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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm still learning about fibro, and I was wondering, is this something that comes on in a short period of time or is this something that we develop over a long period of time? From what I have read and have learned from this site it can be caused by vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies or toxicity and stress, but I was just hoping you all could pass along the knowledge you have. Thanks
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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BumBum and welcome to the fibro-family! There seem to be many possible triggers/causes for fibro and an endless amount of degrees, severities and time periods to compare with. Unlike many well-known conditions and diseases, fibro seems to follow no predetermined or definite set of rules that we could all point to and say "Yeah, that's the way it was and is for me and all or most of the rest of us!" ALL the things you mentioned are true of somebody here and exist in any possible combination as well. There are some "likelies" and "strong possibilities" there but no definite trigger, no definite treatment and no definite cure. The good news is that it is not life-threatening and can actually become very livable and minimally inconveniencing. This is a relatively new "official" disease, misunderstood and misdiagnosed for many years and in any number of ways. Many "learned professionals" once even thought it was only "in your head" (some still do to this very day) so welcome the fact that it is continually being brought out of the shadows and into the mainstream of medicine today. Continuing education is so important!

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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
John you put that so well. No fog for you tonight. smilewinkgrin
I believe mine was brought on by a long period of relentless stress during a custody battle that felt like it was sucking the life out of me. Everything turned out okay but I started going down hill with horrible anxiety, fatigue and then finally pain. That's been 10 yrs ago. I stayed pretty stable and then suffered a horrific loss 17 mos ago and it's been down hill every since. The pain has spread and I have knots on top of knots but the pain isn't as big a problem for me as the fatigue is.
So for me it came on slowly.
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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
about six years ago, all of a sudden I had pain and fatigue, and it has been that way ever since. Now I have medications to help me live with the symptoms, but before that I spent two years in bed. I am never pain free, but can live with it. I guess that I have to.

If you keep a good attitude, and you try to stay busy to block out the pain, you can live a fullfilling life. It takes time and acceptance, and a lot of tolerence, but it can be done. I wish you the very best.

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   Posted 10/3/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi BumBum...and welcome! Love the name!

I agree too. My fibro came on slowly, the went crazy after the death of my son. This is a nasty condition and harder to treat but as said can live a good life if you keep a good attitude, educate yourself and have a good doc who is compassionate. Keep learning...that's what I do and it really does help. Try things that are reasonable until you can settle on a regime that works for you. Just because one thing works for another person doesn't mean at all that it will work for you. Trial and error is the only way.

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   Posted 10/3/2008 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am also newly diagnosed, but the more I read about it, I am NOT new to fibro.  I think that to a degree I have had this for quite a while and just blamed it on getting older, stress, etc.  I was finally diagnosed on the 29th of last month.  he put me on Lyrica and I love it.  Such refreshing sleep.  And the burning pain in my feet (which was one of my biggest problems) is GONE!! turn    I got some books from the library...actually all they had, but I am having a hard time reading them...very hard to understand. But they all do mention defiencicies in vitamins and minerals, stress, a big life event (such as a car wreck) as predominating factors of this. I think I need to start with the fibro for Dummies book tho...LOL   The weather changed her really cold and late yesterday and this morning I am hurting pretty bad...the fronts of my legs are just aching..and my upper back and neck is hurting too. sad
I have found though that in the few short weeks I have been here that all these people are very understanding and helpful!! yeah    Made me feel at home before I was even diagnosed.  They will he lp with anything you need to know about.

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   Posted 10/3/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi BumBum and Welcome-

My fibro hit like an atomic bomb this last winter, early spring. Lots of funky symptoms to start with, depression, fatigue and then the pain hit!!  shocked   Lots of Dr. visits, an MRI and gallons of blood later they diagnosed me.

Welcome Meg- Speaking of this site. I was so scared when this happened to me. My life was turned upside down! I was not functioning. I could only read, watch TV and get on the computer. sad And thats when I found this site and ALL the wonderful people! I had to "trust" what they were saying and that was that we can live a good and full life with fibro and they were "RIGHT." You could not have told me 6 months ago that that would happen. Through there care and concern, humor and input I am finally starting to live a good life again! YEH!!!! That is great news the Lyrica is working for you-

Nice to meet both of you!





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   Posted 10/3/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   

about 6 years ago mine started.  No stress in my life, very happy with my life. 

I was setting up a food table for my dd's soccer tournament and I remember looking at my friend saying that I can't keep moving the cases of water, juice, etc because I just hurt all over. 

That was the beginning...

Now my "flares" come the same time every year (Sept/Oct) and stay with me until Feb/Mar.  This is my busy time with PTO school president, DD's sports, working full time, holiday shopping and baking, etc, etc, etc.

So as others mentioned it hits each of us differently.

I just try to keep a positive attitude and try to take it easy.  Funny that after a weekend when I return to work I'm feeling good.  By Thursday each week I'm hurting much more.  Just tired from the week I guess.



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   Posted 10/3/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in a car accident last August my neck hurt I thought it was stress
A couple weeks later I felt like I was getting the flu It was not the Flu
had gallons of blood test exrays ect... Then was diagnosed with fibro,
I started feeling better about a month later then felt bad then better then bad Now is a bad time I guess it is a flare I started taking Malic acid Tuesday, And Iam starting to feel better, The dr gave me a perscription for Lyrica today and we will see how that goes. He also mentioned that I have cfs symptoms.I am not happy with the Dr and plan on switching soon I just needed to get through the Mri and get the results.

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   Posted 10/3/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've suffered with osteoarthritis since my early 40's and thought that was where my pain was coming from.  In 2003 my youngest son and his wife were hit head on by a drunk driver, which killed the drunk driver and almost killed my son.  He was stat flown to U of L where he underwent many surgeries, but they did save his life.  I sit by his bedside for days and the more I sit the more I hurt.  Then in 2007 I had double knee replacement and was a long time in physical therapy.  I suffered more pain but not in my knees. 
I don't know if the stress from the wreck or the major surgery I had was the factor that caused such a change, but I do know I was dxd. in June of this year with Fibro.  So apparently stress was a factor in my dx.  All I know is that it is something we have to learn to live with.  I feel for anyone that has it because it is so misunderstood.  My own son says it's just in my head.  So I just live one day at a time and enjoy each one that God gives me.  I do know that I'm blessed, because I always look around me and see ppl that's so much worse off than I am.
Bumbum, keep on reading and posting.  You have come to a wonderful place for friendship and learning.  I hope to hear more from you.
God Bless!
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