I am a 57 yr old, was dx'd in 2003 for Hep-C. Took 14 month tx of Interferon and Ribaviron. Cleared but relapsed 6 weeks after tx. have had severe depression and anxiety since then. Also triggered Fibromyalgia dx'd by my Rhuematologist. Extreme fatigue is my worse left
[More] over side effect for 8 yrs now. Am seeing a Pycharitrist for meds for the depression and anxiety. Have also been implanted with a VNS (Vasal Nerve Stimulator) to help produce the chemical my brain is not secreting. I have had it for 5 yrs now. Also, I see a therapist. I am in pain management taking med for pain from 2 herniated disc's in lower lumbar. Have been having severe pain in left ear 24/7 with daily headaches. Went to ENT and he found no ear problems ONLY that the fibromyalgia was coming from my neck causing the main nerve to my left ear to be causing my pain. He sent me to a Chiropractor that specializes in Fibromyalgia, he took xrays of neck and saw all my vertebre were way out of alignment, and my upper back spine is being pulled to the right from a Fibro trigger point in right shoulder. So will be needing around 3 months of sessions to get my neck and upper spine back in place. Xrays of lower back show the 2 disc's L4&5 are no longer herniated, they are grinding each other, and left hip area is out of whack too. So I am happy to know that hopefully my neck and back pain will soon be relieved. My severe fatigue is what gets to me and angers me, that I am NOT the person I was before I took that toxin treatment. As of now, my bloodwork, taken every 3 months are staying in range, so I will not be doing any more kind of treatment as long as I am able. I have 2 small benign tumors in my liver. It gets an Ultrasound every 6 months to make sure the tumors are not growing, so far they havent. If they do, then I will have a problem of my liver not filtering properly. So as you see, I have many health problems, that caused me to have to not work anymore, and after being denied twice, I was finally approved for Social Security. I use to be such an active person. I now feel like I am 20 yrs older than my actual age. My 14 yr old poodle has Chronic Bronchitis and hacking alot due to his traceal in throat. My father was dx'd with Prostate Cancer 2 weeks ago. He is 84 yrs old. Had 2 heat attacks, so doubt he will be able to take on Chemo. My mother had a bad stroke 2 yrs ago. My parents are extremely close. So we know when one goes, the other will be gone soon after. My oldest sister suddenly passed almost 3 years ago from sudden heart failure, she and I were closer than our other siblings. I am still feeling the loss of her. We always talked when one was down, she was my confidant and now I dont have her to be there, on my bad days, when I need her ears and shoulder she always had for me, no matter what. My therapist helps but its not the same. My husband of 33 years has been understanding of all this, but I know I'm not that fun person he was use to having around. He was dx'd last year with diabetes, and with taking meds and having some bad days of his own, he really understands now. My home was always clean, uncluttered and never had to worry if someone popped over. Now, it needs a good cleaning instead of the 'lick and promise' it gets now. My husband is now out hunting with his friends for 4 days, and I am glad he feels good enough to do his favorite thing, which is hunting. We both have our own motorcycles, he rides his to work a few times a week. I havent rode mine since before summer. We had a severe heat wave and me also having "Heat Cardio Syncope" I have not been able to get out of this house and ride, which gave me such pleasure and emptied my mine and soul of my problems. Its cooler weather now, and due to spine problems, I am having aTrike Kit added to it, so I have no worries of falling over. When I would have to stop and stand with my bike at a light, etc, if she leaned....I did not have the strength to keep it from leaning over. So now I don't have to worry about it. I know when it is ready, it will help me in some way to get out and about when I feel like getting away. I have alot going on in my soul as you see. I see my Phych and therapist, due to my bio-dad commited suicide when I was 4. So back then, nothing was known about depression, post tramatic syndrome for the veterans as he was, so he must have been so overwhelmed to put a hose up the tail pipe of his car. It is said, depression can be passed on, and my siblings and I do have problems. With me taking the toxin trmt for my Hep-c, mine has worsen as you have read. I'm sitting here with my laptop in my lap and my dog next to me, TV on, and its just getting dark. I have done absolutely nothing today. I so wanted to have some things done before hubby gets home from his hunting trip, for I know he will be tired when he gets home. Its a 6 hr drive one way to where he goes. Well, tomorrow is another day and I am going to try and get something done. So I will end this: "A little about me" book. To be continued...
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