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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/12/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, wanted to say Hi and I'm very happy I have found this webiste. I have been reading some of the questions and answers and am relieved to have a sounding board that understands. 
I am not new to fibro though. I have been diagnosed for 15 years now, and still learning, new symptoms along with the old ones. I seems to be in a flare right now, the fatigue is getting the best of me and I'm not sure what to do about it. I take Elavil in the evening, it has helped for a lot of years, I go to bed at regular time every night. I don't tolerate medication well but take one tramadol if I really need to when I get home from work for pain. The one thing I have found really helps me besides heating pad and warm baths is Yoga, I do silver sneakers Yoga stetch, this is wonderful for stress relief and for muscle stretching, it's very gentle. This normally helps a lot but lately even that isn't taking care of the overwelming fatigue and with fatigue comes so depression, any ideas out there. Thanks again for listening. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Yoga smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 8/12/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yoga,

Welcome to Healing Well fibromyalgia forum. I am so happy that you joined.

One thing that we have been trying is malic acid/magnesium supplement. That might work for you too. There is a thread on it. I will look for it and bump it up for you to read. It has really helped me. The malic acid is made out of apple peelings and helps with energy and pain. The magnesium seems to make my muscles feel normal. I hope that this works for you. It can be found at And it is inexpensive, they always run sales. Right now it is buy one and get two free. So this would be a good time to try it. You can also find it in some health food stores. But remember to try to get it with the magnesium in it.

Best wishes,
Keep posting
Hugs, Karen...
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New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/12/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen, I will try this, would love to feel like doing more than sleeping all the time. Hope it works for me too. From what I see the website will be very helpful, once I learn to get around in it. Thanks again

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   Posted 8/12/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Yoga, and welcome!  I'm so glad you joined us.  We are all learning here.  I, too, have had fibro for a long time and I'm still getting strange things.  I don't worry about them because I see others are having the same problems.  That is reassuring.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread.  It's the second thread from the top of the forum.  There are some great links in there.  One is called great stretching exercises and these do help!
I take ibuprofen (with food) and Tylenol for pain.  Last December I started taking malic acid/magnesium Karen stated.  I bumped up the thread all about it.  You can read it and decide for yourself.  I know they have helped me but they don't help everyone.  That's how fibro is.  I'm sure you realize that by now.  You just have to keep trying different things to see what works for you.
Anyway, I'm glad to meet you and I hope to hear more from  you soon!
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New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 8/12/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherrine, Thanks for your help too. I will check out the thread and try the malic acid/magnesium. It's been trial and error for alot of years but the diagnosis of fibro was much better than the misdiagnosis for 4 years of Multiple sclerosis. I was told to stop pushing and rest a lot, this led to atrophy of all my muscles and walking with a cane, through a lot of hard work and exercise I was able to slowly regain what I had lost and continue to work toward being the best I can be in strength and endurance, not always an easy job though.


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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/12/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yoga and welcome to our family. I'm one of those that can't take the malic acid/magnesium combo so fatigue is my biggest battle. I can handle the pain most days with 4000 mg tylenol and tramadol for back up, but the fatigue is driving me crazy. smhair
Your yoga tape sounds like something others might be interested in if you want to share the name of it and where you got it. I know most yoga is beyond what my body will do anymore. tongue
I'm glad you regained a lot of your strength, that is encouraging.
I'm glad you joined us and this is a great group.
luv and hugs
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   Posted 8/12/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Yoga, im the foot lady you replied to.  I suffer fatigue so bad that I constantly drift in and out on the couch and it makes me more tired and other symtoms worse as my head lolls forward onto chest.  Cant stop it, doesnt matter even if slept goood at night usually happens for few days then I get one off normal for a break.  Not fair.  Wish other way round.  I love this site I am very lonely and this site makes me feel I am a person who is known. :-) :-) :-)

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norspan patch, valium, prothiedon, lyrica

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 8/13/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yoga and welcome!
My fibro gives me more pain than the fatigue. I do have fatigue but not as bad as some of the members here. I also think the Zoloft I am taking helps and I drink coffee in the morning. By late afternoon if the fatigue starts to hit I rest for awhile. Which is not an option since you are working. I have been off work since the fibro hit, and go to Physical Therapy trying to regain some strength and endurance also. It's been a tough road.

I would love to try Yoga sometime, I know from reading it does help a lot of people.

And maybe trying some of the suggestions here will help you with the fatigue. Keep us posted and was nice to meet you! GamJill
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Zanaflex

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   Posted 8/14/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to welcome you too! I'm sure you will love it here, the people are all so supportive adn caring, with lots of knowledge. Looking forward to gettign to know you.
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yoga, welcome to the forum. I am new here and have just been "sort of" diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. The people on this site are really great. You will learn a lot from them and gain the support that you need to get through this.

I really like yoga (the exercise) too. I haven't been doing it lately and you reminded me. I always feel better if I can do some yoga.
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