This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. For years I had gone along w/some minor and not so minor aches and pains. In May I found myself pretty much incapacitated by pain. I was confused and scared. So scared that I went to my doctor and asked for help. That is a big deal for me. I used to avoid doctors as much as possible. Hmmmmmm. How things have changed!
I was Dx with OA, EIO and Fibromyalgia at the same time in June of this year. Oh yeah, and low vitamin D. I was so happy when the docs prescribed Plaquenil and it started working for me. I rarely took pain meds.
Then came July and I had an asthma attack. Had not had one of those since I was a child. So now I take asthma meds, too. In addition to that I thake BP and cholesterol medicine.
Most recently, I had my world turned upside down again. I had a reaction to Plaquenil and had to stop taking it. So, at this point, I get through the days by taking prednisone and Tramadol. I am supposed to see my rheumy next month when he gets back in the country.
I was thinking about all these changes in my life, and wondering why I didn't go through the normal stages of denial, anger, depression, etc.
I was mostly just scared. I am still scared from time to time. That is when the Good Lord hears from me more than normal LOL
I am not angry and I am not in denial. I do have my bouts of depression, but they don't last long. I take a med for that, too, of course!
I finally realized that I sought information and help from this website soon after my diagnosis. I think the information, understanding and compassion on this website spared me a lot of the mental pain and suffering many chronic pain patients experience before the come to terms with their condition(s).
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has posted here, asked questions, answered questions, and offered understanding to me and to others in 2010. My world is a better place because of all of you and because of Health Central.
2011 is a new year. There will probably be advancemnts in the treatment of RA and other autoimmune disorders this year. There is always hope. I am looking forward to the adventure. The ride may be a bit tumultuous, but it isn't so bad or scary when you have friends at your side.
Peace to you all,
Published On: December 30, 2010