I am new here, my name is Liz. I really wanted to share my story and see if any of you can give me some advice if you are in a similar scenario.
I have had a pretty busy and stressful 5 years which has lead to the situation I am in now. About 18 months ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, after about 2 years of tests to rule out anything else, I have suffered in pain for around 5-6 years. On top of the Fibromyalgia I also have DDD (degenerative disc disease) in the lower spine which was diagnosed not long after my daughter was born. The fibromyalgia, we believe, was triggered due to several traumatic events in the past 5 years including my mum having cancer when I was 6 months pregnant, my daughter at the age of 2 being diagnosed with epilepsy, the breakdown of my marriage and the passing of a loved one, along with having a stressful full time job, moving house, being in a new relationship etc. So as you can see I have had a packed 5 years. When I got my diagnosis it was somewhat a relief as then at least I knew I wasn't going crazy, but since the diagnosis my DDD has deteriorated, and whereas when this was first diagnosed I had 1 degenerative disc, now I have 3. I am under a consultant and undergoing treatments including facet joint injections directly into the spine to try and alleviate the pain from this and I am still under a lot of reviews for the fibromyalgia as I have not found the right medication to help this yet. I have tried counselling and I am currently on Amitriptyline, tramadol, naproxen, paracetamol and also propanalol for stress and anxiety. The propanalol is great and I have felt a lot less anxious than recently, but the pain from the fibromyalgia still is not under control.
I am quite overweight which is another problem, but due to the pain I am in and the disc problem I struggle to lose weight as I cannot do a lot of exercise, and my busy work/home schedule also does not help either. I try my best but really struggle. Due to all of the above I feel very low and have recently been diagnosed with low mood/depression. Right now I am sitting in work and typing this feeling like I am going to have a breakdown, I am in so much pain, feeling exhausted and just don't know what to do. Pain killers numb the pain but unfortunately I have been on them for so long now, they have less of an effect than they used to. The only way I can describe my pain is the way I told the doctors, which is I feel like I have been hit by a bus.
I have good days and bad days, recently mainly bad days for pain. I am just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to deal with the pain daily, I am really struggling at the minute.
Thanks for reading xx