Jesus shot day 2

So its the second day after I received my ‘Jesus Shot’ from Dr.  Mike Lonergan. I got it Friday night at 7pm and it is now Sunday morning at 7:30am. I’ve experienced VERY minor pain in my right hip where I have bursitis but it dissipated quickly.

I slept like a baby for 12 hours pain free! I woke up REFRESHED..that hasn’t happened in forever! I stood up straight out of bed…pain free! I walked on my hard work floors…pain free!

I’m still in awe as you can tell….I simply can’t believe it. I’m even thinking about taking the dogs for a walk! They wont know what’s happening lol

 


The ‘Jesus shot’

Yup I typed that correctly and yup it sounds insane, I know.

My mom brought this strange thing to my attention at Christmas time knowing the pain I suffer from as well as the pain my step-father was dealing with from diabetic neuropathy. She told me that she knew of a few people in our hometown who had driven 1.5 hours to receive this ‘Jesus shot’ and that we should think about it. Then we dropped the subject.

The 2nd week into January I was I a terrible fibro flare and laying in my bed crying uncontrollably. My wife came in and lay next to me and asked what she could do. She knew the answer was ‘nothing l’ but God bless her for always trying. She told me jokes and made me giggle through the tears like she always does. Then she asked me why I hadn’t called the clinic about the ‘Jesus shot’ and I wasn’t entirely sure.

I talked to my Dad who had recently talked to 2 other people he knew personally that had received it and all had glowing reviews! Arthritis pain…gone! Back pain..gone! Wives were claiming their old husbands to be new again! So I called to make the appointment. They were 5 weeks out in scheduling but the lady on the phone could tell I needed help sooner than that so she scheduled both my step-dad and myself for the following Friday. I was EXCITED!!

I had 3.5 hours to drive to get ‘home’ then another 1.5 from there. We made it a family affair and we all climbed into the Buick and headed south. The Doc was running late as most Docs do and we had to wait an extra hour. ‘It will be worth it’ we kept hearing people say.  There were 3 people there that were back for their 2nd shot and they were raving about how much better they felt and all the wonderful things they could now that they had no pain. It all sounded WAY too good to be true.

We watched 4 or 5 people come out of the tiny kitchen in the chapel after seeing the Doc and receiving their injections. They laughed, they were in awe, they couldn’t believe they had relief…ALREADY!

It was finally my turn. I was getting anxious and excited and nervous and all kinds of emotions played in my head. We discussed meds and histories and all the things Drs need to know…then it was time for the injection. The first ‘cocktail’ was mixed, a vein was located and into my body the concoction went. Tingling started in my neck, then my shoulders, down my ribcage and back then into my butt. It felt strange and meaningful as if something were clearing out my body from head to toe. He had told me it would happen so I was prepared. However I wasn’t prepared for what came next. “Stand up” he said, “take a few steps.”

I stood, no foot pain! I walked, no hip pain! No headache! My hands were no longer on fire! I started crying. My mom started crying. My dad started crying. We were a mess of good tears!!!

I profusely thanked the Dr and through his humble attitude he said ‘don’t thank me!’ (That’s a story for next time).

I went to sit back down with my Dad, tears still flowing, and I sat down in the chair where I had sat for the last hour, incredibly uncomfortable and painful…no pain!!!!! Absolutely unbelievable! There were no words for the relief, the emotions had taken over.

Now it’s 5am the next day and I’m raring to go. I NEVER get up early and certainly not ready to take on the world. I slept fairly well however sometimes the mind is wierd as I’m sure I had ‘ghost’ pain all night simply from habit of flipping and flopping for so many years.

I am PAIN FREE and look forward to seeing how much better I feel in 5 more days when it should be at peak relief!!!!!

FYI if you’re going to look up the ‘Jesus shot’ which I do recommend, look it up on FB where the reviews are from people who have experienced the same thing I did.


more issues…more found relief

After 4 years of this absurd hip pain someone finally figured out what it was! Hard to believe that 5 doctors, 2 physical therapists and countless tears later it was simply bursitis. Come on, really? I’m 40!

I try to blame fibro for everything… apparently my rheumy doesn’t like that idea! Lol He says to call for everything, but at $30 a pop and usually a result of ‘its the fibro’ makes me a little leery to do such a thing. But in this case I was happy!

Two painful injections later I had some relief on the right but INSANE pain on the left… w

orse than before. This lasted 24 hours and then…..ahhhh sweet relief. However short lived that relief was it was sure nice for the first couple of weeks. Now I’m in PT as I also have bursitis in my right shoulder. COME ON BODY! Give me a break would ya?

First PT aptmt last week was a success (after much deliberation to go again) as she introduced me to dry needling. Now I had never heard of this before. I’ve done acupuncture and had good success but its so expensive I can’t afford to go like I should. Dry needling is in a sense acupuncture only they go much deeper into the muscles. Today is Sunday and this was done on Wednesday… while the pain is not completely gone it is so much better! I can lay on my right side without crying but not for too long. I will see her again twice next week for dry needling in both hips and the shoulder. We shall see what happens from here!

I attempted to go off the Pristiq but found that it was far more beneficial that I had realized so back on that again. Its main help is that lovely time of the month when the hormones rage! So much less pain that its worth the cost and aggregation to have it renewed by the insurance company every 3 months.

Do some Google searches on dry needling, ask your doctor or PT and I hope you find some relief too!


Pristiq….new found med

So after all of the meds I’ve tried and stopped taking I found a wonderful new Doctor (yes, again) that actually cares and send me to a Rheumatologist (yes again, yes a different one) he did many tests to verify that I have FMS they like to spend our money and rack up the insurance dollars you know?! And of course, the outcome is the same that it’s been for the last 7 years…. fibromyalgia. DUH!

