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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 12/7/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a Fibro-Junkie ....I was told 6 yrs ago. I have this wonderful thing called Fibromyalgia.. I have been on every kind of Medicine that you can think of. My body got Immune to the Pain Killers . And they stopped even fasing the PAIN, I can say I am Clean now ,lol Over 1 yr ago my Medicaid was canceled due to I make to much Money .lol I Manage a City run Animal Shelter for Mininum wage. So I have been fighting this mind over matter. I have been able to
deal with the major Pain throughout my hole body ,But it's getting harder and harder .I am getting much worse. I was told 2 yrs ago by my Doctor then that he was very proud of me for dealing as well as I was with having all pressure Points ,Arthritis in both knees along with spurs, I was to have surgery before medicaid canceled ,Have the arthritis in Elbows and lower back showing signs of starting . The memory is very bad along with the blurred vision forgetting where I am driving to or why I got up to walk in the other room.My kids call me the Rice CRispy treat Because I snap crackle and pop so much. With having three teenagers they love using my poor memory like remember you said I could go to the Party or Go on date. They use it against me. lol

I can joke some what about it,But I am out of jokes tired of putting on Happy face ! I have always fought to stay active and keep busy ,But as everyone says I over Push myself, My kids and Fiance and Animals are my life. And I hate to let them see how much Pain I'm in daily. I have did Animal Rescue for over twenty yrs and stopped a yr ago because of my health. Then got mad and started fighting again went and took over this Animal Shelter that no one cared about. Well needless to say I am the only one who can care for and save these animals ,But it gets harder and harder each day to go and care for them .espiecially with it getting Cold..I just need to vent to people who understand.

Heres a funny one though Me (37)and my 68 yr old Mom at the time went to a free consultation with a Chiro, Doctor for evaluation. He did all kinds of Exrays and test and came back in room and was like I think I might havemessed up test Because he has never seen someone my age ,With so many pinched nerves twisted out of wake messed up body.My Mom never has let me forget her Body in much better then mine. My kids say when asked by friends how old there Mom is 37 yrsold in a 90 yr old body.

Please let me know Im not the only one trapped in this old Body. My Mom says a tleast I know what it feels like to have Altimers..Excuse spelling it sucks..

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 12/7/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey welcome to the site. I'm fairly new here too. I just got diagnosed with fibromyalgia about a month or so ago. Your story sounds very familiar to mine, so you're not alone. It's a tough row to hoe, I'll tell you that much.

I hope you find lots of help and support here. Check out the Fibro 101 thread if you haven't already.

I have Fibromyalgia, but nothing else!

I take Lyrica 150mg b.i.d.
Tramacet 75 mg for breakthrough pain

Tried amitryptelene 2.5 mg but it made me a zombie!

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 41836
   Posted 12/7/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Iodine,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum.  You will be so happy that you have joined.  As Schutz said, check out the fibro101 thread.  It is the second thread on our first page.  There is a supplement called malic acid/magnesium.  This might work for you.  It has helped a lot of people on the forum, including myself.  It helps with the pain and fatigue.  I would also recommend getting your vitamin D levels checked.  Vitamin D really helps a lot too.  But the fibro 101 thread really has a lot of useful information on it.  I think you would enjoy reading it.

Also you will find that there are so many kind and compassionate people here.  People who understand what it is that you are goint through.  I am sorry that the pain medications did not work for you.  Sometimes that happens.  But we will help you in any way we can.  I think that you will enjoy it here.  And believe me, it gets addicting, the forum that is.

Have a wonderful night/day depending where you are.

Hugs, Karen

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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 12/7/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone who responded. It will be a blessing to share with others who know the daily hardships we fight. Please spay and Nuet you're pets.

Thats enough I think Lol eyes

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 12/7/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you do Schutzhund Training ? I raised German Imported Shepherds for awhile for Low Income Police Departments. I am An Animal nut if I didn't have them I don't think I could get out of bed half the time .They drag me out lol or they say fine do you really want me to take a dump on you're carpet Mom,lol It gets me motivated.They truly no when we are having bad days ,My Fat Dane loves the Bad once Because she loves to stay in bed all day,lol. I done the Motorized scooter at Walmart lol read you're post about wheel chair.

