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   Posted 9/17/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had all the symptoms of FM for around 3 years now. The last 6 months seem to have been worse. I have no health insurance so I have made an appointment with my local health clinic. My aunt suffers from FM and thinks thats what I'm going through. I'm wondering when I do go to the Dr. should I tell them what I think it is, or just explain all my symptoms and let them figure it out? Yesterday was a good day, today I'm not feeling so great. I feel like I have so much to do, laundry, dishes , today is my sons Birthday and I have to bake a cake. I feel awful because I just don't want to do any of it, but I know I have to. Thanx for any advice you may have and reading my rant.

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   Posted 9/17/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sheeba and welcome!

First of all try to relax. Stress is so hard on us. It makes the pain level shoot up. Write down the things you must do today and start slowly on them. Delegate lots of things on that list to someone else...anyone who walks thru your door gets a job, even the birthday

Then when you go to the doc tell them what you think. Fibro can have a tendency to run in families also so that's good information for them to know about your Aunt. The good thing is that fibro is not life threatening nor does it "require" medication. Some of us do take meds to help our quality of life but others can get by without.

If you don't have health insurance your state should be able to provide you with a basic plan. Check online and see in your state. Also you can call the local Red Cross and ask for help getting health care and insurance. You don't have to live in a hurricane or tornado to get assistance from them. There are also web sites that can help you get medications at little or no cost. I'll put the links below.

Good luck and keep in touch,
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   Posted 9/17/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sheeba,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. You have definately come to the right place. There is a thread called fibro 101. It is the second thread on the first page. I recommend that you look it over and maybe print some things out to show your doctor. There are lists of symptoms that you can go through and mark the ones that pertain to you.

Everybody here is so wonderful, kind and compassionate. I think you will find this a wonderful place to come. And as Chutz mentioned, try to relax, stress causes us more pain and suffering.

Best wishes for a wonderful day

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   Posted 9/17/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I would just say the symptoms and then mention your aunt has similar and she was diagnosed.  If your aunt has it im sure youd know if youve got it, hoopefully youll get a good doctor, if not you could go to your aunts.  Its hard starting the ball rolling  good luck.   sue2z turn turn turn
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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. Good luck with your appointment
I am a mother to 4 children; James 11 mo.'s, Davey 2 1/2 yrs,
Dana 4 1/2yrs, and Anne 9 yrs.  I am currently studying to become a natural childbirth educator.... and just trying to figure out where my priorities are right now.

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   Posted 9/18/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sheeba and welcome. You have been given some great advice. I agree, print out the list of symptoms and highlight the ones you have and keep a pain and fatigue journal to take to the doc and tell him or her your aunt has fibro and the same symptoms as you do and is it possible that you could have it. If the doc does not believe in fibro move on to another doc that does.
I do not take narcotics for fibro, I take 4000 mg of tylenol a day.
Good luck
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