Hi All, It's been a while since I posted but there have been many changes in my life. Steve and I relocated to Texarkana TX (from Kansas) for better jobs. We're also close enough to New Orleans in that many evacuees have relocated here, as well, and we are doing what we can to help. Being in radio these days is great because I finally feel I am doing something worthwhile in this business. The last time I posted, I was on MS Contin and Hydrocodone along with Robaxin and other meds for HBP and hormonal problems. Although it helped the pain, I found the dosage would work for a while but, later, need to be upped to provide relief and I, also, began to have a multitude of other problems such as memory loss, heart palpitations, etc. To make a long story short, I pulled myself off all medication for three months to get everything out of my system so I could start all over again. My diagnosis' (multiple) have really taken their toll on me. Being off medication, I can't tell you the amount of pain I endured. To put one foot in front of the other was a struggle and, at times, I wanted to give up...throw in the towel with my career...and call it a day. It was SO exhausting. I found a doctor who is, in my opinion, the best doctor I've found thus far. I am now on Ultram and Neurontin (just started Neurontin yesterday) and the combination works very well for me. Also, my cholesterol and triglyceride levels are high so he put me on Lipitor and switched my hormone to Estratest. I still take a water pill (long name that begins with H), too. The good news is that I no longer have high blood pressure. For the past three doctor visits, it has been 120/77. Thank GOD! I'm having to revamp my entire way of eating but, luckily, I love brocolli and various vegetables as well as salmon and other types of fish. It will be a challenge but one I know I can handle. Anyway, it's nice to reconnect again and I'm looking forward to getting to know all the new folks who have joined, as well. Chin up, Kim Diagnosis: Via MRI for cervical and lumbar regions: Osteoporosis, 4 ruptured disks, 3 pinched nerves, bone spurs. Also, Fibromyalgia, (x-ray) severe arthritis and high cholesterol. I suffered a light stroke in 2000.