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sunflmom
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/22/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.  I got a nice response to my other post so I thought I would ask.  How do you all manage to keep your energy up for work?  I work in a school and I go back Tuesday.  I am looking forward to being back, but my energy level is so low!
Carolyn
dx (so far): Fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS

SillyMe2
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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 110
   Posted 8/22/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Truthfully? I changed my meds.. from Savella to Low Dose Naltrexone. I have lots of energy and even more so by adding DL-Phenylalanine which is a supplement. I take one in the morning and another around 1pm. Can't tell you which did it.. but.. I'm good all day until about 6 or 7pm. Then my eyes are the first to get tired..
DX: Fibro, PA (Psoriatic Arthritis), Psoriasis, Rosacea.
Formerly Savella, Now Lisinopril, Vit D, Prilosec, Ambien, LDN, Tart Cherry, DL-Phen

sunflmom
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/22/2010 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have just been diagnosed so I haven't started any meds yet. Have some lab work that needs to come in, and a sleep study to do before we decide what to treat me with. I need to do a little research on the meds that my doctor has mentioned. If anything make me MORE tired, I don't know how I will do it. I literally struggle to keep my eyes open on the way home from work I have had some close calls trying to keep myself awake. It is so horrible to ALWAYS feel so exhausted! I have always said when I leave work that I am going home to my second job. Married with 3 kids, so there is more to do at home than work! Thanks for the suggestions!
Carolyn
dx (so far): Fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS

HollywoodT
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/22/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it can be difficult to work with fybro. I'm only pt but on my feet as a sales associate. I missed two days in a row recently being in urgent care for migraine. I too am married with kids. There are days I can just do the bare minimum. I keep copies of all my dr. notes in case there comes a time when I need to apply for disability. Hang in there!!!
I have the strength to rise above all adversity...

Statgeek
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1495
   Posted 8/22/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure! Short breaks to change activities, if possible. Rest in evenings, lots of vitamins. I have some flexibility, so on hard days, I do more brainless activities and on good days, I do harder stuff. But I know that is not possible for everyone. Good luck when going back.
Sue

sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/23/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sun, I know the feeling of being so tired that you almost fall asleep at the wheel it is scarey. I dont know if this will help you but if I have to do any driving I take a 5 hour energy drink and it allows me to stay alert while Im on the road. I no longer work because the fatigue became so severe for me, however there are still times I have to go out of town and I am so scared of falling asleep at the wheel. I dont know why these work for me I just know they do.
Gentle Hugs
Shirley
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

GSDgirl
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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 1286
   Posted 8/23/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I just found out about the 5 hour energy that is mostly B vitamins not loaded with caffine. Not sure if they work for me yet.

Luckily I do not work outside of my house and have my own time schedule but unfortunately not everyone can do that. Good Luck in finding the right balance
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Gentle exercises like walking give me more energy.  Also I take vitamin D3 and malic acid/magnesium supplements and they help with pain and fatigue, too. 
 
Be sure to be on a sleep schedule and get your rest each night.  I know that can be a challenge with fibro but you can get enough rest
 
Lastly, don't eat too many carbs or sugary things.  That will boost your blood sugar and then it will plummet and make you feel washed out.  Eat things like veggies and also high protein food. 
 
Hope this helps.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia
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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

Statgeek
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1495
   Posted 8/23/2010 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Sun, interesting books keep me awake while driving - no, not reading . . . listening - ha ha. I think I am getting a little punchy! crunching on carrots helps, too. I take a mild muscle relaxer every night to help me sleep. And like Sherrine said carbs alone make you tired, if you eat a carb, it needs to be combined with a protein and a healthy fat to keep the blood sugar boost plummet thing from happening. Healthy carbs, though, not donuts and stuff . . . so eat piece of wheat bread with peanut butter and that will help you with your energy. Have you tried Fage? It is a great high protein snack.
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