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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/27/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
 I've always been an active person.
I played soccer for 13 years ran councled at a kids camp for 4 years (THAT takes a lot out of you *heh* 20 kids trying to pelt you with waterballoons is an interesting experience )
I won the scholarship for the top grade 11 student in my high school and got a four year scholarship to a school off the island I live on.
I managed through my first year... but with complications with my health (I mysteriosly passed out for no reason and had to be taken to the hospital but by the time I got to see the doctor there was nothing wrong with me) and some family issues I had to move my 5 exams into my next semester and to qualify for my scholarship I needed to pass with 10 courses and I had no idea whether I was going to pass one of my classes based on that I hadn't completed my exams yet.
So I had 6 courses to complete and 11 exams to write in one semester.
I passed all my courses except for one but I fell 6 percent below the average I needed to carry on with the scholarship (plus I hated the climate... WAY too cold for me!)
That was all fine... I moved back to the island with my boyfriend of 3 years and have lived here for a year now. I started a job at the the only bank in our town as the commercial tellar and I really loved my job.
Then I woke up one day and my arm hurt. I went to the doctor and got diagnosed with tendonitis from typing a work so I was ordered to not work for two weeks.
Well... the pain moved into  my other arm my legs... hips, knees, neck and sometimes my top jaw and my hands, wrists and fingers (haha yeah... I aplogize for the bad typing... I usually try and spell check but it takes too long to type as is (and my "T" button hates me) :( I use to be able to type at 60wpm)
After a series of tests (I'm sure most of you are aware of most of them... Oooo... I did get to go in a really cool mri that scanned you with the robotical arm!) I was diagnosed my rhumatoligist to have Fibromyalgia.
And that's where I am... I haven't worked for 3 months I'm covered by short term disability right now... but I'm scared I'm going to have to try and go for long term for the winter.
The hardest thing about this right now is that I'm only 20 years old.... but I have both finacial responsibilities as well as house-hold responsibilities (or atleast I feel that I should have both of those responsibilites... since if I was healthy I would hold them!) When you're young you're suppose to work for your money... get out of the house.. have endless energy to party and hang out with your friends... all at the same time.
I have none of that... at best I can clean one room a day right now - I hurt really bad most of the day... I try to walk once a day... I have joined both Yoga and Tai-Chi... (but they're on the same day and I have only attened one of he yoga classes so far! *hehe.... wednesday is comming up though so I'll be able to attend)
Overall I'm trying to stay really positive about this... In my mind I think I'm in a bit of denial that this is even real yet. I never saw my life going this way...

getting by
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   Posted 10/27/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Corrie,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. I am sure that you will find that everybody here is so understanding. I didn't get fibromyalgia until I was in my fourties. So I can imagine that having it at an early age like you do would be so hard. But as it is said, though fibromyalgia is a life sentence, it is not a death sentence. So with a little help from us, hopefully you will be able to live a fullfilling life.

We have many wonderful threads that you might want to look at. One is fibro101, it covers a lot of information. Many of our own experiences which is as close to home as it gets. I am sure you will find the posts quite interesting.

Keep posting and reading, we are here for you. I hope that you are having a wonderful evening.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Corrie,

I'm 20 too! I developed symptoms right before finals week last fall and diagnosed this February (I didn't get any cool MRIs! The rheumatologist just pressed on me and I got to scream). I'm in the process of dropping out for the semester (fall of my third year) but I really want to be able to go back in the spring. I know it's really stressful to be unable to work. I keep wondering if there's any point in going back because if I can manage to graduate I might not be able to go to grad school, and whether I do or don't, I won't be able to hold a job afterward. I'm double-majoring in Ancient Studies (archaeology) and Cultural Anthropology and I want to be an archaeologist. My back-ups are museum work and teaching. I think teaching would be great because I like the idea and I'd get good medical insurance and paid decently what with the teacher shortages these days but because of the fog I have trouble speaking and reading so I don't know what I'll be able to do.

Some people our age understand to an extent, and some don't at all. My friends understand that I'm sick but don't understand why I never go to club meetings (I am/was the co-president of the ANCS council of majors) and can't ever go out with them. Sadly, there is a terrible difference between being healthy and being sick and I'm still fighting the transition. It's hard to not be able to do all the things I used to be good at.

I've been going to physical therapy for about 5 weeks now and I've found that to be helpful to some degree, but it is expensive if you're not covered under insurance (I'm still on my parents' since I'm still in school).

There's a link somewhere in Fibro 101 about the spoon theory and I thought that was interesting. We have to do whatever we can on any day. Heating pads are a wonderful thing. Try stretching and taking hot baths if you can. Other than that, we just have to try whatever we can think of. I have a corset I bought a few years ago at the New York Renaissance Fair which has turned out to be great back support for long drives. Getting backrubs helps too, my boyfriend rubs my shoulders for me all the time.

Good luck making the adjustment, and know that everybody is here for you, and they're not all older people (no offense to them, they're great, but being a "lazy" young person can present different challenges than being a "lazy" older person).

Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008.

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   Posted 10/28/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Cori, and welcome!  I just wrote a long post in the thread called Chrinic Pain Every Day.  This info I put in there would pertain to you too.  I don't want to repeat myself.
You have come to a good place.  We have a lot of good people on this forum that will answer  your questions and help you live a full and enjoyable life with fibro.  And, we really do care about each other!  So, welcome again!  I'm so glad you joined us and hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 10/28/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cori, and welcome! You've come to a great place for support and information. Everyone here is so sympathetic. And I've learned so much about this DD, along with coping strategies. Feeling liek I'm in control has made a huge difference in my outlook. Come on here, read, laugh and share!
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
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   Posted 10/29/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Corrie and welcome. Sadly we are getting more and more young people like yourself on the forum. That is great in a way cause you all can relate to each other but sad that more young people are getting fibro.
You will learn a lot of coping skills on here so stick with us.
luv and hugs
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
libritykitie - spelt as wrong as you can go *sorry*

Thanks for your response - it's great that somebody understands how I feel - although I'm sorry about your diagnosis :(

I'm learning - slowly - I got a lot of exercise yesterday (a lot of walking and then sitting - walking then sitting) and today I'm feeling pretty good :D

I have Yoga today :D - But I'm skipping tai-chi :( I don't think I can do both today.

I'm going to see if my instructor has any guided meditation tapes I can use to relax before I go to bed *hopefully*

Thanks everybody for your post! They REALLY are appreciated <3

Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

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   Posted 10/29/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Corrie and Welcome-

I have been a single mother for years and never stopped to take a breath, I did not have time! I have been off work also (my fibro hit 6 months ago). I had to apply for assistance through the state and county. Also applied for Soc. Sec. My employer did not have short or long term disability.

It is hard to give up the "old" you and figure out the "new" you. I'm learning daily and realizing we CAN have a full and enjoyable life. When I first joined this group I had to trust what they were telling me, and they were right!  

This is a good place to come to for support and we have many "young" ones here that you will be able to relate to. But no matter what age we are- we all have fibro in common and we can share its challenges together!

Nice to meet you! GamJill

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