Day-to-day life is not what it used to be for me. I am a teacher. Had RNY back in 2002. Pain, back issues, joint issues, etc. saw docs on and off for 6-7 yrs. (Was a member here years ago, but lost my old password and changed emails...) Put on some pain meds, told of degenerative disk disease, some epidurals, some PT, etc. Finally suggestion of fibro two years ago. Pain increasing last two years. Saw new - in - town rheumatologist. Extensive tests. Lupus, arthritis, Raynaud's, still back problems, osteoporosis, etc. New meds. (And here's the kicker, after getting to know her and feel confident that she had me on a path that would help, her husband was abruptly transferred, and she followed with only a few days notice!)
Weight gain about 25-30 pounds last 2 years. Due to pain my walking (main exercise) greatly diminished. Now pred. with more weight puffiness-gain. I have started the 17 Day Diet to see if I have a carb sensitivity, which I've suspected, and I am attempting to give it a go.
That's background, and probably too much. Here's the thing that toucned me. I am sitting here crying about what you said about having to quit teaching. That's who I am. BUT, I am so exhausted by noon that I feel as if I am paddling in murky and painful jello in the afternoon. I truly just collapse when I get home. Grading papers on Friday had my hands and back in such pain that I am still in spasms and can't even move comfortably this morning despite doing my traction and PT.
How do I cope with the pain and now, possibly, having to give up who I am? Ideas? Advice.