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Snow, rain, dampness and a flare-up

Jan 24, 2015 11:07 AM

Well, lucky us.... We got about 5 inches of snow and now there's rain/sleet and that really bone chilling cold and dampness. I'm having a flare at the moment and the weather is killing me. I'm very tired as my night was spent awake and even though I tried at 2:45am, I couldn't sleep abs was still up at 5:00am. I don't know what, if anything is going to help take this pain level down at all. I hope that everyone else is having a better day. I'm getting depressed and glum because it's been 22 years of this and I'm bordering on being overwhelmed at the moment. My spine, neck and radiating pain coming through to my breastbone, the migraine I have and the pain in my arms, hands and wrists (coming from my shoulders), is sensory overload. I'm going to close the blinds to block out the gloom and put on some quiet music and try to get lost in it for a while. Thanks for letting me vent... Y'all feel good and I hope you're smiling and your pain is manageable.

Jan 24, 2015 11:24 AM

I'm sorry you are going thru this Alwayz. Can't imagine being in my current pain state for as long as you. Yikes!!!! Mine pain 'journey' started about 5 yrs ago and I can't imagine living the rest of my life like this. I wonder about it as I am 52 and might have a bunch of years ahead of me. It terrifies me. How have you hung in there?

Jan 24, 2015 6:04 PM

Sorry its a rough day for you AlwayZ. The cold is awful, and I'm in Ga. I would die north of here. Praying for you! My migraines, osteoarthritis & disc issues in my back have been around since 1992, everything else just in the last 6-10 years...so I totally get the overwhelmed feeling. I'm in bed from back to back asthma attacks, after giving out of breath multiple times this week on errands. If I could get in/out of a bathtub I'd escape through Calgon! Lol

Jan 24, 2015 8:07 PM

Hey Always- hang in there....!!

Jan 24, 2015 10:15 PM

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I feel blessed that I found this wonderful group. Sandibeach, the way I get through is by chatting with folks on here, making sure I always have my own pet to take care of so I can nurture them and take my mind off if me (I have a 10 month old Ferret named Mischief). Her antics make me smile. I also see a pain management specialist and speak to a psychologist. I read a lot of things about my diseases and what things other than traditional medicine can help.. From food to massage, accupuncture, yoga, supplements, etc.. Oh, I also love to get lost in good music. I'm 50 years old and there is longevity in my family that I'm happy for them but think about the years left to suffer unless they come up with something.. I guess like anything else, to just answer your question, I deal with it, you kind of get used to it. FlappsyLady, LOL@Calgon,
Take me away!!! 😊💕

Jan 25, 2015 2:43 PM

Thank you Alwayz. I do wish I had a pet to focus on. Our beloved doggie died last year and empty hubby and I are having a hard time agreeing on a new doggie. Our last two were big dogs. I think I can only handle a small one due to my physical limitations. But I agree that having a pet is very therapeutic. Glad you have Mischief! Great name :)

Jan 25, 2015 4:24 PM

Alwayz, I feel for you. I'm in Ohio & the wet, heavy snow started falling several hours ago. My legs have decided that if they are going to bear weight (especially mine), they are only going to do so in the locked position.

I'm so grateful for my dogs. They are in the smaller end but keep me busy. Sandi, I am so sorry about the loss of your dog. My two drive me nuts but I don't know where I'd be without them. One thing I have for you to consider: my dad's dog, Buddy, a Rottweiler, really missed him when dad died so he started being extra protective of my mother. My mother has been in pain like Alwayz for going on 15 years now & we were amazed at just how much Buddy helped. Mom's hard of hearing & lived out in the country for years. Buddy let her know anytime someone came down the drive. And I never worried about her being alone because Buddy would eat anyone stupid enough to come thru the door. Buddy had to go & live with dad last year and we miss him every day. I'm not trying to talk you into anything you're uncomfortable with, I'm just giving you something to think about. Whatever way you go, consider adopting from your local animal shelter. They have a lot of pets ready to be loved. And Alwayz, I agree with Sandi - Mischief is a GREAT name, especially for a ferret!

One last bit of babbling: especially during this yucky time of year, I am grateful for still of you being here. I am learning so much & I certainly feel a lot less alone (not sure about that sentence structure). I appreciate everyone & their input! Thanks guys!

