Life Goes On

Posted November 28, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Back Pain, Bulging Disc, Constant Pain, Coping with a chronic illness, Degenerative Disc Disease, Fibromyalgia, Pain, Sciatic Nerve Issues, Spinal Stenosis

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My husband and I went out to eat last night with friends.  We need to try to do that more often.  It was a blessing and really nice visiting and laughing.  I am also thankful that I had a good morning with low pain.  I was able to be out and about town feeling “normal” for a change.  I have been having a bad time with my fibromyalgia this year and have had more back pain issues as well.  I have had back pain for many years and it is causing me more troublesome symptoms.  I am to the point of needing to think about surgery to see if I can get some relief.  I have Degenerative Disc Disease, Bulging Disc, Bony Spurring, Spinal Stenosis, and Compression of the Sciatica Nerve.  For about a year I have had increasing pain from the pinching of the sciatic nerve.  The pain starts in my lower back, runs down both legs, and into my ankles and feet.  To me it is an intense burning pain that sometimes feels like it is on fire.  For the last few months I have also had numbness and tingling mostly in my right leg and foot.  I continue to do Water Therapy that gives me some relief while I am in the water.  It would be so nice if I had an indoor pool at my house that I could get in and out of all day long. Oh, and while I am dreaming it would also be nice to have a hot tub.  I might turn into a mermaid!  :0)  I am thankful for blessings that God gives me each day.  I pray for pain relief and extra energy for me and my Fibro Friends.

So what’s going on with you?  Do you have fibromyalgia, back issues or sciatic nerve issues?  If so, how do they affect you?

Sam

Posted November 7, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Dogs, Fun, Funny, Funny Pictures, Humor


Emily

Posted November 7, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Dogs, Fun, Funny, Funny Pictures, Humor


Watson

Posted November 7, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Dogs, Funny, Funny Pictures, Humor


Frequent Nausea??

Posted November 1, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Constant Pain, Fatigue

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I am having a “fatigue monster” kind of day.  It is noon and I am just able to crawl out of bed.  My body started hurting so much that I had to get up for a while.  I am also sick to my stomach so I am making rice to eat for lunch.  My son, Tyler, brought me breakfast in bed this morning so I could take my medicine (Carnation Instant Breakfast was all I could get down) .  I have nausea frequently does anyone else have this problem?

Fatigue Monster

Posted October 5, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Constant Pain, Coping with a chronic illness, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia

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The BIG, BAD, Fatigue Monster has me again.  After having injections in my hip I got a virus that made me so sick for 4 days, then the fatigue monster took over and I can’t seem to shake it.  It has been a week since I first got sick with the virus and I am still so fatigued that I can barely get up much less STAY UP all day.  I have been sleeping 12 to 16 hours at a time and then taking a nap during the day as well.  I told my husband that I am so ready to get back to my “normal sick”.  With my chronic illness I am in constant pain and fatigue with numerous other symptoms and when I get an illness on top of that it is almost more than I can take.  I am even ready to get back to my “normal sick”.  I told my husband that it is weird to want to get back to ONLY being chronically ill.  Does that mean that I am ok with it or have accepted being chronically ill??  NO!!!  I still don’t like it one bit and I still haven’t accepted it, but it is what I am used to since I have been chronically ill with Severe Fibromyalgia for over 10 years now.  All I can say is the Fatigue Monster better watch out and go away soon or I will have my friends, family, and my fibro friends kick his butt!!

My Blessing Today

Posted October 1, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Pain

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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

Posted September 30, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Constant Pain, Fatigue, fibro fog, Fibromyalgia, Pain

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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!!

Posted September 28, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Coping with a chronic illness, Fatigue, fibro fog, Fibromyalgia, Pain

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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!!

Posted September 25, 2012 by Ginger Ray
Categories: Chronic Illness, Coping with a chronic illness, fibro fog, Fibromyalgia, Pain, Skin Issues

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“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!


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