Hi there Seana!!
Just popped in to say hi and welcome the Healing Well Fibromyalgia Forum! I'm glad you decided to join us!! This is a great place to learn more about Fibro and get to know some really special people that I like to call my FMily or Fibro Family.
I was diagnosed a few months ago (I was earlier misdiagnosed w/ CFS and the doctor changed it to Fibro), I feel like I learned far more from this forum than I ever would have from my PCP. Please don't misunderstand I have a good doc. but these fine people have made me feel that I'm not alone in my search for answers in this rotten syndrome.
Your job Does sound interesting and I'm glad you have a supportive family. Those two things are huge gifts to a fibromite!! Though life with fibro is a struggle having a profession that's do-able is great!! Alot of our members have family members and employers that don't understand their day to day challenges, we do our best to be there for them and support them any way we can. I'm lucky to have a wonderful family that is extremely understanding and I do my best never to take that for granted.
When it comes to the tender spots.. I have had times when you could hit them with a hammer and i wouldn't feel it, then I've had other times when just looking at those spots made me want to fall to my knees, screaming in pain. Fibro's a really weird syndrome.. one minute you can feel pretty good the next, you want to crawl into bed for 6 months with a heating pad & be surrounded by a plastic bubble so nothing would touch your skin. I've heard of people here having flares that could just bother them for a day and others that have been in a flare for a year.
Getting a plan to handle pain and fatigue is half the battle. Some folks here do a natural plan, some take prescription medication. That will have to be your choice and no one here will push you to take one med. or another because we're all trying to figure out what's best for our ownselves and the moderators keep an eye out for anyone trying to sell a product on the forum. The moderators are great and do an awsome job.
Again, welcome and I hope you will get as much out of this group as I have.
Welcome Seana and alimonkey, too.
This is a great site and these are great people here. Your job sounds like a lot of fun. I have a friend who is a speech therapist and she has some funny stories. When I was a kid, I wanted to go to the speech therapist and snuck out into the hall during class and waited in line. But when she called me in and heard me talk, she said I didn't need it. I was so dissapointed. It looked like fun to me at the time. Better than math problems, for sure!!
I don't know about tender spots. I have a couple where you barely touch and it sends me screaming and a few that require a more firm touch. Then there are times if I put firm pressure anywhere (scratching my leg) the it hurts after - kind of like an aftertaste, but with pain.
Fibro is difficult to figure out. The biggest thing that has helped me is this group and my fibro class at the pain clinic where they are explaining it to me. These help me realize, oh, I am not so strange after all! That helps! The letter to normals was helpful too because someone voiced in a letter a lot of the things I had been confused about.
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