Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 9/10/2009 12:07:08 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 9/10/2009 11:11:06 AM (GMT-6)
Hi, Cindy, and welcome! You said you didn't work but you had all the "mom stuff" to do. Well, let me tell you....you DO work! I used to teach and when I left teaching to take care of my family, I never worked harder in my life! It's not an 8 hour job. It's a 24 hour job and you need to be ready for anything to happen. It's tough having fibro with young children.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, vitamin D, gentle stretching and gentle exercises, and massage to help with my fibro. I've managed this way for over two decades and have had a full and enjoyable life in spite of fibromyalgia.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibro including links about malic acid/magnesium supplements, vitamin D (may people with fibro are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients), and gentle stretching exercises. Back posts give a ton of information, too.
I use an Internist for my fibromyalgia. I have never been to a rheumatologist. I just didn't want to add another doctor to the mix. Here is a link that gives names of doctors in every state that treat fibromyalgia. Maybe one is close to you. I hope so.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in! We have a wonderful group of members that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I hope to hear more from you soon.
Cindy, Welcome!! I am newly returned from being away for awhile from the group. You will find that there are many loving & helpful people here.
I too was on Lyrica last year for about 9 months. I finally had to go off because I had gained so much weight while on the Lyrica & also Cymbalta. Many people have had good results with them, I just couldn't handle anymore weight gain. Right now I am trying to lose all the extra weight, which is very hard when you are in pain much of the time!
I hope you are able to find a good Rheumatologist. It makes all the difference to have a doctor who is familiar with Fibro. I know how you feel when you say that they all think you are crazy! I used to feel that way too, until I found my wonderful doctor & Rheumy.
I'm sorry there are no support groups close by, but you will find that this site is a support group & family all in one. Someone is always here to listen or talk anytime you need!
I wish I could be of more help! The Fibro 101 thread is a great help. I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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