Welcome to the Healing Well Fibro Family!!! This is an awesome site full of people that really care. I'm amazed at how supportive and wonderful everyone here is.
You sound like a wonderful father and a guy who's been through a lot in his lifetime. I agree with Chutzie.. go back and read you own post. You're doing a awesome job!!! Losing your wife and taking care of those boys is tough enough and then to wind up with this dreadful diagnosis, it can be a lot to handle, let alone working and dealing with all the BS that come with a job like yours.
My GP is my Fibro Doc. and he does a good job. He also does accupunture, unfortunatly my insurance doesn't cover the accupunture, but my doc. understands chronic pain. Anyway, it does sound like you might need some adjustments on your meds. Hopefully after that you'll get some relief. The fog is a constant problem for me too.. I don't know if fatigue feeds the fog or vise-a-versa, all I know is between the two of them life can be challenging then throw in pain for good measure and ... well.. you already know.
The good thing is you might have a new doctor that can help, sometimes it take trying different med therapies, PT, yoga, whatever and you'll be on the right road. The other good thing is you've found this site. Where everyone understands what you're going through and is here waiting to help.
The most important thing is take care of yourself. Try not to get overly stressed and learn to relax. (Much easier said than done). Something that I have found to work well is massage, moist heat and getting good sleep hygene.
Again, welcome, I hope you'll keep posting and feel at home with this great group.
Welcome Iamreality. Many soft & gentle hugs for you & your boys. I am so sorry for your loss & all you are going through. As the others have said, you are doing amazing & need to lighten up on yourself abit. I can't believe all you are doing & still can be such a wonderful, supportive Dad to your boys after a full day. You Rock!!! Please give yourself the credit you deserve.
Fatigue has always been my downfall. I know that feeling when your body can give you no more & you just have to stop. When your body says stop, you must listen & it sounds like you do listen at work. Those breaks you take are your bodys' way of recouping. You are fortunate that for you the work comes easily & you get it done fast. If you didn't have that capacity, you wouldn't be able to support your boys so be happy for that. Sleep is important, the body only heals while you are in deep REM sleep, so if you are not getting there, you need to figure it out with your gp. Have a sleep study done, sleep apnea is common in people with Fibro & also people under great stress. I use Flexeril to sleep & melatonin 5mg, taken sublingually. These help me greatly & my fog has lifted alot. My husband has been having alot of trouble sleeping & has decided to try the Melatonin & is sleeping much better now. Flexeril can have a druggy side affect, so if you can't sleep the 10 hours or so I wouldn't recommend it. It does wonders for me but I am no longer working & can sleep as needed.
I hope your appointment goes well, and you find some answers for yourself. It is such a bummer to have an illness that has no tried & true method of recovery. Hang in there & you will find your way through this. Come here often & let us help you as much as we can. This is a wonderful place of recovery & friendship & I am so glad I found it. The people here are compassionate, knowledgable, kind & caring.
Be strong!! Hugs, Denise
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
Lyn, how nice to meet you. I see you are not a stranger to HealingWell forums &I am sorry you have been dx'd with Fibro. It looks like you have been through alot in your lifetime & I hope we can help lighten your load abit. For me, living with tremndous stress has been the catalyst for Fibro. Do you feel that it had a hand in your getting Fibro? May I ask, who had Alzheimers? Was it a parent? It is so hard to lose someone we love so much. I hope things have settled down for you abit & you come here & post often, the people here are wonderful & caring. I look forward to getting to know you. Hugs, Denise
So glad things went well with the new Dr. and I'm glad she's sending you to a rheumy!!
I really hope the Lyrica helps and you day goes by quickly!!
Hi IAM and Welcome!
My life has been busy and the site has been busy, so having a hard time keeping up with the new members! I too had my first winter with fibro (my symptoms started a year ago this month) and found out that the cold and fibro do not mix!!
Your story is something- and give yourself many soft pats on the back for doing all that you do and continue to do. And I too am sorry to hear about losing your wife.
Hope the Lyrica brings you lots of relief, time will tell and let us know how it is going with that.
Nice to meet you!