Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum, although I've had FM for about 15 years. I've really enjoyed reading your posts and have gotten some good info.
I'm not on any medication, other than OTC supplements and tylenol. When first diagnosed I tried everything that I'm sure you all did...anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, etc., for many years. I finally took matters into my own hands, and although it wouldn't work for everyone, it did for me. I simplified my lifestyle to the bare minimum; I take some me time every day (something I know that most people can't do); I try to exercise every day; and I keep a positive outlook on life. I mean I'm still here...kicking and screaming maybe, but hey that's better than the alternative, right??!!
Anyway, that's just to give you a bit of background on me. My point of posting this message is that right now I'm experiencing a pretty bad flare up, going on since March actually, and it's getting to the point where I'm having a really hard time functioning. I get up in the morning, exhausted, and push myself to go to work. I could easily fall asleep driving to work and have actually dozed off in my office. Someone tellls me something and I need to go back to them because I can't remember what they've said (so I've been getting them to send anything to me via email). The brain fog is terrible and I am definitely not performing at full capacity. What I've been doing for the past while obviously isn't working right now and I'm trying to find something to get me through this flare up. I'm going to try the malic acid / magnasium to see what difference that might make, and I read something about some pancreatic enzymes (to help with the bloating/swelling). Do any of you have any other suggestions?
I know I should see my doctor, and I may if I don't find some relief on my own soon. I'm hoping that I will pull out of it before I need to do that. But I know that might be a bit unrealistic. I'm sorry to write a book. Next time I'll try to keep it short and sweet.