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Growing Old is Not for Sissies

That is what my elderly patients used to say.I always wondered why I had problems with painful joints and fatigue. I was checked by numerous doctors to no avail until recently. I had seen other Rheumatologist but was told nothing was wrong even though they never did any tests. I am now 67 years old and in constant pain. I have degenerative joint and disk disease and it has caused major problems with my back and neck. I am happily married to the best husband in the world. Our 50th anniversary is in February. He is so supportive and helpful. He does the vacuuming and shampooing of the carpet and makes sure the dishwasher is emptied and reloaded, does the grocery shopping and drives me to my appointments.

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  • Casey moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi woomy,

    Thank you for taking the time to share you story with us. I’m so sorry to hear about the pain you’re in, and all of the struggles you’ve had to endure to get to this point. Please know we’re here for you, even if it’s just when you need an ear to vent!

    You husband sounds AMAZING! How wonderful to have such a strong and caring support system like that. I’m so happy to read about your relationship. Congratulations on 50 years! Incredible!

    We hope you’ll continue to keep us updated on your journey. We’ll be thinking about you, and wishing you some relief soon!

    Best, Casey ( Team)

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