Rock hard muscles in the neck, shoulders, and lower back
Age, complicated with Fibromyalgia (daily pain). Rock hard muscles in the neck, shoulders, and lower back.
Started out very limited in the way of "How long will it take me to complete a task?" As far as relationships, no family or friends involvement. They just didn't come around even though they knew. One friend would help, from time to time. "That's life!" as one family member would say. Or most friends denied the diagnosis and knew better of how/what I should do. Basically, I was on my own. I found a GP who knew about Fibromyalgia and was glad to treat me for it. Also, found a chiropractor who made x-rays and found I had 3rd and 4th disc protrusion, 5th and 6th disc protrusion, and degenerative disc disease in my lower back (which comes with age). Surgery on the discs, yes one day. But I didn't have the time or money. So my chiropractor suggested a treatment plan to see how long it can be postpone. I started listening to my GP and chiropractor and did what they told me. They listened. They help me to understand what's going on and it gave me confidence to look ahead. You don't find many care givers like them. If it weren't for my "3 musketeers" I would be in a fetal position now due to the chronic pain.
At first I wasn't too sure about a chiropractor because of visions of contraptions he might use (dark ages) and other people's horror stories. But on a pain scale of 1-10, you're an 11+; you would be willing to try anything. One thing I remembered, Charlene saying, "You keep coming and one day you notice a difference." I clung to that hope! Sure enough, one day I notice some improvement and it just kept getting better over time. Another thing that goes unnoticed that's taken for granted is not having the stress of dealing with the insurance company. Great job Polly! You go girl!
I don't have any family under chiropractor service.
What I've learned through this, you need to have a good support system with your medical care that you put your trust in and my Faith in God. When I thought I've truly "hit rock bottom or how must further can I go," I could feel His arms of comfort always around me during those moments, I'd cry, then I kept going forward. Today, I'm still listening to my "3 musketeers" and managing my daily activities. I take one day at a time. It's soooo G-R-E-A-T to accomplish tasks (in my time frame) P-a-r-t-6! Oh, by the way the pain level for most days, around 0-3.
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