Disabled Army veteran with chronic ankle pain, currently seeking fibromyalgia diagnosis.
I started developing stress fractures in my heels and ankles in Army basic training when I was 24, in 2003. I was given running shoes for another soldier, he had high arches, I needed low arches. I asked EVERY DAY for new shoes. They told me I could "go to rehab or suck it up." I finished BCT with 5 stress fractures. I went to rehab, but the pain never went away. It's been almost 9 years. I've seen 99 doctors and every specialist they could think of and still don't have an official diagnosis. I've lost everything fighting the VA for benefits and enough money to live on, which gave me anxiety and depression.
After a doctor put me on morphine for 4 years without stool softeners, I developed diverticulitis. I still have intestinal issues, which could be anxiety-related IBS. The anxiety triggers migraines, which are worse during my period week. The pain started moving from my ankles, to my knees, then to my back. I was just diagnosed with "ridiculopathy of the L5 disk," and fortunately they gave me a TENS unit which works wonderfully.
I've always had shoulder and neck pain, which often triggered migraines. Recently it has become so bad that I'm seeking a fibromyalgia diagnosis. I believe my chronic pain syndrome from my untreated ankle injury triggered the fibromyalgia. I am on Lyrica, which works great and is a fibro medication. I also moved from Wisconsin to Florida so I wouldn't have to deal with being house-bound in the winter.
I try to balance medication, meditation, and resting between activities. I try not to think of what I've lost, but the peaceful, calm life I have now. Everyone has challenges, and I try to make the best of mine. Some days that is easier to remember than others.
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 13, 2011