April 2nd, 2013

I had a root canal yesterday. I feel gross. Kinda like someone smashed the side of my head with a sledge hammer. Once the jaw stops hurting I will be thankful that the tooth no longer hurts. Cost a pretty penny too. Apparently I still need a crown on the thing and since it’s the only molar left on that side I don’t have much choice in the matter. Well especially now I guess since I spent so much money on the root canal.

Energy levels have been drastically low. Warmer weather has been helping with the joint pain. Cymbalta seems to be working well on the anxiety/panic disorder. Also seems to be helping with the pain levels. I’ve been able to do a lot more cleaning and keeping of house.

The upper back and neck area have been really bad.

Meds are the same.

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February 23rd, 2013

I feel like I’ve been hit by a drug and then run over repeatedly. I’ve totally over done it this week. Cranky Ange is Cranky.

 

Today:
300mg Wellbutrin, 150mg Lyrica, 20mg Cipralex, 30mg Cymbalta, 200mg Plaquenil, 1 tylenol w/muscle relaxant, 1 naproxen

January 6th, 2013

It’s 2013…crazy I tell you. One would thing I would get used to the years changing but apparently not.

I’ve been feeling pretty sore, stabbing pains in the joints, aching. Tingling and numbness in the fingers, guess those compressed nerves in my back are at it again. I do the head tilt exercises a few times a day and it keeps it down to a dull roar. Headaches, some nausea. Energy levels haven’t been too bad. I’m getting cabin fever though. The Little Man was quite sick for the past week, combine that with my own cold/flu and the crappy weather I haven’t been getting out of the house. Going out today to see the family for a wee bit and then Hubby has organized a date afternoon for us tomorrow so that will help. I’ve been sick with this cold/flu for about two months now. Seems to have restarted, like it’s on a loop. Really sore throat, sinus congestion. So far it hasn’t hopped back into my chest. I’ve had to do one round of antibiotics, I’m really hoping to avoid that again. I take some of the codeine based cough syrup for the sore throat. The psoriasis-like symptoms are still around, haven’t had any full on scaling again but the dry flaky eyebrows and red itchy scalp remain. I know, it sounds like dandruff but the special shampoo for that doesn’t work. Sleep has been elusive until I reach a state of exhaustion. I’ve stopped taking the high doses of acetaminophen (Tylenol Arthritis), taking naproxen when I can’t handle the pain any more. I’m concerned for my poor liver.

I’m starting something new with listing my meds, I’m going to list what I should take in a day, at the end of the day of I can and if I need to I will alter what I did or did not take.

 

Lyrica 75mg x 2, Wellbutrin 300mg EL, Cipralex 30mg, Plaquenil 400mg, Naproxen x 1, Voltaren Emulgel x 1

December 18th, 2012

Back from the dead so to speak, once again. The little man is keeping me very busy. I can’t believe he will be seven months old in a week. He has two teeth already and is teething like mad which makes him very clingy and sometimes a little screaming terror. He is the light of my life though.

It’s cold and dreary. This of course wreaks havoc on my joints. The plaquenil is definitely helping but it’s not like it goes away entirely. I have had some really intense stabbing pains in my fingers and wrists. Both joints in the thumb and the middle knuckles of the pointer, middle and ring finger of both hands. The infamous “T Zone” is really bad. Not as bad as it was, I think the drugs might be working for that too. I also have an exercise the physiotherapist showed me that helps ease the burning/numb feeling. Two doses of Tylenol Arthritis a day is necessary on top of the prescription drugs. I tested the theory a few weeks ago, which I do from time to time to see if I can just run on the prescriptions, it was a bad idea. I will wait until the weather is nice and warm before I even think about trying that again. The usual pain and dull ache in the major joints, certain movements cause a stabbing sensation in my upper back now that actually takes my breath away. Nausea, headaches, anxiety, agoraphobia, depression, the cold that will not end. And speaking of cold there is the cold toes. So cold they hurt, which of course refuse to warm up. Once I do get them warmed up if I uncover them or walk around too long without slippers they go right back to the frozen state. Appetite is minimal. Weight loss is coming slowly. My period is back to it’s usual trying to kill me mode. TMI ALERT: heavy clotted flow for almost the whole week….ugh. I have started getting flaky red spots on my eyebrows and my skull, with full on scaling at times. Looks like psoriasis, told the doc what it looked like (of course it went away by the time I got to the office) and he agreed that’s what it sounded like. It’s coming back again so I’m going to get pictures. Pretty much nails the arthritis down to psoriatic.

