Thank you so much Sherrine for taking the time to reply.
You know after having the MRIs prior to this diagnosis I did discover that I have scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, osteophytes, and a herniated disc. I had a bone density test done and the bones are losing it's density but my doctor wants me to wait 2 more years and have another scan done. All of this pain came on suddenly for me. It started as tightness in my chest... went to the ER. Thought I was having a heart attack. Went to the cardiologist and had a stress test (which was fine), echocardigram... a mitral valve prolapse was seen. Then I developed tingling in my back an developed into pain as the day progressed.... now it's in my neck, arms, knees and everywhere. My doctor first diagnosed me with severe anxiety because I developed heart palpatations. I went to see a behavioral specialist, I went to a pain management doctor who injected me with botox in the muscles of my back.... a rheumatologist who injected the inside of my knees with cortisone... said I had bursitis. I honestly believe I have had fibro all along... but it just wasn't ever diagnosed. It's crazy. I just hope and pray that the Prozac will help along with the PT.Thanks again for your concern. It's nice I have some place to come where everyone understands what I'm going through.
Hi Skylark and Welcome!
I was put on Zoloft (boosts the serotonin levels also) and it has made a world of difference with me- when the fibro hit, along with it came severe depression. The Prozac should also help you with the anxiety. I did Physical Therapy for months and it did help in time. With me it got worse before it got better. My therapist was trained to treat fibro patients and she did teach me alot. She slowly built the muscle strength back- I could not walk 30 ft when the fibro first hit. She taught me gentle Yoga and stretching exercises and how to deep breathe. Now, I walk for my main exercise and do the gentle stretching exercises and it does help my pain.
Your on your way to feeling better, and let us know how it is going- nice to meet you!
Hi GamJil, Thanks for the warm welcome. I had to reschedule my PT until next week because I have been having some severe intestinal problems from an antibiotic that I'm taking for a bacterial infection. Tomorrow is my last day for taking it. Hopefully I will feel better next week. I've only been on the Prozac since Monday... no change yet. How long does it take before I notice less pain? Or is there any way of knowing. I have noticed that the weather has changed her in MD. It's chilly with rain... makes me ache more. Does this happen to anyone else?skylark61
I'm divorced so I don't have a hubby to give me massages, although I'm sure that this would help alot. I try to take a walk around my block every day, except in bad weather.So, do you avoid sugar altogether. No cookies, pies, cakes, oatmeal with sugar? What do you sweeten things with? With my decaf coffee in the morning I use Splenda. Is Splenda bad for Fibro?I am a type A personality.... so everything has to be just right in my house or I can't relax. I've always been this way though.All this is so new to me. I just hope and pray I start feeling better soon.Dianna
Hi & Welcome Skylark!!
You've come to the best place in the universe for fibromites!! I'm sure you already figured that out though!! This is a great group that's always willing to help, whether it be to; just answer questions, support, have a good laugh or cry with, and the list goes on and on. I love coming here .. I think I'm on about 2-3 times a day. These folks have become my friends and my fibro family.. I love 'em all!!!
Isn't it amazing as you learn more and more about fibro you realize, this has been going on for a long time and I just thought everyone was like that. I know I sure did. Now I know that I inherited my fibro from my dad. LOL, he didn't leave us alot but he sure left fibro to my sister and I to remember him by. - Trust me, he would have made the same joke if he were still here and knew that fibro was his problem - And I'm sure my Lyme Disease didn't help.
I'm sure you'll start to slowly feel the effects of the prozac in the next couple of weeks. It takes a little while since most meds like that are accumulative (sp?). It took about 3 weeks before I felt the effects of my med (Elavil). And as for the PT.. I'm sure its a good idea. My doc hasn't put me on PT, just because I'm suffering from unemployment at the moment .. another horrible disease that seems to be going around these days. (Actually I left my job by choice)
I have a lot of back problems too, Skylark, so you and I can suffer together with that mess. Next week I'm going to get a script for another set of MRIs, its been about 10 years since my last set. YAHOOO.. can't wait - she said sounding like Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh. I've noticed that most fibromites have other health problems and can't help but wonder if there's a connection there. A lot of our members have stomach or urinary problems. Many have issues like, bi-polarism, depression, axeity, allergies and again.. long list.
I used to live in MD.. Years ago. I lived in Waldorf. I loved MD.. there are lots of very beautiful places in MD. You should be starting to really see the signs of springtime by now!! Lucky YOU... here in N/E Indiana it's still chilly or cold. We've only had a few hints, temp. wise, of spring. No leaves on the trees yet or any flowers *aaa-choo* - I'd glady have an allergy attack for some warm weather and more sunshine... remind me that I said that in a few weeks.. LOL!!
Better scoot... nice to meet you!! Welcome to the family!!
The Tylenol does help the pain, but does not take it completely away. I am so sensitive to meds and don't like to take narcotics. They either knock me out, give me a stomach ache or I get rashes and hives or feel loopy. I do have Darvocet for back-up when the pain gets off the charts. I had a horrible winter too, the pain was terrible! I have a prescription for Lyrica and have not started taking it yet- I am still working on my pain management, I feel I could be more comfortable, I just need to get the nerve up to start the Lyrica!