I refuse to let an old person move into my body!

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crazykitty
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   Posted 7/24/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm no spring chicken, I'm 58 and I refuse to let fibro turn me into an old lady.
 
Fibro has been an obstacle for me but I'm trying like crazy to work around it,
I don't want to feel jealous of all the active healthy people. I want to try and remain active too.  Pushing myself daily to keep moving comes with benefits.
This week, I have been more active and have felt better than I have in a long
time. I don't know how long this feeling of wellness will last but I don't want to
set myself up for dissapointment if a major flare sets in either.
 
How do you find a balance? In the past, it has always been trial and error.
Keeping a positive mindset is something I work on all the time. I know inorder
to change something you have to be part of it. Starting with positive thoughts
usually gets me going. Meditation and relaxation have been a big part of helping
me adjust. I try to focus on what I'm able to do and stop thinking about what
I can't do, it is much more uplifting. Still taking one day at a time.
 
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
 
 


livenlaugh
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   Posted 7/24/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robin,
On most days I feel the same way. I am 39 yrs old and feel like I am an old lady. I refuse not to do things because I feel sore or tired. I know that I will pay for it later but I will worry about it later. Still working on the pacing myself thing but that will come. Hard with three kids under 10. Hope you are doing well.
Lisa

puppylover
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   Posted 7/24/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Robin, I know what you mean. I'm 64 but that is just a number. Some days I feel older but a lot of days I feel younger. A positive attitude works wonders I think. I do as much as I can everyday. Some days that means a long bike ride and even a workout at the gym. Other days it means I can only do some house cleaning. Right now I am looking into country western dance lessons for my husband and I. (He doesn't know yet devil)
As I said before, I'm not dead yet, so I keep moving!
Puppylover
 
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Missmissy
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   Posted 7/24/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Positive attitude, and gratitude for what you CAN do! I'm just having a hard time finding balance. On the days that I feel "normal" I tend to over-do, and pay for it in the long run. I'm 54, and trying to love every minute of it. turn
Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis
1200 mg. Asacol 3 times daily for Crohn's, 12.5 mg. Savella per day along with Tramadol for pain for the Fibro, and right now, not much for the PA.
I'm not going to take this lying down.


KellieJo
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   Posted 7/24/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 38 and know where you are coming from. Some days are great with few problems, those are the days I go............hmmm, maybe I'm over being ill or it's in my head, lol.

Then there are days I'm stiff, it's an effort to walk my hands are not working and I feel like I'm old. Those are the days when I  pray, pop some tylenol and keep on moving. I refused to give into it.

Post Edited (KellieJo) : 7/24/2010 6:23:58 PM (GMT-6)


TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/24/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you, Robin - and everyone else, too. yeah

I think it is important that we try to keep active. The only caveat I have to that is to build up slowly, very slowly.

I was reading something a fibro doc wrote about - I'll copy and paste part of it:

(quote stars here) "There are several points that need to be stressed about exercise in Fibromyalgia patients: (i) Exercise is health training, not sport’s training. (ii) Exercise should be non-impact loading. (iii) Aerobic exercise should be done for 30 minutes each day. This may be broken down into three 10 minute periods or other combinations, such as two 15 minute periods, to give a cumulative total of 30 minutes. This should be the aim -- it may take 6-12 months to achieve this level." (end quote)

There is nothing in any of your posts that ever made me think "old" - quite the opposite. You've got a zest for life and I envy you for how you stay so motivated and positive. No worries about any old lady invading your bod. cool

Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 7/24/2010 5:23:54 PM (GMT-6)


MinnyMouse
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   Posted 7/24/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robin,
This is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I'm 50 and have been dealing with this for over 20 years. In May my doctor told me I can't work any longer and I mean nothing. it's hard for me to get my arms around what that means after working my entire life. So, positive thinking, breathing, focusing on the good days and sometimes hours and having this network is what keeps me going. Exercise for me is very difficult at this time and I have to Make my mind engage my body or I would sit in a chair and do nothing. We are not old, but we do have to remind ourselves, at least I do, to do whats best for our bodies and know that the balance is in there somewhere. When I want to do something, I do it, I may pay for it later but I'm not going to completely miss out on the joys of living and family and friends. I am surrounded by a network of family and friends that know and understand my limitations and sometimes kick me in the tush. All of YOU keep me aligned daily as well. Sometimes the little posts really speak volumes, so keep posting and praying. We will have good days, bad days but we ARE strong and support one another.
Good Luck to you.
Hugs
Steph
Diagnosis:  Fibremyalgia, Chronic Myofacial Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Joint Disease, Connective Tissue Disease, Lupus, Osteoarthritis, Anemia, Issues caused by being severely double jointed. Vitamine D Difficency.
  
Meds:  Vicadin, Meloxicam,Omepraxole(high dose previced) Vitamin D 50K , Ambian, Savella,Lyrica, Tramadol, Cyclobenzopine, Voltaren Gel, and Pennsaid Drops.
 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
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crazykitty
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   Posted 7/24/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for letting me rant! I love life too much to sit and take a back seat
to anything. I have lived with my health issues for awhile. Sometimes I get angry,
but this anger keeps me motivated to keep going. I'm far from ever giving up
hope that someday there will be a cure for us all. Keeping you all in my prayers.

We all have a common goal...to live the best life we can and be happy. We
support eachother and that is a good thing! Thanks my fibro friends!

