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Orlo
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/8/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a little background, about a year ago, the day after Christmas to be precise, I was woken up in the middle of the night with terrible nausea and threw up before going back to sleep. For the next week I was nauseous everyday and I just assumed I had eaten some bad left overs or just had a stomach ache like I had had before. After a month my boyfriend convinced me to go to the University health center and thus began my still unending visits to many doctors. I've been to 3 gastrointerologists, my gynecologist, a urologist, and finally a rhumatologist who after looking at the fact that I have had just about every test run on me, settled on fibromyalgia. I'm a 19 year old college student and when I told my mom that the doctors suspected fibro, told me, "Honey, only old people have that."! Apparently not.

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 12/8/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there and welcome! You will have many new friends welcoming you with lots of knowledge and experiences. It is a myth that FM is only for "old" people LOL. Many of us are mid 40s and many are college age, too. Hang in there, be sure and ask lots of questions here and post often. We are all here for you.
 "It's never too late to be who you might have been"  George Eliot
 
Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Buspar, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta,
OTC meds- Benadryl, Claritin, Melatonin, Valerian, B Complex, Multi Vitamin
 
 


Sherrine
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   Posted 12/8/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Orlo!  We have quite a few younger people on this forum, unfortuantely.  It is not an illness for just older people.  We have some that have had fibro all of their lives!
 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to some good information about fibromyalgia in it.  There is a list of the symptoms there too.  You just might see yourself there.
 
I'm so glad that you joined in!  Don't hesitate to ask questions.  We have a good group here that have great suggestions to help you live a full and enjoyable life with fibro!  Hope to hear more from you soon!
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


getting by
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   Posted 12/8/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orlo,

I wanted to also welcome you to the forum. There are so many wonderful kind and compassionate people here who have been through a lot. I am sure that you will learn a lot and like Sherrine said, check out fibro101. There is a wealth of information on there.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Orlo
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   Posted 12/8/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much! It will be nice to have a place where someone knows how I feel!

SleepyBug
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   Posted 12/8/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
hi orlo,

welcome to the forums! you will find lots of helpful, friendly, and kind people here who truly DO know how you feel!

i am glad that you found us...maybe you could send your mom this way and let her see that fibro is most definitely NOT just an "old people" issue!

{hugs}
~danielle

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/9/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orlo :)

Nice to meet you and welcome to the forum :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 


telula68
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   Posted 12/9/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Do many people have vomiting and stomach problems with fibro? I have a stomach like an iron tank. I'm lucky I guess!

SleepyBug
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   Posted 12/9/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i have a lot of nausea issues, but i rarely actually vomit.

Ginny
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   Posted 12/9/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orlo!
 
I started having symptoms of Fibromyalgia when I was 16 years old!  I didn't get a diagnosis of Lupus and Fibromyalgia until I was 26. A decade of misery.....The prime of my youth.... It was hard. Still is!  Glad you found us!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Orlo
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Doctors have explained my stomach problems with IBS associated with Fibro. I'm still not too content with that answer. Over winter break I'm getting a laproscopy to see if it could be endometriosis as it runs in my family.

Sherrine
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Orlo, my daughter had endometriosis and her symptoms were vomiting and weight loss.  She is fine now.  But, before she was diagnosed, she was told it was all in her head!  She doesn't have fibro, thank goodness!
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Meggie
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Orlo,

Welcome to our family!!  This is a wonderful place to come to get support and understanding as well as some wonderful advice.  My life has completely change (for the better) since I found this forum.  I wish the same for you!!

Meggie


jewelrylady
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   Posted 12/10/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Orlo,

Welcome to this site.  Nice to meet you.  My daughter, Misty now over 30, has had undiagnosed Fibromyalgia for most of her life.  She was finally diagnosed about a few months after I was in 2004.  Looking back, she probably had it before the age of 6 & just lived with it.  She has told me that she just thought this was what everyone felt like & chaulked it up to growing pains.  Once again welcome, hugs, Denise


 I have:  Fibromyalgia, CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, depression

Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren.


Marlee2
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orlo and welcome to the family. Sadly, we are getting more and more young people on here. This is a great place to learn about fibro and have the support of a lot of people. Ask questions and read and we will be here for you.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Orlo,
I'm so sorry that you are joining our little lifeboat of hope in a sea of pain... Not fun at all but we cope. I'm also sorry that your mom is not understanding. I've had symptoms of fibro since I can remember at about age 3. I just thought that everyone was in pain all the time and that was life. My mom was a nurse and basically just chalked my aches and pains up to 'growing pains', told me to take an aspirin and shut up. (This was the 1950's.) As a small child if I awoke crying in pain several nights in a row it earned me a spanking, so I just cried quietly into my pillow. My parents had 2 sets of twins, 6 kids in 5 years so they were pretty busy and didn't have time for my vague symptoms of pain... But now that she is in her 80's my mom has acquired fibro... Wow! Do I ever get the understanding now!

There is a current theory about fibro that is being pursued that believes that there is a tiny microbacteria (smaller than the usual ones) that invades the white blood cells of the body and hides there, setting up shop and causing havoc. Because it may be hiding in the very system that we usually use to fend off invaders our body doesn't recognize it as a foreign antigen and so doesn't react and fight. This is only in the theory phase and tons of research needs to be done but since fibro isn't fatal, visible or high priority on the list of disorders of humans experience it isn't getting much press.

You may want to have your mom visit this website and learn from all of us what you are going thru. Other than understanding your pain, she can't do much. But by understanding you she will stop a lifetime of misunderstanding between you. Hang in there, you can do this. Just KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


GamJill
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orlo and welcome-

You are not alone. We have young ones here at the site that you will be able to relate to. But no matter what, we are "all" in this together!

GamJill
 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  

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