As if our body’s aren’t under enough stress with our hidden illnesses and conditions, there always seems that more gets added to our plate!
I have been absent in dealing with “new” pain affecting my lower back and both legs. Results of the MRI showed Herniated discs (L4 and L5, S1 and S2) and arthritis in same area. So yes, definitely Sciatica.
I will go in for steroid injections next Wednesday. I do hope they provide relief. It would be SO nice to go back to my “usual” pain!
It has been a while since I blogged….time has gotten away from me! With my body adjusting to the pain med which has taken a slight edge off (yeah!)….extreme brain fog…registering our son for 8th Grade (YIKES)….and going out of town for a long weekend….followed by the inevitable “week after”….LOL
The pain med did help with the usual increased flare that follows the time away. I found that I was more tired and dealt with much more nausea than I have in the past. My body was very heavy and tired…
I had a follow up with my pain specialist…we have established the next step! I will continue to use the pain med as a “band aid” until I can get in for a trial to see if a pain pump (Targeted Drug Delivery) will work for me.
I am anxious yet ready for this next step. The risks of the pain pump are outweighed by the benefits….the idea of not having my internals in distress (just part of the necessary side effect of the pain med) is huge since my IBS-D and overly sensitive intestinal tract are not pleased….
I am gimping along with the great suggestions from my GI Specialist and my Low FODMAP diet…it is just nice to think there could be an option that might work for me!
As we all know, we are not dealing with only ONE condition…..those of us with Fibromyalgia are dealing with any number of other conditions….
My biggest tormenter….in addition to everything else that I am and have dealt with….is IBS! Primarily IBS-D! (Gross as it is…it is one of the reasons I am SO thankful that I have a permanent colostomy! It buys me time! I do not have to rush to the restroom as fast…)
I was able to see a great nutritionist several years ago who placed me on a Low FODMAPs diet. The food journaling….the extreme start of the strict diet….was definitely worth it! Through the years I have been able to learn how my “gut” reacts to food….to seasonings….to additives…etc. I have learned what to completely avoid….what I can tolerate….what is totally safe….
However, the Fibromyalgia/Polyarthralgia/Chronic Pain Disorder completely override all this careful, proven planning! The stress that the body undergoes while dealing with our myriad of symptoms….triggers my IBS-D in such a nasty…horrific way!
No longer is it a simple notion of knowing I accidentally ingested a touch of garlic in the darn salad dressing! It is now….”out of the blue”…..those tell-tell cramps….those gut wrenching knots….that overwhelming “sick to my stomach” feeling…..the horrific bloating….not to mention the persistent diarrhea…..followed by the absurdly tired/sore tummy muscles!!
The IBS flares require total, complete rest…..which of course makes it difficult to do the stretching I need to do for my Fibromyalgia, etc…..
Thus….the most vicious cycle!
I had the BEST thought…something I knew would be important for others struggling with Fibromyalgia/Polyarthralgia/Chronic Pain Disorder/IBS and the like……
Hello “Fibro Fog”!!!! I have no idea what my “brilliant” thought was! LOL I am now lost….lost in the quagmire that is my mind…..as if quicksand sucks the thoughts before they solidify!
This is the everyday frustration of those of us suffering from these chronic illnesses/conditions…..
We are trapped…NOT just by our bodies and the variety of symptoms that accost us on a day to day basis……..we are also dealing with our MINDS…..our very thoughts are taken from us before we can fully understand them!
I cannot tell you how many times I will make the same statement….or ask the same question of our son! Thankfully….he is extremely patient! He understands that “Mom is sick!” He will just roll his eyes…..smile and make a face…..then say, “it’s okay Mom.”
No matter what I do…I cannot recall my thought…..the thought that would help others like me! I am just left with the frustration……and am forced to just smile! After all….this is the #1 issue that those dealing with Fibro and associated illness/conditions must realize….
We will be faced with SO many times……the many times that our minds “give out” on us! When we are left to feel like we are “losing it!” LOL
Take a deep breath! You are NOT losing it! I know….I am here….I have “lost it”! I know that it is impossible to remember what just came to mind….that we will not be able to retain a thought….even if it is just a few steps to our notebook, iPhone, iPad, or the like….
You and I are trapped! We are caught in a vicious cycle that our conditions have directed. Yet…I know…somehow….this cycle will be broken! There will come a day that I will be able to remember a thought after taking 5 steps….or after simply turning around…
I chose to believe that God has chosen me….for some strange reason….obviously He knows more than I……
He believes that I am up to this test!
Yet…I know….that only with God’s help will I make it through this!
I survived the tooth extraction! LOL I was so nervous about it! It is crazy how nervous I get when it comes to going to the dentist! The fractured root actually made the extraction quite easy and fast…..the longest part was the dentist cleaning out the remaining infected gum…he also drained the “boil” (swelling along the outside of my jaw)….
My wonderful hubby filled my prescription for pain meds……and picked up yogurt and eggs so that I can enjoy soft foods for the next couple of days…..
I normally do not take pain meds….but I have learned to listen to doctor’s orders…and I will take the pain meds for the initial time period once home….
It is crazy how pain from a tooth can inflict SO much discomfort when I am all ready SO accustomed to so much pain on a daily basis.
Well….the injections are starting to wear off….and I am feeling my jaw! Sore and achy!!! LOL
Now time to sign off….to relax…use the ice packs throughout the rest of the day to help with the anticipated swelling and bruising.