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September 6, 2005, 12:42 am CDT

Than you mel

Hi, 

  

Thanks for your responds. 

  

So at least it is recognize bij the goverment. 

  

I just turn 30, last saturday. 

  

And is also other way around. If someone just want to talk, feel free. 

  

About methadone, I know someone that use morphine.  

I'm anly greatfull that I do't need that, yet.  

Are you, the one who use it, afraid that in the future it get more, the dosis getting higher, higher? 

  

This to Meljor. 

My experince (not right spelling) is/was don't worry about work right now. I was greatful when they said I don't have to work, because it gave me a chance to work it out with myself. Now one year further I can walk longer, I spread out my volunterly work from 4 to 8 hours. 

Maybe you should try on volunterly basis and find out what you still can do. I know that I have to give up my work that I loved to do and worked with my heart. It was a painful moment to realize and give that up. Now I have new goal, and each day I getting stronger. And hopefully in january I can spread out from 8 to 12 hours. and I know how many hours I can work and on what level. 

Esspecially when your young, you want so much. 

  

But this just a tip, maybe you can work it out in that way. 

  

  

I'm not sure what time it is now in you country, hihi, but goomorning anyway. Her is 9.44 AM. 

  

Paulien 

  

 
September 6, 2005, 5:25 am CDT

Living with Chronic Pain

Quote From: grimli

Hi, 

  

Thanks for your responds. 

  

So at least it is recognize bij the goverment. 

  

I just turn 30, last saturday. 

  

And is also other way around. If someone just want to talk, feel free. 

  

About methadone, I know someone that use morphine.  

I'm anly greatfull that I do't need that, yet.  

Are you, the one who use it, afraid that in the future it get more, the dosis getting higher, higher? 

  

This to Meljor. 

My experince (not right spelling) is/was don't worry about work right now. I was greatful when they said I don't have to work, because it gave me a chance to work it out with myself. Now one year further I can walk longer, I spread out my volunterly work from 4 to 8 hours. 

Maybe you should try on volunterly basis and find out what you still can do. I know that I have to give up my work that I loved to do and worked with my heart. It was a painful moment to realize and give that up. Now I have new goal, and each day I getting stronger. And hopefully in january I can spread out from 8 to 12 hours. and I know how many hours I can work and on what level. 

Esspecially when your young, you want so much. 

  

But this just a tip, maybe you can work it out in that way. 

  

  

I'm not sure what time it is now in you country, hihi, but goomorning anyway. Her is 9.44 AM. 

  

Paulien 

  

hey and happy belated birthday, thanks for the advice. Its hard to be told/find out that you cannot work or do just normal everyday things when you are this young! If I am able to get my disability approved I am hoping that I can volunteer at my son's school a couple mornings a week. It looks like you are 9 hours ahead of me. Thanks again! 

gentle hugs-mel 

 
September 6, 2005, 7:47 am CDT

Anytime

Quote From: meljor

hey and happy belated birthday, thanks for the advice. Its hard to be told/find out that you cannot work or do just normal everyday things when you are this young! If I am able to get my disability approved I am hoping that I can volunteer at my son's school a couple mornings a week. It looks like you are 9 hours ahead of me. Thanks again! 

gentle hugs-mel 

Hi Meljor, 

  

Thank you. 

Anytime. i think that is what this forum is about. Give each other support and tips. We can learn so much from each other. 

  

Looks like it, hihi, what a time different. 

for my is now almost dinner time, hihi. 

  

I hope with you and that you can do it. But do ask premision for it. Otherwise they can say, well you can do this, then you can work. I do this with permission. To find out how many hours I can work and to find out my limits and what I can do or not. 

  

Good luck. 

Keep me inform. 

  

Hugs, Paulien 

 
September 6, 2005, 9:22 pm CDT

thanks for the idea

Quote From: profderien

the question of whether to work or not to work seems to be a pretty common concern.  i bounced around from part-time volunteer work to a fulltime [+++ volunteer position, and then [having a teaching background worked as a substitute teacher.  my pain management doctor gave me enough medication that i was able to teach full time for a couple of years -- until my body just collapsed for good. 

