- May 25, 2016
- DX FIBRO
Hello all. I feel like you are all wonderful people as you are here to help each other and to offer advice and comfort. I am 64 years old and have been diagnosed with fibro since approximately 2010. I have generalized pain, centered mostly in the legs and hips, ribs, and shoulders. I have tried numerous meds and frequently have paradoxical reaction to many. In other words I react backwards. Meds for sleep keep me awake. Pain meds often do not work. Meds for restless leg syndrome keep me awake. It is very frustrating and discouraging. Luckily I have a very supportive husband who helps me as much as he can. I was fired from my job because I could no longer keep up the pace, meet the goals set for me, and had difficulty concentrating and comprehending the methods needed to perform appropriately. Now I have discovered I also have 3 bulging discs one of which is encroaching on the spinal cord. So this extreme pain is adding to the fibro pain as well as arthritis in the right hip. I now use a cane to walk. I applied for disability after losing my job and am now at the hearing phase of the process. I would like to know if there is someone who can give me advice on the appearance before a judge and pleading my case for why I deserve disability. I started collecting social security last year so we could have additional income. I am an RN and was the primary wage earner since my salary was larger than my husband's. I know many of you have probably gone thru this already and hope you may be able to give me some encouragement and advice.