Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled
Medications: Hydrocodone, triamterene, cyclobenziprine, lorazapam, Synthroid, Cytomel, atenolol, fluoxetine (in the process of weaning off of it), Niaspan, crestor, ambien, plavix and protonix.
Supplements: Probiotic pearls, Olive Leaf Extract 18%, cranberry tablets, calcium, vit b complex, evening primrose oil, CoQ10, omega fish oil, vit C, ribose, L- carnitine, mega dose of vitamin D, once weekly
I'm 54 and I believe I've had this since I was a baby. Like Jeannie, I thought this was normal, everyone felt this way. I also had a nasty time w/ pneumonia in '96, had me so sick and out of work for 6 wks. I still was regrouping from that and Pleurisy and Costo when I lost my darling nephew ( like a son to me). I hit a brick wall of depression for about 2yrs, didn't think I would come out of that. I still face it every day. He was my baby.
I went to my dr. w/ symptoms for yrs., but wasn't dx till '06. I had to draw her a diagram lol. Unfortunately, I think many of us have this at a young age, but we don't realize it till much later. I was always told that everyone feels this way. What a horrible thought!
I don't think any age or gender is exempt from this DD. All we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep living. At least now we know what we are dealing with and that is a big thing. Too many weird things bothered me for yrs, couldn't figure out why - Now I have an answer. I may not like the answer, but I have an answer.
God bless. Alice.
Technically, in human years I am 36. But, I look 25, I feel 85, and I act 13. But, like so many of you, I've had symptoms for at least the last 20 years. BTW-I was finally dxd in June.
Wow-I'm just full of...numbers, today, huh?
I'm 39. I was diagnosed just last year, but I've had fibro for at least 8 years.
I've had several other health problems that "we just don't really know what causes it," since I was 15. I operate under the theory that they are all connected somehow, and maybe one of these days we will be able to connect the dots & come up with better treatments.
Jeannie, my hair was/is curly. I was the one trying to have it straight and calm.lol. I had a hard time talking my mother into using the lotion that was out then to straighten hair. I was so desperate, I let my SIL iron my hair. BIG mistake. She burned off quite a bit. Mom wasn't happy. Man, did that smell I did try to use big rollers, like soup cans. What a sight. My older sister got electric curlers for me. I used them for yrs. until I decided to cut my hair really, really short. My arms always felt tired from holding them up. My friends had straight hair, and they never seemed to be bothered w/ the aches & pains I had. I just thought they handled it better than I did.
My mother said everyone feels like this. Yrs later I tried to explain what I had learned, she didn't want to hear it. She felt I was blaming her for my being this way. I was trying to explain that I think she & I both have this prob. She doesn't believe she has this prob, and not too sure that I have it. She takes her cue from my older sis, if she believes then it must be true, if not, oh well.
I have pushed for too long w/ my arms and legs. I put others before me and neglected my health. Right now I'm in PT to get some ROM and strength back in arms and hopefully my hands. I can't lift much of anything right now. The 2lb weights in PT feel like a ton sometimes. My grip is really bad. But I will continue to try, because I'm not ready to STOP yet, I can barely stand being SLOW.
Hope you're having a good day. God bless. Alice.