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   Posted 10/22/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to pop in and say hi, since it's been a while since I've been on. I do check in from time to time and read posts, but I didn't feel like I had much to contribute since I don't have much experience, so I didn't reply. And I don't feel like complaining, especially since I know that I do have it fairly easy, considering. But I really don't know where I'd be without all your help and support helping me understand this DD, not that I do still! So once again thank you for all the help I've gotten here.

I finally have my rheumy appointment! I've been waiting since what, July? It's booked for March 30th, 2009, what a riot! turn And my doctor just upped my dosage of amitriptyline to 10 mg because it had stopped helping me sleep. I'm hoping he will agree to up it a little more. I fall asleep ok, but I still wake up during the night quite a bit. As for helping with the pain, I really don't know if it's working or not. My facial pain has come back, although not as intense as it was. It just feels like it's a part of me now, like my shoulders and knee that have bothered me for 10+ years... I've got used to them a long time ago. My hands are usually achy, and I have pain in the top of the foot, worse after resting. Again, this is my 'usual' so I'm getting used to that too. I'm still debating wether or not to get physio for my back. It's always sore and tight, but doesn't usually hurt unless someone touches it, so why mess with it?

I'm also trying to deal with stress better. At Thanksgiving, I kept giving myself speeches, "It's only family, so who cares if things aren't perfect?" I'm also trying not to look too far ahead. I've planned for Hallowe'en, I may or may not have time to bake special treats. And it's ok to buy store bought, nothing wrong with that! The only thing stressing me for it now is making ds's costume. He wants to be a Storm Trooper, I had the costume ordered from Sears last month, but when I called b/c delivery was late, they informed me it was back ordered! So as to not disappoint my baby, I told him I would make him one. I bought for his b-day coming up a few days after Hallowe'en, but each time I start to think about it, I try to redirect my thoughts. One thing at a time! First thing is to get through this week, as dh is away until Sunday for work.

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with little blessings :-)
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds (which don't work).  Started at 5mg of amitriptyline.
Waiting for referral to rheumy to get a dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....

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   Posted 10/22/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to see you posting again. about the costume... we have stormtrooper ones here at stores called Halloween USA that open temporarily every fall and close after Halloween. Do you have anything likethat in Canada?
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   Posted 10/22/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi mamanan!

Good to see you posting. Even tho you don't feel like you have something to really do! Think of how often you read messages and didn't post. OK, there are lots and lots of folks doing the same thing as you...reading and not posting. That's totally fine and it's one of the reasons we are here but every time we post anything, even a complaint, someone who is just reading my relate to a tiny comment you make. That small connection may be a bright spot in their day, a bit of hope that someone else understands or an idea that can relieve some of their pain. Join in our daily Check-In and see if any of the topics each day relate to something you care to share. We never know who we may affect every time we submit a few words. That encouragement is a tiny bright spot is someone else's day.

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   Posted 10/22/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you popped in Mamanan. Amitriptyline is not going to take all your pain away. I take 100 mg a day and I do believe it helps since I seem to have less pain than many on here but it's not a cure all for fibro. I take it at night with xanax and I do sleep pretty good most nights although early morning waking is a problem sometimes.
All we can do is find something that lowers the pain level. I don't think anyone on here is pain free.
I seen a Halloween USA store the other day when I went to the pet store. Is that something new Jeannie I don't remember seeing them before at Halloween time???
Hope you keep reading and posting Mamanan.
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   Posted 10/22/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Mamanan!  I just wanted to say that I'm glad to see you again.  Don't be a stranger!  You do have a lot to add to our forum.  Since we all care about each other, we want to know how each is doing.  Glad things are perking along for you.
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   Posted 10/24/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
aaaw, thanks for not forgetting about me! And that is why I love this place so much, you all make it so welcoming here :)

Jeannie, I did see a Canadian online costume place, but now that I started it, it's going pretty good. I'm making all the armour pieces out of cushion foam then velcroing them to a black track suit. It will either look awesome or he'll look more like the Michelin Man then a storm trooper! lol The hardest part was figuring out how to attach the velcro. Crazy glue works well.

Chutz, you are always a bright part of my day :) Even competing with Sherrine!

Marlee, I also have a problem with early morning wakings, and I'm only at 10mg. That is the one thing I'm afraid of if he ups my dose more. But in the last 2 weeks, I've only had a few headaches! These are more intense then the ones I used to have, but I'll take that 1 instead of 8 per day.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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