How can I help my son?

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/13/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.  I'm new to this forum, I'm actually here for my son.  He's being treated at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center of Dallas and has had good results so far (4 months down).  He's 15 years old and this is his second year suffering from these miserable chronic illnesses.  He doesn't have the energy to attend school so thankfully the school district comes out to the house to bring his work and help him with it twice a week.  He's so isolated and depressed about his condition I don't know what to do for him.  Luckily I'm in a position that I don't have to go to work so I'm home with him all day.  Do any of you know of any support groups catering to teens that suffer from Fibro and CFS?

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   Posted 11/13/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, and welcome!  Fibro is terrible but I think it's especially terrible when it hits young people.  We have many members that developed fibromyalgia while very young.  I don't know of any teen support for fibro but we have had teens on this forum and they help one another.  We also have a lot of young adults in their early twenties...not that far from the teen years.  So, he would be welcome to come on and it might help him to see that he's not alone.  He can have a full and enjoyable life with fibro once he learns what works for him to control the pain.  I know I have!
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibromyalgia and you and he can learn a lot.  I know I did and I've lived with this for over two decades.
Also, check out the malic acid/magnesium supplement link and the vitamin D link in the Fibro 101 thread.  Many with fibro are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients.  That can cause more pain and fatigue.  I take these and they have really helped me a lot.
I hope he is getting some gentle exercise and does some gentle stretching.  There are some good stretching exercises on Fibro 101.  I walk as my forum of exercise.  Water exercise is another excellent gentle exercise that is good for fibromyalgia.  Hopefully you have access to a pool in your area.  But, by moving, it will help keep his muscles more flexible and he will have less pain.  If you sit or lay too much with fibro, you will be stiff as a board and quite miserable.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  See if your son would like to come on and ask questions.  We are here to help you and your son.  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

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