- CASE FILE
Female with chronic pain throughout my entire body.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I am asking for help because I suffer from chronic pain and it is taking over my life. I do not go out as much, however, I do try my best to take my 9 year old daughter out to the movies, now and again; so she doesn't feel left out. Sometimes I am not able to cook or clean my apartment, and I have to order take out or ask someone to help me clean. Some days I am stuck in bed all day. In November of 2017, while attending Community College, I started feeling pain that took over my entire body. At first, I thought the pain was coming from the books that I was carrying. My face and my feet started tingling and my concentration was out of whack, and it started to mess with my class work. I had trouble reading even though I wear glasses. I struggled to stay awake in class and was always tired. One day my professor send me home as I was walking into the classroom. My eyes were red and I could barely walk. Couple of times I ended up at the nurse's station. At night I was restless and lost a lot of sleep. I find myself curling up in a fetal position in extreme pain and then getting up and walking around my apartment in not only tears, but in confusion. In the morning, I was afraid to get out of bed because there was so much pain. And once my feet hit the ground, it's hard to walk on them because of the pain. One day in May of 2018, I decided to tell my primary care doctor what was going on. Blood test ruled out numerous autoimmune diseases. However, he examined me and diagnosed me right away with fibromyalgia. Everywhere on my body that he touched, I flinched with pain. In the coming months a rheumatologist also diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. My primary care doctor then prescribed Cymbalta 30MG, but within a few months he had to raise the dosage to 60MG because I was still in pain. He also prescribed Mapap Acetaminophen 325MG to take as needed. I was also given Celebrex that my rheumatologist prescribed. Besides fibromyalgia, I have numerous medical problems such as osteoarthritis in both knees of which I had a total right knee replacement done April of this year. And I am getting ready to have my total left knee replacement surgery in exactly a week. I also have arthritis in my lower back, heel spur in feet, arthritis in right ankle, bursitis in my left hip, tendonitis in both shoulders, and carpel tunnel in both hands. And when the weather is cold or it's raining, I get a flare up and it triggers my other medical problems to act up; along with fibromyalgia too. Both my primary care doctor and rheumatologist wants me to change my diet and lose some weight. They also want me to get physical therapy. Right now I am see a psychiatric doctor that prescribe Bupropion 150MG and a social worker to help me cope with Fibromyalgia. I am hoping for a cure one day.