Glad you have joined us! You will meet lots of great people on this site. We all have different ways of coping with this disorder and I hope you glean some useful information from other's posts.
Fibromyalgia since 2007
"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Robert F. Kennedy
Hi Willie Will: That costochondritis is nasty stuff. I've been dxéd with Fibro for 17 years, approx. but only last summer while visiting my sons in the city did I have an attack. I really was scared. I have high colesterol and high blood pressure and get migraines, for which my Doc prescribes Triptans which clearly say, " not for people with heart disease" I brought it up with my PCP but he said the benefits outweigh the risks. I do know that the Triptans just knock the headache out. All I could do was lay very still. due to the worst chest pain I have ever had, I though it was a heart attack. When I told my doc he said next time go to emergency. Only pproblem was/is I was alone in a motel room when it hit and no way could I drive, or dial a phone. Oddly, my biggest fear was one of my sons would find me and that would be awful.
The genetic link is an odd thing. On my mother's side of the family there is much immune, and auto immune disease, as well as BiPolar. My mom is diagnosed with MS but researches Fibro because she has days when she can run up stairs and other days when she can't get dressed. Her sister, my Aunt has Fibro, diagnosed about 8 years ago. As far as symptom relief you will learn a lot here. The moist heat is really a key. Also, when you feel fatique setting in, it's time to slow down, and rest. I wake very early, 5 AM, get coffee and my pain meds into me ASAP. about an hour later, I can move about. I used to teach Yoga and did it religiously, but yesterday I pushed through the pain and ended up with muscle spasms, in my thighs all day today. Another interesting thing, as a child I got horrible pains in my arms and legs, my mother called them "growing pains", saying she had them also. They would keep me up all night. Know your limitations. Find a doc who understands Fibro, and respects you enough to listen. You will find what works and what doesn't. Good luck.
I have 2 sisters that also have Fibro & My doctor believes it can run in families. You'll find alot of great advice for you and your brother. Looks like you have already had some! I hope you can let your brother know about the site. Maybe he can get on some time. It really is nice to talk with others who experience the same things.
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