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tranquility
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/20/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all ... I'm new here and very glad I found this forum!

I haven't been officially diagnosed with fibro, but my PCP says "in all likelihood" that's what I've got.

But something different happened yesterday, and it just occurred to me today that it might be a fibro flare-up or attack. But I'm not even sure fibro can happen that way.

I was sitting relaxing in my recliner yesterday afternoon, when I started to notice an ache between my shoulder blades. At first I thought it was my asthma, as this is how it often manifests itself (tho I haven't had an asthma attack in a long time). So I took my inhaler, and it didn't help. And the pain continued to get worse and more intense, spreading up into my shoulders and neck and then down my arms. I did a quick web search and discovered I had the symptoms of a heart attack shocked. And I just felt generally crappy. Didn't sleep much last night either.

Got up this morning for work at 5:15 like usual (I'm a high school biology teacher) still feeling crappy, and stiff and sore. Made it through the day and a late meeting afterward. I'm home now, still feeling crappy ... getting sharp pains in my neck muscles still. I know it's not heart related because it feels muscular, and my biceps hurt to the touch.

So, if you've read all this so far, thank you! And finally my question ... can fibro manifest this way, in sudden "attacks" or flare-ups? I always thought it was more of a constant, chronic type of thing. I've really been under a ton of extra stress at work, thanks to "end of the school year" stuff and a boss who's a pain in the @ss. I'd really appreciate any insight you all could give me ... and I'm grateful for the people here.

Thanks in advance, and have a great evening.

Post Edited (tranquility) : 5/21/2009 3:06:10 PM (GMT-6)


beautymom5
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   Posted 5/20/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes it can flair up. I am like you, haven't been "officially diagnosed" but I am working on it. Try some magnesium and complex B vitamins.
In the strength of the Lord, I can do all things


Shash13
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   Posted 5/20/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Tranquility and welcome to the forum FaMily!
For me fibromyalgia has definitely been chronic and constant -- but -- it has also had intermittent flares that were really tough to handle. After a while you learn some of the things that bring on a flare, but sometimes they seem to come out of nowhere. At least that's been my experience, and from some of the posts it appears that lots of fibromites do the same thing. Stress is a huge irritant for fibromites....I've learned to let some of it go, but it can't always be avoided, and you have to gather some coping skills.
Have you read the Fibromyalgia 101 thread, yet? It's really informational. Second thread at the top of the forum.
Post whenever you can and remember that there are lots of us out here who truly care about you!
(((hugs)))
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stent,failing aortic valve,angina,migraines with aura,many surgeries,+misc.
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SheTiger68
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   Posted 5/21/2009 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Good day, Tranquility! I love the username, it invokes thoughts of peace.

I have had problems for the last 3 years with pain between my shoulder blades that worried me. Most of the time the pain would radiate into one or both of my shoulders, up into the back of my neck, and frequently give me headaches. I was seeing a neurologist for migraines at the time, and every time I would see him, he would tell me to take Aleve. That was it.

I finally wound up dropping him and changing doctors, who explained my pain was definitely fibro. He sent me to a rheumatologist, who confirmed it last year, and the rheumy sent me to a physical therapist that specializes in fibro. She explained that I when I was stressed, tired, or having any flare anywhere on my body, it would cause me to reflexively start to curl inwards, kind of like a fetal pose, although I would be sitting or standing. That put all of my stress on my back and shoulders, which would cause more tension, and ultimately cause excrutiating pain. Through her, I learned deep breathing, consciously correcting my posture no matter what I was doing, and gentle stretching. As a result, not only do I very rarely have the pain in my shoulders, neck, and between the blades anymore, but my migraines are almost nil. Since September, when I was diagnosed and saw the PT, I have had 2 migraines. I was used to having 3 times that many per month before!

If your doctor confirms it's not your heart, and believes it to be fibro related, I can personally attest to how effective physical therapy can be. I hope all works out well for you, and keep us updated. Have a stress-free day!
Live, Love, Laugh. We only get to ride this ride once!
 
