- CASE FILE
When our son was born, I was struck with horrific chronic joint and spinal pain. Combined with my chronic fatigue and depression, I am lost.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
On August 12, 2017, our miracle child was born. My husband and I were told we could never conceive again (after a devastating miscarriage), and yet without medical intervention we were blessed with our little son, Roman. However, on my happiest day, my life (as I knew it) ended. While still in the hospital after delivery, I noticed a terrible pain in my feet. In the coming weeks, the pain spread up my body to all of my joints, and finally settled into my spine where it gives me terrible pain, 24/7. I have been EVERYWHERE, and to every kind of specialist, and no one has been able to help me! My Rheumatologists, Physical Therapists, Pain Specialists, Hormonal Specialists, and even Hematologists are all baffled - none of them understand why this has happened to me, and no one has been able to effectively treat my pain. With addiction running in my family, I am too afraid to try opioids, and refuse to open that door.
All I've ever dreamed of in life is to be a mother, at at the threshold of my prayer being answered, I have been struck down. I fear daily the pain stealing my ability to care for our son, of being the 'sick' mom. Before this happened, I was a die-hard volunteer in our community, mentoring and tutoring at-risk kids (and migrant children), and leading a youth group. I've had to put all that aside, as my pain and fatigue make even the simplest routine a Herculean task. All we've ever wanted was to have a family, and our dreams of adopting siblings for Roman as slipping away as my health robs us of ability, resources, and joy. We're at the end of the line for ideas of what to do, or who could help me next. I have so much love to give, and I'm caged by my pain and fatigue. Please, help set me free!