- Sep 21, 2014
Cant think of why its taken me this long to join a group. I have suffered for 13 years now. It all started with my first hip replacement in 2003 at the age of 35 when active joint replacements were still in an expiremental stage. Since, I had a second replacement on the other hip in 2008, when the surgery was acceptable in Washington state. For years doctors treated me like I was a drug addict just trying to get more pain medicine and I was making symptoms up. I finally got in touch with a pain medicine doctor in 2008 and I live each day taking meds and Im so sick of it. My systoms are getting worse and my vision and IBS has taken a giant step forward impacting my everyday life. I use all my PTO at work as soon as its available because of flare ups like the flu. I dont want to get out of beds for days. Im 47 now and all I think about is how bad I will be in a few more years and right now I have a daugher age 9 and she is the reason I force myself to get up each day and go above and beyond. She is impacted by all this as well because I cant do the physical things she wants me to do and doesnt understand all this yet because I have no visable injury to her. As she gets older I try to make her understand that I cant play rough or do activities that take a long time. I can no longer hike, water sports or play softball which I loved and played for over 30 years. This al sucks and I wish I could just take my spine out and replace it was a normal one. I hope to hear other stoties on this site and possible find helpful hints that will help me instead of meds.