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painter59
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again, at 4am I was looking online and I came across this company that sales medical charts and I orderd one of the body I was thinking that I could mark the areas that hurt and show it to my doctors as well as put it in my documents for the SSDI report, My pain is as follows.
sever neck and shoulder pain, more on the right side,sever pain upper back and deep between shoulder blades, lower back pain that lasts for 7 to 10 days at a time,right and left upper arm pain that makes it hard to imposible to lift my arms above my shoulders, sever pain in my left lower arm between the bones, some times the pain will be so bad in myleft arm that it stop me in my tracks. Headacks off and on everyday. I loose my balence off and on and I seem to fall allot, I have pain in the back of my knees and I cant set very long or they hurt ., Can only sleep about 6 to 8 total hours a week with sleeping pills.
 
 Why is it that only 10 to 20% of Fibromyalgia cases are men??
 Why is the pain differant in men then women?
 Why is it that every doctor is so scard to give people with Fibro real pain killers
 And finaly Why are woman most likly to go to web sits like this one more so then men.
 
 As you can see Im board today, could not go to work could not sleep again, maybe Im going nuts.
Ed

Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 7/6/2009 9:54:44 AM (GMT-6)


Sherrine
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed, far more women than men have fibromyalgia.  We do have a few men out there but they are still able to work.
 
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beautymom5
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I also think that it may because men hate to go to the Dr. I believe my father may of had Fibro only he passed away last year so I can't talk with him about it. He hated Dr's. He started to go to the Sleep Center because he couldn't sleep and that part was really bothering him.
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painter59
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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
But why is it that 8 out of 10 cases are women?

painter59
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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a million qwestions for God and I think thats going to be added to my list.

painter59
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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to go I will be off line for a bit so be good to you and God Bless.

Ed

boo32
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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   

hi ed,

I think more women get it because of muscular and hormone differences. I agree women are far more likely to get it checked out also.

It's definately showing up as hereditary as well. Our family thinks my one of my nephews has it too.

As it is a connective tissue disorder, it would effect  those with weaker muscles, tendons and ligaments, so i've been told.

Are you recently diagnosed. Are you taking it harder than you think as it's not seen as a male complaint. It took me years to accept it, and only now i realise i'm not thick or slow, the cognitive memory impairment does actually exist.

You seem to be driving yourself nuts, i hope you can come to terms with it.

take care boo


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Sherrine
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   Posted 7/6/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed, I have osteoporosis and it is important to have good balance and coordination.  Here is a link to extremely simple exercises to help you with balance.  These might help keep you from falling.
 
 
(For some reason this link won't go directly to the spot.  You will have to type it in at the bar of your server.)
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 7/6/2009 10:20:01 AM (GMT-6)


lost in philly
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   Posted 7/6/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ed, Im very grateful for you and the few other men who come to this site. I think that I can often relate to men with fibro more so than women b/c I had a real physical job for so many years (house painter/ construction) and I was sort of seen as the "provider" in my relationship (mowed the lawn, fixed things around the house etc). Until this Dx, I have always been fairly fit and capable person. Always busy and never afraid to tackle anything---even a "man's job"! lol
Not being able to be that same person that everyone relied on to get things done has been real hard for me. Its like I have the added change in roles (on top of being sick) to wrap my brain around. If I cant be that go-to, get-it-done sort of person...who am I?
Anyways, glad you are here and there are lots of us here who can relate with and appreciate the male perspective.
lost in philly

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myjoy
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   Posted 7/6/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I was going to say that too. It's nice to have a male perspective here. Keep talking, Ed.
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painter59
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   Posted 7/7/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, Im going to try to go to work today and if I make it I write later, Im going to take some pills and work on my boat.
ED
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I think you ladies are wonderfull

donnaeil
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   Posted 7/7/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I like having men around. I think men are being underreported also.

Donnaeil

painter59
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   Posted 7/7/2009 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I think your right about men, most men dont like to talk about whats bothering them at least not on a web site. But I found out that by not speaking up one learns nothing. I was going to the doctor over and over and one day I said, Stop guesing and find out what is wrong with me, I learned that from watching Mistery diagnoses, and I told my doctor that and he said , OK. and sent me to another doctor and guess what.
Men by nature have to be the MAN and I know what its like to work very hard for 40 years and be hit hard by something you cant stop. When I was 50 I could out work any 25 year old in fact where I work now I have had men 1/2 my age say, I cant keep up with.

That may have made me feel like a real man but some day they will be saying the same thing to some one 1/2 there age. My father was a big part in my life, when I was 15 I worked at a car was in Corvallis Oregon, ,,Please allow me to finish this later.
Ed

Marlee2
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   Posted 7/7/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed many men do not go to the doc and do not want to admit to any weakness cause it makes them seem less manly. This may be why women out live men, we seek medical help when needed. My DH was one of those that had to keep proving to himself he was the strongest bull in the herd to stroke his ego. Thank God he was smart enough to know the signs of heart problems last fall or I might be a widow today. He lost a lot of his strength after having three procedures done on his heart over the winter and has not fully regained it and I know it bothers him and makes him feel more vulnerable. I feel sad for him.
 
luv and hugs
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painter59
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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Matlee2, I truley understand my dad was the same way, and as I was saying, at 15 my dad found out I was skipping work he just about made me wish I was some one ells and I learnd that work come first life come second, so for me like most men not going to work is a sin, right now I fel so bad that my wife is at work and her money right now is what is keeping us alive, I am working but not full time and I seem to work less and less each month, with out my wifes insurance
I would be better off dead, can you beleive that when my job ends my wife and I will be living on $1375.00 a month we will get food stamps but thats it untill I get SSDI and thats if or when I get it, I know how scarde she is and the thought of loosing the phone and the Derctv and maybe the internet make her feel reak bad and makes me feel even worse.
She and I know its not my fault but its just life. Im not sure what to do or where to go for help because I have never been in this fix ever in my life.
My 401K went out the door with GM and the stock market crash, I often wonder why the Goverment didnt give the tax payers the money, we could have started the world, we would have bought houses, new cars payed off bills and bought new furniture, idea why cant they see that.
 Boy, have I said a moth full.
Have a great day and God Bless.
Ed
Ed

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Ed, be sure to check  your regular email.  I just sent you a message.

Sherrine


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painter59
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   Posted 7/7/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks I got it and please write anytime.
Ed
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