Jan 25, 2015 7:12 PM

Deena, thank you and I agree with your last paragraph!!
Re: big dogs, our last dog was sick the last few years and because he weighed 100+ pounds, it was difficult for me to walk him, take to vet etc...due to my neck, back, wrist problems etc. I want a little doggie that I can pick up easily and take wherever I go. But it doesn't mean I don't yearn for a great big dog to hug and love!! Any pet is wonderful I think...

Jan 25, 2015 10:02 PM

Sandibeach you should get a Newfoundland, there isn't another breed that could come close to the empathetic nature of these beautiful gentle giants AND it would give you some therapy with the grooming. I have paid a lot for a Newfoundland but have also adopted one from a breeder that wasn't show quality. They are truly the most wonderful breed in the world!

Jan 25, 2015 10:27 PM

From the time I was younger, we had BIG dogs. Currently, we have a small dog (Puggle) that my Sister rescued almost 2 years ago. We also have a BIG doggie (bullmastiff) and her name is Hope. She's almost 140 pounds... LOL!!! My ferret, Mischief, is definitely a wonderful gift that I gave myself). Her antics and huge personality make her name completely appropriate!! She is a lot of fun and is distracting for me. Pets do fill our hearts!!! (However, as we all know, they are never here with us long enough). I pray for all you to have less pain and as much peace and relaxation as you can.

Jan 26, 2015 5:31 AM

Hang in there, and it know those words seem simplicity ....I have been sitting here all night wishing for just a small window where sleep would visit me, but it did not, it can be the 12+" of snow coming my body is screaming.
Not to depress anyone but my journey started January of 1983, so many ops and procedures, the story goes on.....but I know that the day I started this journey God knew/knows when it will end. Helpful hint: when it hurts so bad sing, loudly, if you can still move MOVE....I have fought this war for so many years, but many battles have been won day by day...sometimes, second by second......find your weapons against the evil pain and just fight the battles...

Jan 26, 2015 5:42 AM

Blessedby4, I understand what you're saying about singing and moving. Though my movements are strictly for daily living, I have to stand/sit/walk alternating all day. I too started with surgeries in 1984, and there's been so many I have a hard time keeping up. I carry an 8 page " personal history " just in case of an emergency. If I can't remember then I can't expect my husband or children to! But as you said, "God knows" and He has carried me through it all! I'll say a prayer for you and all in the nasty winter storm path. I'm in GA and I hate any temps below 60! Praying you get some rest and that Spring comes early! 🙏

Jan 26, 2015 10:40 AM

Thanks for the suggestions Blessedby4... I do move almost all day, all day. I live upstairs so I have to go up and down all day to use the bathroom, etc... FlappsyLady, I also carry around an 8 page medical history with me so if there is an emergency, or I need yet another surgery, then I can tell them, here... Make yourself a copy, put it in my chart and read. Glad you're in GA and for the most part, it's not too cold. Waiting here in NY as the blizzard encroaches on us and my body is protesting... LOUDLY!! LOL... we are in the 24-30" area, so we'll see what happens. I guess I'll be out there helping shovel us out when it hits. Everyone be safe, be warm, have less pain and have a peaceful day.

Jan 26, 2015 1:03 PM

Our temps dropped but the wind is biting. My bones ache all over. I hate when it snows more than an inch, soooo very glad I'm not up where you are AlwayZ!

Jan 26, 2015 1:16 PM

I hear you FlappsyLady!!! We are right now in the midst of snow falling at about 2" an hour but by tonight through tomorrow it's going to snow at a rate of 3-5" per hour. We're gonna get slammed. My body is loudly protesting but I took meds, had some hot, herbal tea and am snuggled in my recliner with a warm, cozy quilt. Just going to chill out and listen to some awesome music.

Jan 26, 2015 8:28 PM

Stay warm everyone!!! Thinking of y'all up north in the path of the storm!

Jan 27, 2015 5:51 AM

Thanks iathompson!! They have put a ban on driving and all roads, trains, buses, etc are shut down. There is no way to get off of Long Island (or ON for that matter because all bridges are closed). We are going to have blizzard conditions through this afternoon and when all is said and done, there could be a total of 30 inches of snow across the island. There is a statewide ban on travel so there isn't anyone out unless they're walking. Winds are whipping at almost hurricane level at times and there has been some thunder. Watching the news and the entire Tri-State area is pretty much shut down. It's cold, damp, 78% humidity... All the ingredients for horrendous pain. Well, it's going to be meds, music and my quilt for me again today!! Be safe all and I hope you all have a peaceful and less painful day.

Jan 27, 2015 4:22 PM

Thanks.. It always appreciated

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