The calendar idea is a good way to chart all of your symptoms. That will give your Rheumatologist some idea of what you have been going through. I know I have different body parts that hurt more on some days and others not so much. My elbows hurt so much right now, I can't even touch them!
Make sure you write everything down, even the smallest thing to you might mean something to doc. Also, make sure to keep track of other things besides your pain...like fatigue, any depression, etc.
Like the others, moist heat usually helps me some. Warm showers or soaking in the tub makes me feel better for awhile. Too bad you have to wait so long to see the Rheumy. Just hang in there and know that you will soon be getting some relief! Good luck!
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Hi neighbor and fellow nurse!
I live in Minnesota and we have been having January temps here also! It is my first winter with fibro and it is making my pain worse. I did Geriatric nursing for 16 years and than burned out. That was almost 13 years ago now. Don't feel bad about asking questions even though you are a nurse. They did not teach us anything about it either, so when I came to this site I had and still have questions about fibro!
Sounds like from your posts it's fibro- and in January the rheumy can get you a diagnosis. I too cannot lift a gallon or half gallon of milk some days - I feel like my wrist is going to snap in half- ouch. Hope the Vicodin helped a little yesterday.