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tyno3
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   Posted 5/21/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Tranquility: That sounds real typical for me. oddly, my flares are like yours, plus I have hip and back pain as well. The ödd part is that often, I sail through the very stressful incident (s), and it isn't until the stress lets up a bit, when I get some "me" time that the flaring hits. As long as my adrenalin is pumping and I am on high alert, I keep going. Once I stop, oh boy, look out. Therefore, I have to plan rest periods every 2 -3 hours regardless of what i'm doing, to decompress. Also I know my limitations, that just 1 more errand thing is long gone. I realise when I'm caught up in a series of stressful events, that I will have to schedule an equal or greater ammt. of "downtime'' to recover. As I age, these "downtime" periods expand.Best of luck and welcome.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Marlee2
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   Posted 5/21/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tranquility and welcome. I have the pain between the shoulder blades right now but I decided to move all the furniture around in my family room Tues so it's not a flare but dumbitis. smilewinkgrin It is strange but a flare can happen in a matter of minutes when the weather is changing or we are stressed, sometimes for no reason. Most of my pain is in the back, shoulder blades, shoulders, neck, arms and hands. Oh and the headaches, I have lived with a headache since forever. Even though you were sitting in your recliner you could have been stressing out over the end of the year stuff you have to do. I feel physically ill, like my body is fighting off something when I flare.
 
Read the fibro 101 thread, back threads and ask questions and we are here for you.
 
luv and hugs
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Sherrine
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   Posted 5/21/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Tranquility, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in!  Yep, it sure sounds like what I have, too.  I have the pain in my back, shoulders and neck.  But, my pain in the neck has a name...Marlee!  devil    Just teasing.  We kid each other a lot.  smilewinkgrin

I see that you have been directed to the Fibro 101 thread.  In there you will find some good stretching exercises that can be done sitting down and they really do help.  The best way to stretch the muscles between your shoulder blades is to bend at the waist and let your arms swing freely.  Most stretching exercises don't move those muscles.  My massage therapist told me about that and it does help.

Be sure to read back post and ask questions because we are here to help you.  I'm so glad you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon.

Sherrine


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tranquility
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   Posted 5/21/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this - this was my first fibro flare and I didn't particularly like it very much. I do feel better today, though ... the pain's not gone, but I don't feel crappy anymore. It was like Marlee2 said, I felt like I was sick and fighting something off.

In doing some research, I also discovered that hormones may be an issue? I'm perimenopausal and started my period today, so I'm now wondering if fibro flare is something else to add to my ever-increasing list of menopause symptoms, along with the monthly menstrual migraines where I lose 2 days due to a lovely headache. I hope this was just an isolated incident!

But, it's a 4-day weekend for me - WOO HOO! So I'm gonna just enjoy my time off, and try to get some stuff done slowly.

Thanks again for the advice.

tyno3
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   Posted 5/21/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee2; Can't you get some Imitrex or Zomig for those headaches. I use zomig, it doesnt leave me feeling so hungover.

GamJill
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tranquilty and Welcome-

I have all over constant pain, but then I will get BAD pain that comes out of nowhere in different areas of my body. Today it is my legs (climbing my oldest sons deck stairs last night and there has to be a million of them, I swear), and my upper back, inbetween my shoulder blades and my neck. I will get pain in my sternum and I think too, jeez is it my heart?? But then I get no other symptoms with it and it passes. And like Marlee stated, a flare can happen in a matter of minutes for me also with the weather and extreme stress. Sounds like your under plenty of it-  

I hope it will ease up for you having a 4 day weekend and try to fit some R&R in, or some "fun." :-) Life can get way too serious! Nice meeting you-

Jill


 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 5/22/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have a lot of pain in my butt but it has a name........Sherrine devil
 
Tyno, with my medphobia I probably wouldn't take those meds and most of the time it fades into the back ground I'm so use to them.
 
I'm glad your feeling better Tranquility. All this crappy stuff started for me about the same time as peri-menopause.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
 
 
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Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium and Osteoarthritis
 
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Co Q 10, Super B Complex, Extra B12, Multi vitamin


Sherrine
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   Posted 5/22/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, you must be thinking of someone else.  I'm just painfully beautiful!  turn
 
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


tyno3
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   Posted 5/22/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You Marlee2, Gottcha.
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