Looking Forward To 2011

Vanessa Collins Health Guide
  • 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! Undecided


    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.


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    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