Hey there Austin 73!!
Welcome!!! Since you've been hanging around in the back ground I'm sure you're aware of the 2nd thread of the forum called Fibromyalgia 101. If you haven't already checked it out please feel free to do so.. it's full of good stuff to help you cope. I've been around for a while and I still go there from time to time.
So sorry your suffering form all of the nightmares that fibro brings. Its a hard ailment to live with.. but YOU CAN DO THIS. All of us have to deal with the questions and heartaches that this thing brings. Its hard and some days we think we just can't go on ... but we do. And thank God we have this forum to keep us strong and sane. You've come to the best place on earth for folks that suffer with this unfair syndrome. We have lots of great members that we consider family and our moderators are awesome.
I know how terrifying the chest pain thing is. I wound up in the hospital with it 5 months ago. A lot of us have it. It hurts a lot. We call it Costo. It has a big long name that I can't spell.. LOL. I'm sure another member can spell it for you..
I look forward to getting to know you better and again welcome!!
Hi, Austin, and welcome! I'm glad that you found us and finally joined in. Many of us fit in several of the forums on HealingWell so don't hesitate to go into other forums. They are all great!
I'm sorry that you were diagnosed with this illness but you can learn to control the pain and still live a full and enjoyable life with fibro. We will help with suggestions.
I am one that has costochondritis...the chest and rib pain thing. It hurts to breathe when I'm having an attack of it. For me, it isn't there all of the time. My doctor has me taking ibuprofen with food for it and it does make it better and I can breathe better. The pain might be why you are short of breath.
As Patti said, please check out the Fibro 101 thread. There are links to good information all about fibromyalgia and also links to things that just might give you some relief. There is a lot to learn about this illness because it has so many different symptoms...lots of weird things! But, just come on here and ask and I bet you will find that you are not alone with the weird symptoms!
You have come to a great place. We have wonderful members that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too. So, read the Fibro 101 thread, back posts, and ask questions. We are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon!
Hi Austin and fellow Minnesotan- Welcome!
I was gone from the site for a few days and am slowly but surely catching up with new members. What a great place to come to for support- I got fibro about a year ago and thought my life was over. With everyone guiding me I am now living life again and "blessings" have come out of it.
And you have a 13 yr. old son. My two boys are 32 yrs. and 17. My 17 year old just got his permit not too long ago and that is just about doing me in. My oldest son was more a natural at learning how to drive. NOT this one! I l-o-v-e the teen years, HAHA!
Nice to meet you and like Chutz stated join us on our daily Koffee Klatches when you can. You have a full plate with working fulltime!