can you predict a flare?

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   Posted 1/31/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Can any of you predict when you are going to flare up and have pain?  Are there certain signs and signals?  One reason I ask is because my internship requires that I walk 4 blocks to the courthouse from the parking meters.  I considered getting a plackard (sp?).  I don't know when I will need it.  When I start the day, I usually feel pretty good, but the pain increases as the day wears on (but it is ok some days and terrible others).  The terrible days are the days I would need  to use the plackard and park close to the court house.  But how in the world am I supposed to know which day is going to be terrible and which day is going to be good? 

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   Posted 2/1/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly what you sound like me! At 9 am I can conquer the world. Some days after supper I'm fine...other days it's horrible. Whatever the day, the pain starts anytime after about 10 am on...and I never know how bad it's going to be. It's so hard to predict!

Perhaps you can get the placard and only use it when you have to? I'm not sure of the system you're referring to.
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Sue but I never know how my day is going to go. I also feel better in the mornings and the pain gets worse during the day according to what I am doing. It would be nice to know when we start our mornings how we are going to feel and how much we are going to be able to do but ................
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   Posted 2/1/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
When you have illness, you need a placard. If your doctor will ok it, by all means
get one. With an unpredicatable illness you really need one. Leave it in the
car if you don't need it. But ... what happens if the pain starts when you are in
the building? I don't have a walker or chair but I use mine when needed.

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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
The fibro is all very new to me. I finally learned how to tell when a migraine is coming on - sort of. But fibro pain is difficult to figure out. I suppose if you wake up in pain one morning, that is a reliable sign! But otherwise? I wake up in the morning feeling like I can conquer the world and the pain will or will not come on and will or will not increase throughout the day. (more will than will not, though). What do you do if you walk in the building feeling terrific and walk out feeling awful? That is a good question.

I am also learning how to apply the spoon theory! I am so proud of myself. It is helping. I actually agree with Danielle - I am taking better of myself because of fibro - it is forced upon me. That is a good thing.

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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
What's this placard you talk of???

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   Posted 2/1/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
A card for disabled persons' parking.
Fibroboo, I noticed you are taking mobic. How is that working for you?

Post Edited (Statgeek) : 2/1/2009 10:58:26 AM (GMT-7)

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