Ruthann  10/16

Ruthann Lange Fibromyalgia PLUS

First post: 10/18/2016 Latest post: 2/4/2017
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This will be a 'slow-go" getting started, but will progress as much as possible each week. Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in my life

I started this site, partially due to the fact, I am at the stage of total frustration, due to the excessive pain and suffering at this; my 73rd, year of life on this planet.  No one will understand this unless they too have been suffering from Fibromyalgia for many years  (I am at my 24th year).
Starting with injuries as a child, then moving up to a Motor Vehicle Accident, and several falls, have left me with major back problems, herniated disks and nerve related problems in all areas of my body. 

I am also a Diabetic (Numbers well under control) but after around 35 years of the disease, Neuropathy is a forgone conclusion to deal with as well. To complete my 'plate" of goodies, there is Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis,  Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disk disease, High Blood Pressure (lately worsened by the pain levels)  Many bone Spurs in different areas of my physical body...constant problems with IBS__.'sigh'  need I go on. My 'plate' is full to brimming with no room for any more.

I have intense pain these days, 24/7 with no breakup of any kind.  On levels from 1-10; I now stay at between 7-9 at all times, averaging around 8-9 every AM upon rising and returning every PM after the Medicines have basically ceased  giving me some relief, so I can try to continue some form of function. The last year or so has seen some hefty problems with my neck causing frequent headaches and inability to hold my head in a normal position for more than a few minutes at a time on the really bad days. In other words, I am living in a form of "HELL" i would not wish on my worst enemy. If you came here expecting a 'pretty story' of success  and fortune, I am indeed sorry, you will not find it here. YES I have survived all these years, perhaps a 'slight'  ray of sunshine being that at least I have survived to see my Grandchildren grow to become beautiful creative intelligent human beings, of which I am immensely proud. They are the reason I try to get up every morning, to fight another day__and it is my friend a FIGHT !!     If you care to know more about me___read on, or if you prefer to leave and never come back, I will also understand. But I would be honored if you could see your way clear to 'hang in here with me' for a little while longer. I would truly appreciate it.

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