  

what i wanted to share is the substitute teaching opportunity.  many school districts don't require a teaching certificate -- some don't require more than a high school education.  it varies but it's worth checking out, eh?  the classroom teacher leaves instructions that normally don't require active teaching so don't worry if the subject isn't your major or interest.  i teach foreign languages so i tended to luck out and get classes in my field -- but i also did english, math, history... and still got the same pay! 

  

it was perfect for me because i could take jobs when feeling well and could also pick or choose what schools in which to work.  the money wasn't great but it certainly was better than nothing -- and i felt like a useful citizen.  at the time, i was receiving SSI and social security worked with me as i tried to get well enough to teach fulltime. 

  

the suggestion made about using volunteer work as a stepping stone to "real" [grrr! work is great!  watch out that you don't overdo -- in an effort to be SuperWoman, i wrecked my immune system.  still, it felt great to help someone else. 

  

i'm kind of spacey... i hope this makes some sort of sense.  ciao... 

  

  

unfortunately where i live the district does require a teaching certificate to be a substitute. its a great idea though. i tried to go back to an old job in retail that i had, they knew my limitations, part time and had to quit after 2 days. talk about an esteem killer. i just couldnt do it, and i was only on 4 hour days. i hurt so bad after the second day that i was just laying on the floor crying. i cant do that, not with an 8 year old to take care of. that's when i decided to try ssi. talked with my doc, and he is supportive of that.....sometimes i wonder if i will be a case study for him, he writes alot of articles. just cause its so trial and error and a little strange sometimes. then again, my best (and practically only) friend works for him, so he treats me a bit different anyway. right now hes trying to dissect my mental health, and i feel like im having a nervous breakdown.  

just put me in the padded room with good meds and get it over with! lol 

trying to keep the humor, having a REALLY bad night.  

I will look into other options, thought about trying Goodwill's employment service as i am able to get out more, they are used to dealing with disabilities.  

thanks again-u did make sense, hope i did, fighting a migraine....gentle hugs...mel 

 
September 7, 2005, 4:27 pm CDT

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Hi. My name is Jackie Valdemar. At the time, I was 19 years old and had just bought my first car. I had a boyfriend who loved me and lots of great friends. I had a great job that I was really good at and paid well, and I had pride, dignity, confidence and humility. I guess you could say that I was just a normal girl, but there was nothing normal about how my life was about to drastically change forever!  

I had been waitressing and hostessing at a nice restaurant for 6 months where on March 12, 2002, I had a minor injury. The doctor said I had hundreds of tiny shards of glass in the palm of my right hand (the hand that I write with). He said not to worry, that everything would be fine. But it wasn’t! Suddenly 1 week later, I had excruciating pain and extreme swelling and discoloration throughout my hand and wrist all the way up to my right elbow. I could barely even move my wrist or fingers without crying out in pain!  

When Workers Compensation Board got involved, right from the start they didn’t believe that all the pain and swelling was from the accident at work. So, I was passed from doctor to doctor to doctor, as each one would give up on me – not knowing what else to do. Most of them resorted to pumping me full of drugs and at one point, I was taking some medications because of the side effects of other medications. Honestly, I have probably taken more medications than about 20 people would take in their entire lifetime (and it’s only been about 29 months so far)!  

So finally, the diagnosis – for awhile it was Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, then it was Severe Tendonitis, then Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), then Fibromyalgia, hours later it was RSD with secondary Fibromyalgia, THEN it was all in my head and the latest diagnosis is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is the exact same thing as RSD. You know, my doctors spent so many months trying to figure out what was wrong with me, what it was called. And it got to a point where I really didn’t give a flying crap (sorry) what my disease is called, all I want is for someone to make it go away!!!  

(I wanted to give you a bit of info on CRPS so that you had some sort of idea of what I’m dealing with.)  

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a progressive disease of the Sympathetic Nervous System, an abnormal sympathetic reflex. It can follow a minor trauma (like a fall or sprain), a break or fracture, a sharp force injury (like a knife or bullet wound), heart problems, infections, surgery, spinal injuries or disorders or other major traumas. CRPS is a devastating, disabling disease that has completely robbed me of my ability to function because of extreme, severe pain that is constant and never-ending. There has not been even one tiny moment in the last 29 months when I have not been in terribly horrible pain! If it is caught, and most importantly correctly treated early, then most CRPS patients respond well to treatment. But in my case (and like so many others) it wasn’t, so I was left to try and cope with horrendous pain, impaired motor functions, body tremors, dystonia, full body muscle spasms, sympathetic nervous system dysfunction, extreme swelling, skin color changes, skin rashes, fevers, increased inner body temperature, sores, sensory changes, hypersensitivity, short-term memory problems, emotional distress, frequent migraines, daily headaches, insomnia and bone loss. So sadly, (believe it or not), ALL of these symptoms have become a part of my daily life! CRPS also causes depression, NOT the other way around like most doctors like to think!!!  

