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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I will be the first to admit this one. I just turned 40 and have had fibro for at least 4 years now.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 57 and diagnosed when I was 37

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   Posted 8/24/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm even younger, 24 years old. I suspect that I've had fibro for most of my life, but it seemes to have hit it's critical point within the past year. I was officially diagnosed July 18th.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I was Dx in May 2003, but I can look back over my youth and am convinced that I was dealing with FM as early as 15. I am 46.
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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I've managed to make my way to 37. 38 is just around the corner for me in about 4 months. I've suspcted that I've had fibro since I was about 28 or 29, but I was just diagnosed a little more than a year and a half ago.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 61 and was diagnosed when I had just turned 40 years old.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 58 was dxd 5 yrs ago but have had symptoms for 10 yrs.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 56 and have had symptoms of fibro for as long as I can remember at age 3. I have had sore muscles all my life and thought that was how everyone felt all the time. I just kept going. Whatever it is that causes it, I got it very early in life. I didn't become severely incapacitated until after a bout with pneumonia that put me down for several months. It's been an uphill climb after that to get back my strength and stamina.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 39, but my symptoms started about 4-5 years ago. My sister was first dx'ed when she was about 21.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
  I am 42 and have had it for three years, up until I joined this site I had thought I was young or at least the ave. I am shocked to hear of it hitting people who are so young, shocked shocked
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   Posted 8/25/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm 54 and I believe I've had this since I was a baby. Like Jeannie, I thought this was normal, everyone felt this way. I also had a nasty time w/ pneumonia in '96, had me so sick and out of work for 6 wks. I still was regrouping from that and Pleurisy and Costo when I lost my darling nephew ( like a son to me). I hit a brick wall of depression for about 2yrs, didn't think I would come out of that. I still face it every day. He was my baby.

I went to my dr. w/ symptoms for yrs., but wasn't dx till '06. I had to draw her a diagram lol. Unfortunately, I think many of us have this at a young age, but we don't realize it till much later. I was always told that everyone feels this way. sad   What a horrible thought!

I don't think any age or gender is exempt from this DD. All we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep living. At least now we know what we are dealing with and that is a big thing. Too many weird things bothered me for yrs, couldn't figure out why - Now I have an answer. I may not like the answer, but I have an answer.

God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Did you have trouble putting your hair up in rollers as a teen? That was my first inkling that something was really wrong. I mean, all these other teens were rolling their hair every night and for me it was pure torture to hold my arms over my head and roll my hair. But my mom always said that "Beauty has its price" so I figured it must hurt to make your hair look nice. (Sigh!)
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   Posted 8/25/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Technically, in human years I am 36.  But, I look 25, I feel 85, and I act 13. smilewinkgrin    But, like so many of you, I've had symptoms for at least the last 20 years. sad   BTW-I was finally dxd in June.

Wow-I'm just full of...numbers, today, huh? tongue

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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm 39.  I was diagnosed just last year, but I've had fibro for at least 8 years. 

 I've had several other health problems that "we just don't really know what causes it," since I was 15.  I operate under the theory that they are all connected somehow, and maybe one of these days we will be able to connect the dots & come up with better treatments.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Jeannie, my hair was/is curly. I was the one trying to have it straight and calm.lol. I had a hard time talking my mother into using the lotion that was out then to straighten hair. I was so desperate, I let my SIL iron my hair. BIG mistake. She burned off quite a bit. Mom wasn't happy. Man, did that smell yeah I did try to use big rollers, like soup cans. What a sight. My older sister got electric curlers for me. I used them for yrs. until I decided to cut my hair really, really short. My arms always felt tired from holding them up. My friends had straight hair, and they never seemed to be bothered w/ the aches & pains I had. I just thought they handled it better than I did.

My mother said everyone feels like this. Yrs later I tried to explain what I had learned, she didn't want to hear it. She felt I was blaming her for my being this way. I was trying to explain that I think she & I both have this prob. She doesn't believe she has this prob, and not too sure that I have it. She takes her cue from my older sis, if she believes then it must be true, if not, oh well.

I have pushed for too long w/ my arms and legs. I put others before me and neglected my health. Right now I'm in PT to get some ROM and strength back in arms and hopefully my hands. I can't lift much of anything right now. The 2lb weights in PT feel like a ton sometimes. My grip is really bad. But I will continue to try, because I'm not ready to STOP yet, I can barely stand being SLOW.

Hope you're having a good day.  God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I got fibro when I was 28. I am 52 now. I was diagnosed with lupus and that lasted for quite a while until my rheumy said, no lupus, just fibro. Diane
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   Posted 8/25/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Got it at 19, I'm now 49. Mine came with Crohn's. Just an extra "blessing"!
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   Posted 8/25/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 57 and was diagnosed 15 years ago. I too feel that I've had it since I was 15. Like someone said at least now it has a name. When I was 20 years old and started my first job as an RN, I was so stressed that I was too nauseus to stand and my legs ached so badly I wanted to cry. All the doctors told me it was just my nerves. The nerve pills that they gave me made me feel like a zombie. It started a series of events that made my life very difficult.
Now I try to enjoy each moment when I actually feel well and keep telling myself when I'm in the middle of a flare that it will pass*but sometimes it takes much too long. yeah
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   Posted 8/25/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm creeping up on 42, yikes! I was diagnosed when I was 39 but I believe that I have had it for about 9 years, not sure, the memory is going.


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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
 I am 34, diagnosed when I was 33.  Mine seems to have been around about 8 years....about the same amount of time I have been free of my first husband! (I guess some good things come with a price!) shakehead

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   Posted 8/25/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I just turned 60 and was dxd. this June.  I've had the symptoms since my early 40's and just thought it was pain from my osteoarthritis.
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