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anxietyridden
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there is not really an answer to this question, but I wonder if anyone else experiences this, has suggestions, etc? I work a regular 9-5 job and then I exercise 4 to 5 times a week after work. about once a week I get together with friends after work. I don't feel like this is a very out of the ordinary or particularly rigorous schedule for any other 24 year old. But I find that by the time the weekend comes and I allow myself to start relaxing, I completely crash. There are Sundays when I can't seem to stay awake for more than a 2 hour stretch. Even if I try to force myself or drink coffee, or whatever, I just HAVE to sleep. It feels like such a waste! I can't do much about my weekly schedule, obviously I have to work, and the exercise helps with the pain. And I do want to see my friends at least once a week, since I don't go out much anymore on the weekend. I don't feel like there is much I can change. But sleeping all day is not fun! Does anybody else experience this? eyes

getting by
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anxietyridden,

I know that when I spend a few days being more active (I could never do as much as you do), that I need a few days of rest. So you are actually doing really good for somebody with fibromyalgia. If one day of sleeping can get you through a week of work, exercising and a night out with friends, I would say that you are very lucky. I know that you are disappointed because of the day of sleeping, but you are doing a lot for somebody with fibro.

I am actually very happy for you. I hope that this continues. Maybe one day you wont have to spend a day in bed, but if that day doesn't come, don't dispair. Have you ever tried taking a short walk on Sundays? That often can get your energy level back up. But I am thinking that you need that day of rest to get you ready for an active week.

I hope that I am making sense to you. I am trying.

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honeyprincess21
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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I'm completely envious that you can do all of that! Yes, I get EXTREMELY fatigued doing anything, even something as small as watching movies at my apartment with friends. I'm only 28 so I feel your pain with wanting to be normal and have a social life. I never get to see my friends anymore because I just can't do it...I never have the energy. This may sound weird, but you actually seem to be really lucky to be able to do all of that! If I even tried to exercise...forget it, I'd be in pain for at least a week lol.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, my family has had a longstanding joke about my Sunday "naps" that last for six or more hours. Are you taking Malic Acid and magnesium? The fatigue you are experiencing may be due to inadequate energy production in the mitochondria (energy factories) of your cells. Additional malic acid and magnesium can help correct this problem in some fibromites. Also, next doctor visit ask for a thyroid screen because a large percentage of fibros are hypothyroid as well. This could also contribute to fatigue. Finally, please be kinder to yourself and allow your body to rest and heal. It takes us longer to catch up than normals and if you burn the candle at both ends you will run out of energy. Accepting that we can't do it all like our friends and family is one of the hardest parts of accepting fibro. Once you are at peace with yourself and accept that, until there is a cure, you're gonna be more tired than normals... It gets better.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You've gotten some great advice here.  But, do you have yourself on a sleep schedule?  Try hitting the sheets earlier and do that at the same time every night.  You might get more rest that way and will have more energy to spare.  I am in bed no later than 10:00 PM and get up around 7 AM.  That's 9 hours of rest.  On the weekends, of course you won't go to bed that early because you have a social life to tend to.!  :-)
 
Also, as Jeannie suggested, try the malic acid/magnesium supplements.  All the info about them is in the Fibro 101 thread.  They have helped me a lot with fatigue and with pain.  It might be worth a shot.
 
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anxietyridden
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been thinking about starting the malic acid/magnesium supplements since I have read such good things about them here. I do understand that I am able to do much more than a lot of "fibros" and I'm really grateful for that and just trying to enjoy this time in case it does get worse. It's almost like I am afraid to slow myself down in case it hits harder, if that makes sense? Like maybe if I can just keep moving fast enough it can't catch up with me? I know that isn't logical but...well, you know. I have been exercising for 12 years now (running) and I notice a big difference in my pain levels between when I get out and move and don't. Some days my body aches and once I get out there moving the pain will recede and the relief will last for a few hours. That is why I'm afraid to stop being so active I guess. It's a frustration. I don't want to completely retreat from my social life either but weekends are usually too much for me to handle - which is why I try to make it a point to spend a few hours one night a week in a lower key setting w/ friends. I guess I need to learn to listen to my body and accept the fact that maybe I need to slow down a little, but why is that so hard? The crushing fatigue on the weekends, especially Sundays...I guess I am lucky if that's as bad as it gets!

Sherrine, I do try to keep a sleep schedule. I have been sleeping a lot better since my doctor helped me get better control of my RLS symptoms and my anxiety as well. I should stick to it a little better though.

Thanks for the thoughts everyone.
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