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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What a pain....

I have shared before that I have  had fibromyalgia since 2003.  (Fibromyalgia is a painful, complex and perplexing medical condition. It is painful because it is characterized by stiffness and tender points that occur in the muscle areas of the hips, shoulders, neck, and spine. It is complex because, in addition to causing general and specific pain, its symptoms include fatigue, difficulties with sleep, anxiety, and stomach related (gastrointestinal) problems.)  It is not just a pain in the butt...it is a pain all over;-).  Now me, being a tough lady...really look at my muscles... I have been happy to just have the symptoms treated. Only sissies go to doctors...yes?    My pain threshold is pretty high so it must really be VERY bad before I see a doctor.  Many times I just try to exercise it away...it is probably the good old endorphins that suppress the pain. 

This morning is pretty bad...I have such a severe muscle spasm between my shoulder blades that turning my head is not even an option, and breathing is painful.  So I decided ENOUGH...and phoned the rooms of the only rheumatologist in the Eastern Cape.....and guess what?  She can see me on 27 October.  Anyone out there that want to try a new career?...this seems to be it!  DH to me:  "I told you a long time ago to go to a specialist, you are so stubborn."  Guess hindsight is always 20/20. So it is on to plan no 2...an appointment with a physio...Kirsty... wish you were HERE.

Off to try and get some reliefMassage Therapist

22 comments:

  1. Shame Lynette, wouldn't it be faster to come to Cape Town to see a specialist?
    Sorry that you're in such pain, that is just awful and there isn't a darn thing I can do to help you.
    Hope Kirsty helps you and very soon.
    Sending you a hug.

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  2. oh lynette, what a coincidence.. i m feeling pain all over too.. maybe due to my menopausal symptoms! when i try to get up from a chair, i have to do it slowly.. around the hips.. and yesterday, i have discomfort at my tummy area, and i think i twisted some veins at my wrist.. ouch!! never had this spasm before too.. my ESR was quite high when i did my blood test some time ago, so it had something to do with rheumatoid factor. sigh.. i guess we ladies have to go thru this stage?

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  3. Ag Lynette..... So sorry to hear of your pain. Hope it feels better soon....

    You can always come to CT and have coffee and cake with the rest of the bloggers, seen as Shayne is coming down as well.... You can always join us??????

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  4. This sounds so so so painful...I feel for you..I really hope you get yourself sorted out and quickly...cant be easy and then all the other things you dealing with including all the stress!
    Prayers are with you.

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  5. @ Stef...Kirsty is a blog buddy from Pretoria...and her humour could sort me out:)

    @ Charmaine...ooohhh maybe the coffee and cake will do the trick:)

    @ Marcelle...it is possibly as a result of stress, a tad delayed!

    I apologize for this whiny post...I will probably feel better as soon as I get going and get busy with the day's work.

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  6. Gorgeous photo of you GF...hope to see it scrapped soon.

    So sorry to ehar about all the pain you are in, hope you find some relief soon!

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  7. Hi Lynette, I am so sorry to hear of your pain. My hubby supports a ministry who have used the a book called "A More Excellent Way" by Henry Wright and found some success. Maybe it will help you?
    Keeping you in my prayers

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  8. So sorry to hear of your pain, Lynette.:(
    It sounds painful and awful!
    I feel for you!
    (((hugs)))
    btw. That is a wonderful picture!:)

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  9. I am so sorry you are in so much pain today. I wanted to suggest just going to another city and get it sorted out. Love to you girl.

    And I love that picture.

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about this pain re-surfacing !!!

    Praying for you & yours ,


    Hugs,

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  11. Hope you feel better real soon. Isn't it amazing that we sometimes have everything happens at once. Look after yoursel my friend, will be praying bfor you about this too.

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  12. Hi I hope you feel better soon. I love that pic too. Fly up and see Kirsty!!

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  13. Lynette, can you please ask your doctor if taking hormone supplement will help you?
    Hope you get better soon!
    Take care darling.
    hugs
    shakira

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  14. Shame Lynette! I do really wish I was closer to help :-(
    Phone the rheumatologist back - and ask to go on the cancellation list. Say you are available any time, at short notice. I do this for my patients, and 9 times out of 10 - they get an appt quite quickly. People cancel all the time.
    Whilst physio will help with your symptoms in the short term, you really need to be under a rheumatologist for long term management.
    Hugs my friend x-x
    PS: If you come up to Jozi - i'll treat you for free x

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  15. This too!
    I hope it did not start up during your time away?

    Gosh - you've had so much on your plate recently: it just makes me mad that you have to cope with this as well.

    Kirsty's idea sounds like a really good one - I have also had times where I was "on standby" and I was always seen to pretty soon.
    Try it.

    Hugs XX

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  16. Oh my friend. Surely even a massage would help?

    Do as Kirsty suggests. Explain how bad you are too.

    Hot bubble bath tonight me thinks.

    Hope you feel better soonish.

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  17. That's a wonderful picture, I love it! I'm so sorry to hear about your pain, I'm Praying for you, hope you feel better soon.

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  18. OMGoodness! That is a HUGE wait! I hope you can find some relief before then...holy cow!

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  19. I see this was yesterday... but if I know this sort of pain.... it NEVER goes away... sure hope the physio massage helped relieve some of it though.

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  20. Oh my friend, I dont know how i missed this post? I hope you are able to find *some* relief. xx

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  21. Lynette I am so sorry to hear about your acute pain. Do hope that some physio will help. It just shows how many people live with rheumatoid arthritis ... my Mom lived with it for over 30 years and being in a wheelchair for 25 years of the 30. So I really know what the severity of the pain releated to this disease is. Hang in there, but then I know you are a tough cookie in every way.
    Hugs
    Desire

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