Ultimately, severe and disabling pain is the hallmark of this frustrating disease. Although countless doctors in Canada disagree, another hallmark of this disease is its ability to spread from one affected area, to another area, or in some cases, like mine, from one affected area through the entire body. As a result, few patients, like me, have total body CRPS and are severely incapacitated, in fact, the Mayo clinic has found that only 4% of patients get total body CRPS. I can’t walk, I can’t wheel myself in my wheelchair (because my right hand doesn’t work – I can’t move my fingers or wrist), so if no one is home and I have to go to the bathroom, then I have to crawl. I have to crawl on my stomach from the TV room to the bathroom and back. So, when it comes to be this late in the course of this disease, treatments are rarely effective and people like me are forced to cope with intense chronic pain!  

One thing that really bothers me is the fact that there is a huge lack of knowledge about CRPS, even among medical specialists. In fact, CRPS isn’t even taught in Canadian medical schools, so some doctors really believe that CRPS does not even exist! I believe it is only through the right education that we can stop improper diagnosis and treatments. I desperately need to make the public aware of this unbearably painful and crippling disease because it affects millions and millions of people throughout the entire world! It’s actually most common in people 40 to 60 years old, but recently doctors have found that it is now affecting people who are younger and younger (even as young as 3 years old).  

I guess the most devastating aspect of this illness is how it affects every single part of my life. At the very beginning of this letter, I mentioned some important things that I had before my accident, and now because of this stupid disease, ALL those things are gone and the scary thing is, is that I may never get those things back again! The really frustrating part is that physicians, other health care professionals, Workers Compensation Board workers, employers and especially friends, lovers and family members simply don’t understand just how much I am really suffering. They just don’t understand, they don’t get that I am in pain ALL day, EVERY SINGLE day.  

Not only is my disease extremely difficult to live and try to cope with every day, but I also have to deal with the many side effects of all of the medications I need to take (like weight gain – I was 115 pounds before my injury, and now I’m 257 pounds, also there’s dizziness, extreme nausea, major constipation, blurred vision, loss of appetite, hallucinations, completely passing out, even more insomnia and dopiness). As a result of all this crap (sorry again), I live, pretty much, without hope, in depression, anxiety, anger and fear! Pain, depression, being reduced to living in a wheelchair, not being able to dress or bathe myself and basically not being able to do anything a normal 22 year old should be able to do for herself results in even more anger, fear and anxiety. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome may not be physically fatal (like cancer or MS) and to you this might sound weird, but CRPS is definitely emotionally, mentally and spiritually deadly!  

Anyways there are 2 very important reasons why I wrote you this letter. First, I truly believe that we really need to educate our doctors (especially in Canada) about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (most importantly, we need our doctors to be more open-minded and willing to learn), and I think it starts with making the public aware, letting everyone know about CRPS (knowledge is power, right!). This illness, that is just as debilitating and (in different ways) devastating as cancer, is barely even known about throughout almost all Canadians, let alone Canadian medical professionals! As a result, so many CRPS patients are misdiagnosed and mistreated for years and years! You know, the year is 2004 and this disease was around throughout both World Wars and STILL hardly anyone even knows this illness exists, let alone what it’s about, except for maybe, at the most, a handful of doctors. But the point is that there is no cure for CRPS! And if you think about it, most doctors don’t even know about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, so they’re not even beginning to look for a cure! Maybe it’s because CRPS isn’t fatal like cancer, but honestly, from my heart, in May 2004 my grandmother died from cancer (colon cancer) and I wish to God that it could have been me!!! For the last year I have been praying to God that I had cancer, because if I had cancer then that would mean that I would get to die. It means that there would be an END, an end to all of my suffering and all my pain. When the pain is at its worst (and that’s pretty much all of the time, in fact the MaGill University’s pain index states that CRPS is the highest form of pain there is) I beg God to take me up to heaven. I tell Him that I can’t do it anymore, that the pain is just too much and I’m so tired of fighting, please take me up to heaven with You! Now you’re probably thinking I’m some suicidal lunatic, but I’m not and (unfortunately) I love my mother way too much to do that sort of thing. Studies have shown that 50% of people with CRPS attempt suicide.  

