OuchPotato in a different guise
Hello everyone, I used to be on here many years ago (I was OuchPotato) but with one thing or another I stopped posting, and then when I tried to get back on, my new laptop (obviously) didn't have my password saved and the 'confirm your email address' thingy wasn't working either. But I finally made it!
When I posted before I think my only diagnosis was OA - oh how much has changed in the intervening years, I have been collecting conditions like rare stamps! All (or most, anyway) are linked to OA, and include: cervical kyphosis (my neck has lost its curve and is dead straight), cervicogenic headaches, migraines, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), cervical stenosis, facet joint arthritis, lumbar stenosis, several discs gone due to degenerative disc disease, hip OA, hand OA, tricompartmental knee OA, chondrocalcinosis of the knee (pseudogout), tendonitis in elbows and feet, and fibromyalgia! I also have Raynauds which is kicking in again now that the weather has turned colder. Rheumatology discharged me as said there is no sign of autoimmune, but physio said I shouldn't have been discharged as bloods showed inflammation. It's all about standard for us, I think, being passed from pillar to post.
Anyway, my mobility has really taken a nose dive and I never go anywhere unless on crutches, and I finally caved and bought a wheelchair. I rarely use it as I am a bit of a hermit these days, although I have to say when I did use it for shopping my daughter and I had fun with it, as she would follow behind with the trolley and I would pick something up off the shelf and throw it behind me...she had to catch it in said trolley (packets, though, always packets, haha). But it's there for family days out and longer shopping trips. I have a real sticking point when it comes to my son, though; he is a real believer in positive thinking, to the point where it can become toxic, and using the chair in front of him causes me so much anxiety as he believes too much in mind over matter. Now, while I believe in positive thinking and making the best of any situation, it's not going to change the fact that my spine is shot or my knees have erosion is all three areas. He also doesn't believe fibromyalgia is a 'real thing'.
Anyway, it's good to be back :)
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