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Posted by Michelle on October 19, 2000 at 17:35:05:

Iím 31 and I have had chronic pain 5 years. 7 years ago I had an epidural when I had an emergency c-section with my son. My symptoms started about 2 years later. First it was just a little "pinch" feeling in my upper right arm, very sharp. After a while, it then went into my Right hand and over to my left arm. The pain was weird though. Sometimes it would ache but mostly just when I moved my arms or tried to grab something with my hand.
By now itís all over my body, constant muscle aches and pain. It seems to be worse if I happen to get good nights sleep. Weird but when I donít sleep well I donít hurt as much. Also have a strange kind of numbness/pain on my scalp.
Iíve been to many doctors: countless regular M.Dís, Rheumatologist, and Neurologists. Iíve had MRIís, a bone scan, nerve tests, x-rays, and about a million blood tests. Every test so far has been clear. Itís very frustrating! Iíve been put on vicodin, prednisone, celebrex, transidone, motrin, prozac (never took one of them), elavil, and more that I canít remember. For at least 5 months I havenít taken anything except motrin (which only takes the edge off).
Iím now seeing a wonderful acupuncturist. My pain is still very much there, it never really has gotten better. Iím not sure how my treatments are going yet. She told me that being in pain so long might take a while to get out. Weíll see.
Being a single parent with chronic pain is very difficult. I would love to correspond with someone; maybe we could figure this out!! mneal@cccd.edu
Regards,
Michelle



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