Hello to everyone! I am posting as nannythree14, but I also go by SpiritBear. I live in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. I have been suffering with pain since 1977. My first job out of nursing school and I was passing meds. Walked into patient's room and slipped on urine. Couldn't see it because the floor tiles were gold. It's been downhill every since. From 1977 to 1984 I was hospitalized every couple of months with severe sciatic pain, hardly could walk, but I still worked. If the State ever walked in and saw a nurse in a wheelchair with her med. cart tied to the back, I would have been long gone. The second injury I incurred was when a psychotic patient threw me against a wall and proceeded to strangle me. It took 5 people to get him off me. Finally in 1984 the orthopedic surgeon decided to do a fusion for stability because he wasn't convinced that there was anything wrong with a disc because it didn't show up on MRI's or CT Scans. Boy was he wrong. I ended up having a Lumbar Laminectomy & Fusion the year before I got married. I planned my wedding from a hospital bed. I was hospitalized for 5 weeks, in a brace for 3 months, and had to learn to walk again. At this time I have 4 more herniated discs, sciatica in both legs- 2 cervical discs and 2 lumbar discs. Thank God for my husband because he has stayed with me every step of the way. We have been married now for 30 years.
I now suffer from Fibromyalgia, Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy in both legs and has now spread up into groin. I also have Trigeminal Neuralgia, IBS, GERD, Hiatal Hernia, Duodenal ulcers, Meniere's disease, Aortic Regurgitation (will need open-heart) Orthostatic Hypotension, COPD, Mitral Valve Prolapse. You would think that just one day one of the diseases that cause so much pain, would take a day off. No such luck.
In the past 1-1/2 months I had two craniotomies done because of the trigeminal neuralgia because the first surgeon 12 years ago botched the job big time. And now I will be facing the Gamma Knife surgery (radiation to kill nerve). After that there is nothing left they can do.
So if anyone has any questions regarding other illnesses beside Fibromyalgia and you feel your are not getting the right answers from the docs, please write. Have to go now, dinner is being served.
Hugs to everyone,