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SarahBear9708
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   Posted 6/18/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I know I am kinda young to have fibro, but unfortunately, at the age of 20, I do. I'm a college student and am finding it ridiculously hard to make it to classes and such, because just getting out of bed is such a chore some days. Because of this, I have been academically suspended from my college, even though it's purely medical. (Don't even get me STARTED on that one!) So I'm thinking of trying to transfer to another college and take online classes because I believe that would be easier for me. I guess my question here is, have any of you been able to successfully attend college and/or work normally? Do you have any tips or advice for me? I feel like I'm at my wits ends here and all of this stress is just making me feel even worse. Thanks everyone!
~*~Sarah~*~

"You were only given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Dx: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia, RLS, Asthma.

Rx: Indomethacin, Buspar, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Reqiup, Advair, Compazine, Lunesta.


Statgeek
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   Posted 6/18/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sarah,

I am just now finishing my master's degree.  My tips are to start slowly with classes that are easier while you are learning to pace yourself.  See the student disability center for help with things that you need.  Since we are all different, you would need help with different things than I do.  See your doctor for medicines to help you sleep.  I am taking zanaflex at night and that helps me not tense up while sleeping so I wake up less sore.  Do not take classes back to back, but make sure you have spaces between them so you can move around.  It is difficult to sit all day and it is difficult to walk around or stand all day - you need to do both.  Tell your instructors about the fibro and the trouble it causes you. Your professor will understand better if you have to get up and stand in the back of the class for a few minutes.  Do light stretching to keep your body moving.  Study with other students.  This helps you retain things better (whether or not you have fibro).  See your professor during office hours for help with things you do not understand. 

I agree that getting out of bed is a chore - but you should feel better once you do get out of bed and start moving around.  You might not feel great, but moving around helps loosen up the muscles so they hurt less.  It takes me from 30 minutes to an hour to work out the stiffness.  If you can have a morning and evening routine to help you wake up and sleep, that will help, too.  Also, if at all possible, keep as regular schedule as you can.  With school, that is sometimes nearly impossible, but do your best. 

Oh! and if you get fog and cannot think, do not push yourself.  That makes it worse.  Take a break.  You might be able to get more time to take tests if this is a problem for you.   I am pretty good with statistical analyses, but sometimes I look at it and it might as well be advance physics.  I don't stress, just stop and go back to it later.   

Hope this helps!!  Good luck!

Sue


SarahBear9708
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   Posted 6/18/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, thank you so much for your help and advice! I appreciate it greatly! I am going to be applying to another college to see what I can do there. This college just isn't working out for me I guess, and they haven't been very supportive of my health, even with medical documentation. It's been a long and frustrating time there, but hopefully things with improve with this next place. (Hopefully they accept me!) But I will def try out your tips and tricks, again, thank you so much!
~*~Sarah~*~

"You were only given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Dx: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia, RLS, Asthma.

Rx: Indomethacin, Buspar, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Reqiup, Advair, Compazine, Lunesta.


SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/18/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am young like you are...I am 21, but I was diagnosed when I was 20. I am considering going back to school, and I am really looking into online colleges. I know that a lot of acreditted schools transfer credits, so I would look around. Just because you can't sit in a classroom doesn't mean that you can't still go to school. I would definately look around and make some inquiries as to what schools are purely online and what courses they offer. Most colleges do transfer credits. Good luck to you.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


SarahBear9708
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   Posted 6/18/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, a community college here offers me to get my associate's degree almost purely online. My only problem with fully online schools would be I don't know if financial aid (FAFSA) would cover them. I wish I knew someone who could advise me on all of this, like a professional who deals with it, but unfortunately my advisor from my current school says she can't, and I don't know where else to turn.
~*~Sarah~*~

"You were only given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Dx: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia, RLS, Asthma.

Rx: Indomethacin, Buspar, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Reqiup, Advair, Compazine, Lunesta.


Statgeek
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   Posted 6/18/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarah,
Have you filled out a fafsa? That is the first step to financial aid. Google fafsa and you can fill it out online. I don't know about your state, but I got a Board of Governor's Grant for community college. It paid for all of my tuition and gave me a reduction on my parking permit fee. When you fill out a fafsa, then federal and state financial aid is offered to you based on your income. If you are young and live at home, it is based on your parent's income, too. Call the financial aid office of the school where you want to attend and ask.
Sue

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Online classes are hard! I totally can't function without a teacher I can actually see!

SarahBear9708
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information Sue, I'll def do some research on that! I just didn't know if they would cover "fully online" degrees or whatever. And Chip, I've done them before, I do much better actually, because the main reason I'm failing now is because of attendance.
~*~Sarah~*~

"You were only given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Dx: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia, RLS, Asthma.

Rx: Indomethacin, Buspar, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Requip, Advair, Compazine, Lunesta.

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