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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Feeling Under The Weather

 

I have been suffering from chronic aches, pain , sore , stiffness and throbbing  for about 6 months now in my legs and hips  more so in my right leg but it does periodically switch to the left then I have it in both at the same time ! Now it is all over even in my butt ! At first it was on and off, didn't think much of it  but the past month it has been getting worse  I feel very week  like I have been beaten up with feelings of bruises but there aren't any ! I do suffer from restless leg syndrome that I have had all my life, most of that is at night but now it hits during the day also !  Even have IBS  . It took me some time to go to the doctor as I am stubborn that way and really don't have much faith in the medical profession as I have had lots of problems with them in the past  and they seem to look at you like your NUTS !!  but when the pain brings someone like me who has a high tolerance to pain to tears its time to do something.I haven't slept through the night for months and am always fatigued and down right exhausted now. I hobble around like a penguin and cant sit or stand for long periods of time and am finding it hard to do my every day tasks my legs sometimes hurt to the touch as well . I try to take Miggy for  a walk every day weather permitting to keep things moving but it doesn't help, sometimes I worry that I wont make it back as my legs kind of seize up . I have been taking hot baths and using heating pads and a hand held massager to slow the aching and throbbing down   but it doesn't always work !   Now I went to the doctors and had x rays of my hips, lower back and leg bones after I had told him my symptoms. He wanted the x rays to rule out rheumatoid arthritis , arthritis and fibromyalgia , well I have none of that according to the tests .  But fibromyalgia can not be detected by x ray or blood work .So now what ? my legs and body are still throbbing and causing a lot of pain and discomfort for  me, my body is telling me something is wrong !

                                           I feel like a HOUSE  episode ! The TV show !

I go back to the doctors the 29th of this month if I can last that long and we will go over all the symptoms again !

I didn't want to write this post as I cant stand sounding like I want or am looking for sympathy and don't like to let others hear about my woes .   I just felt I needed to get it off my chest , and let all you wonderful blogger friends know this as I may drop off the blogger grid for a bit due to its hard for me to get around right now  and wont have much happy things  to post about or many photos!

Poor Papa having to hear and see me every day in pain and wobble around like a weeble lol I feel more sorry for him as he has been so wonderful ! Let me tell ya the jokes have been flying between us, makes it easier when ya can still laugh !

Trust me I hate feeling like this and or wining about it but hope they find something cause to me finding something is better then nothing  !

          Isn’t getting older fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT FOR SOME !!!! calling out ! Hey Papa get that chair thing with the wheels for me  , a walker , a cane, anything  !!!! Back the truck up if ya have to !!!!!

                                 Mum always said laughter is the best medicine !

                                                Country gal

15 comments:

Faith said...

Relating...my symptoms are exactly the same as yours..somedays the pain, makes you so tired. And you get tired of hurting, and being stiff as a board. I too, went to the Dr. He took xrays, and like nothing was really found..not sleeping...etc..boy can I relate...

Have you asked for muscle relaxers,or anti inflammatory? I hope you find something to help you out...Epsom Salt is good too..if you can get in/out of the tub. I don't know what triggers this..I have had this for I don't know how long...too long. The other day..it went away...for 5 days it hasn't bothered me, I have no clue. but am thankful.. I'm sure it may rear it's ugly head again...I do relate, and completly understand...it hurts, like a toothache.

Gone Country said...

Oh, that's terrible! I've been wondering where you've been. I hope they are able to find something out soon and will be able to do something for you. I will keep you in my prayers! Take it easy and keep us posted.

Oh, and, have a Merry Christmas!

Julie Marie said...

I'm so sorry you are not feeling well... I still believe you have Fibromyalgia... I have lived with it's chronic pain, fatigue, etc for almost 30 years now... it does NOT show up in an xray, so if your doctor is telling you he is checking for it that way, I would seek another opinion... you have 18 pressure points they check and also by your other symptoms determine it... it also does not show up in a blood test... I am by no means a doctor but from my own experience with having it all these years, I would bet a paycheck that is what you have... no conventional pain meds help it either... email me if you would like to... there is also a legitimate website for Fibromyalgia... wishing you well... xoxo Julie Marie

DeanO said...

I know exactly the hobbling around like a penguin statement. Boy howdy, I've been there. I pray you find some relief, I truly do!

Gail said...

I understand...I am only an e-mail away.

