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Calvin B. Patient Expert

Washington DC, District of Columbia
I'm a writer who lives in DC. I blog about fibromyalgia and other things at http://fibromyalgian.blogspot.com.
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AN OPEN LETTER!: by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia "The first thing they told us in medical school is that no one has ever died from pain, but plenty of physicians have had their careers destroyed trying to help peop ... Read on »
VISIT THIS WEB SITE!: by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia http://www.painreliefnetwork.org/ It's good to have an organization that says what I mean -- and is actually trying to improve the lives of people in chronic pai ... Read on »
I'M SO TIRED! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia . Wow do I not feel like writing this today. Hopefully that should make this short and bittersweet chocolate. It's too bad I suggested in my last post that I w ... Read on »
THE STATE I AM IN! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia [Some of you may be fed up with my headers being all caps, all exclamation points, all the time. Which makes me wonder when you lost your lust for life.] Today ... Read on »
EVERYTHING CAN KISS MY ASS! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia The marcaine is wearing off. Could I get these goddam injections the rest of my life every two weeks? Every day, so doctors can do my entire back, starting at my C1 ... Read on »
LAST DRUG LISTING!: by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia . ...And it isn't even a list. Today I took the usual stuff, plus two 10mg Maxalt this morning, plus four Vicodin spaced throughout the day. There you ha ... Read on »
THE BEST PART OF WAKING UP! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia My parents wake up at almost exactly 10 and 10:30 every Saturday. ...Or, I should say, my Mom comes downstairs every Saturday to make coffee and my Dad wakes ... Read on »
I'M GUANO CRAZY INSANE! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia I was indeed prescribed Abilify because of my flat affect. (Which was due to me hating the good doctor like I hate pineapple on pizza and knowing he wasn't going to ... Read on »
PAIN, ANXIETY OFF THE CHARTS! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia "Today I really struggle[d] with my fibromyalgia..." And that's after taking (so far today): 200mg Ultram (does nothing, hoping for placebo effect... Anyth ... Read on »
I'M HIBERNATING! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia I have no idea why I've been asleep since 8:30-ish yesterday (time outs for piss breaks), but am glad because no awareness = no pain. (Sleep! That's where I'm a Viki ... Read on »
THIS FRIDAY: THE BEGINNING OF CHRONIC OPIOID ANALGESIC THERAPY?(!) by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Finally, to write about the coming Friday. ...But I feel like I should let you know what happened last Friday first: I was on the phone all day, as mentioned in ... Read on »
NON SEQUITUR: TORTOISE! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Embedded Video Admission: I don't feel like writing today, but that doesn't mean I don't feel like sharing. Hope you enjoy... It's strange for just one ... Read on »
FOR NO REASON: THE SEA AND CAKE! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Embedded Video Well, reasons: They're one of my favorite bands, and I have family stuff today. Mixx it! Read on »
FEEL MY PAIN... SORTA! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Here is the National Fibromyalgia Association's Clothespin Challenge: 1. Place a clothespin on your finger. 2. Set a timer for 30 minutes. 3. See ... Read on »
THE WAR CONTINUES ANOTHER DAY ON ANOTHER FRONT! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia ...Though I did write, yesterday, that I would come home with my shield or on it. Today. In that case, consider my carcass delivered. Why did I lose the ba ... Read on »
WAIT UNTIL SPRING, BANDINI! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia . . Today I found out that the psychologist I saw last week, who talked a good game about advocating for me to Dr 9 this week "hasn't finished his report yet ... Read on »
STUDY: PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN DON'T GET ADDICTED & CAN AVOID TOLERANCE TO NARCS! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia Please see this abstract: http://www.pain.com/sections/pain_resources/library/abstract.cfm?ID=3403&next_pa It's a review of available data on people who are ... Read on »
THE NO-LOGIC ZONE! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia [Fox News doesn't have the copyright to the above for some reason...] This should be short because I am damn tired today. Why? Because I went in to my ... Read on »
SMILE THAT BRUISE UPSIDE DOWN! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia . . . Gawd a'mighty I miss skating (source of the above). Not the bleeding under the skin so much as the me being able to do it meant I was able to use my legs ... Read on »
A USE FOR E-STIM THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE KINKY SEX! by Calvin B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Fibromyalgia . As mentioned previously, I'm now in physical therapy. The best part of it is, after my fifteen minutes of exercises that would bore and insult the strength of a ... Read on »