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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/25/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone I was in an auto accident 1 year ago that left me with degenitive disk disease and the Dr says I have Fibro from the accident as well. I have silently been suffering because I felt alone,like it wasnt real. I have been on the internet researching and researching..I clean homes as a way to earn cash I can work 3 days and make what some of my friends make in a week. The problem is I physically cant do it anymore. My auto insurance does not want to pay the Dr bills the other persons said claim has been closed. My health insurance is picking it up but I still have to pay the deductibles. My family is suffering too
some days I dont cook for them I use to be the Mom that went outside and played sports with my kids and the neighborhood kids. My house was the hang out not any more I dont feel up to it. My husbands job requires alot of social events and alot of times I back out last minute because can you guess I feel horrible. We use to go camping and boating and hiking.. the boat was in the water one time this year. Our camper was out once and I stayed in it most of the time. Did not go on one hike.. I feel like I am going on and on but this is the first time I have talked or at least felt like I am talking to someone other than my husband Who is great...But I am sure he has to be getting tired of my complaining because I am tired of complaining. I take Mobic and vitamin b complex and flexerel. If any body has any suggestions please let me know I am tired of being tired. Thank you all for listining God bless

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   Posted 9/25/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I  know what you are saying this whole thing sucks, I have a little child and I feel like a horrible mother most of the time. I would love to be outside and enjoying life like I used to, it is just different. I have the same problems with the medical bills and it took forever to be diagnosed, I had to change doctors to find one that seems to care about me and my well being. I am just trying to be hopeful that one day they will find something that works for me. I currently struggle through work 5 days and fourty hours a week. I just hope that I can try and struggle my way through it, I just feel like I am sacrafising my family so that we can pay medical bills. Hang in there, the whole deck of cards that we were dealt sucks, but one day maybe we can all look back and think that we survived and it was not too bad.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Leemadd, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum.  Yes, we weren't dealt the best hand, but we definitely weren't dealt the worst hand, either.  There is a lot out there in life that is far worse than fibromyalgia.  This is not a death sentence.  There are ways to cope and control the pain and we are here to help you!
First of all, read the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to great info about fibro on it.  Also, read back posts.  There is a lot of great info there too.
I take ibuprofen (with food) and Tylenol for pain, and I take malic acid/magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue.  You will find a link about the malic acid/magnesium supplements, and studies that have been done using these, on the Fibro 101 thread.  I started using them last December and they have really helped me a lot with the pain and the fatigue.  They don't work for everyone but many members tried them and are having success!  And, they are not expensive (where I get them) and you don't need a prescription, either. 
Hot showers and moist heat are great to help with pain.  Many have rice bags or Bed Buddys that help them.  You put them in the microwave and they give off moist heat for about a half an hour.  Gentle stretching exercises are very good and are listed in the Fibro 101 thread.  You do need to keep moving and stretching.  Walking is a wonderful exercise and it's cheap!  smilewinkgrin    If you sit too long, you will be stiff as a board.  Also, many like light massages.  I get one once a month and they do help me but you need to make sure the massage therapist understands fibromyalgia. 
I'm so glad you joined us.  Read and ask questions.  Learn all you can about fibromyalgia, since we have to be our own advocates.  We are here to help  you so I hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 9/25/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi leemadd and Lindsay and welcome. I'm glad you both found this forum. Like Sherrine said we will help you learn how to cope and live your life but in a different way. We all learn on here everyday.
I take 4000 mg tylenol a day and use heat for pain. Fatigue is my biggy, that I work on daily.
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   Posted 9/25/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   

A warm Welcome leemadd and Lindsay!

leemadd- I can see how you are unable to do the housecleaning anymore- our bodies are different now. Maybe something a little less physical? My youngest son is 17 and is able to fix himself something to eat if need be and take care of himself for the most part. It has to be hard with younger ones! I am learning different things to do with my 3 year old granddaughter and we do have fun.

Lindsay- I am new to fibro as of last spring and it turned my life upside down. I was hit hard and have been off work since. I know the 40 hour work week well and how hard it can be without a fibro body let alone with one.

This site has been a godsend for me- and I think you both will find that everyone here truly cares! Please join us when you can- we have a daily check-in with a different subject each day. Chutz, one of our moderators does the post each day and does such a good job. She keeps us on our toes. Nice to have met you! GamJill 



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Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Zanaflex

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   Posted 9/25/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,

I just wanted to welcome you to the fibromyalgia forum. I know that you will find this a lovely place to come with lots of wonderful people. As was recommended, take a look at the fibro101 thread. I think that you will find it very useful.

Wishing both of you a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/25/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello both of you and welcome. brain is gone today.

There are things that we can do to cope and to better function while living with fibro. We may not be able to do every single thing that we used to, but with enough determination and support I think there's little that we can't do. It's just a case of trying to figure out HOW. Sometimes it's just pacing yourself, sometimes it's vitamins/supplements, sometimes it's pain meds, sometimes it's meds to give us energy to fight the fatigue, and sometimes diet. There's a million things and ways to do stuff and to still have a full life. It's just that as individuals we don't always know what's going to be the best path, and other times we need others to point out roadsigns to us that we didn't see.

Welcome to the journey and I hope that you find the support and friends here that you need to help you on your way through.

Wow...for a foghead day that came out pretty well...heh.

Edited due to: Had to add the "O" to the hello since it's not nice to say "Hell to you" when greeting people

Post Edited (Piercings) : 9/26/2008 1:21:21 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/25/2008 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Leemadd and Lindsay. So glad you joined Healing Well. Well, you have come the THE right place. The folks on this forum are just about the nicest you'll find anywhere-- so loving and giving and willing to help anybody that asks for help. I am honored to be here among these kind folks.

I have had fibro for 28 years and have had to do a lot of readjusting over the years, especially for the flares, but I don't let it rob my life. I have a wonderful family and husband and I am grateful for all I have.

Glad to have met you both and God's blessings upon you.

Gentle Hugs,


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   Posted 9/26/2008 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I love on all your post bekind to humans and animals I am an animal lover some days i like my animals best (hehe) but its true they keep all my secrets
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