Mamabug said...

Elaine, it's so discouraging when you hurt all the time. But I feel for you; the pain in my knees gets unbearable at times but I know what's causing mine to hurt. Sending prayers and blessings your way! Hugs!

Maeflower said...

Hey Country Gal, I came across your blog and just wanted to say how sorry I am about your pain. I know what you mean about the medical profession as I spent a good part of my life with severe migraines that "they" (the docs) had no clue about how to stop! Well for me, aging is a blessing! All migraines left with other "growing older female issues" . Anyway, I look forward to going back and reading more of your posts! Hope you find the relief and answers and will be wishing for this to be your Christmas present this year!

Country Gal said...

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support it really means a lot to me to have such wonderful friends ! I will try to keep you posted on this battle of mine ! And maybe a giggle or two of the antics I will go through !Thank you to the two new followers and welcome to Our Country Cove Friends and Family !

Faye Henry said...

Ahhh Elaine.. I am sending you a big hug.. I hate being sick and when you are not sure what it is it can drive you crazy..
I will be praying for you my sweet friend..
Glad you can still laugh..

fernvalley01 said...

not here to prescribe or tell you how to live , but I have fibromyalgia , and Lupus. Both are auto immune disorders and both difficut to diagnos. Tere is a grea book out there on Fibro,and if I can find it I will email you the name. What works for me theses days (and this is after years of heavy meds ) is ,high dose vitamin B , and D , Alos Calcium and MAgnesiunm at an increased dose (one cannot work without the other , and MAg is a natural muscle relaxant I aslo use D ribose (a natural sugar that is a precurser to ATP production ) All that and still use a low dose anti inflamatory (but nowhere near the dose I was on ) This protocol was something I researched but is approved by my doc . Chronic pain is a frustrating and demoralising thing to deal with , thanks for having thr courage to share, many of us are in a similar circumstance . Take the time you need , and I pray that you will find some relief . Hugs to you

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Sorry to hear this - pain is no fun! Summer of 2009 I started feeling better after some very uncomfortable days lasting over a year - I was on prednisone off and on for the pain, they did many scans for rheumatoid arthritis etc. Finally a dr advised me to quit taking an antibiotic medicine I had been on for years for acne - bingo! It took some time (months) to get it out of my system but the pain has been gone now for almost 2 yrs. The antibiotic was giving lupus type symptons. Hope you can get some more information - I know it is more of a case of elimination - they know what it isn't. It is so frustrating :) Take care

Far Side of Fifty said...

I am sorry you are not feeling well. If I am low on Potassium my legs will ache..other than that it is arthritis for me. I hope the Doctor finds out what the problem is and can help you. Merry Christmas..:)

Mellodee said...

It really sounds like Fibromyalgia. Are you sleeping well? There appears to be a linkage between poor sleep and Fibromyalgia. There are low dose meds that can be taken to enable good sleep. I took low dose Alprozolam for years. Slept like a baby, and my Fibro really diminished. Have you seen a Rheumatologist? Did they test your pressure points? Go to the website for Fibro, lots of good info. Also check the Arthritis Foundation, they have info about both Rheumatoid Arthritis, OsteoArthritis and Fibro.

There is a school of thought that all these syndromes (Restless Leg, Chronic Fatigue, Fibro, even Chronic Bowel Syndrome) are part and parcel of the same thing, or at least are related. There is tons of research going on, but not much new with new treatments or meds. Still having a diagnosis helps! There are things you can do and one of these days the research will pay off.

Also there are very active Fibro Chapters who meet regularly and are up on all the latest. See if there is one in your area.

Good luck

Denise said...

I am so sorry to hear this and I really feel for you. I often think that with some medical issues doctors need to be good investigators. I hope they can find out what's wrong real soon and that you'll be feeling a whole lot better. Sending healing energies your way :)

Ellen said...

I'm pretty sure you have Fibromyalgia too. I've had it since 1995. I have had all your symptoms. I've been on medication of various kinds for many years. All of which never really took care of any pain or other symptoms. At this point I have given up all medications. I have learned to pace myself. That seems to be the answer for me. I know if I do something that's much too much for me I know I'm going to suffer the next day. Now, sometimes it's worth it, most of the time it's not and I pay attention to what I'm doing. The worst part for me at this point is the sleeping problems. It seems it's always something. Stay positive though. It's really necessary.