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   Posted 12/10/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
these are specific, and I'll keep it short, I promise! lol

1. Do I remember seeing somewhere that rash was common among fibromites? The last few nights, I've had redness (exactly like a sunburn) on the backs of my arms between the shoulder and elbow, the top of my chest (where I have gotten a few sunburns before) and on my bottom. This all started since I have had to wear lots of layers and piled under blankets to get warm. Then it gets much worse after my shower. My face also feels hot, but the redness isn't as noticeable there b/c of my rosacea ointment.

2. I do remember reading in an article that a sign of possible fibro is waking up startled, or with a falling sensation just before being fully asleep. This list had everything in it but the kitchen sink, with other signs like ridges on nails and I don't know what else... but things I had never thought important or had forgotten about myself. Anyway, this sensation used to happen to me a lot in my late teens and early 20's. Then it has started back again this week. Last night was the worst. I was just about asleep, when I jerked and felt like I was falling and felt all panicky until I realized where I was and what had happened. What is this from, and do many of you get this?

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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi...I get the jerking- awake- thing like there is electricity shooting through your brain, all the time.  I have anxiety disorder so I always thought that's what it was...a power surge of adrenaline.  My son, who also suffers from anxiety, gets these  sensations too.  I never connected it to fibro but maybe it is.

Don't get the sunburn rash but every once in awhile, the hubby will tell me my ears and nose are red.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Mamanan!  I have awakened suddenly, also.  I, too, get the ridges on my nails but file and buff them off.  Only have to do that a couple of times a year.  I get itch skin but not the rashes but it does go with fibro.  Here is a link about the skin problems we can have.
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for that website Sherrine...I had never seen that one before.
As for the jerking awake thing...I used to do it all the time when I was younger but, knock on wood, I have not done it in a while.  It's kinda scary LOL
I do have a rash on my upper chest that is aggravated by heat.  And I have horribly dry itchy skin...I go through so much lotion that I am having to buy it once a week...a real big bottle.
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   Posted 12/11/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the link, Sherrine, some goods info! I've always had dry skin, I'm so looking forward to it being even worse this year! lmbo! Oh the joys :D

I looked up the jerking awake. Of course I forget what it's called now :P It's common with people who are sleep deprived. Another theory is that as we fall asleep, the muscles relax. If the brain isn't quite shut down yet, it perceives this relaxing as a falling sensation. Since our sleep is already poor, this makes sense to me.
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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mamanan-

I get that "jerking awake" occasionally also but have done that for years. I did not get fibro till this year, so not sure.

My skin gets very dry in the winter and will get rashes. Speaking of that, I have a small humidifier I use and run it in the livingroom- I usually don't get it out till January, but we are having January temps already. :(

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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I think if I sat in a tub of lotion my skin would soak it all up like a sponge.
I had the falling dreams all the time as a child but I haven't had them as an adult. If I don't take xanax before I go to bed I get this weird sensation when I'm about to fall asleep like I can't move my body but my brain is awake. It is very scary and I do not like it.
I have the ridges on my nails and try to keep them buffed off cause my nails crack vertically.
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