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Oregon Mom
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/2/2008 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum.  I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 3 years ago, but the diagnosis took about 2 years, and several doctors/tests later.  I also have Type 1 Diabetes (diagnosed about 25 years ago). 
Like most, I have pretty bad pain from Fibromyalgia.  Sometimes I am confused as to which health issues are due to Diabetes and which to Fibromyalgia (or if they are a combination of both diseases).  For example, I have two frozen shoulders, diagnosed as bursitis, that seems to be invading my body.   In addition, I have bursitis in both hips.  One of my hips gives out when I climb stairs - kind of weird and embarrassing.  I have to discretly turn my leg in and hold the handrail.  Sometimes it is noticeable and sometimes not....does anyone else have their hip give out like this??? I am not sure if this is contributed to Fibromyalgia.  I also have foot and some hand numbness, which is from diabetes, but I have heard that Fibromyalgia can cause this too....confusing!
I have kids and a career that I love.  I am very active and try not to let my health bring me down (something I learned to do when diagnosed with Diabetes at age 13).  It's not going away so you have to keep your chin up and live your life the best you can, thanking god everyday that I don't have diseases that are immediatly fatal (so glad fibromyalgia only feels like it is fatal).  There really is not any other choice in the matter - the diseases are here to stay.  I have noticed that if I keep busy the pain sort of diminishes until I sit down and attempt to relax.
Looking forward to finally having people to talk to that understand the pain and frustration this disease causes.  I don't like to burden my friends and family with my on-going health issues.

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   Posted 11/2/2008 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Oregon Mom: Your description of a hip that gives out on you, and the numbness and tingling in hands and feet, and frozen shoulder, all are symptons which describe my experience of Fibro. As well, all over body achiness especially in the long muscles of the calves, thighs, and upper arms. I had a career a number of years back, as well I was a single mom, and had another PT job to make ends meet, and had Fibro, managed by amyltriptilene at bedtime 75 - 100 mgs. Also a brand of tylenol with 8mgs. of Codeine which is sold OTC here in Canada. That was it, until I was struck by a trck while crossing the road in a crosswalk in 2002. Then things got messed up. I had been managing, OK, then I was lying in bed, broken, unable to do housework, prepare meals (we ate a lot of Delivery Pizza, that year), heaven forbid, work. I tried to go back to work but I had  just plain "given up". Like a form of learned helplessness. To shorten the story, I started to go downhill, fast. The hip giving out I began to notice while I worked as a post construction cleaner, I'd put in several hours of hard physical labor and after about the third of forth hour, my hip would snap out of position, I'd be bent over to one side pretending to be cleaning but really waiting to get it back in place. A certain way I moved would get it back to normal, but then I'd have to be careful. So, as long as you pace yourself, don't try to "push through" the fatique and pain, you'll manage. Nice to meet you. 

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   Posted 11/2/2008 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Oregon Mom.  I love your positive attitude; its something I have to work very hard at maintaining. :-)
This is a great place to share your feelings and unload your burdens.  Most of us have multiple health problems, so we really do understand.
Hugs - Austen
"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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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Oregon Mom,

I want to welcome you to the fibromyalgia forum. You have come to a wonderful place full of wonderful members who are truly kind and compassionate.

I hope that you start feeling better soon. We can relate to your symptoms. They can get truly frustrating.

If you get a chance, check out our fibro101 thread. It is the second thread on the first page. It is full of information that I am sure that you will be interested in.

Best wishes for a wonderful day

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Oregon Mom.  You will find a lot of great people and a lot of great advice here.  You will find compassion and empathy without the pity or sympathy if you know what I mean.  You already have a great attitude and I believe that is half the battle.
Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Gentle hugs,
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, TMJ,  Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Neuropathy, Trigeminal neuralgia, heel spurs

Green Grove
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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Orgeon Mom!!!

Glad to meet you, and I love your attitude:) There are lots of great people on here with years of experience to give you the best possible advice!!! Plus this is just a great place to come for community and friends;)
God Bless!!!

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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome, Oregon Mom!  I'm glad you found us.  I, too, am diabetic (Type 2) but what you described sounds like fibro to me.  I have tingling in my hands sometimes but it goes away.  I'm not positive but the numbness from diabetes doesn't go away (neuropathy).  I think that when the muscles tighten up it pinches nerves and causes the tingling.  Soon and I get moving, the tingling leaves.  Also, I get tingling in my hands if my blood sugar is too low.

Be sure to read the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to a lot of good info about fibromyalgia.  Also, read back posts.  There is a lot of information in them too.  Don't hesitate to ask questions.  That's what we are here for.

I'm so glad you joined us and I hope to hear more from you soon.


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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Oregon mom and welcome to the family. Your attitude will take you far with fibro. I work on that daily, concentrating on the good in my life and not the bad. Some days are a challenge though.
I have a sister that takes neurontin for diabetic neuropathy and it helps her a lot.
There are many that are fighting more than one illness. Fibro intensifies the pain of other things. I have osteoarthristis in my hands and my rheumy said the other day fibro makes it feel worse than it would without the fibro.
This is a great forum and the accumulative knowledge on here is more than you will find anywhere. Ask questions, read and vent when you need to.
luv and hugs
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Oregon Mom
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 11/2/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your warm welcome and support. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!
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