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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted this in Chronic Pain, but thought I'd add it here as well:

Hi Everyone,

I joined yesterday (and posted this elsewhere) but thought I'd share my introduction with eveyrone.

My name is Pam and I am 47 years old. I live in Calgary, AB with my fabulous husband Ray, and our tabby cat Dorie. I have two grown children from a previous relationship - my son Troy is 28 and my daughter Ashley is 27. They also live in Calgary, so I see them often.

Ray and I are Grammi and Grumpa to Ashley's three boys...the two oldest live with their dad in Moncton, NB, so we don't see them often, but the youngest one is with her and he's 4. Calen is an absolute sweetheart and he and I love to play trains and cars together.

I am a Certified Event Planner and have been using those skills in Sr. Level Administrative positions for 15+ years now. I am currently on short term disability thru my employer (a large Canadian sporting good company), and just received paperwork today to move to long term disability. I simply got to a point where I couldn't function because of pain, and side effects from medication, and it was the hardest thing in the world for me to leave my job. My employer has been fantastic in supporting me, which relieved a huge amount of stress from my life, but I feel rather "undefined" in this new place I'm in.

I have been dealing with pain for most of my life, in one form or another. My list of conditions, etc. is in my signature below, but I try not to let that define "who" I am. I try to keep busy with crafting and reading, and my husband is planning on launching his own homemade soap company, so I'm in charge of the website and marketing for that.

I love spas, good wine (yep, I drink it despite being on narcotics), the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, anything to do with weddings, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV series), as well as pretty much any animated movie (Enchanted is a favourite). I adore music, and often use that for relaxation when pain is overwhelming. I also rely on my faith in God to carry me thru the tough times (and I'm thankful for the good times!)

My husband takes very good care of me and pretty much runs the house so I don't have to worry about stuff (in addition to him working part-time and going to school part-time). I consider myself very blessed despite dealing with major pain day in and day out.

I'm excited to have found these forums - it's great to connect and share with others who "get" it.

Take care and healing thoughts to all,

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Nortriptyline
Other: Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/1/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Pam, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum!  I'm so glad  you did find us!  We do have a wonderful group of people that love to help one another and we really do care about each other, too.  I know you will like it here!

I sure sounds like you are doing everything right!  You are not letting fibro and the pain get the better of you.  You are working around it and that's wonderful.  You can still do a lot of what you used to but be sure to pace yourself and you will do fine.

Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia there and you can learn a lot.

I see you already take vitamin D and so do I.  I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements and they have helped me with pain and fatigue.  There is a link about them in the Fibro 101 thread if you are interested.

Now that you aren't working so much, be sure to keep moving.  If you sit or lay too long, you will be stiff as a board.  Gentle exercises and stretches are good for fibro and do help with the pain, too.  I walk and swim for my exercises.  There are some good stretching exercises in Fibro 101, too.  They are done sitting down and they really do help.

I'm glad you found HealingWell and I'm looking forward to getting to know you.  I hope to hear more from you soon.


Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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) : 2/1/2010 3:11:37 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 2/1/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam, welcome to the home of the friendly fibromites. This is a great forum, lots of
caring, friendly people who do "get it" because we are living it day to day.

If you haven't already, checkout fibro 101 on the top of page one, lots of good info for
the fibromite.

You have a good support system, having your employer support you is wonderful and the
fact that your husband takes good care of you goes along way with helping you cope.

Feel free to vent, ask questions or comment. there is always someone here who cares
because we all do!

hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 40395
   Posted 2/1/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam,

I too would like to welcome you to the forum. You have come to a really good place where the members are so caring and understanding. I am so glad that you have joined us.

Keep posting and let us know how you are doing, ask questions, give advice. That is what it is all about, support.

I hope that you are having a good day. Full of energy and free of pain.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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