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I never thought It would happen to me

Nov 15, 2014 10:48 PM

But I've been diagnosed with the following: Lupus, pre-diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis - and I'm only 45!!

Nov 15, 2014 10:54 PM

With today's medications , technology, and maybe some life style changes (pre-diabetes you may be able to control with diet), you will be ok. Educate yourself so that you can be ahead of your health, knowing what to expect. I wish you the best of luck. Stay positive!

Nov 15, 2014 11:04 PM

I did all the things you've suggested but I think I'm journeying through the grieving process. I'm currently in the depression phase. I totally appreciate the encouragement I need them right now. Best wishes to you too 😊.

Nov 15, 2014 11:21 PM

Yes, I know about those processes, Im in the same one. At least we know thete other ones yo journey through. Have you tried a pain clinic? They were helpful. Thanks for the wishes, I'll keep you in my prayers.

Nov 15, 2014 11:58 PM

Pain clinic? No, I'm a newbie. I have a follow up in January. Meanwhile, I use tiger balm for the RA in left wrist - it works. Tried it for shoulder muscle pain but only provides temporary relief.
Thank you, you'll be in my prayers too.

Nov 16, 2014 12:14 AM

I can relate.i am 45 with hashimoto's autoimmune thryroid, high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, fibromyalgia, along with numerous other things and they are still trying to figure out why I am in so much pain. I have inflammation markers and am saving money to go back to rheumatologist which my insurance doesn't cover and I can't work due to pain. I never dreamed this would happen how can anyone dream of this...somedays more like a nightmare. It is like grieving for a life you cant have back. So somedays have a good cry but then start thinking of the things to be thankful for....waking up, having a place to live, family, faith, and so on. I have a lot of joke and humor sites on facebook and as soon as I wake up I read them and find something to laugh about. Take time for yourself and make sure everyday to find something to do for yourself. Laughter may not be the best medicine but it doesn't cost and doesn't make you worse.

Nov 16, 2014 12:25 AM

I'm sorry to hear about all the pain you are going through. Last week, I was in rebellious phase and refused to eat clean and all this week I dealt with shoulder muscle pain. 😑
I'm back on track now. Yes, I totally agree that a good cry is in order. Grateful? yes, totally grateful. I have many blessings including a fighting spirit 😊. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

Nov 16, 2014 1:06 AM

No one who is ever diagnosed with anything ever believed it was going to happen to them.
Even watched a friends parent, life time smoker, surprised by her lung cancer.
Try and stay as positive as you can, I'm trying to work on my pain in acceptance, terms, as in that it's as much an essential part of my life now as breathing is, I wake, therefore I have pain, to survive I must breathe, therefore I must accept the pain and mange to the best of my ability!

Nov 18, 2014 2:42 AM

if it makes you feel better, I'm 27. count your blessings; I have severe arthritis too.

Nov 18, 2014 11:04 AM

No, I don't feel better because I'm grieving my old life. Grieving is a personal journey & sometimes a selfish process - you can't feel sorry for anyone else because of your own pain. That's where I'm at.
And still can't believe this has happened to me.

Nov 18, 2014 11:07 AM

I cannot wait until this process is over. I'm looking forward to the end - where I can be philosophical about the thing and get back to my happy self.

Nov 23, 2014 4:00 AM

indeed. best of luck in your introspective journey.

Nov 23, 2014 4:03 AM

45 is an average age for this. be thankful you can find others your age to socialize with.

Nov 24, 2014 8:45 AM

I'm right there with you too! I am 40 years old and have been dealing with my pain for 3 years. I'm not sure what to call my mental state of mind but sounds a lot like yourself! Lol These phases that you are talking about are exactly what I've been dealing with! I visited a friend a few days ago who has similar issues as me but is much older & has dealt with it for longer than I've been alive. She told me that she just accepted the fact that she will have pain for the rest of her life. That's a hard thing for me because I don't want to accept that! I know that overcoming this has to start with the mind. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude and good spirit. I deal with the pain much better when I'm happy.

Nov 24, 2014 11:08 PM

I have RA and lupus as well. I'm 47 and haven't worked in almost 5 years. I'm am RN and I just couldn't do it anymore. I've had my diagnosis for going on 10 years now. Unfortunately, these things aren't very discriminating when it decides who to attack. As far as the diabetes, If you're overweight, do yourself a favor and look into Atkins, keto, paleo, and low carb high fat diets. I promise you'll have your blood sugars under control and you'll lose weight. Sugar and carbs are terrible toxic things. I stay under 20 carbs per day and have lost 56# since May. I'm in a few groups on fb and I can't tell u how many folks are completely off their diabetes meds. Bacon, eggs, real butter, full fat whipping cream, lots of veggies and meat. No flour, corn, rice, sugar, wheat, no processed foods. Just tons of healthy real foods. Do some research!

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