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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/6/2009 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
i am old to pain but new to fibromyalgia... i have been lost in pain for months and now i am totally confused too... the more i read the more confused i get... they recently put me on lyrica which helps my neuropathy but nothing else... and ms contin with hydrocodone for breakthrough pain and my pain levels are down to 6 to 8... very rarely a 5... and cymbalta which i think is making me deathly ill with stomach cramps and now diareha and vomiting... i cant sleep.. i can hardly think straight... and i am so frustrated with all these drs... lol but then i hate drs lol... no insults to them ment... i have been sick for about 20 years and i think i am back to being sick and tired of being sick and tired...
i dont reach out much to others... i live a life of hybernation for the heat here makes me alot sicker then it is worth going out in... i dont socialise so i thought i would try this... had some bad things happen on message boards and in chats so i shyed away for years... i just think i am getting sick of being alone with hardly a soul to understand...
i do live with my son who lives in chronic pain too so i have a good pal there... but he is over burdened and i need help... i hope this works out...
i guess i am just lost right now... trying to find myself... so i found you insted...

mother of 3 grandmother to 7... they help me fight the odds every waking moment... i have ms, fibromalyagia, acid reflux, irritable bowl, diabetus, diabetic neuropathy in lower legs and stomach, degenerative bone and disc disease, sciatica, chronic pain, muscle and nerve damage, copd, depression and anxiety, ptsd... and thru it all i dont sleep or i sleep all the time lol... and i am probably missing something but it sure doesnt miss me lol...

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 900
   Posted 7/6/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have constant pain. But I am not nearly as far along in my Fibro as others. I have heard on here that Cymbalta has some nasty side effects for some people and not for others.
Hara- Fibro, Diabetes, Asthma, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep apnea, plus some other medical issues

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are suffering so much. You will find the people here, very understanding. Welcome to the forum.
DX fibromyalgia 2007, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, hysterectomy.

fluoxetine (prozac), buspar, abilify, trazodone, lorazepam, prilosec, nabumetone, hydrocodone, c-pap machine.

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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Angel and welcome to the family. You will love this forum it is full of loving caring people that treats everyone with respect. I'm sorry you have so many health problems going on and in such pain. I have not tried any of the meds you are on so I don't have any experience there but I'm sure you will here from those that have. Between bad reactions to so many meds and medphobia I try to live with taking as few as possible.
Heat is great for fibro pain in any form baths, showers, hot tubs, heating pads, bed buddies and you can make your own bed buddy by putting uncooked rice in a long tube sock and tieing the end shut and putting it in the microwave for a few minutes. Even dry heat from a little heater helps my muscles. Lidocaine patches for surface pain. I use a TENS unit to interrupt the pain signals to the brain when nothing else works. We have to keep moving and stretching our muscles or the pain is even worse, I know some days this may be hard to do but just a few minutes of stretching does help. Some have had great results with malic acid/magnesium combo. Many of us have low vit D which adds to the pain and fatigue, so if you haven't had it checked you need to have it checked. Some also have low vit B12.
Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains lots of great info and also has stretching exercises to do. Read and ask questions and we will be here to help you.
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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, angel, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  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!
I see that Marlee directed you to the Fibro 101 thread.  There is a lot of good info in there about fibromyalgia, including a list of gentle stretching exercises that really do help.
Be sure to read back posts.  There is a world of information in them, too.  And, don't hesitate to ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I'm so glad you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon!
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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

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 7/6/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
 I think I have found something that will help with your discomfort. Please email me at Thanks
We have members put their email addresses in their profile.  This way only members can get it....not the whole world!  Thanks!

Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 7/6/2009 10:41:12 AM (GMT-6)

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