweigh my trials and I thank God for that.

What are your blessings today??

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.

I’m a Chronic Illness Warrior!!

September 12, 2012

Living a life of chronic illness can be really draining and it steals a lot of our lives.  I try to stay positive and push myself to do as much as I can.  Somedays my body just feels like staying in bed.  I feel like I have the flu, with fatigue, and severe pain.  I try to get up and do something – ANYTHING – to get out of bed.  I find this gives me a little energy, makes me feel better mentally, and I can help around the house as well.  Sometimes I water my flowers, sometimes “play in my flowerbed”, do a little housework, visit my Mother-in-Law, or have lunch with a friend.  I haven’t been able to get out and shop recently due to my back and hip issues, so I feel a little home bound.  Let’s pray that we all have less pain and extra energy!!  Blessings!

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?

Beautiful Blogger Award!

September 1, 2012

I recently  received the “Beautiful Blogger Award” from http://staciegh.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/beautiful-blogger-award-2/  “Dancing in the Rain”.  I love reading her blog.  If you’re not already a follower of her blog I recommend you give it a try.  She posts some good information and she is so kind.  Thanks again Stacie!  I feel so blessed!

The Rules for The Beautiful Blogger Award:

  • Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award.

Share 7 things about me.

  1. I love pizza!
  2. I was so shy as a little girl that I ONLY talked to close relatives.
  3. Our family has 3 rescue dogs.
  4. I don’t enjoy shopping.
  5. I am a country girl living in the city.
  6. Our city is filled with attractions, restaurants, plays, museums, you name it….. and I would rather be fishing and/or be with family.
  7. I have severe fibromyalgia with constant pain and fatigue, but I have learned to go ahead and do whatever I want or can do even if it puts me in bed for a day or two.  I try to enjoy life and make the most of it.

My Nominations:

  1. http://notokinthehead.wordpress.com/
  2. http://infinitesadnessorhope.wordpress.com/
  3. http://thenourishedseed.wordpress.com/
  4. http://ohwhatapain.wordpress.com/
  5. http://trishapearson.wordpress.com/
  6. http://twigslife.wordpress.com/
  7. http://csgomez79.wordpress.com/

Congratulations bloggers!!

Play Time for this Fibro Girl

August 29, 2012

I was able to play in the backyard today!!  I “played” by adding some mulch to my flower beds and transplanting a few flowers.  When I am able to do this I am as excited as I used to be when it was RECESS time at elementary school.  Wasn’t recess the best!  I can remember the merry-go-round, swings, tether ball, see-saw, etc.  I am so thankful to God for giving me this “play time”.  It let’s me get some exercise, breathe some fresh air, feel good about getting something accomplished, and enjoy watching the dogs chase squirrels.  I need to live where the weather is moderate most of the time with low humidity so it is easier for me to get outside.  In Oklahoma we have ice, snow, and blizzards in the winter with temperatures getting below zero some, in the summer we have temperatures over 100 degrees with humidity so high it is difficult to breathe, we have tornadoes, and now earthquakes.  The cold sets off my fibro giving me more pain, weather fronts give me more pain, and heat and humidity give me more fatigue.  I still have constant pain and fatigue every minute of the day, but the weather has a big effect on my body.

So……. where should I live??


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