My Younger sister was in a vehicle that was rear-ended about 5 yrs. ago. In the following months she never was the same. She was diagnosed with Fibro approx. a year later. Her Rheumatologist feels that the accident triggered her Fibro.
I had shoulder surgery in 1994 & that's when all of my problems started. I have always had trouble with migraines, tension headaches, & neck/shoulder pain, but after my surgery my pain seemed 100 times worse & also had pain in new places. I tried living with it & was in & out of doctors, etc. for years. I was finally diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago.
I think from hearing other stories on here that most of the time something triggers their Fibro. Surgery, accidents, very stressful times in their lives, & even giving birth. I really believe that I have always had it. It just got to the point where I couldn't handle it any longer after my surgery.
Now, I get flares that seem to be brought on by stressful times, weather, or me doing too much.
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Welcome to the group--you will love it here. People are friendly, supportive, and full of wonderful information on living well with fibro. They also bear with us when we have a rant or just a downright pity party! I'm fairly new here myself.
I had a whiplash injury at 27. A car stopped suddenly in front of me, I stopped before hitting him, however the guy behind me slammed into me. I had a lot of pain for 7 years,along with migraines. Nothing seemed to help. When I was going with my future husband he suggested a chiropractor. I was pretty sure that all chiropractor were just frauds but decided to give it a try. Seven months later I was pain free! The dr stated at the beginning it would take 1 month for every year I had the injury and he was right.
I developed fibro pain around 36 and wasn't diagnose until about 47. I am now 69 and still deal with extreme fatigue, pain, fibro fog, etc. I have found that hot baths help alot, but that pacing helps the most. Pacing my activities is probably the hardest thing I have ever learned to do. And I'm still learning! Its a new learning experience every day! Using a timer helps. Setting it for 20 to 30 minutes and doing some housework, exercising, some active moving around , and then when the timer goes off, set it again for the same amount of time. This is my quiet time--reading, playing on the computer, paying bills, making phone calls, doing jigsaw puzzles or Suduko, you get the picture. I find it is harder to break off of the quiet time activities than the moving around ones! LOL!
You also mentioned joining a fibro support group. I belong to a wonderful group that meets once a month. They are friendly and very positive. I have heard from others who have joined the group of their experiences with other support groups, that they were nothing more than pity parties. That is why they left and joined ours. So beware and check them out with caution so you will find a real uplifting group. And you always have us here at the Fibro Forum! We do care.
Hi Yo yo,
It is a pleasure meeting you, I love hearing from you and the others. Thanks for taking the time to write and share. It was helpful. You are doing the right thing, my therapist told me to do things in sections, rest and do some more, not to do it for to long, just break it all down into do some and rest some. She said when I go to the grocery store, once I have driven there to sit in the car for a while before I get out and go in the store, when I get back in the car, rest before I start the car and leave, then when I get home from driving to sit in the car awhile before going in the house with my groceries, and to break the sacks into small ones and not carry to much.
Before all my injuries and pain I would go non stop but can't do that no more.
What types of treatment did the chiropractor do to help you heal? I am seeing a chiropractor now and they also sent me home a tens machine to use when needed and it really helps too. My massage therapist said I had severe nerve damage and that it will take a couple years to heal that. Don't know how or if it will heal completely.
Sometime life in the future can become scary not knowing what to expect but I am working at staying postive.
Thanks for the warm welcome.