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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!  I'm new here on the forum and am excited to have found it.  I've been a busy bee reading so many past posts so that I don't reiterate what's already been asked... smilewinkgrin   We have no fibro support groups in my area, and even if we did, who knows if I would be able to get to a scheduled meeting, so it's a pleasure to have this forum!
I was dx with fibro about 3 years ago after a bout with the flu. (worse flu I've ever had).  I've not been able to work since then, and all medications prescribed for my fibro have barely helped, so I decided to stop taking them.  Of course, I continue to see my doctor on a regular basis, (every 3 months) in hopes that he'll have something different to tell me! Yah, right!   I'm learning to cope with the pain, and find other ways (non medicinal) to ease it, which seems like much of what a lot of you do.  (I think us fibro patients should get discounts on our heating pads!)   wink    So, that's a little bit about me!
Anyway, I'm glad to be here, and look forward to chatting with you all.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 1771
   Posted 10/12/2008 2:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi VaVoa and welcome.  I agree with you on the heating pad discount!  smilewinkgrin
I'm not able to take any fibro meds either and rely on other non-medicinal coping methods too.  There is a lot of good advice on this forum, and I hope you continue to visit.
Hugs -
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of  heart." - Jane Austen
Fibromyalgia, 2 back surgeries, Meniere's Disease, 30+ kidney stones, GERD, IBS, Asthma, Allergies, Endometriosis, Heart Arrythmia, Myofascial Pain, TMJ.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 10/12/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi VaVoe and welcome. I'm glad you found us too. I think my ins should pay for my tylenol too. I can't take most narcotics so I rely on alternative methods for the pain.
I'm glad you have been a busy bee reading that is the best way to learn. Did you read the fibro 101 thread, second on the first page???
Ask questions and we will be here for you.
luv and hugs
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17501
   Posted 10/12/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Vivoa, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum!  I'm glad you found us and you definitely came to the right place.  We have great people on here that have good ideas and they really do care about you. 
I see that Marlee suggested that you check out the Fibro 101 thread.  There are links to good info about fibromyalgia.
I, too, don't take the heavy meds for fibro.  I use ibuprofen, Tylenol, and malic acid/magnesium supplements for my pain and fatigue.  I never heard of the malic acid before I came on this forum.  I tried it last December and it has really helped me.  But, it doesn't help everyone.  There is a link on the Fibro 101 thread all about it.  Read it and see what you think.
Meanwhile, don't hesitate to ask questions.  That's what we are here for.  I'm so glad you joined in and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 41844
   Posted 10/12/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Vavoa,

I too would like to welcome you to the fibro forum. As mentioned above, checkout fibro101. It is very informative. Also there are many other interesting threads.

We like to throw a little humor in once in a while too. Laughter is so good for the soul.

I think you will be very happy that you joined us. Have a wonderful day and take care. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
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