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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
hi my name is MrsIdaho and I am female, 38 yrs old and married with 6 children and 1 grandchild. I accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour when I was 21 years old.
 I have had excellent health up until the last 8 yrs and been very active all of my life. I did gymnastics for 8 years as a child, then in high school/college  was in Swimming, aerobics, walking, rollerskating. In 2001 I had a baby and began some of my symptoms, I believe I was exposed to chemicals living out ina farming area, surrounded by Alfalfa /potato/chery fields. In 2002 I had another baby and my health was continuing to deteriorate. I went thru 4 yrs of depression ,weight gain and brain fog, craving sweets /caffeine made it all worse.... In 2006 a friend of mine suggested that many of my sypmtoms were low thyroid. I began taking Armour and felt MUCH better. I was also diagnosed with Diabetes and I try to go by the Diabetes Solution diet (Dr. Bernstein)  and have now lost 30 lbs.
This summer I began to feel many of the low thyroid symptoms coming back and my Dr ran a bunch of blood tests, B12, thyroid, and others trying to figrue out why  I am feeling so bad. The Dr and I have a major personality conflict so I am trying a new Dr on NOv2. We also did an oximeter test to see if I am breathing well atnight, I do snore alot and my legs have the twitching/painful sensations from time to tme. The current Dr is convince that I have Fibromyalgia and his ONLY recommendation is to take Antidepressants. I believe there must be other things to help than just that. I am not wanting to take any antidepressants.  I take hanfuls of vitamins, vit D, Boswellia, vit c, and others  each day and walk/jog 2-6 miles 5-6 days a week , when I am not in very bad pain....last week I had 2 days where I could hardly even walk across the house , shooting pain in my legs and hips...
So all that to say HI !! yeah          and here I am to join you all.
Blessings to you all,
Luke 13:33
Diabetes/Hypothyroid since 2006, Fibromyalgia 2009

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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, MrsIdaho, and welcome!  I'm wondering if some of your problems is coming from the Armour medication.  They have had problems lately.  It seems they reformulated the binders in the medication and didn't let customers or doctors know about it.  Many people have been having problems now.  Perhaps this is what is happening to you.  Here is a link about this.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and Vitamin D3 supplements to help with pain and fatigue.  Also, I keep moving.  Sitting or laying too much will make you stiff as a board.  Gentle stretching exercises and things like walking and swimming, if you have access to a pool, are very good to help with the pain.  Moving helps keep the muscles stretched and not as painful.
Moist heat is great.  Hot showers and Bed Buddies are wonderful.  You can get a Bed Buddy at Walgreen's and other places or you can make your own.  Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of long grained rice, and tie a knot at the end.  Pop it in the microwave and it will give off moist heat that feels great on those muscles.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibro and some suggestions that could help you.  There are links to symptoms, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and Vitamin D3 supplements, among other things.  You will learn a lot there. 
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Don't hesitate to ask question.  We are here to help you.  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

Post Edited (Sherrine) : 10/16/2009 1:04:17 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/16/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sherrine, I am aware of the Armour problem. I have read alot of Mary Shomons information. I did have my Tsh and t3 and t4 levels tested last week and they were normal ( as normal is for meLOL) I have found that showers and rice bags(we have lots of them in our house- didnt know they were called Bed Buddies) do help me alot with the pains. 
Thanks for your welcome and suggestions. :-)
PS I like your  scripture verse!

Luke 13:33
Diabetes/Hypothyroid since 2006, Fibromyalgia 2009

Post Edited (MrsIdaho) : 10/16/2009 1:54:12 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/16/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi MrsIdaho, and welcome. As you probably know, Fibro symptoms are unpredictable and vary from day to day.  This summer I climbed five miles up a mountain and as I sit here today I can't believe I did it with no problem!  Almost everyone on this forum have been through a myriad of testing to rule out other things before being dx'd with fibro.  No matter what the doc's tell me, I still believe I got it after being exposed to flea killer that my friend put all over a room I stayed in for a week and never vaccumed it from the bedding and rugs.  I had symptoms a week later and it hasn't cut me a break since.

I don't blame you for not want to take anti-depressants unless you intend to be on them for the rest of your life.  Many here may disagree with me and have had success, but I am in week two of withdrawal and I wouldn't wish this on anyone.  Just my opinion folks!  Never ever again for me!

Bed buddies and hot bathes.  Do what you can and don't sweat the small stuff!






fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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   Posted 10/16/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Mrs.Idaho, This a great place, lots of friendly people who are very
supportive. I feel blessed to have found this forum.

It is good to hear that you exercise. I enjoy walking too,it is a good stress reliever and the
less stress the less pain. I also take long hot baths daily besides my shower to help
relax my muscles. Pacing yourself is very important. Somedays I can walk a few miles
and other days can go 1 block.

Many fibromites have low levels of serotonin. I do not suffer from depression and my
rheumy prescribed Savella for me. I am taking 50mg 2x daily and I use flexeril, a muscle
relaxer when I am flaring. Everyday I do relaxation therapy, deep breathing exercises
and I find it helps me.

Right now I am flaring like alot of others here, so I have limited my exercise to gentle
stretching and very short walks. Even when we are flaring we need some exercise so are
muscles don't get more stiff and sore. Knowing your limits can be tricky.

I am glad you joined us!

MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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   Posted 10/17/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi MrsIdaho and welcome. Sounds like you have a very busy life. Robin is right some of us do have low serotonin levels. Have you had your vit D checked??? Some of us with fibro have low D that only adds to our symptoms.
Glad you joined us and we will be here for you.
luv and hugs
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   Posted 10/17/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you researched candida? You have symptoms of candida and especially when you are diabetic you have foundation for yeast overgrowth.
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