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/8/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
hi & welcome, iodine!,

i get called "rice crispy", too! lol i know that one well! and you are definitely not the only one who feels trapped in an old person's body. i am 35, but feel like i'm about 85 a lot of the time :(

i think it's amazing that you took over the animal shelter! needless to say, i'm assuming you're an animal lover? :) me too! hey, maybe you would be able to give me some advice on something? i live about 2 blocks from a mcdonald's and because of that, there are SO many cats in my neighborhood that just wander around without homes. i leave dishes of food out for them every day, but i would LOVE to get them all fixed! even though they aren't "my" cats, i think it's terrible for them to be wandering around reproducing and making more little kitties that won't be able to find a home. what i'm wondering is, is there any sort of organization out there that would help me pay for such a thing? i'd be happy to be the one to pick them up and take them in to see the vet, but i definitely can't afford to have multiple stray cats fixed! so..just thought i'd ask you to see if you knew of any organizations that might help.

i am glad you found this place-the people here are very helpful and so, so friendly, so hopefully you'll feel right at home! :)


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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/8/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Iodine and welcome to the family. There are a lot of animal lovers on here including myself. I have a three month old Bichon, second one, we lost our almost 15 yr old this summer. You are doing great work for the animals and it is good that they keep you going. I know I have been a lot more active since we got this little girl.
I've never been on narcotics for the pain. I take 4000 mg of tylenol a day, 100 mg of amitriptyline at night and use TENS unit when needed. I use moist heat in many forms. I also use lidoderm patches for small areas close to the skin, like my hands.
I do not do well when it's cold it makes the pain so much worse. We have a rice crispy club on here with our talking bodies.
I know it has to be hard to be so young with three teens and have fibro. I didn't get it til my 50s.
Ask questions, read and vent when you need to and we will be here.
luv and hugs
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/8/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Iodine, and welcome!  Yes, you definitely are not alone.  I know the pain, fatigue, memory problems, and all the other goodies that fibro offers so freely can be a real bummer.  But, you can't let it get to you.  You can't let it control your life and it sounds like you are doing such a wonderful job with it.  Life is not easy with fibromyalgia and it definitely is not for sissies.  But, we can keep on keeping on and face each new day with anticipation.  That's the best way to handle fibro.  Letting the symptoms prey on your mind will cause stress which will cause more pain which will cause more stress...... 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about this illness and also a link about malic acid/magnesium supplements.  I started these last year and they helped with pain and fatigue.  As Karen said, have  your vitamin levels checked.  Most of us are low in Vitamin D.  I personally have to take 1,800 IU of vitamin D daily.  B vitamins can be low too and that all adds to the pain and fatigue.  Also have the thyroid checked.  Many with fibro have hypothyroidism and that adds to the symptoms.
Yes, I have a dog and two feral cats that we took in.  All are spayed or neutered.  Also, keep your pets on a leash or in the house!  We nearly had to put one of our cats to sleep because neighbors weren't keeping their cats in.  Their cat would spray in our yard and my cat, since he can't go in the yard, sprayed in my house...over and over again.  We are still working with him but he is responding nicely!  I'm soooo happy about that.  I just love the little guy!
I'm so glad you found us!  Ask questions and we will help you find a way around fibro so you can continue enjoying your life to the fullest.  You may not get things done in the time frame you used to, but it still gets done!  I hope to hear more from you soon!
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 1279
   Posted 12/9/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Iodine-

Gosh, you sound alot like us! Welcome aboard- I think you will like this site with all the great members and support. I have a 32 yr. old son (grown and has a young family) and a 17 yr. old son at home. Love those teenagers. I never thought I would make it through the teen years with my oldest, so when my youngest son hit his teens I asked God if we could just skip the next 7 years - the answer was no I guess! My youngest is doing well through these years and I do enjoy his company even! It turned out that he never has been the "challenge" like my oldest one was.

I'm new to the fibro - started getting symptoms last March and it was all downhill from there. Was hit quite hard. Have not returned to work since and I do miss it. I admire you for taking on the Animal Shelter with all it's hard work. I'm an animal lover too. I have a yellow lab granddog and love him like he is my own. He is 5 yrs old and just got fixed. ( I know, that's old to be getting fixed for a dog, but better late than never).

Was nice to meet you and join us on our daily check-ins when you can.


Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 12/9/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
The one thing that I've found that always works to make me feel better no matter how bad my pain is are my animals. I have two kittens and a rabbit and they never tell me I'm crazy, but just snuggle up to me. Recently I've begun to volunteer with a nonprofit organization to help shelter pets get adopted. It aggrivates my fibro to be on the end of a leash for a couple hours at a time, but I love every minute of it! I'm glad there's another person here passionate about animals.
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