Am I dreaming or has hell frozen over?

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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that I am dreaming and hell has frozen over!  Yesterday, my mom and I were having lunch, and I was telling her that my neck hurt (at one of the "fibro" tender points), and she said, "OMG!  That's one of the fibro tender points!"  My response to that was, "Huh?" LOL  She then went on to explain to me that she has been reading about fibro so she could try to understand what I'm going through. shocked   I'm sure y'all will find this impossible, but I was speechless! smilewinkgrin
Then, this AM, she came home from work with this long medical article (with a lot of medical terminology) about fibro, and she said, "This sounds exactly like you.  I think you have this."  LOL-I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.  I told her that I had been diagnosed by a rheumatologist in June (I have told her this over and over).  I know this is a really good thing, but I can't help but wonder if she thought I was making all of this up.  I guess that's a moot point, because even if she did think that, she seems to believe that I am really sick.
BTW-on another topic, I just wanted y'all to know that I haven't taken any Vicodin for about 10 days.  I feel exactly the same as when I was taking it-like crap. sad   So, either the Vicodin wasn't helping, or my dose was way too low, or maybe Vicodin just doesn't help my pain.  I finally got the OK to increase my methadone dose (I should start going up on my dose, soon), so maybe that will help with this horrible pain.  I don't know if it's the freezing temps, the added stress of living with my parents, or just "life," but my pain is worse here than when I was in CA. sad   Oh!  I still haven't smoked in over 3 months.  And, if I haven't smoked while all of this sh** has been going on, I'm a lot stronger than I think I am. :-)
Anyway, my life continues, and I wait....for something.  I just don't know what I'm waiting for. confused
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix (quit smoking 08/29/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that it is wonderful that your mom is finally understanding what you are going through. I hope that this continues for you. Maybe it was hard for her to comprehend until she read that article. Either way, this is great.

I wonder if the humidity is different where you are now, thus increasing your pain. You have been under a lot of stress too with the move and all. Maybe it is just a delayed type reaction. Either way, I hope that you feel better soon.

And again, congrats on not smoking. You really have come a long way with that. You are a good example for us all.

Keep up the good work.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
That's cool that your mother finally came around Kelly. After all the stress the indifference caused you. I hope you get to feeling better. I've been hurting a lot more than usual lately too, and I quit smoking awhile back also. I wonder sometimes if the not smoking is a trigger for pain at first, after smoking for so many years? Who knows? Hope the methadone helps you :)
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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats great that your mom finally understands. What I think is wonderful is that you have not smoked.Maybe I WILL TRY THE CHANTIX AGAIN

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   Posted 12/4/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read somewhere that Vicodin doesn't help fibromyalgia, and in fact that opiates are not generally used. Go figure. T3s used to help me a lot, but I was taking them every day - sometimes 2 or 3 times/day. Now I'm taking Tramacet and that seems to work, but it takes a long time - like 2 hours. The second dose works better.

Good luck with figuring out the meds!
I have Fibromyalgia, but nothing else!

I take Lyrica 150mg b.i.d.
Tramacet 75 mg for breakthrough pain

Tried amitryptelene 2.5 mg but it made me a zombie!

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   Posted 12/4/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Kelly, When I finally told the dr. I was willing to try opiates for the pain, he first gave me darvocet for a couple of months. When that didn't work he gave me Vicodin for a couple of months. Other people told me that just one vicodin would knock me out for a day. Actually, I took three (I think 500mg. each) every day and I might as well have been taking M&Ms. I even thought of chewing them, since I heard that this was how people got high, but I didn't. I finally quit taking them. The dr. asked if I wanted to try oxycontin, but said it might not help either and there were more hoops to jump through. So I just quit trying to get any relief from pain. Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea

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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Kelly, that is wonderful! That will make your life so much easier, not having to explain yourself to her all the time now. And congrats on still not smoking, that is also great news. You've done it!
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 12/5/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Kelly- Yes, I think hell just froze over!!

Amazing- did you feel your moms forehead and ask her if she is sick??? Hee-Hee.

There is hope after all! Congrats on the 3 month mark, quitting smoking! GamJill

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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Kelly I'm so proud of you for not smoking with everything that has been going on in your life.
Yes, just when we give up on trying to get someone to understand this they surprise us. One of my DILs is a paralegal on her way to law school. She is the one that made a snide comment about my not working Thanksgiving. I get an e-mail from her yesterday and she asked me why I had not applied for disability cause she has handled cases for people with fibro getting disability cause it is a debilitating disorder. I was shocked, I didn't think she knew the first thing about fibro. Hell must be a skating rink now. devil
I think the stress of the move and living with your parents is causing you more pain. How soon til you can get your own place???
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kelly. I am glad to hear that your mom is finally seeing the truth. Sometimes a diagnoses isn't enough for some people to get it. It sounds like she has been doing a lot of research to understand. That is a really good thing. Enjoy it. Love the fact that you have a mother who is trying really hard to understand what you are going through. It is truly a blessing. A lot of people have family member, myself included, who really just don't get it. And they don't want to spend the time trying to do research to understand.
All pain medications are different. Some work for some people, and some don't. Like Ultram, for example. It works for a lot of people with fibro and other pain, but it didn't do anything for me. I hope that the increased does of methodone helps. I wish I could be on that instead of lortabs, but my insurance doesn't cover it.
I understand what you are talking about with the cold weather. It is really crappy for me as well. I wish I could move to CA where it is warm all the time. Plus, they have better medicaid than here in IN. But, I can't complain too much, because at lease I have insurance to pay for my monthly doctor visits and my medications.
Anyways. I hope you start feeling better. Hang in there.
*soft hugs*
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May your heart be filled with love and joy.
May your mind be clear and true.
May your smiles be many,
And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
Especially when you're feeling blue.

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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   

i am so happy to hear that you mom is coming around and seeing that this is REAL! it is so important for us to have those kinds of people in our life..i hope she continues to read up on fibro and give you her full support.

also-a HUGE CONGRATS on quitting smoking!!


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   Posted 12/5/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kelly,

What a blessing, truly, to have your mom trying to understand what you are going through. I really believe it will make a difference for you, lessen your stress. Emotional issues are a huge part of what we go through.

As far as the Vicodin, I switched from it to Vicoprofen about ten years ago. It has ibuprofen instead of acetomitophen (sp) and just seems to work better for might want to try that. It now comes in generic form and is much cheaper.

Congrats on the no smoking! I was a lifetime smoker and quit, using Chantix, a little over two years ago. I tried multiple times to quit in the past and it was Chantix that really did it for me. Since then, I have heard some reports of people experiencing depression using Chantix. I don't think it affected me that way; just something to be aware of.

I'm very happy for you, all such good news! Be well,


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   Posted 12/5/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
MT Lady,
I tried using the Chantix to quite smoking, and for some reason, it made my Fibro symptoms a whole lot worse. I don't know why. It must have something to do with the brain receptors. Anyways. I am wanting to quit smoking, so I am going to ask my doctor if he can prescribe a nicotine patch.

~MDD, Fibromyalgia, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, IBS, TMJ, Arthritis~
May your heart be filled with love and joy.
May your mind be clear and true.
May your smiles be many,
And may your tears be few. 
May God wrap you in His arms
Especially when you're feeling blue.

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