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Oct 02, 2015 5:03 PM

Hi all, I found this site due to a FB post on a fibromyalgia page. I have that, rheumatoid arthritis, DDD, and something going on with my knee. I have had the fibro for 22 years, and the RA for about 6 years. I have a good rheumy who treats the RA, and my PCP treats fibro. I don't think my rheumy believes in fibro, but whatever. I'm not working now. I just couldn't handle that anymore. I've applied for SSDI, but haven't heard from them yet. My doctor and I are optimistic that it will be approved, because of my "advanced" age (I'm 60). πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

Oct 02, 2015 6:26 PM

Welcome Crankypants! Fibro is real. I have it, DDD, TMJD, osteoarthritis, sjogrens, hypothyroidism, and pelvic issues among many. I haven't been able to work since 2010. I'm 53 and I've been turned down for SSD once already, and I'm 14-16 months from a court appearance. I'm weak as a baby in my upper body and my doc said I can't work. Like, duh...I knew that because I live it daily. Lol.
I wish you good luck, and don't get upset if it gets denied to start with. Most everyone does. I hope you find this community as wonderfully supportive as I have. Hugs & a prayer your SSD will go through. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 02, 2015 7:45 PM

Hi cranky pants , welcome!! I'm recently new here. I'm a 40 year old female Who battles with chronic pain, tmjd, depression and anxiety. I haven't been Been diagnosed with fibro yet........ I haven't been able to work for three years now. I applied for ssd And got turned down the 1st time then I had to reapply, then they gave it to me. So don't give up!!!!!! The best of luck to you my friend:)

Oct 03, 2015 1:10 AM

Thanks to you both, Flappys and AunnIe! I appreciate the warm welcome. ☺️

Oct 03, 2015 1:41 AM

I am newer here too. Only enduring ankle pain past 14 months due to an accident. Consider getting a contingency lawyer for ssdi. There are plenty out there if you get denied and go for the appeal.

Oct 03, 2015 11:36 AM

Welcome Crankypants!!! I don't consider 60 to be "advanced age" LOL!! I responded with welcomes, etc on another thread you started so I won't bore you by repeating myself. One thing I WILL repeat is that I hope that you Find the support and information you need from us. πŸŒ»πŸ™πŸ»

Oct 03, 2015 8:42 PM

Welcome to you EquineSister! I hope your injury isn't going to cause too much of a change in your daily life, long term. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 03, 2015 8:49 PM

Equinesister, welcome to our family community. I hope that your injury does not keep you on the sidelines for too long? Was the accident on horseback?? I've had many a boo boo from getting tossed or having a horse rear up and pulling the lead line out of my hand with suck force, it left burns. I absolutely LOVE horses. They are my passion. There is nothing in this world that can take me to a place of peace than having my hands on a horse. No matter if I am grooming, bathing, riding, etc.. I hope that you find the support and information that you are looking for being here with us. Keep us posted as to how you are doing. I wish you all the best and will keep you in my prayers.

Oct 04, 2015 1:13 AM

Thank you FL 81 and AZP. Yes it was an accident with a Welsh pony. I was driving him in a new cart for the first time. We were in an arena with a mare in heat and he is herdbound. I gave my kids rides jn the cart a while. But when the rider and mare left, I asked my kids to get out of the cart and walk the half mile down the hill and around a curve to the stables. They did not want to go but after a few minutes they got out and walked down with the rider. My pony was whinnying for her and trying to express he wanted to leave also. So I stayed up in the arena for 10 minutes because that is how long it takes to walk down to the stables. And I wanted my gelding to know we would go when I was ready not him. After the 10 min passed. We started to exit the arena and go down the slight slope. My pony started to trot. I tried to slow him down. The cart hit him in the back of the legs which spooked him and he started to canter. I tried to stop him again same thing happened. I thought I was dreaming. I had gotten on flat ground and tried one more time. I can still here his hooves digging into the gravel galloping like the Wells Fargo Bank stagecoach horses. I only had less than a minute to decide what to do as I was approaching where the boarders were, parked cars, stalled horses and of course my 6 and 7 year old kids. I decided to jump out. I think we were going 30 mph. So as I was going down the last hill. I threw the reins down and put my foot on the edge and jumped. I then went blank. Maybe 30 seconds later I realized I was over 60 feet away from where I jumped out. I looked at my right leg and it was upright but my foot was completely resting to the left. Blood was coming out of my boot. My 7 year old came over and asked what I was doing and tripped over my broken foot. Boarders came running over and taking my son away and calling 911. Witnesses said they saw my pony running down the hill and something dragging behind the cart. Then they saw me. Luckily I was wearing a helmet and heavy blue jean dress and jeans. My clothes were ripped on the back side only and I had scapes on my elbows. However I had shattered my ankle (talus) and heel was hanging on my tendons and ligaments. It was a compound fracture (bones were coming through the skin). Dr said it was limb salvage. My talus got screws put in and my calcaneal was pinned in place (a couple months later pins out only). fast forward. I had pain everyday since. It healed deformed, or a malunion. Then I got an RSD diagnosis and Avascular Necrosis diagnosis and PTSD and anxiety and depression as well. Started weight bearing after 9 months because of the AVN. I ended up walking crooked and with a limp. So painful and then my gait messed up other body parts because I was off.
Saw another Dr and just had 2nd surgery Sept 18 and I can see my foot is straight in the cast. Post op Dr said bones knitting together nicely and no signs of AVN. I am praying and doing healing meditation and found this group. And I am finally mentally feeling better. Thank you for taking time to read my long winded insomniac's story!

Oct 04, 2015 9:41 AM

OMG!!! What a horrifying story. You know, they always say that you're not a rider until you get dumped and then you're part of the "club". No doubt, ride enough or be around horses long enough and you're going to get hurt. I hope that your accident didn't sour you on something you love so dearly. I know that it can shake you to the core. I have been riding since I was 8, had 2 horses and when I was younger, I fell off at the canter when the horse I hacked out on spooked and took off. I didn't ride for several years after that. Next time I went, I was wearing brand new boots and we were headed back to the barn and we were waiting for the rest of the group to catch up. My horse started to roll and no matter what I tried, I couldn't get his head up and he threw himself over on his side and onto my leg. To add insult to injury, he kicked me after he got up!!! I rode with fear for a very long time after that. I didn't canter with my own horse for over a month after I bought her because I was still unsure of myself and was afraid I'd fall. Well, she was line riding a couch and I had many a wonderful ride in the ten short years I had her. I am happy to hear that your second surgery sounds successful. I know that you'll pull through. I KNOW you will!! Nobody who handles 1200 pound animals can be kept down for long. That fight never goes away, even if sometimes you feel like you have nothing left. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and wish you a complete recovery. I hope the meditation helps with the PTSD, depression and anxiety. Sending you {{{Hugs}}} and my best wishes. I hope you have a peaceful and less painful Sunday. πŸŒ»πŸ™πŸ»

Oct 04, 2015 4:55 PM

EquineSister, that's horrible. You wrote such detail I felt like I was watching it happen. We will all stay positive that you will heal correctly this time, without complications! I fell from a tall slide in 5th grade and broke my lower leg in 2 places. Now my legs are a good 1\2" difference in length. I wear special molded Orthotics to adjust and equalize my leg lengths. Praying you will heal and not require anymore surgery. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 05, 2015 12:43 AM

Thank you Alwayszinpain and FlappysLady81. Prayers and kind thoughts to you too.

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