About Me: Female, 56, Scranton, PA, member since Nov 2010
I have always been very energetic, loved dancing, working hard in my garden's, everything I did I put 100% in it. Then I hit 43 or 44 and all hell broke loose. I got hypothyroidism, starting going through the change and the worst of all, pain from a car accident I had
[More] in my mid 20's finally hit me. It started with a pain going up my right arm while I was painting one day. Doctor took x-rays of my neck and found I had generative disc's 3,4 and 5. Then MRI showed bone spurs and calcium ???. Then I got the frozen shoulder, that of course was the most painful. Got all kinds of shots in my neck, shoulder. Now of course I have osteoarthritis but flying off a motorcycle at 44 didn't help me, this of course caused trauma to my body which was already in pain. I hit my head on a concrete floor twice and got vertigo. I wore high heels since I was 16 and had to get my veins re-routed, I can walk longer but the pain is still there. I am also a very nervous person and clinch my teeth or I had the TMJ since I was again in my early 20's. Doctors can't give certain meds because of my stomach (have problems there too) so I am on pain meds and patches. I hate being treated like an addict, like I say all the time, I want my life back when I could do anything. I miss the dancing, the gardening, the cleaning the house all weekend because I wanted to. Every year I get worse, but if you saw me, you would say I don't look like I'm in pain, I look fine, but I'm not. I will be 52 in January and feel my life is gone, but I will survive. But would be great for maybe a week feel like I did back in my 20's, but there is no pill or patch that will do that, so I will do what I have to do to have some life style. I joined this site after reading so many others that feel the same way I do, plus since I can't go dancing or out on the town, being home on the web with friends I'm finding will be just fine.
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