Mandy’s Journey with Chronic Pain

journey with pain

In 2011, I was struck with extreme pain. After a year or more of visiting doctors and many tests, I was finally able to learn to manage my pain. I wrote a series of posts about my journey with chronic pain on my family blog in 2015.

Encouraged to put them in a book, I have moved these stories to my public blog and am in the process of writing a devotional to encourage other chronic pain warriors.

My Journey with Chronic Pain.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction – Learning to be still
  2. Embarking on a Chronic Life
  3. Suddenly Still
  4. First Signs of Fibromyalgia
  5. Bouncing from Doctor to Doctor
  7. My Experience at Mayo Clinic
  8. Medications and Good Tips for Fibromyalgia
  9. Is there a Cure?
  10. Pain & Trials – It’s All Relative
  11. Waiting Patiently for a Diagnosis
  12. Grieving My Former Life
  13. Celebrate His Promises
  14. How I Found Refuge Through Chronic Pain
  15. Laughter Really is the Best Medicine
  16. Learning to Push Past Pain and Produce Passion
  17. Knee Problems
  18. About Life’s Interruptions
  19. What’s the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  20. Learning to Speak Life Through My Pain
  21. Preparing for Daughter’s Wedding
  22. Pros and Cons of Prednisone
  23. Ultra-sound-guided Occipital Nerve Block
  24. June 2021 – Acquired a Neuroma of the Foot
  25. July 2021 Bone Scan Finds Osteoporosis-OP
  26. September 2021 – More Tests for OP
  27. January 2022 – Shingles
  28. August 2022 – Osteoporosis and My Teeth
  29. November 2022 – Treatments for Osteoporosis
  30. April 2023 – Finding New Doctors
  31. July 2023 – Fluoroscopic Occipital Nerve Block
  32. August 2023 – Total Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Current or New Issues

  1. Knee Replacement
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Do you have a question to ask about my illness?

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2 Comments on “Mandy’s Journey with Chronic Pain”

  1. I had my first occipital block yesterday. I had fusion surgery 6 wks ago…and in the past year have had a variety of 6 blocks. I’m praying the occipital block will be the answer, because I’ve been told by two surgeons that any surgeries would not improve my pain or mobility. Can you recommend a neurosurgeon at Mayo-Jacksonville I can visit for another opinion? It will be over a two drive for me to go there, but at this point I need the BEST neurosurgeon I can find! Enjoyed your article very much, and it gave me a ray of hope! I am concerned about the block done yesterday because I have experienced NO numbness!? I have read that I should have immediately after the procedure. Today I see a little lightening of the pain, but very little!! I guess I need encouragement because I’ve
    tried so many things in the past and am really worried about dealing with this the rest of my life.

  2. Hi Fran! I sure pray that you can find some relief. Dr. Mark Hurdle was my surgeon at Mayo Clinic. It may take months to be approved and see him, but I love him so much. He actually goes around the world training surgeons to do this procedure. The procedure was easy to deal with and kept me pain-free for months. Mayo is no longer accepting most medicare advantage insurances, so I had to find another surgeon. They directed me to the Jax Spine and Pain clinic which happened to have a branch near Savannah where I live. (Pooler) I liked the doctor there, but he does the procedure with live x-ray instead of ultrasound. Dr. Hurdle also recommended Dr. Hegarty in Savannah who also uses x-ray. I like ultra sound better but the xray procedure has been helpful also. I wrote about that too. (fluoroscopic nerve block).
    I hope this helps.

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