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   Posted 1/23/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Wasup guys and Girly's....I have been diagnosed with costochongitis which is another form of fibro. I've been going to the gym and taking vitamins trying to cope with the chest pain/rib pain/back pain. Well, you guys know what I'm talking about. I just found out that my brother was diagnosed with fibro about 6 months ago. He is 38yrs old and I just turned 40 this month. Is this a family thing or what  confused  ? He has it alot worse and can't get out of bed alot. Any suggestions about coping with this sucky condition? Thanks for any feedback...Willie-Will

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   Posted 1/23/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Willie-Will,

Glad you have joined us! You will meet lots of great people on this site. We all have different ways of coping with this disorder and I hope you glean some useful information from other's posts.

Take care!



Fibromyalgia since 2007

"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
Robert F. Kennedy 


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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kerri.

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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the club Willie....nice to have you here.So glad there are other guys joining in...all the estrogen was getting a bit people here,they really understand the day to day struggles with DD's,don't know what I'd do without them. :-)
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   Posted 1/23/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there and welcome. Reading this forum is one of the things I look forward to every day.
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   Posted 1/23/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Why hello there, Willie, glad you have joined us! There's a wonderful bunch of people here, they'll keep you company, offer you support, and give you some answers to your questions (as much as we ourselves even know about this mysterious condition).. for one, Fibro has been shown to be linked to heredity but I don't think they really know for certain.. but it has been shown to show up in more than one family member, I've even read that if you have Fibro it could mean that a family member all the way back some generations could've had it.. hmm... I don't know of anyone in my family who has had it though, besides me!
You'll love it here, I've been here since I was diagnosed in December, and it's really been great for me!!!! :-)
Take care!!
-Jenna :-)  
21 years old
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"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." -Mary Tyler Moore

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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to a very estrogen filled family, Willie!  I hope you'll be able to tolerate our occasional "complaints" about the male species, as most of us are female.  But, please don't be scared away.  We have a few real gentlemen here.
All joking aside, we really are a supportive bunch of people and we genuinely care for each other.  LOL-however, we aren't used to seeing a lot of men here, so we flock to y'all.  OK, OK, I flock to y'all. smilewinkgrin
Anyway, I hope you'll feel welcome here and comfortable enough to talk about (almost) anything. yeah   I'm sure you'll get more advice than you asked for, LOL. tongue
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Aciphex for reflux
Quit smoking 08/29/08 (used Chantix)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
WAAAZZZUUP Willie-Will, :-)

Welcome aboard, lots to learn on this forum. Also its a great place to share when your havin' those real tough days.

Have you checked out the 2nd thread on Fibromyalgia 101, its got lots of great info. Maybe that would help you and your brother.

I have a sister that is a year older than me that suffers from depression. I think she has a little ocd but doesn't admit to it. I was diagnosed witih Fibro Jan. 2008 and had been fighting the monster for at least 4 years now.

Talk at soon,

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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Willie-Will, and welcome!  It's nice having some men aboard!  I, too have costochondritis and my doctor has me taking ibuprofen with food for it and it does help with the discomfort.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia in there including symptoms and some great stretching exercises that really do help.
Hot showers are great, too.  Many here have a Bed Buddy that you can purchase at Walgreens and other places.  You heat it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat.  Also, you can make your own.  Get a tube sock and fill it 2/3's full of raw long grain rice and tie a knot on the end.  Voila!  a homemade Bed Buddy!  You can heat it in the microwave and it, too, gives off moist heat!
I'm so glad that you found us.  Maybe you can direct your brother to this site too.  We have a lot of good people here that have great ideas to help people live a full and enjoyable life with fibromyalgia!  Meantime, read back posts and ask questions.  That's what we are here for.  I'm so glad you joined in and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum Willie=Will turn
On the subject of fibro in sure seems so in ours.  I was dx'd with fibro going on a year ago but then my doctor told me he thought I had it for years!!  nice of him to let me in on it huh?  My mother also has it but wasnt dx'd till after me but she had had symptoms for awhile now.  And now it seems as though my daughter might have it to and my lil grand daughter complains of fibro type pain.  All I know is that my daughter,my mother and I have all had tramatic things happen including many medical things regarding pain and I do think there is some connection there with trauma and fibro whether it be physical or mental.  Yo and watch out for Kelly smilewinkgrin lol shes a spitfire and single to boot and gee only in her 30's hmmmm lol.  You will probably get some extra attention here though being a man and all.  We dont get many of you around these parts shocked
Soft Hugs,
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   Posted 1/23/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Willie,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. This is such a coincidence because I posted some coping strategies this morning, you will notice the thread.

