I was infected with lyme disease in July 1993. I went undiagnosed for nearly 4 years, by then, the damage was done. I have had constant health issues, one after another for the past 20 years [almost]
I got two new knees in 2010 because of severe lyme arthritis. I have conquered cancer which I associate with a non-existent immune system. I have had ongoing neurological and skeletal issues, the list is never ending.
Today, my doctor told me I have stenosis in my C2, C3, C4 and C5 vertebre with myelopathy and severe osteoarthritis in my left shoulder and left hip.
I have pain in my left shoulder, it is severe and unrelenting. Numbness and weakness in my left bicep and my hand, a lot of pain in my left elbow [feels like bad tendonitis] Pain in my neck and back and left hip, as well as my left foot and ankle. I have chronic headaches that would bring most people to tears.
I have a very high pain threshold. But even this is almost unbearable. I feel like crying.
I will not have surgery. I have been cut open and sewed shut more times than I care to discuss. The surgery is hit or miss and the main goal is to slow the progression of the condition. I won't do it.
I also do not want to become dependent on pain medication, believe me when I say that OTC remedies don't even touch this level of pain. I am allergic to aspirin so many of the pharmaceutical drugs for arthritis are poison to me.
I appreciate a homeopathic/naturopathic approach to treatment... I am at a loss of how to tackle this next battle.
I am not a quitter, I have fought some tough battles. But this just sucks so much.
I am almost 53 years old and I feel like I'm 80.
My head really hurts so I will stop writing for now. I'd be happy to hear from anyone else who has had to deal with this on a personal level, treatment options and/or suggestions.
Sharon on Cape Cod