Fibro side effects

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hi Fibro friends: Ele here
I find I cannot assert myself to do anything.
I had a wonderful hobby, making birthday cards, thank you cards, beautiful Christmas cards also, etc.
It was something I loved doing and now that I have Fibro and Osteoarthritis in my hands and not feeling the way I used to do about my hobby.
I have received some request's recently from some customer's to make Christmas Cards I don't know what to say. I feel so disheartened about this.
Is this the way Fibromyalgia treats us. I feel like I have a magnet holding me back and I try pushing forward and it's pulling me back.
Any help out there. Thank you, God Bless  Ele

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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have both fibro and arthritis, too, and I've found that the 200mg a day celebrex that my doctor prescribed is my saving grace. Are you on any anti-inflammatories?
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that you feel so down right now. I have a passion for digital scrapbooking. For a few months after the fibro first hit, I coulnd't work at the computer, nor did I feel very creative. It was so hard to feel like I was giving up something I loved to do! But don't think about giving it up, maybe just taking a break until you feel better? It must be so much harder needing to use your hands though. I don't have arthritis, but my fibro likes to live in my hands and my feet right now, and they ache so much. I can't imagine taking up my knitting or cross-stitching right now, so I can sympathize! I hope you find some relief soon. (((HUGS)))
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I pretty much have the same problem Ele. Between the arthritis and fibro in my hands and wrist I can not do any tedious work with my hands. opening the mail and paying bills puts me in a world of pain. I can't take the celebrex or any of those. I use lidoderm patches on my hands, I cut them in two and put half on each hand but you can't get them wet.
My rheumy gave me samples of a new rub the other day Voltaren Gel. I have not used it on my hands yet cause we have a new puppy that thinks she has to chew on your fingers everytime you pick her up. I'm going to get some cotton gloves, it says you can cover it after 10 minutes and you can wash your hands after an hour, so she doesn't get it in her mouth. I will let you know if it helps.
I know that magnet feeling, never thought of it like that though. tongue My brain has so many great ideas if I could just get the body to do them.
luv and hugs
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope you get to feeling better in body and spirit Ele :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

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   Posted 11/5/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck with that Voltaren gel. My neurologist gave it to me to put on my neck to help with my tension headaches and I hated it, but I think that had a lot to do with it getting all over my hair (my hair was waist-length). He said it's essentially a localized dose of aspirin. But he's also an idiot so I don't really listen to him much. Maybe if you like the gel I can ship you all the sample boxes he gave me (I think he gave me four, but I opened one). Or maybe my mom threw them out. Not sure. But anyway, I hope it helps.
Diagnosed with arachnoid cysts February 2002, fibromyalgia February 2008.

I think I should stop getting diagnostics done in February...

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