It’s been far far too long since I’ve posted . . . chronic pain is killing me!

Although I haven’t posted anything on my blog in over EIGHT months, trust me, my life has been extremely busy with fostering!

Although I haven’t posted anything on my blog in over EIGHT months, trust me, my life has been extremely busy with fostering! I suffer with chronic lower and mid back pain for many years now, but in the past several months things have gotten much worse and I am in an insane amount of pain. I’ve recently been diagnosed with lots of “inflammation” in my body that is most likely a result of an autoimmune disease. As of right now I don’t know which disease I have. I could have more than one!

My pain has stopped me from just about every area in my life, but I refuse to give up fostering or volunteering. It’s far too important for me. Since I’m home most of the time now I’ve been taking on  bottle  babies, which has been challenging but fun. I don’t do much trapping anymore. Physically I can’t go  and sit for hours and hours waiting on traps, or do the walking or climbing that is sometimes required when trapping. I’ve always called myself “the world’s worst trapper” anyhow, although I have been successful trapping a few times. I still have not trapped the kitten machine mama cat that got me into rescue and fostering almost two years ago, but I will save that depressing story for another post. World’s Smartest and Most Trap Savvy Cat lives in my neighborhood!

I’ve gotten very involved with a newer local rescue called Kitty Queen Cat Rescue and Lounge. It’s a  kitty lounge where people can come and hang out with the kitties and they pay by the hour and they host different events. Yoga night sells out, it’s the most popular event at the lounge! I volunteer once a week where I go care for the cats that live at the lounge. I help them with their website and listings on AdoptAPet, and I also foster for them. Here is their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kittyqueencatrescue/ . I am still fostering for the Beaver County Humane Society also!

Here are two of my current fosters, Gabby and Hercules. Gabby is the female grey kitten and Hercules is the black male kitten. I got both of them separately but very young. Both orphans and only about 3 weeks old, they were “bottle babies”. Now they are close to four months old and were just spayed and neutered a few days ago. The time for “goodbye” sadly is coming very very soon for these sweet babies!

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Bottle baby fosters Hercules and Gabby ❤

Author: fosteringferalkittens

I am a volunteer for a couple animal rescues and I foster kittens in the Pittsburgh area. I also assist on an "as needed" basis with TNR to help the feral cats in the area. I am also a CPP (chronic pain patient) suffering with back pain, disk degenerative disease, sciatica, osteoarthritis, and an autoimmune disease - taking care of foster kittens is my THERAPY!

4 thoughts on “It’s been far far too long since I’ve posted . . . chronic pain is killing me!”

  1. I am very glad to hear that you’re still fostering through your health issues. Going through my own diagnosis of auto-inflammatory disease, taking care of my animal hoard.

    If this diagnosis of yours is new, may I suggest genetic testing in order to try and pinpoint a specific illness? I myself have been experiencing inflammation flare ups for the last 18 years, and it was only last year that a doctor suggested it being an auto-inflammatory disease. The diagnosis is different than autoimmune and has different symptoms. If may be something to look into if you’re still experiencing flare ups of inflammation. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for that information Rozalia! The back issues I have dealt with since 2003, they get worse as I age. The autoimmune issues are brand new.

      I’ve been having strange health issues for over nine months now. My back pain got much more severe, and I don’t know why other than possibly developing spinal stenosis on top of everything else. When this first started about 8-9 months ago, I began to rapidly lose weight without trying. In three months time, I lose almost 60 pounds. That is not normal. I am 5’10” and normally weigh around 170. My last weigh in was 116. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with malnutrition. I don’t understand as I am hungry all the time, I eat a lot, and I eat high calorie foods, so if anything I should be overweight. Another weird thing is all the weight loss had no affect at all on my back pain. Ask anyone with back pain, if you lose 10-20 pounds, it almost always gives you some relief from back pain. I had none.

      I had blood work done that show lots of inflammation in the body, the kind that is seen with autoimmune diseases or blood cancer. I am currently having more blood tested to pinpoint which autoimmune disease I have if in fact I do have an autoimmune disease. I am just at the beginning of my journey to find out what this is. Hopefully I get some answers soon. I want to be able to keep my full time job, and of course I want to keep fostering kittens! I will be reading up on auto-inflammatory diseases also. Thanks for the advice!

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      1. No problem! And I do hope your blood work comes back with something definitive.
        Just to point out as well though, auto-inflammatory is actually different than autoimmune. The symptoms you’re describing does sound more like, to me at least, symptoms I’ve had over the years, with my own blood work meant to find an autoimmune disease that I don’t have. Lupus was the main diseases many doctors tested me for constantly. Sometimes I would even pop positive for it, but then another test would show I didn’t have it.
        Auto-inflammatory isn’t as widely known, or in some cases even believed, by doctors. It’s definitely something to bring up or perhaps do a little research yourself on =)

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