Newbie to forum but not to Fibro

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   Posted 7/21/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, I just recently found this forum and I'm loving it cause there are so many people who deal with what I have to deal with in on a daily basis.
I have fibro, major depression (which seems due to the fibro) anxiety.  I also just recently hand my thumb joint fused due to a torn ligament on both sides of my thumb of which never healed so I'm dealing with the pain of that particular injury healing.
Today is such a bad day for my fibro, I can hardly move at all without it hurting.  I felt it coming on yesterday and I tried to not push it but I guess that didn't work so now it's fighting off a flare that I gotta deal with.  I try to not take a whole lot for it just cause I don't wanna be taking a bunch of medications for it.  I haven't been sleeping well at all which doesn't help matters either.  I also deal with depression which I think has a lot to do with the fact that I have fibro and can't do all the things that I used to be able to do and along with that comes anxiety cause I can't help my husband out the way he really needs it.  Basically I feel useless, he's understanding but I'm sure there are days that he feels like I'm just faking it.  But he deals with arthritis so he knows how it feels to deal with pain in his joints.
What out there has everyone on here tried that I might try?  I've tried Lyrica but it just didn't seem to help.  So anything new or something that others have tried I'd appreciate your input, I'm willing to try anything and everything.  I know I need to get in the pool and take advantage of the water and get some stretching done to maybe help out.
Zanaflax, Pristiq, Xanax, occasionally a pain killer
Fibro, depression, anxiety

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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Topsyturvy, and welcome!  I use ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for pain and I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue.  Many with fibro are deficient in these.  Also, I take extra vitamin D.  Many with fibro are deficient in this important vitamin, too, and that can cause pain and fatigue.  I live in Florida and I STILL am deficient.  I have to take 3,500 IU of D3 a day to keep in the low normal ranges.  A blood test will tell you.  This might be something to ask  your doctor next time you see them.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro...including one all about malic acid/magnesium supplements.  They don't work for everyone but many have gotten some relief.
Having an illness like fibro does cause depression and anxiety.  I think we all have dealt with this.  If you are having problems, we do have wonderful forums in both depression and anxiety on HealingWell.  But, hopefully, we can help you learn how to cope with the pain and you will live a full and enjoyable life with fibro.  A positive attitude and a good sense of humor really help....especially with fibro fog!
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Don't hesitate to ask questions.  We are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Topsy!!

And I'm glad you've joined our great family. The more members we have the better we all feel. Sometimes it's not so much for help with controlling pain as it is the warmth and caring of everyone here. You all are what keeps me same and gives me hope. And by you joining us, Topsy, it makes my days better.

I'm one who takes narcotic medications. Doc and I have run through an extensive list of meds and have tried them all with no success. The pain medications do help me a lot but as with all medications there are side effects to deal with. The craziest side effect of narcotic med's are headaches! Yep, a medication to help alleviate pain causes pain somewhere else. Doc said to take a acetaminophen to counter act that and it actually works but that means more pills which I already hate.

OK, I'm talking in circles so it's time to Please join us on Thursday evening for our weekly Chat Night. I will post reminders both Wed and Thurs...if I can remember. hahahaaa Also, come to our daily Koffee Klatches. They are posted in the forum each day. It's a small time in each day where we can think about anything but fact the 'P' word is forbidden. I know you will find support and friendship so enjoy!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/21/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the warm welcome.

Some of my days are better then others for me, which of course is how we all are. The last few days have been bad ones for me and I just hate feeling like a drain on my husband cause I can barely function and he suffers from Arthritis also and works as a mechanic.

Plus I'm also still healing from the joint fusion surgery and I hate not being able to use my hand at full function yet. I've been pushing it but then the hand starts screaming at me from the pain of pushing it to far. But I tend to be that type....I just push to hard and then pay for it afterwards. I just wish I could do more and I have so much to do around the house.
Zanaflax, Pristiq, Xanax, occasionally a pain killer
Fibro, depression, anxiety

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 235
   Posted 7/21/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to the forum. Check into the weekly chat I think on Wednesday night under "Chronic Pain" great place to exchange ideas.....

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