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Posted 09-23-2012 at 11:20 AM by Sunsett1845

Hi, my name is Sunsett1845, and I am new to this site. After going through 4 bouts of breast cancer (thanks to Premarin), joint replacement in both feet, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, I am so tired of doctors.

I found this site because my legs have been increasingly bothering me more often. I take quite a few medications, which I listed when I joined and hate to have to re-type them.

My pain management doctor told me that he has me on "cruise control" - and I don't want to go on any stronger medications, as I come from a family that has alcohol and drug addiction issues.

My only option is to go on a stronger narcotic drug and I am scared to death to even consider this. I am not working any longer, as my constant pain and tiredness affected my job - plus I am old enough to retire so "here I am".

The only exercises I can tolerate are water exercises and some leg lifts. My transportation is an issue when it comes to physical therapy, etc. My husband can take me, but he works all day long, so it makes it difficult.

I know that there must be some kind of a stocking or leg wrap that I could get that may help with the pain. Originally, the pain was in my back and hips, but now mainly legs - my legs ache so bad, the only way I can describe the hurt is a toothache. If I don't take my pills on time - I go into an unbearable pain.

My pain management doctor told me to use a ice bottle on my foot to help with the cramps.

If I move my feet the wrong way - I get horrible charlie horses. In fact, I had to go to another doctor for another issue and when I had to put my leg up - the doctor had to help me with the charlie horse - and he is a gynecologist!

Anyhow, I hope I can pick-up some help here and also I am here for anyone that has issues with breast cancer or my newest problem - Lichen Schlerosis - I've never heard of it until I found out a few weeks ago that I have it.

Well, I've never written a blog and you may find mine boring - but thank you for your time and it is nice to know that there is a place like this.

I decline any surgery, as I have gone through so much with the cancer. Too much radiation ruined my skin.

Thank you for your time and may you have healthy days ahead!!
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