- CASE FILE
I am 38, have had chronic pain since I was 12, now in every joint and limb, back and neck. Extreme fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Starting when I was 12 I broke many bones: one ankle and one accessory navicular bone in the other foot-5 surgeries between the two, still had pain, tore ligaments in wrist, broken humerus near right shoulder all by 17. Pain progressed to both wrists, both shoulders, ankles, knees, back, basically everywhere. I have nerve pain, bone pain, muscle pain, stabbing, shooting, burning, aching. Fractured left humerus at 37. Diagnosed with herniated discs at L4/5 and L5/S1 at 19, had discectomy/laminectomy at 20. Progressive chronic back pain from there, diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 21, herniated discs at C5/6/7 at 36. I’ve had epidural steroid injections lumbar and cervical, radio frequency on the lumbar discs. Have taken narcotics, anti-inflammatories, nerve pain medications, antidepressants, anti anxiety meds, for years, tried biofeedback, therapy-mental and physical. I just feel like there is something more that is wrong with me that no one is figuring out. My blood work is always just a tiny bit off: high or low on most things and feel like someone needs to put it all together. Unrelenting fatigue even sleeping 12 or more hours a day. Recently found a (I don’t know how to describe it but a hole in my brain). In the temporal occipital lobe there was a spot like I had had a head trauma (I haven’t) or a stroke ( I’m not aware of it if I have). Had my gallbladder removed at 36 after having pain for 10+ years thinking it was just back pain. Surgery took 3 hours instead of 45 minutes. I continue to have the same type of pain I had before my gallbladder was removed. I have recently been sweating uncontrollably, indoors, when no one else is hot. I am extremely sensitive to heat and can’t be outside for more than a few minutes in the heat. Frequently have trouble getting deep breaths, have been told it’s either anxiety(though it happens when I’m calm too), or vocal chord dysfunction. Had a stomach ulcer at 21. I have had terrible migraines since 2016 and chronic headaches since I was 8. I just feel like I’ve always been “sickly” and am tired of it. Tired of being in pain every day, not being able to think clearly, my memory is shot, and tired of being tired. I’ve tried vitamins, supplements, eating healthy, green smoothies, losing weight, nothing seems to help my overall feeling of crappiness. I hurt everywhere all the time.