The other reason I wrote you this letter is because there actually is a tiny ray of hope for me. His name is Dr. Hooshmand and he has a clinic in Florida devoted to treating people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. And the amazing thing is that he is getting amazing results! He has not found a cure, but he is able to (in a great number of cases) reduce pain and increase mobility. Basically he’s able to give people their lives back! Also, Dr. Hooshmand has even been able to put some of his patients into REMISSION where a patient’s pain is somewhere in between tolerable and non-existent! Some patients can stay in remission for years and years, but it would take barely nothing at all (like a sprain or a fall) and then BOOM, it all can be taken away! All the pain, headaches, spasms, hypersensitivity, swelling and insomnia are back and you can barely even move. You’re back in hell again! I don’t know about you, but I would definitely rather spend even just 1 week in remission with tolerable pain and have it all taken away, than being where I am today, in constant pain! Dr. Hooshmand is doing excellent, amazing work with CRPS and it sounds like the doctors in the United States know more about CRPS as well but we still need much more education! We desperately need to educate our Canadian doctors (most of them really don’t have a clue!) and it needs to start happening NOW! Basically, we need HELP! ALL CRPS patients need help. I desperately need help!!!  

The truth is that I really need to get to that clinic! Seriously, I think it’s my only chance at having some sort of normal, happy life! And of course, the only thing stopping me is money. For 1 treatment at Dr. Hooshmand’s clinic, it costs $12,000 US and you’re supposed to go every 6 months (but the price gets lower each time you go), plus the price of the plane rides there and back, and because I can’t take care of myself, my mother would have to come with me, as well, one treatment lasts a week and you can’t stay at the clinic, so my mother and I would need a place to stay during my treatment. It just all seems so overwhelming and impossible and we just don’t have anything anywhere near what that would cost! My mother is a single parent (still supporting her 2 young adults) and was just laid off a couple of months ago and (so far) hasn’t been successful at finding a job yet, so she’s been trying to make sure we have enough money to survive on for the next few months, so finding the kind of money needed for even 1 treatment is definitely IMPOSSIBLE for us! I know I’ve said it 100 times but I really do need your help! I just turned 22 (I’m supposed to have a place of my own, be working, studying for school and hanging out with friends) and now, to make matters worse, I’ve been informed that if we’re (my mom and I) not able to take “proper” care of myself with the help I have now (1 home care worker, for 2 hours, from Monday to Friday) then I will be forced into an institution. And believe me when I tell you this, I’ll die before I go to a place like that! My family, most of all my mother is the reason why I’m still here, why I’m still fighting this thing, why I’m still sane and if they were taken away from me, I really don’t know what I would do or how I would cope!!! Honestly, my mother is my best friend! She has been so strong and so supportive throughout all of this, and even though she knows that I might have CRPS the rest of my life (as bad as it is now), whenever I cry or the pain is really bad or it’s Tuesday, my mother always tells me “We’ll get through this together, we’ll get through this together!“ I desperately need her and my brother in my immediate space for as long as humanly possible so, that clinic in Florida is my only hope! I’m desperate for help! Seriously, I need to find a way to get to that clinic or else 2 things will most likely happen:  

1. I’ll get even worse and have to be put into an institution.  

OR  

2. I’ll spend the rest of my life in immobilizing, excruciating pain, not being able to do anything for myself and praying every day for God to take me to heaven.   

Damn that’s depressing!  

  

Well, I realize this has been an extremely long letter and I wanted you to know just how much I really appreciate you reading this! For someone like you to take the time out of your busy day just to read my letter, it really means a lot to me and I can’t thank you enough! I want to make sure that you know that I wrote this letter because I want people to know what Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is so that hopefully one day even I person is in less pain (or NO pain) because a doctor happened to be watching TV or heard something from a friend and learned something. That would be SO amazing – even if this letter helped only 1 person! That’s why I wrote this letter, so that I might get the chance (the honor) to help others! If there’s anything you could do to help me, I would be forever (and ever and ever...) grateful, and I must say again THANK YOU for taking the time for me and my letter!!  

