Is It Fibromyalgia? How Can I know? Anyone with fibromyalgia knows ever-too-well that there’s no simple blood test, CT, MRI or x-ray to tell you if fibromyalgia is the cause of your pain. What they can tell you is that it is often called fibromyalgia syndrome, ‘fibrositis’ or ‘psychsomatic rheumatism’, and ‘neurasthenia ‘ The term fibromyalgia was originally coined as a syndrome when there were unexplained aches and pains, numbness and tingling, fatigue, headaches and any other bothersome symptoms which had no explainable cause. The symptom many find the hardest to deal with is often called ‘fibro-fog’ characterized by a … Continue reading

Limit the caffeine

It’s Saturday morning and that cup of coffee without the rush of having to go to work results in the inherent desire to have a second cup; if one is good, two is better, right? After watering the flowers, which are just as thirsty as you (caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic), you brew a larger pot. Wow, mmm, mmm good and then your husband emerges from the sack, scratching his scalp. “I’ll only have a cup if you’ll join me,” says he so you oblige, quite cognizant that this is # 3 and then the jitters begin. But you’re … Continue reading Limit the caffeine

Ankle Replacement?

Knees, hips, even shoulders; but ankles? Severe arthritis or a host of other conditions can affect ankles: still in their infancy, ankle replacements were developed and are growing more common. The main reason that people need ankle replacements is that they sustained a trauma to this complicated joint-possibly an injury that didn’t heal correctly. Illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause result in the need for ankle replacements because of decreased ability to function, walking difficulties, and extreme pain. Recently, I had an ankle replacement for severe arthritis and another bone condition. Surgery went smoothly and rehab is uneventful; it has … Continue reading Ankle Replacement?

“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah; here I am at: Camp Grenadah”

I should have called. I should have written. But no. I just left and I’m sorry about that. But, I had a sound reason; really, I did. I’ll try to explain! I, like @ 50% of lupus sufferers, have Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). APS is a blood disorder which can cause blood clots. It did. APS caused some small clots to get lodged in the microcirculation of my ankle and then those clots blocked the flow of blood to the bone. When blood didn’t get to the bone, the bone died because the blood carries oxygen and nutrients and removes debris … Continue reading “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah; here I am at: Camp Grenadah”

Phantom Limb Pain?

It’s not fair. Charlene lived through the car crash, but her left leg was so crushed with broken bones and bruises that amputation was the only option. After a lot of rehab, drive, true grit and support, she is now back to her favorite sport of running. When she wears slacks, you wouldn’t know that she is missing a leg! One Saturday eve, the two of you are at a party, and, “ow,” “ouch,” “my left leg!”  The sounds came from your right, but Charlene is the only person on your right;  grimacing, and clearly the utterer! But, how could … Continue reading Phantom Limb Pain?