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Posted By : As489 - 9/2/2017 9:46 PM
I have been very depressed lately because I feel like I'm lost and have no direction in life. My body has been sore all around from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. There is a lot of stiffness in my legs. My fibromyalgia is taking a toll of my life and I just don't know what to do anymore about it.

Post Edited (As489) : 9/5/2017 11:25:51 PM (GMT-6)


Posted By : Sherrine - 9/3/2017 4:49 PM
Hi, As489, and welcome! I'm so sorry you are feeling so bad. Are you taking something for your depression? If not, I'd start there. Depression can pull you down, suck your energy away, and can leave you despondent. So do get the help you need in that area. My husband suffered with depression for years and finally got the help he needed and it made all the difference in the world for him.

Do NOT let fibro rule your life. There are all sorts of things you can try to get the pain under control. I used ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a prescription muscle relaxer called Robaxin that has made a significant difference in my pain. I also walk daily as a gentle form of exercise and I pace myself when doing things. I get a gentle massage once a month and I also do Trigger Point Therapy on myself whenever necessary. All of this has helped me live a full and enjoyable life in spite of Fibro. I'm sure others will pop on and give their suggestions too. You see, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. It's a trial and error type thing.

Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there. There are links about the magnesium malate and vitamin D3 and how they work in the body and there is even a great link about how to maintain a positive attitude when you have chronic pain. All of Fibro 101 is good so do read it.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.

Sherrine

Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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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

Post Edited (Sherrine) : 9/3/2017 4:55:47 PM (GMT-6)


Posted By : Ljm2014 - 9/3/2017 6:22 PM
Hi welcome to the forum,

Are you being treated by a dr for fibro...?

Its a tough disease for sure, but usually we can find ways to help ourselves..

I have a lot of that stiffness..and take an anti inflammatory and also use curamed ..

My doc helps me some with meds, but then i had to find things that help me besides that..

My daughter also has fibro and she is getting some help with acupuncture and cranial sacrial manipulation..

Lj

Posted By : Luvzminis - 9/5/2017 11:05 AM
Hi and welcome, As489!

Sherrine and Lj gave such good advice, as always.

Just adding that for me, prayer and my spiritual reading help a lot (personally, I love books on the saints, who went through much worse than I ever did). Hobbies are a huge plus, too, as are pets. "Talking" to others here who know what you're dealing with is helpful, too.

I sometimes click on the 'Blog' (very top) and find lots of inspiration, which I especially need when going through a rough patch. Fibro waxes and wanes, at least for me. I'm sure thankful for those easier days, and trying hard to deal with the ones that aren't so easy. Sometimes when that happens, I'll do something like clean out cupboards or drawers, especially if I can sit while doing it. I think it's important to "pat yourself on the back" for whatever you can accomplish. We just do what we can do.

There's also something else I've found inspiring. I get e-mails from New Life Outlook. I'll try to link to it at the end of this post.

Getting out, even for short, fun outings always gives me a lift, especially if I feel like I've gotten into a rut.

It can take a while to see what meds, exercises, etc. work best for you. I'm trying to increase my walking time outside, little by little. My dog is good company and loves our walks.

I think we with fibro need lots of patience; at least I know I do! But life can be good and fulfilling; a battle at times, for sure, but a positive thing. I guess we just have to each find our niche via trial and error.

This is a wonderful, helpful forum, and very supportive. Hope you'll keep posting and let us know how you are doing. Wishing you the very best!

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"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 9/5/2017 11:12:10 AM (GMT-6)


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