From: Desperate for help  

Jackie Valdemar  

   

P.S. For more information on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome you can go to www.rsdrx.com  

(This is Dr. Hooshmand’s web site packed with tons of information.)  

   

If you wish to contact me, please feel free to leave a message on my e-mail at:  

jacqulynn@hotmail.com

   

Note from Jackie’s mother:  

I have typed this exactly how it was written. It’s important also to note that Jackie has taught herself how to write with her left hand! The entire note taking from all of the research, the original draft, rough and good copies were all written with her left hand through spasms, swelling, cramping and pain over the past 11 months!   

This letter in and of itself has been over two years in Jackie’s thought process. What precipitated this letter into taking form was the devastating news of my mother being diagnosed with cancer and having four to six months to live. Jackie felt an incredible sense of urgency during this time. We were not able to attend “Grandma’s” funeral due to Jackie’s illness.  

In closing, I can only say that Jackie has so much love and compassion in her heart. She cries when she sees a child or an animal hurting. All of her hopes and dreams are but distant memories! She wanted to become a police officer so she could help people! Now her goal is to somehow help one person, just one, to have less pain! This letter is such an incredible accomplishment for Jackie and I am so very proud of her!!  

 

 

  

 
September 7, 2005, 7:47 pm CDT

to jackie!

I agree with paulien, and feel your pain. My RSD is spreading fast, on my next visit I have to discuss with my doctors the chronic migraines and facial/jaw/mouth pain I am now experiencing. I also have my teeth getting weaker, and chipping, but cannot afford a dentist as I am hardly able to pay my dr and shrink.  

You are completely right, more people MUST know about this, especially the doctors who think you are just crazy or a drug seeker. I am dealing with a pain dr right now who does not prescribe narcotics, as I am still in phase I. My fiancee does not know if he can deal with this for the rest of our lives, so our wedding is on hold for now. I would be suicidal myself except for my son, who is 8. I cannot leave him!!! I am 29, and I am in tears thinking that this happened to you at such a young age, as mine has progressed only since 2003. My RSD started in my shoulder and neck, and has moved into my back, other shoulder, both arms/elbows/hands and left leg. It scares me that I am now having symptoms in my face and right leg..... 

I sincerely wish I could help you and wish you the best, if you need someone to talk to please feel free to email me at mel_jor@charter.net  (that's mel_jor) 

Your letter is powerful and I hope you have had your mom send it to EVERYONE she can!!! 

I am so tired of being dismissed.... 

I will pray for you, Gentle hugs-Mel 

  

 
September 8, 2005, 12:25 pm CDT

Living with chronic neck and low back pain

Hello 

I am new to this site. I normally post on the depression board which is a wonderful support system for me.  I am here to try and get some ideas from others who suffer from the never ending pain on the 24/7 basis.  Here is a bit about me.  Hope I don't bore you all. 

  

I have had two cervical spinal fusions.  The first in 1999 with a fusion using part of my hip bone.  The second in 2003 using a titanium cage.  These are C4/5 & C5/7.  I suffer from neuropathic pain and when a low pressure system comes in, I know. 

  

I have stenosis and budging disks in L4/5 & S1.  The pain never stops.  I have been on so many medications and not much works.  I was on high doses of Neurontin which almost killed me.  I now take oxycodone, xanex, and effexor.  Sad thing is, if I run out of the oxycodone, it will kill me.  I am physically addicted due to the length of time I have been on it.   

  

I have been unable to work since 11/01 when I injured by lower back again.  I feel like a total failure in life.  I was once very productive.  I was even a volunteer firefighter/EMT and was studying to be a Paramedic.  That is now all gone.   

  

Thanks for listening.  Any suggestions?  I hate life right now.  Just hate it.  I feel worthless and feel like a looser.  The pain causes depression as I am sure many can relate. 

  

Thanks again. 

Nekocats 

 
September 8, 2005, 7:42 pm CDT

to prof and neko

prof-that is sooo funny. zoom baby! ha ha. i know how it goes! 

  

neko-it sounds like you may be a very likely candidate for RSD/CRPS. you might want to have a doctor check it out, be warned, and read further, most drs do not know what it is or what to do about it. we are here for you, and completely understand! i too feel like a failure, and mine extends into not being a good enough mother since i am so incapacitated most of the time. havent worked in months, and im broke as a joke. so welcome aboard, and feel free to email me if you need to talk to someone.  

