I haven't posted in awhile. I had knee surgery in Feb. 08 and am still in a painful flare. The knee healed, the rest of me caved. I use to be able to go to yoga classes and it helped me feel better. Now, I wake up in pain, in my shoulders especially, between the ribs (it hurts to sneeze in the morning) and I drop things more in the morning. I can't do the postures like I use to. I am going to see my doctor again and don't know what to say to him. I don't want more pills. I just want to know if something else was triggered, such as RA. I can't go back to therapy, I owe $$$ to a PT that made me worse. The co-pay on the insurance tends to build up, so I try not to use it. Also, we have a $250 deductible. I would like massage therapy. As you can see, I didn't go back to work in direct care, I eventually had to quit trying. I can't do office work because of the pain in the right pinky finger from writing over the years. Sometimes, tendonitis flares up. I am waiting to hear about my hearing, it has been 4 months since I received a letter that I should be hearing about a scheduled hearing. I was on SSI in the 80's when I did first become sick with mono/CFS. Anyway, how many have had negative effects from surgery? After the surgery, I had bronchitis with a loss of voice and 2 bouts of flu, which I never use to get sick. It proved to me my immune system took a beating from a simple knee surgery! I tried to keep this short. .......thanks for being here.