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
 
 


Statgeek
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   Posted 7/24/2010 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
It took me a long time to figure this (fibromyalgia) out and accept it and sometimes, I still don't. For those of us who have not had fibro all of our lives, getting fibro is kinda like having a really serious accident. You have to rehabilitate. I mourned for a long time and pouted too: "but I used to be able to walk for hours! It's not fair!!!" I had to start back at zero - start exercising a little and work up very very slowly (like the doctor said that chickenprincess quoted). I cannot do what I did before fibro, but I can do a lot more than when I was diagnosed. By that I mean I can walk for an hour if I have a walking stick or a cane, pull weeds for a little while, and things like that. I don't feel old at all. In fact, I am sitting here (imperfect body and all) in my bikini, sarong, and floppy pink hat. Enjoyed the day out by the pool.

Hope you can come to terms with this. It is hard to do.

Hugs,
Sue

EML
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   Posted 7/26/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I can relate as well.
I'm 43 , soon to be 44

I was always the one off playing with the kids and running around.
But have found that now I just want to stay inside like a little old lady. LOL!

I do try to make myself get out and do things but usually do too much and end up paying in the end with a week of feeling very bad.

I had a boyfriend of a year just break up with me not too long ago. He is 53 and very active. I know he got aggravated when I couldn't do certain things or got tired easily when we were out dancing or roller skating or something.
And it just sucks when you can't keep up with everyone else and do the things you used to do.

I have been taking Zumba classes and love it. I've put on a few pounds and wanted to find something to do other than walking to help get off some of the weight.
Well now I don't know if I'll be able to continue or not.
Lately it has really bothered my legs and I'm not able to do it like I had at first.
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Fibro    Acid Reflux    IBS


AKMamaBear
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   Posted 7/26/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
You must have been reading my mind Robin, as yours were the exact words I used yesterday when I was speaking with my younger sister, who thought to ask how I was doing. She's in MD and me, AK, and we don't talk all that often as I was cast as the black sleep of the family a very long time ago...it's good to be different, don't you think. Anyway I'll be 52 in September, and while I'm told I don't look my age, my body feels as though its aged by leaps and bounds.

I wanted to say thank you for your words; I needed to hear them, (its been a tough week) so thank you again, and while your having a moment of wellness, know that I am smiling in your direction.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}
AKMamaBear
Breathe in, breathe out...repeat
 
 
Fibromyalgia, collagenous colitis, osteoarthritis, peripheral neuropathy, moderate spinal stenosis (C3-C6) carpal tunnel, sleep apnea
 
Current Medications: Premarin 0.625mg, Oxycodone 10mg, Hydrocodine 10-325mg, Tricor 145mg
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 7/26/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin, I wish I knew how to keep that balance. I'm 55 and half the time, I feel 80. I feel the best when I do very little (but still walking and VERY light housework, etc.) Today I went and put another coat of paint on the little bookshelf that messed me up so badly a month ago, and oh boy, my body is letting me know it is NOT pleased! (Actually, so far I've just done around the edges. Probably spent an hour, with breaks.) There's a part of me that says, no way am I going to give up every blasted thing I want to do! and then another voice says, ok, be stupid and see what you get. The line is razor-thin!

Anyway, I'm glad you're doing better right now and hope it lasts!
Achey
This too shall pass...   
 
 
.......fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed
    
 


Missmissy
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   Posted 7/26/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Reading the replies to this thread are so encouraging. I could use a little of that. I have had so much pain for SO long, and I was finally diagnosed last year with fibro. I am finally coming to the realization that I really do have it. I was in denial, with so much anger for a long time, and in the past few weeks have come to accept that it's true. Half of the battle for me is letting myself rest when I need to. Hopefully, in time, I will learn that it's OK to not have things they way I want them to be, or think they need to be. When I read the compassion in the replies to concerns here, I feel like someone understands, and I love that. Thanks..
Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis
1200 mg. Asacol 3 times daily for Crohn's, 12.5 mg. Savella per day along with Tramadol for pain for the Fibro, and right now, not much for the PA.
I'm not going to take this lying down.


vestabula
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   Posted 7/26/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Well...I just looked in the mirror and I AM an old lady...but I can still kick some fibro-ass if I set my  mind to it! (am I allowed to say that?  You know us dinosaurs...we tend to get a bit mouthy).  Due to other disorders I can't ride a bike anymore, or even walk the miles I used to, but I try to do something everyday that keeps my blood moving. yeah

Huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil
 
Reach out and touch someone.  If they don't touch you back it's because you still  have brownie batter on your face.

Post Edited (vestabula) : 7/26/2010 2:38:28 PM (GMT-6)


crazykitty
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   Posted 7/26/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Last week must of been the calm before the storm because I woke up flaring.
I'm not letting it get me down, my fibro is flaring, I have a lupus rash, my face
feels like it was washed with Elmer's glue and my joints are all swollen. But I'm
still kicking! I went for a short walk and did grocery shopping and three loads of
laundry. I'm done for the day with the exception of making dinner.

I still love life!!! What is the alternative? As long as I'm still here I'm going to live:)...and I choose to TRY to live happy !!!

Hugs to you all

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
 
 


TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/26/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
That's what I meant about you, Robin, you've got a zest for life. I don't know how you do it - but you are like an energizer bunny - even if that bunny has to hop more slowly. I hope your flare settles down and you get back to feeling more healthy again very soon.

EML
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok Robin.
I was going to forgo my walk this evening even though I really need to go and after reading that you made me want to go now.
I'm going to go in a little bit after I get the dinner dishes done.

You go girl! :D
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Acheybody
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   Posted 7/26/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Go, Robin!! :) You are an inspiration - you just are!
Achey
This too shall pass...   
 
 
.......fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed
    
 

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