Thanks to all

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dragon57
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I wanted to thank everyone here at AA for creating a great place for information and postings that always added to all of our common interests and hobbies.

As you have probably noticed, I have been very silent as of late and have been unable to participate in forums and the like in ways like I used to. I was recently diagnosed with a condition that while not life threatening, has nonetheless changed my day to day life. I am almost always in pain which really screws with your ability to concentrate and do things you once enjoyed.

So, in closing, thanks again and carry on.

Signing off, end run, etc :)

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Wow best wishes. Funny that

Wow best wishes.
Funny that I have been around these parts for so long that I almost feel like I know you guys.
I really hate to hear bad thins befall those that I know.
Best wishes and I hope all goes well for you.

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No problem, Dragon57. Heck, you put many here to shame--you're in chronic pain and still writing long posts and even using proper grammar and spelling. If I have a student complain about writing this semester, I'll use you as a good example. :-P

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Hey, two posts in less than

Hey, two posts in less than 24 hours. That is a record for me lately.

Thanks for the good words. Just fyi, I have visited numerous specialists over the last two years and the diagnosis was a long time coming. In the end, all the doctors I have seen over time have all conferred and agreed on the diagnosis. What is left is to continue follow-up with the one doctor who is the expert on this thing and to use the accepted medications as well as alternatives (this guy is very open minded and he tries lots of things with his patients). Pain management and monitoring is the name of the game and each day is an adventure. The doc thinks I probably will not get any worse, but that is one possibility. Hopefully I will not devolve into one of those patients that end up on full disability. The doc is actually hopeful my quality of life will improve over time. So far I have improved a bit since starting one medication a couple of months ago. What is so difficult is exercising. I need to constantly exercise to keep the endorphins flowing which is oh so hard to do when your pain level is high.

Let me tell you, you have no conception of how chronic pain affects peoples lives until you experience it. Having a pain that has a known half life and you know will end is something I look forward to and would like to have in my life again. As it is, you unfortunately tend to ignore pain that may be related to something that needs to be addressed immediately and isn't related to your chronic condition. The doc says that is one of the hardest things to make people with chronic pain to understand. You have to be mindful of all of your pain episodes and you must be able to classify them quickly so you know how to react. No complacency is allowed.

I look at what I have written above and am quite happy I was able to type it all in one sitting. Today is a day where my arms aren't screaming at me (so far).

I spoke too soon. I had to take a break. :) Luckily my day job lets me telecommute most days which makes dealing with this much easier. Anyway, time to take another break. Luckily reading isn't painful, so keep those blog entries and forum postings coming. I get a lot of joy keeping up with the goings on here at AA and Monroeworld when I can. Besides, my doc says laughter and joy is a good thing and releases those good endorphins!

Matt Barton
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Pain

I am very sorry to here that, too. I have several individuals who lived with chronic pain, and from what I observed, it's not really something you can appreciate until you're in the same situation. I had a fair amount of pain with a tooth for about a week once, and that just about drove me mad--couldn't write, read, or even watch a movie. I can't imagine the horror of having that as a life condition!

I'm with Mark. Are you sure there is absolutely nothing that can be done? Heck, I'd explore every option there was, and then check them again.

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Mark Vergeer
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sorry to hear this

Martin,
Terrible to hear that you got diagnosed with a chronic condition that causes pain making you not being able to enjoy the things you want to.
The physician in me recommends you to have a 2nd opinion at least, looking into the differential diagnosis, prognosis and possible treatments. But you probably have already.
I am going to miss your participation here at AA and I hope you'll find other enjoyable/fulfilling things to do.
Carpe diem, despite hardships!

Mark


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Bill Loguidice
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That's terrible, Martin! Our thoughts are with you and yes, it's always better when you're able to participate.

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