First of all, I want to remind everyone with one or a combination of our conditions, whether you are dealing with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuralgia, etc. do NOT book more than one doctor appointment in a day…especially if one is with a Psychologist!
Our bodies before our illnesses/conditions is NOT the same. We are now living after a diagnosis or combination of diagnoses. My new rule of thumb…if I find myself thinking, “in the past” or “I used to” and then _______ (fill in the blank)….I will take that as a red flag and stop. I am NOW in my NEW reality. In this reality, there was no “in the past” or “I used to”. I will also use this red flag to alert me that I must do something different…or something that might not make sense to someone else…like…NO multiple appointments unless it is absolutely necessary. IF multiple appointments are required, someone else will drive; and, I will be in my wheel chair the entire time.
As you guessed by now, I had to drive. Thankfully, my son was with me or this combination of appointments could have never happened! He had to wheel me in my wheel chair after all! LOL
I digress…forgive me!
At 7 weeks now with the pain pump, I went to the pain specialist for another adjustment. My extended release opioid had been cut in half…and with this adjustment our goal is to completely remove the extended release opioid. I still have a fast acting 75 mg opioid that I am allowed to use twice a day if needed.
My incision areas are both healing very nicely! I no longer have to use the brace and am allowed to move my upper body…limited bending. Still not twisting or stretching…that will come soon!
My pain specialist and I are very excited at this point as we are now entering unchartered territory!! For me…I have never been able to have the “edge” of the pain so well controlled.
Here I need to interject an important note. Pain is just one piece of our complex health situation. The extreme fatigue, electric shocks, brain fog, numbness, tingling, etc. are STILL present…will ALWAYS be present in some form or combination.
I am learning that I must now set strict time limits…plan my activities more carefully…provide myself more rest time. My symptoms have been “artificially” changed. I am SO thankful for this change….I am SO thankful for my pain specialist…for my pain pump….for this NEW leg of my journey.