He suggested I try Pristiq even though I told him numerous times that I really didn’t want to take anymore medication. The pain in my hips was more than I could take and I didn’t see the benefit of popping pain pills every 4 hours, I tried it. And LOVED it! Then the insurance took it away. Then I fought and fought and fought to get it back with the help of my wonderful new Doctor. Finally I was approved to start taking it again.

As I made the list of medications I have tried over the 7 years to aide my Doctor in winning our battle against the insurance company I was astonished at the size of the list…. as was my new Doctor…. as was the pharmacist making the decision.  A whole 8×10 page typed in a 12 font. Absolutely obsurd! But apparently it was an eye opener and we won so hey! Whatever works.

I wanted to share this information with you all so that you can look into the benefits, side effects, etch of Pristiq. While there are side effects at the beginning of treatment, I had some mild nausea the first week and a little sweating, but the side effects stopped after the first couple of weeks. I could lay down with hip pain, I could walk without too much pain, I was energized and back to my old self. I was like a new Girl! People in my life even started commenting on how much happier I acted and looked. TO me that was well worth the fight in itself.

https://www.pristiq.com/

Pristiq is an antidepressant which helps all around for me. The link above will take you to their website so you can do your own research before talking with you Doctor. It may be worth you trying too!

Please let me know if you do, I’d love to hear other peoples feedback on how it works/doesn’t work and how it affects people differently. I don’t believe its FDA approved for Fibro yet, but as well know, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t help!

 


hip hip hooray!

Well today was a good day! I finally met my new Dr who is an internist/acupuncturist/chiropractor. Yes, he had a wall full of diplomas ;)

He was WONDERFUL! I’ve never had a Dr say ‘we will get you feeling better and we will do it the right way’ I about fell out of my chair. I wanted to jump up and down and kiss and hug that sweet little Asian Doctor!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m not delusional and neither is he, he didn’t say he would cure my fibro but he DID say he wants me off the meds too, which was the first sentence out of my mouth. He DID say he would work closely with me and do what we need to do to get everything on the right track and that there was no ‘miracle pill’ which he knew I already knew.

I got acupuncture today, oh.. my.  gosh.. I was ELATED! I haven’t had it done since I lived in Denver 3 years ago and I needed it something terrible! I walked out of there feeling like a new woman with far less pain that I went in with! YIPEEEE

I loved that he proved to me that he knew what he was doing by..instead of the normal ‘poke you there and see if you squeal’ he lightly touched different areas (inside my knees) and said ‘this is bad isn’t it?’ he could actually feel the knots and knew the difference in my ‘normal’ areas and the fibro infused areas. LOVE IT!

This makes you feel not so crazy, when someone else…especially a Dr can feel the areas that hurt so bad and acknowledge your pain. So needless to say, I love my new Dr.

We ordered blood work together…based on the research I had done and his knowledge of what needs to be done to rule everything out and get me on some sort of good track. I cannot wait to see him again next week for more acupuncture and the lab results. I may finally be on the right track.

So today…if your doctor isn’t doing what you think he/she should be doing and listening and actually helping…..go in search of a new one. I found mine on a fibro forum, yes it took A LOT of digging, but see how worth it it was?!

I hope you all are having an equally wonderful day!


fibro flare

I must admit this is something I haven’t really had to say in awhile and gratefully so. Fibro flare. Those two words are so little, yet entail SO MUCH.

I always have the aches and pains, the stiffness in the morning, the headaches, you know… and I guess I just learned to ignore it as much as possible. Last week I got a  nasty throat infection. Up all night, attempting to swallow what felt like glass, over and over. Needless to say I went to the Dr the next day and guess what he found…yup, you guessed it…nothing. Nothing, really??!! How can swallowing glass for 2 days be nothing?

So now I’m on Amoxicillin and waiting patiently for this infection to leave. I understand that if you get an infection anywhere in your body you can be thrown into a nasty fibro flare. Yup, I understand that far too well this week. Oh. My. Gosh.The. Pain.  I love using periods in between words, doesn’t it just make your statement far more serious? :)

Pain. In every inch of my body. Exaggeration you ask? Man oh man do I wish! I cannot take this pain. I’m prepared to take Vicodin. Honestly, I’m contemplating taking an Oxycontin which I haven’t taken in 3 years. I’m in that much pain throughout my entire body. The massage alleviated some of the pain for a couple days but now it’s back with a vengeance.

I’ve found yet ANOTHER Dr. whom I actually located on  a FMS forum online so I’m really hoping he is the one. He’s an M.D. but also holistic and works with acupuncture, all which I love. I’m prepared to go off all my meds and start anew. Hmmm…does this sound familiar? I’m pretty sure I typed this all a few months ago, and a few months before that!

I found a new website in my searching for tests that I need to ask him for, I’m wondering if you all can give me any insight to anything she speaks about on her website. I also ended up on a depression website through this one and I have to admit I was quite surprised with the results. I knew I’d been ‘down’ lately but I wouldn’t have put the depression label on myself. Apparently I was wrong. In talking with my wife about this she pointed out that I have been quite moody lately and very ‘up and down’ all within a matter of hours/minutes and she also chalked it up to my being in more pain than usu. I snapped at her and didn’t even know it. OK, something has to give now.

http://www.foodsforfibromyalgia.com/about.html

http://www.gethelpfordepression.info/Tests/FinishedTests.aspx

I would really really like to hear from any of you that have had ANY of these tests done…were they worth it? I don’t care about the cost, I’ll find a way to pay for the part the insurance doesn’t cover. I just want to know if they are worth my time, effort and going off all my meds and starting over.

I hope everyone is having a fibro flare free day today….FFF….has a good ring to it! I wish you all a FFF Day! :)


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