I searched and found one or two, but none that are active. Instead of bumping, I thought I'd post about my situation and maybe there are some others in similar situations here.
I'll try to be as brief as possible. My pain started about a year ago now when I thought I had 'thrown' my neck out but I hadn't really done anything to cause an injury. I was rough housing with the kids a little one Sunday afternoon and when I woke up Monday morning I couldn't move. I thought maybe I had slept on it wrong since I felt a kink along with the extreme stiffness and swelling. I was given some pain meds, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory to take. It took about two weeks to really feel better. I was 'better' for about two weeks and then suddenly it flared up again, just like the first time. This time, I was referred to a Chiropractor and started seeing him and a physical therapist 3 times a week. We did muscle stim and retraction. I bought a 'cane' used to do my own massage work at home and had a 3 times a day stretching assignment which I followed diligently. During PT we 'uncovered' quite a bit of physical problems that had always been there but had gotten really bad. My posture is horrible which was causing serious pain in my shoulders, especially my right. My shoulders pop in and out of place. My rotators are not rotating all the way, so I literally have to wiggle around to lift my arms straight up and down without having a painful crack or pop out of place. The same can be said for my jaw, as I have severe TMJ and have for years now. In fact, we suspect that could be the root cause of all of this. My jaw is out of alignment 100% of the time, and my Chiropractor said the bone is wearing away at itself, basically creating a new joint socket. He tried several times to adjust it back into the intended joint socket, but it felt SO strange when it was there. I can't open up my mouth hardly at all when it's in the correct place and without even thinking I adjust it out of the socket to be able to open and close my mouth (which is still very limited movement). My upper back is taking a beating with all of this going on and I have constant headaches. Most days, even holding my head up is hard. I often lean my chin on my hand for support to just sit at a desk.
After paying a substantial amount of money toward my Chiro and PT work, I quit my full time job and got a work from home job. When I was working full time, I would come home so tired an in so much pain that I would just crash.The job change caused a lapse in my insurance so I've been relying ONLY on pain medications for the last few months. We did do some blood tests and everything came back normal. My regular Dr. said I could still have RA because the blood tests aren't always accurate. I need to do an MRI as well but need to wait until April 1st for my medical insurance to activate. For now, the pain meds are the only thing that give me any quality of life. I can't do even basic tasks without them and I'm basically a bump on a log all day. With a minimum amount of pain meds, I'm at least able to function somewhat normally. Do a load of laundry or a sink of dishes, pick up my son, or brush my daughters hair. Unfortunately the meds bring their own crappy side effects. They started me on Vicodin which makes me sick, irritable, constipated, and sometimes tired. They switched me to Tramadol which worked way better, just caused dry mouth which was tolerable. However, at my last doctors appointment I had quite high blood pressure so I was taken off the Tramadol, told it can cause HBP in some cases. I got Tylenol 3 which nocked me out. Couldn't function on that because I had to literally take a nap if I took one. So my Dr. just put me on Norco which is basically the Vicodin again with less Tylenol in it. So I'm back to having some relief for the pain, but dealing with the sick feelings. I spent all day Saturday throwing up. Ugh.
I have to get my blood pressure done again this week to see where it's at. I have a feeling it's still high. I have HBP headaches and I just feel like it's high, but I could be wrong. To top it all off, my vision has been going. I just had an eye appointment and need full time glasses, and have astigmatism in one eye. I know that is causing head aches as well, and maybe even some nausea. I can't wait to get my glasses to see how much of this is linked to my poor vision.
Anyway, I feel like I'm aging so quickly all of a sudden. I only just turned 28 but I feel like I'm falling apart. Anyone else dealing with chronic pain and want to offer advice, or talk about good coping options? I am starting a juicing diet today to do a little detox and I'm hoping that helps. I also intend to try acupuncture since I've heard it's amazing. Any other recommendations? Share your stories!