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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay so I'm a 18 year old guy and I've had blood tests for pretty much everything and they all came back normal. Yet I still have pain pretty much everywhere in my joints and muscles as well as trouble sleeping and an irritable bowel. What I wanna know is fibromyalgia damaging to your joints and muscles because I like to stay active and while being sore all day does make me feel alot more fatigued I would like to maintain a fairly active lifestyle as long as it does not put my body at further risk.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Illmatik,

Welcome to the forum. Wow, you're so young.  Great attitude you have.  Keep it!! LOL.

No, Fibromyalgia is not damaging. What you're feeling is pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joints. Not actually inside the joints.  The pain is not damaging.  It's just pain.  Crazy eh?

Keeping active will benefit you greatly.  Just make sure you listen to your body.  If it's saying, "Stop. Give me a break."  Give it a break. You'll find that if you over do things too much, too often, you'll end up paying for it later.  Regular exercise is really important, but take it easy.




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34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus

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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Illmatik,

And welcome to the Fibro Family! Not many guys around here so we're thrilled to have you on board. I agree with damage, just lots of misery. Somewhere in our 'wiring' pain signals go haywire and get turned up full bore for no real reason. Pace yourself, keep moving as opposed to being a couch potato, use lots of warmth for painful muscles. There are lots of great ideas on the boards here. Take some time and read all you can. Do be wary of quacks who promise a "cure"...hasn't happened yet. Work closely with your doc and keep his respect. It's going to be a very long relationship and you need to trust each other.

Glad you're here,
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   Posted 12/11/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Illmatjk, nice to have you on board.  I do like your attitude.  Stay as active as your body will let you.  It is so easy to slow down & even quit exercising due to the pain but if you can see your way through that, you will do better in the long run.  Getting your trouble with sleep under control will help alot.  When we exercise or do anykind of physical activity we actually make small tears in muscles & tendons & ligaments & we need to sleep because that is when our bodies heal these.  It is a normal process & most people just don't even think about it but we have to.  Just like we have to think about pacing ourselves or comparing our energy level to whatever task is in need of doing.  So talk with your Dr. & find a way to get the sleep you will need.   Sleep can help with a great many of Fibros symptoms.  Hugs, Denise

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, depression

Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren.

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