I went to my pain management doctor today for a check up. The first thing they do is hand you a piece of paper where you have to say where your pain is located, and what degree of pain you are in.
Until that moment, I hadn't realized that I haven't hurt in quite a while. Oh, I'm not saying I'm pain free...I still have a pain here and there sometimes...but I'm talking about the constant pain I used to live with. The FIBROMYALGIA pain that has been a thorn in my side, back, knees, ankles, (you get the picture) for as long as I can remember.
I started with my pains when I was about 10 years old. At that time, the doctors had no idea what was causing the pain. In fact, they probably thought I was making the whole thing up. Why would a 10 year old, otherwise healthy girl, have back pain??? They did try things like back braces...you know, the kind with steel rods in them which made it impossible to do anything while you had it on.
I really can't remember the entire episode, (probably blocked it out of my memory) but I do remember that whatever they tried didn't do any good, so we all just gave up, and I learned to live with the pain.
The problem is, things like that just don't go away. As I gained weight and then had a baby (I gained 80 pounds during my pregnancy) the pain just kept getting worse. I finally found a doctor who touched several spots on me, and watched me wince in pain, and then informed me I had Fibromyalgia. Come to find out, it usually runs in families but in my case, mine was diagnosed before my mom's was, probably because she also had arthritis.
At that time, I was put on Celebrex which took care of most of my pains and I was walking on 'Cloud 9'. But of course, it was too good to last. Oh, not the Celebrex...but another medicine that some doctors were giving for the same symptoms...VIOXX!
Once they discovered Vioxx might cause heart attacks, my insurance company refused to cover the cost of Celebrex. Didn't matter that no one taking Celebrex had ever had a heart attack, or that my heart was fine, NOPE - no more Celebrex for me!
Do you know what happens to someone when they are taken off a pain medicine that has been helping? PAIN!!! The only thing my doctor could suggest was 3 Aleeve 3 times a day. I tried it for a while, but it was like taking M&Ms for pain. In fact, M&Ms probably would have worked better!
Then a fantastic thing happened. My DH turned 60, and since he had served 23 years in the Regular Army and Air Force Reserves, we were able to start using TRICARE health insurance. Guess what? No taboos on Celebrex!
My GP sent me to a Pain Management doctor who put me back on Celebrex right away. Funny thing though, I don't know if it was the Celebrex or me, but it didn't work anymore. So, for the last 4 1/2 years, my PM doctors (the first one moved out of town 2 years ago, so I have a new one) and I have been trying different meds, and combinations of meds to see if we could find something to help.
AND, it looks like we finally hit on the right meds and the right dosage. Of course, I think part of my 'cure' has been the exercise I've been doing. The new PM doctor doesn't know why no doctor had ever sent me to PT and told me to exercise and lose weight to help. He said it's been proven to help people with Fibromyalgia.
At this point, I don't really care what the 'magic touch' has been. I just feel like jumping for joy!