Category Archives: Physical Illnesses

MRI – severe changes in spine in one year


They were to do just the lumbar spine, but for some reason they did both lumbar (lower) and thoracic (mid spine) and the results showed really bad changes. No wonder I am in such terrible pain.

Good news, no surgery yet. Bad news I have to have a series of 6 injections in the facet joints in one section and then the 2nd section. If this doesn’t help then they use radio waves in the nerves.

The girl scheduled me for more than 4 weeks and I said she wanted 2 to 3. The doctor happened to be standing there and since it was her day to work in the procedure room she could add another patient if she wanted, so I am scheduled for October 2.

Wish me luck!

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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Fibromyalgia Pain From Clothes


Fibromyalgia Pain From Clothes

This is a good article for those with pain from clothing. It has some suggestions that will work for almost everyone.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

A Day At Radiology


Most people go to radiology with just one test in mind. Maybe a mammogram or an MRI. I decided since I hated them both that I would just take one day and schedule them both.

It was time for my routine yearly mammogram. I hate to have them done as something always goes wrong. Whether it is how the technician does it (today she slammed my jaw and chin in the machine. I am yelling and she came running to see what happened. I couldn’t move the machine off of the area and it really hurt.

Mammo’s are painful for me because of the Fibromyalgia. I told her about it and asked that she only tighten the plates the minimum she needed to take the test. Some technicians simple squeeze as hard as possible. She listened and at least a few of the tests weren’t so bad. Now I have to wait and see what they see on the pictures. Every other year or so I am told that they see something and I have to redo the mammo and add an ultrasound and in some cases they want a biopsy which was one of the worst tests I have had done. The anesthesia did not work and I was screaming bloody murder while being scolded about it because after all they gave me anesthesia. Bull! It didn’t work. I went from screaming to tears running down my face and I closed my eyes and tried to ignore it, but every time they touched me I jumped and yelled. The person in charge finally realized that I wasn’t looking at them, but was reacting to each touch. She said to me, “You REALLY are feeling that?” I have a have pain threshold after 40 or more years of chronic pain so you know this was bad. I gave birth to 3 children naturally and didn’t have this much pain. She stopped everything and went through the anesthesia again. It helped a little, but I just finally beared it and got it over with. I don’t want to hear the word biopsy on my breast again. AND there was nothing wrong just to add insult to injury.

Now the MRI is hard as I am incredibly claustrophobic. I took my anxiety medicine before it and since it was my lumbar spine I could go in legs first. Not as scary, plus I had a long ride, but I made the trip since this location had the shortest and the widest bore so i could handle the claustrophobia.

I had a few uncomfortable hours, but it is done and over with and no longer have to look forward to either one of the tests.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

Syndrome

I find showers difficult and painful. Just the physical pain from climbing into the bathtub is too much. I have to hold onto both handles and sometimes I have to let go and literally lift my leg up and over the side of the tub. Everytime I shower I wish I had a shower stall. I can’t use the tub and take a bath because I can’t sit down in there and then get back up. I used to love to lie back and soak in a hot bath. I can’t do that anymore and haven’t been able to for at least 14 years.

Most of my washing up consists of baby wipes with a shower once or possibly twice a week depending on my pain or exhaustion.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

What are the treatment options for Fibromyalgia? Also my opinions on Bipolar Disorder.


What are the treatment options for Fibromyalgia?

Now some of these make work for some people, but in my experience most of us do not respond to any of these treatment suggestions. And the side effects can be worse than a cure.

I have been allergic to some, for example Savella, caused me a terrible rash. Not just hives, but a very nasty and sore rash on both arms when I finally stopped it and it went away.

Cymbalta did not help my Fibromyalgia, but at first worked on my Bipolar depression and then 8 months later I developed psychosis which seemed to be the Cymbalta. My Bipolar Disorder is another problem on its own. I am currently stable and have been for a year or more now. I take Remeron (anti-depressive) and Trilofon (an anti-psychotic). Anyone one taking just an anti-depressant who has Bipolar Disorder or who develops the symptoms should see their psychiatrist and check out taking an anti-psychotic with your anti-depressant because used alone someone with Bipolar will usually see an increase in manic cycles. This wasn’t known when I first was treated with medication for my Bipolar. Now I know why I had such extreme mania. Just remember everyone is different and I am not a doctor just a long time sufferer of Bipolar Disorder (started when I was just a little kid).

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Doing Housework With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Doing Housework With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

One of my biggest problems with housework comes with changing the bed and vacuuming. Changing the bed will put me down in that very same bed for the rest of the day after the enormous amount of time it takes me to change it. I used to change my bed every week. Not anymore. I love a freshly changed bed, but I can’t take it.

Tessa

CBD for Fibromyalgia: Is it Effective, Safe, or Legal?


CBD for Fibromyalgia: Is it Effective, Safe, or Legal?