Well I can’t sleep, might as well blog….

Okay this is ridiculous.  It’s 12:22 people….hey that’s my birthday!  

I saw a rheumatologist today at my internal medicine group doctor office.   Yes indeedee I have fibromyalgia, along with osteoarthritis, bursitis, and some questionable spots on my face.  And by the way, hows about a couple of injections in your hips….ummm…no thank you, really I’m not that bad….

So my new gung-ho doctor puts me on amitriptyline, which is supposed to help me sleep AND a prednisone taper.  Oh goody, I already cannot sleep.  I’m sure once I start the predisone I will be up for the next 10 days. Perfect, just in time to have a visit from my 2.5 year old granddaughter, for whom I made this very cute quilt.  Notice the backing, so soft polka dot minkey, notice the already tired looking me, and that was after a good night’s sleep:

I also made matching doll blankets for Ally and my little neighbor Paisley:

Here they are having a snack, notice the rice chip hanging out of Ally’s mouth, no doubt with hummus on it:

Anyway back to drugs…. I could take an ambien, but oh no I had to look up amitriptyline on drugs.com and there is an interaction with Ambien, it could make me tooooo sleepppyyyy… but I dunno at this point I am willing to chance it.  Maybe first I will go turn on the TV and see if there is anything so boring it will put me to sleep, like a good infomercial….

Oh no… is that a hunger pain I just felt?????

Life Shift is correct for another reason

I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  This comes as a complete shock to me.  I have been in pain since about April 2009, when my right shoulder became “frozen” from my work (medical transcription).  Since then I have gone “downhill” physically, but I really related it all to the comp injury.  Through specialists evaluations (since I have not been getting better), this is what has been diagnosed (along with cubital tunnel syndrome).  Plus the pain is manageable on 1 pain pill and 2 Naprosyn every day.

So my life is taking another shift.  All the ideas for being home and cooking and canning and quilting and knitting and organizing are all going to have to be done at a much slower pace.  I was diagnosed on Tuesday this week.  On Wednesday I checked out every book the library had on the subject (can you tell I am a proactive type of person) and picked up a gel shoe inser since my left leg is shorter than my right.   Thursday DH and I went to GNC to buy my mega vitamins and supplemental B vitamins the doctor who diagnosed me recommended.  I also talked to the therapist who runs the chronic pain management group.  Friday I didn’t do a lot.  I did work on my quilt and knitted a bit.

Apparently I will need to exercise every day, eat really well (The Zone Diet has been suggested in one of the books), and pace myself, minimizing stress.  I certainly do not want to give up gardening or my crafting as it brings me such a sense of satisfaction.  Luckily I got all that canning done the day of my appointment and I finished before finding out! 

Instead of starting a new fibro blog, I am going to use this blog for my entire life shift.  Onward!