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   Posted 12/15/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new at this so please bear with me.  I am so confused and frustrated.  My Rhumatologist is telling me that I may have some symptoms of Fibro but there are other factors that could be affecting me.  I am 80 lbs overweight, anemic, experience anxiety and have three children.  I am tired all the time.  My hands and fingers are achy most of the time.  My knees are hurting me all the time.  When I sleep, my hips always hurt to the point that I need to move from one side to another.  My husband and I do foster care and we took in a 8 mo old baby last week and since she left, everything is achy.  I don't hurt, I mean that I am not in alot amount of pain.  It is just uncomfortable.  I am only 38 years old and I feel that I should not be this tired all the time.  There are times that I lay down for an hour with my children and have a difficult time getting up to be productive.  My friend tells me to roll with it, however I feel lazy and I need to know if these are signs of Fibro and that it is beyond my control.  I bark at my husband and the kids.  My husband contributes it to being old but I'm not so sure.  Thank you for listening to me rant and complain.  I am just so frustrated.
And did I meantion that I am cold all of the time.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Lisa, and welcome!  Your doctor will probably run tests to rule out other illnesses.  Many of the symptoms are like other illnesses.  So, that's your first step.
Your weight and your anemia will definitely make you more tired and it can cause pressure and pain on your weight-bearing joints.  I lost 85 pounds a few years ago and I do feel better.  I still will get some pain in my hips and knees but not like I did before the weight loss.  No matter what you have wrong with you, you will feel better if you can lose some weight.  I just counted carbs and it worked for me.  Diets don't work so don't waste your time.  Find something that you can live with and do all of the time.  That's why counting carbs worked for me.
You're not lazy.  You just don't feel well and you need to see what is causing that.  That's your doctor's job.  I hope you are taking iron for your anemia.  My doctor has me on that.  
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia so this might help you see if you "fit the description."  
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Let us know what you find out because we really do care.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from  you soon.
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   Posted 12/15/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,
I just wanted to welcome you to the HealingWell Fibromyalgia forum.  I think that you will be glad that you came.  There are many wonderful members here that are so kind and compassionate. 
It sounds like you might have fibro, but as Sherrine says weight loss and getting your blood up will help you.  I try to stay active, I am working a part time job now (after seven years) and that is helping me. 
Low impact exercise helps you.  Also muscle toning as far as exercise goes.  Is there somewhere near you that you could take water aerobics?  I use to cross country ski, and hope to do it again this year.  It is hard for me though with the winters anymore.
I think that you will like it here.  As Sherrine said, keep posting and let us know how you are doing.  Ask questions too.
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 12/15/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa, I love your display name livenlaugh. Laughter is the best medicine! This is a
wonderful forum. There are so many caring supportive people here. I feel blessed to
be part of this fibro family. I am glad you found us.
Hoping your rheumy can determine what is wrong so that you can begin treatment.
I don't believe you are lazy, with 3 children you must be busy. It is good that you
are taking time to rest with your children.
Exercise really helps with aching muscles. There are some great gentle stretching
exercises in the Fibro 101 thread, that would be good to start out with.
As you start losing weight, you will have more energy. I lost 20lbs and feel so much
Heat helps with the achiness, hot baths, heating pads and bed buddies are fibromite's
Wishing you luck, keep us posted!
Hugs, robin
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