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honeyprincess21
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   Posted 11/18/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay so I saw the other post on here asking people if they could pinpoint what started their FM. I did not know that an actual event could be responsible for FM. I'm wondering now about mine. I have a pretty strong feeling that it could have been triggered by some events that took place in 2002-2003. In August of 2002, I was drugged by a guy I had known since the 2nd grade and was raped by one of his friends that I went to high school with. A month later in Sept 2002, I lost my job. In Oct 2002, my boyfriend at the time decided to tell me he had cheated on me 3 times in our relationship - twice with paid escorts (we had been together 4 1/2 years at the time he told me). After a year of his heavy drinking and physical abuse that followed, we broke up in Sept 2003.
 
I guess I'm wondering if this develops more from a physical trauma or an emotional one. I guess I'm more inclined to think that it was probably the rape that triggered this because I haven't been the same since then.
 
Does this sound about right to anyone? I guess I'm just looking for a little insight to understand what's going on a little better. I know I have PTSD from the rape as well, if that matters.
 
Any thoughts or info would be appreciated.
 
Kathy scool
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julieleaps
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
First let me say I am truly sorry for all you have been through. I would say yes, the trauma you experienced within those couple of years - trauma in a generalized sense, could very well have been what triggered fibro for you. I would also speculate that given the extent of both the physical and emotional traumas you experienced it could be difficult to pinpoint it to any one event.

That's just my humble opinion.

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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry for what you have gone through.  That's just horrible!  Trauma can cause fibro to kick in.  So can surgery, an accident, etc.  In my case there was nothing that happened.  I was watching TV and it kicked in!  I'll never know what caused it to start but I really don't care!  I just want them to find something to help me or find a cure.  yeah    There is more attention drawn to fibro now so I think we have a much brighter future ahead of us.
 
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Corrie_1
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have PTSD, anxiety (saw your meds in your signature) and fibro.. and I was diagnosed with all three in the last 2 months.

I have noticed that when my anxiety is bad... or if i have a bad day struggling with it it can effect how my fibro symptoms are is that the same for you?

I woke up one morning with a sore arm and that's when my fibro started.
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Lorazepan... when things get real bad.
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honeyprincess21
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   Posted 11/18/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Corrie_1 said...
I also have PTSD, anxiety (saw your meds in your signature) and fibro.. and I was diagnosed with all three in the last 2 months.

I have noticed that when my anxiety is bad... or if i have a bad day struggling with it it can effect how my fibro symptoms are is that the same for you?

I woke up one morning with a sore arm and that's when my fibro started.

YES! I definitely feel that way! I get anxious over just about everything (no, really lol) and when I get really anxious, I tend to feel like my body is bruised all over and then I get to feeling really badly.
 
I am SO sorry you were dx with both in the past 2 months! I know it is a strain just having those things but when it's all kind of thrown at you at once it can feel very overwhelming.
Endometriosis since 2002 diagnosis via laparoscopy
5 laparoscopies for Endometriosis from 2002 - present
Anxiety since 2004
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2005
GERD since 2008
Fibromyalgia since 2008
Colonoscopy - 2008
Endoscopy (EGD) - 2008
 
Currently in Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor spasms. Also for lower back, hip & thigh muscular problems.
 
* Baclofen
* Xanax for Anxiety
* Fish Oil Capsules
* Iron Pills
 
!!! At my wit's end with being "broken" !!!
 


getting by
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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for all that you have been through. I do believe emotional trauma can cause fibro just as a physical trauma could.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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honeyprincess21
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your posts :- ) I have never been on such a supportive message board for anything and I really appreciate you guys. When nobody else understands, someone on here always does.

I do think it was probably brought on by the rape and was probably exacerbated by the other things. The other stuff I could get over but the rape affected me physically and emotionally so I think that's probably the biggie.

I just found an article on line linking Fibro and PTSD...it was really interesting and made a lot of sense. I don't know if you all are like me, but I google EVERYTHING now because I feel like docs don't really tell me everything or don't consider everything. For this reason, I'm pretty sure my family now thinks I'm a hypochondriac :(
Endometriosis since 2002 diagnosis via laparoscopy
5 laparoscopies for Endometriosis from 2002 - present
Anxiety since 2004
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2005
GERD since 2008
Fibromyalgia since 2008
Colonoscopy - 2008
Endoscopy (EGD) - 2008
 
Currently in Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor spasms. Also for lower back, hip & thigh muscular problems.
 
* Baclofen
* Xanax for Anxiety
* Fish Oil Capsules
* Iron Pills
 
!!! At my wit's end with being "broken" !!!
 


Corrie_1
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   Posted 11/19/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes... the magical power of Google.
 
I Google everything :)
 
I figure the more I read on my conditions the more I'll understand about them and the more I can sort through the stuff which is irrelvant or just completely wrong.
 
I was sexually abused as a kid... along with physical and emotional abuse and chronic undiagnosed anxiety and PTSD and I beleive a combo of all these things was what brought my fibro on.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008
 
Gabapentin 300mg/Paroxetine 40mg/Armitriptyline 40mg to help me sleep and anxiety 
 
Lorazepan... when things get real bad.
And I'm not fond of people who don't label pill bottles.
                                                                                                                 
 
 


honeyprincess21
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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Lol Google's great, isn't it? Yeah with Fibro having such odd symptoms, it's almost like you HAVE to google stuff to determine if you need a doctor's appointment or what! I've driven my boyfriend and my family crazy with my Googling! As soon as they hear me starting a sentence like "So I went on Google today..." they start rolling their eyes and going "NOW WHAT??" I know that's part of why they think I'm a hypochondriac but a lot of weird symptoms that didn't seem to be related I found out are actually fibro symptoms. That made me feel better, I guess that something new wasn't wrong with me. I've got enough illnesses, I definitely don't need any more!

I'm so sorry about what happened to you as a child. One of my close friends was sexually abused by his father when he was younger. I can't even imagine how difficult that must be to try to cope with. If you need anything, just let me know.

Kathy :-)
Endometriosis since 2002 diagnosis via laparoscopy
5 laparoscopies for Endometriosis from 2002 - present
Anxiety since 2004
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2005
GERD since 2008
Fibromyalgia since 2008
Colonoscopy - 2008
Endoscopy (EGD) - 2008
 
Currently in Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor spasms. Also for lower back, hip & thigh muscular problems.
 
* Baclofen
* Xanax for Anxiety
* Fish Oil Capsules
* Iron Pills
 
!!! At my wit's end with being "broken" !!!
 

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