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Thanks for the kind replies.

I'll share my story. In 1999 I was pregnant with my fourth son. During that pregnancy I developed hyperthyroidism. That seemed to be when I started going down hill. In Sept of 2003 I had a hysterectomy. In January 2004 I developed severe back pain overnight. Due to the fact that I have a history of malignant melanoma I was sent for every test under the son. It took 1 year for the doctors to determine that I did not have a metastases. I was placed on Vicodin right from the start and continued on that for 2.5 years. In May/June of last year I started to have severe joint pain. The joint pain has been on and off until just recently.

In Oct. of last year I was placed in the hospital to try to get my severe back pain under control. I had very hard time. We tried morphine with no success. We then moved on to oxycotin and I have been on that since then. I am currently on effexor, neurontin, oxycotine, baclofen, motrin, and vicodin and I STILL have pain. Over the last couple of months I have had the most intense joint pain. I can't sleep at night because everytime I try to turn over I am in intense pain. If I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom it hurts to put pressure on my feet. I literally fall on to the toilet because it hurts too much to sit properly.

The fatigue that I feel is so overwhelming. I get my kids off to school (which is a huge struggle for me) and then back to bed I go. I can sleep from 8:30 until 1 or 2 and still not feel rested. I go through energy bursts. Some days I am a wonderwoman and then like I've read before, I recover for 3-4 days. There are days where my pain is so severe I can't get out of bed. If it wasn't for my heating pad and my pain meds I would never make it.

I am seeing a pain managment doctor at the end of the month to inquire about a pain pump. I am putting a lot of faith in the pump to help me to feel better. I want so much to feel great, to have energy. I find I get depressed so much. I can't imagine going through life like this. I am only 40 and I have a lot of living to do. I feel horrible for my husband. We have 4 boys and he has to take on a lot of the parenting. It is a sad situation.

I'd love to know what everyone else does to help themselves. Thanks so much for reading.



P.S. My other big symptom os my memory. I can't remember anything. Forget about helping my first grader do his homework. I end up telling him wrong!!:eek: And I have a college degree!!