Posted 5/10/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -7)
Welcome Becky. I'm sorry it's pain that brought you here, but it's a good group of supportive people, so you've come to the right place.
If you haven't done so already, read the Fibro 101 post at the top of the list...it's got great information and resources for you. Personally, you will get lots of feedback here as many of us suffer from Fibro, myself included. I've had it for over thirty years, but it's only been in the last few years that it's really incapacitated me. I worked with it, raised a family with it, divorced with it, got married with it and have continued to live with it, managing as best I could. Mine has become worse over the years, possibly because of other health issues I'm experiencing (in my signature).
I am now on disability from work as the drugs I'm on for everything completely wipe me out and I'm suffering from severe exhaustion on top of everything. I'm on two narcotics for pain, plus other drugs and I have major insomnia issues which doesn't help. I was just at the point with work that I couldn't maintain my sharpness or my organizational skills or my concentration. Pain and exhaustion constantly get in the way in my life. You may be lucky and experience very little tiredness, or you may find it to be a huge problem
You say you've received a diagnosis...what has your doctor prescribed for you to help with pain and such? Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella are all designed for Fibro, so you might want to try one of those to see if it helps. Heat will be your best friend, and make sure you continue to stretch and walk and exercise....you may feel pain after, but it's critical to continue to maintain muscle mass as best you can. Stay active, it really does help!
Hope you make great connections here...and good luck!!
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoralacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily