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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't wait until I go back to my old self. The one that felt so good, I thought I was cured, sigh. Since forgetting to take my malic acid, my energy is still down, and I have a lot more aches. I've even upped it to 4 tablets a day with no effect. I'm trying to get back to the treadmill, but I feel like I will collapse when I push a bit, and I can't even go my full 1/2 hour. I was up to 2.1 miles in 1/2 hour, alternating between running and walking. I have trouble now even keeping up my fast walking pace, never mind running. So I thought maybe I was trying too hard, give myself time to heal. So yesterday I took it easy, and scrapped on the computer most of the day. That was even worse, of course. It really ticks me off that I can't even take a day off to rest.

I have solved a mystery though. eyes I have figured out that my facial pain is not TMJ. Lately, my body has been cracking a lot more. I'm an official member of the snap crackle pop club! turn This morning my jaw cracked, hard. I still have pain around the hinge, and into my cheeks. But it is different than what I had before. I'm hoping the Tylenol will kick in to help this soon.

So I'm also thinking, maybe it is the cold that is affecting me so much. You all said you were dreading winter. Odd though, I didn't feel it before now. But I have realized I need to wear my gloves at all times! Ouch, these old hands can't take the cold at all anymore. I hope this flare doesn't last all winter. I am hopign to get an electric blanket for Christmas, I can never seem to get warm!
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 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mamanan-

First winter for me with fibro and I know the cold does affect it! I was in so much pain for days when the weather went from fall to winter. Now it is easing up a bit. I am enjoying the decreased pain, but I know that it can change in a heart beat.

I am very cold especially in the mornings, and once I get moving it does seem to help. I have to get into a hot bath if I can't warm up and that works for me. Hope Santa gets you that electric blanket. I was thinking about getting one too.


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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you get a break soon mamanan. The cold and my body does not mix. When I went shopping for food for Thanksgiving it wasn't that cold out but I wore a light weight pair of gloves, the slightest chill makes my hands hurt. I was looking at turkeys and some man asked me if I only worked in the meat department. I guess he figured anyone with gloves on when it was in the 40s outside had to be an employee in the meat department. smilewinkgrin I didn't care I knew handling frozen foods was going to make my hands hurt worse.
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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Mamanan, the cold is horrible for me, too.  I wear far more clothing than everyone else here.  It's in the low 70's right now and I'm in slacks and a sweater!  Got to have my socks on, too!

Marlee, you gave me my laugh for the day!  turn    Oh, how I would have loved to have been there.  We'll just call you Sam...the butcher on the Brady Bunch.

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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 12/5/2008 12:29:39 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/5/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Mamanan, it might just take a little bit longer for you to start to notice some results.

I've been flaring lately too, and I finally got fed up with myself and decided to *force* myself to exercise for those 30 minutes a day. I do it as soon as I get out of bed, so my joints are still warm and relaxed and I haven't used my energy on other things. It's still hard and I still struggle with it, but after a few weeks I started to notice some improvement in my pain, mobility, cognition and energy.

You're looking after yourself and slowly building up your stamina for exercise. I think you're doing really well and that you should be proud of what you're doing. You may not notice improvements right away, but you really might in another week or two. Just keep hanging in there...

... and in the meantime, just keep repeating the Pantene slogan: "It won't heppen overnight, but it will heppen" (the one we see here is done by a New Zealander actress :-) )

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