That being said the little man keeps me happy. I just snuggle him or play with him and it helps immensely. Doesn’t help with getting out of the house though. I know I really need to get out but it’s hard to get motivated. He needs to get out too but with the weather it’s hard to get around. My usual habit of walking around the mall is impossible right now, too many people, makes for panic attacks, and I have to ativan left. I may feel awful a good portion of the time but life is still good. I have friends and family I love, a roof over my head and food in the cupboards.

And this….

Fin's 1st Remembrance Day

August 27th, 2012

Nausea, headaches, flu like aches, stiff. Fingers and hips particularly bad.

*update – 9:20pm* RLS is really bad tonight, feels like my calves are trying to rip themselves off and walk away. Took the meds for it for the first time since I got pregnant

Meds: Wellbutrin 300mg x 1, Cipralex 20mg x 1, Ibuprofen x 2, T1 x 1, Flexeril x 1, Levodopa/Carbid 100mg/25mg x 2

Pain: 6

August 20th, 2012

Sore and stiff now, went to the PNE and walked around for a couple of hours. Had a tasty burger and some wiggle chips, also the traditional Orange Julius and Mini Doughnuts. The PNE was Robs and mines first date, it’s the main reason we go every year, an anniversary of sorts. Got all sunburnt on the tops of my shoulders. I know better then to go out without a shirt to cover with. This is where wearing a hijab would come in very handy. Think I may do that tomorrow when I go see a friend, then the shoulders/neck will be covered. Fin pretty much slept through all of it. I think we got more cranky then he did. Bought a little needle felting kit, can’t wait to give it a try, I want to make little animals! I just need to find some foam or something for a ‘felting mat’, I don’t want to spend $15 on a chunk of foam, I’m sure I can improvise. Left side was really bad again today. My hips, ankles, feet/toes and knees are the worst right now from all the walking. Rob pushed the little guy around most of the day so that helped keep my shoulder under control. Still getting the eyeball popping headaches. Was contemplating more physio or at least a massage. Jaw hurts as well as the T area. Hands seem extra gimpy, mobility is definitely lessened. Wrists were hurting quite a bit today as well.

Sleepy Ange is sleepy. Away with me.

Meds: Wellbutrin 300mg x 1, T1 x 3, Flexeril 5mg x 2, Cipralex 20mg x 1, Lyrica 75mg x 2

Supplements: Folic Acid x 1, Vit D 1,000iu x 3, NutraSea Fish Oil x 2

Pain: 8

August 19th, 2012

The weather changed suddenly overnight which never ever does good things for me. The heat was a little trying but at least the weather patterns were stable for a few days. I find that fluctuating barometric pressure is the worst, regardless of what the actual weather is doing outside. It could be a beautiful and warm sunny day but if the weather is going to change in the next day or two it hurts like Hell. As far as actual weather goes rain is the worst (which is ironic since I live in a temperate rainforest), cold is a close second, then humidity follows. Right now I have a nerve compression headache, or at least that’s what I call it. It’s that big ball of nerves where my neck and shoulders meet, I can’t remember what they are called. I will have to find some pictures. I think the occipital nerves are involved as well as the ones that run down my arms. If I remember correctly the physiotherapist said it was all the nerves in my upper back that were freaking out. It makes my head feel like it’s in a vice, with shooting pains that go up and over my skull and into my eyes. Exciting huh? Then add the tugging/stabbing feeling under my shoulder blades, neck pain mainly in the left side, shooting pain down my arms and tingly fingers and it get’s even more exciting. Now the tingly fingers could be a Fibro thing…but so could all the nerve pain. WHO KNOWS! It’s a fun guessing game! The joints in my hands and wrists are quite painful, also my ankles. I walked about 3.5km in total yesterday, got my exercise and fresh air in, makes me sore though. Let’s see, what else…nausea, general body ache, jaw pain. I’ll update later, off to Church, as much as I like it the pews hurt like Hell…haha…Hell. 😛

Meds: Wellbutrin 300mg x 1, Lyrica 75mg x 1, T1 x 1, Flexeril x 10mg

Pain: 8

Supplements: Vit D 1,000iu x 3, NutraSea Fish Oil x 2, Folic Acid x 1