I hope that you are having a good day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
hi willie,

welcome! i have to say that i, too, think there mus be some sort of inherited component to this dd. i have it, my sister has it, my mom has it, two of my aunts on my mom's side have it, and one of my aunts on my dad's side has it also. (i got hit from both sides...)

not sure what the experts say, but i definitely think this runs in families.

nice to have you here! :-)
love and hugs

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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Willie Will: That costochondritis is nasty stuff. I've been dxéd with Fibro for 17 years, approx. but only last summer while visiting my sons in the city did I have an attack. I really was scared. I have high colesterol and high blood pressure and get migraines, for which my Doc prescribes Triptans which clearly say, " not for people with heart disease" I brought it up with my PCP but he said the benefits outweigh the risks. I do know that the Triptans just knock the headache out. All I could do was lay very still. due to the worst chest pain I have ever had, I though it was a heart attack. When I told my doc he said next time go to emergency. Only pproblem was/is I was alone in a motel room when it hit and no way could I drive, or dial a phone. Oddly, my biggest fear was one of my sons would find me and that would be awful.

The genetic link is an odd thing. On my mother's side of the family there is much immune, and auto immune disease, as well as BiPolar. My mom is diagnosed with MS but researches Fibro because she has days when she can run up stairs and other days when she can't get dressed. Her sister, my Aunt has Fibro, diagnosed about 8 years ago. As far as symptom relief you will learn a lot here. The moist heat is really a key. Also, when you feel fatique setting in, it's time to slow down, and rest. I wake very early, 5 AM, get coffee and my pain meds into me ASAP. about an hour later, I can move about. I used to teach Yoga and did it religiously, but yesterday I pushed through the pain and ended up with muscle spasms, in my thighs all day today. Another interesting thing, as a child I got horrible pains in my arms and legs, my mother called them "growing pains", saying she had them also. They would keep me up all night. Know your limitations. Find a doc who understands Fibro, and respects you enough to listen. You will find what works and what doesn't. Good luck. 

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Willie Will!! I am new here too, but not new to Fibromyalgia.
I joined the forum yesterday and have already met so many nice and helpful people!
There is a ton of information here.


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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Willie,

I have 2 sisters that also have Fibro & My doctor believes it can run in families. You'll find alot of great advice for you and your brother. Looks like you have already had some! I hope you can let your brother know about the site. Maybe he can get on some time. It really is nice to talk with others who experience the same things.

Hugs!!  Margie

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   Posted 1/24/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Willie-Will!

Glad you joined us- I think you will like it here even though you may be a little out numbered! I don't get the chest pain but I know others do and can offer you advice.

Nice to meet you!

Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
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   Posted 1/24/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
G'morning Will!!
Welcome aboard!
My sister is a firbro-mite too.  So yes it does run in the family.  I think my dad would have been dx'd with it also, however he's been saving me a spot in heaven for the past ten years, so we never really knew if he was a victim of this DD.
As for all the goodies (or badies, as I like to call them) are abondant!!  Seems there's something new everyday.
Warm wishes,
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   Posted 1/24/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to clarify a few things that QTKaren said about me.  Yes, I am a spitfire, am in my late 30's and...hmmm, I guess I don't really need to clarify anything.  She's exactly right about me.  But, this isn't a dating forum.  So, just email me if you want to talk, LOL! smilewinkgrin
Seriously, I think fibro does run in families.  Actually, it was my sister's diagnosis of fibro that finally led me down the long and painful road to my dx.  It's funny, because we never had anything in common before. tongue
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Aciphex for reflux
Quit smoking 08/29/08 (used Chantix)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

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   Posted 1/24/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our forum Willie.  Glad to have you.  You will find out a lot of information here. 
Hope to hear more from you so keep in touch.
God Bless!
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