  

well all, its been a rough day, trooper that i am, i cheated in order to attend a family event. took a half of loratab. felt guilty but knew there was NO WAY i was going to make it through without something. so i had a decent time, it was just enough to take the edge off, i really am proud of not using the narcs as much as i would like to. though part of that is my panic attacks too, if i take a 10mg loratab i flip out, i think its the drugged feeling that sets me off. so i should own the advil company by now ha ha.  

my hands and arms are killing me, so im cutting this short, prayers to all for relatively pain free night tonight, and day tomorrow. gentle hugs, blowing kisses-mel 

 
September 9, 2005, 5:11 am CDT

tyred

Hi, 

  

Sometimes is being tyred even worst then pain.  

I'm so tired, and I know what cost this, but is so unfair. I'm young and then I can not do the same as mine parents, pffff.  

  

There for I have not been here for few days. Because English is not my languish. 

  

I do wish you all the best. 

I do try to read it all, but today and yesterday I'm nog managing to get through my. 

  

WIth love, Paulien 

 
September 10, 2005, 5:32 am CDT

Hi Martha

Quote From: billysgirl

  

  

   Hi Diane,  Im so sorry for your pain. I do not have RA as far as I know. I have OA. But I can tell you what my symtoms were.  I had alot of burning, it would burn llike it was on fire,  and God forbid if I would turn my ankle on the slightest little bump in the sidewalk or a tree root in the ground, I would be in agony.  But that was about the extent of my pain,, but at times if I walked too much or stood too much I would be on crutches for atleast a day and a half.  Right now  I am in need of bone fusion on my left foot. It has been difficult trying to find an orthopaedic surgeon in my area, but I have found a good hospital. The pain in my left foot, is different because there is more deterioration of the bone, I don't know if you've ever had a broken bone, but when you put alot of pressure on it it hurts alot,, but when you take the pressure off the pain is almost unbearable. I hope your dr. decides to do the surgery and take the cysts out and in doing so may discover why you have more pain. I wish you all the luck in the world, and God bless you and your wonderful husband. I too have a wonderful man in my life, and consider myself very blessed, and am about to have another grandbaby, thank you for your concern, and I would love to talk with you more about your flowers, and anything else you would like to talk about, and please feel free to ask me any questions about my condition, and I am a very good listener, so if you just want to talk or are troubled about something feel free to write me again.  All My Best To You and Your Hubby,  Martha 

Hi Martha: Sorry I haven't responded sooner to your reply, but my father has Alzheimers and I had a chance to go and visit and stay for a couple of days recently (he lives 2 hours away).  I stay overnite with him at the Retirement Home so I can see how his condition is progressing.  He also has Chronic obstructive lung disease and I could see how his breathing is during the nite (worsening).   When I see all the old folks with varying degrees of aging, I thank God for the many blessings I have at this time.  My pain pales in comparison to all of the problems I see at the Home. Anyway, I also had to see my Rheumatologist while I was there so I killed 2 birds with one stone so to speak.  My Rheumy didn't comment on whether I should or shouldn't have surgery because of a new concern that we have; I have been very wobbly when walking lately and since being diagnosed with RA, it has been becoming more and more frequently as of late than it did in the beginning. He wants me to put weights on my ankles (5 lbs each ankle) and do leg lifts to see if the muscles can be strengthened and see if that makes any difference.  As you know with arthritis, if we can even walk on any certain day we're lucky so it's no wonder the muscles deteriorate in the legs over time.  I will give this a try for a couple of months and see him again.  As for my feet, they are okay lately, and only hurt more when I try to walk too much or go to far.  I hope you are doing well and thank you for the offer to ask questions or 'just listen' :)    I hope you have a wonderful, healthy grandbaby; isn't it wonderful that God blesses us in many other ways when we are faced with living daily with chronic pain?  It sure helps us get through the rough times.   Glad that you also have a wonderful hubby as this makes all the difference in the world.  Maybe Dr Phil should do a show or a forum on relatives of people living with chronic pain......they are the ones that help us get through.  Take care and do write again just to say you are doing ok and how the new grandbaby is.  God Bless you and yours.
 
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