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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/17/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
  I have been perusing this site for a few days and decided to join.  I am a former nurse who is now a couch potato! 
I know alot of medical information, unfortunately I can't remember squat! smhair
Anyhoo, glad to be here.  Hope to help and need the support of others.

Sherry AKA Pepperchick
38 y.o. w/ Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Stroke, Gastric Bypass, Hysterectomy,
Cholecystectomy, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss, Insomnia, and counting.
Meds: Ms contin 60 mg 2x day, Actiq 1200 mcg 4x day, Xanax 2mg 3x day, Prozac 20 mg day, Ambien 10mg day, Soma 350 mg 2x day.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 2/17/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome.
Fibro, interstitial cystitis, migraines, rotated femur, bunion on rt ft, hiatal hernia, for just a few.

reglan, prilosec otc, nadol, citrilipram,amitriptyline, and peroxicam, and vicodin.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 1279
   Posted 2/17/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi chrisherry and welcome!

Glad you joined- I was a geriatric nurse for many years and hung up my stethoscope 13-14 years ago. Do not miss the workload but miss the skills. Went into administrative asst. positions since then. Have been off work since May of 08' because the fibro hit me so hard. It has been quite an adjustment, but I am adapting- and I can thank the very special moderators and members here for that.   

Come join in on our daily Koffee Klatches when you can, Chutz (one of our moderators) posts a different subject everyday and keeps us hopping. :-)

Nice to meet you!


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

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17501
   Posted 2/17/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Sherry, and welcome!  May I make a suggestion?  Become an active couch potato!   smilewinkgrin   If you sit or lie too much, you will be stiff as a board with fibro and you will have more pain.  Stretching exercises and walking are great for you.
Be sure to check out, if you haven't already, the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to some good info about fibromyalgia...including a list of stretching exercises that really do help!
You have come to a great place.  We do have terrific members that give great support.  The bonus is we all really care about one another.  I'm sure with your background you will be able to help many on this forum, too.
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 2/17/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry and welcome to the family. You have already been given great advice on here. The trick is to keep moving and pushing forward without over doing it and ending up in more pain. We are all different even though we all have fibro and we have to find what is comfortable for us. For some pain is the biggest issue and for others, like myself, fatigue is the biggest issue. The same with treatments what works for some doesn't work for others, it's all trial and error with treating fibro. I do think that most of us agree that moist heat in any form is good for us warm showers, baths, hot tub, moist heating pad or bed buddies you heat in the microwave. Some make their own using long tube socks and filling them with uncooked rice and tying a knot in the end. I find a TENS unit helps me and I use lidoderm patches on pain close to the skin. I don't take narcotics but many do.
Read, ask questions, offer suggestions and vent when you need to.
luv and hugs
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium and Osteoarthritis
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches and Tramadol
Co Q 10, Super B Complex, Extra B12, Multi vitamin

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1097
   Posted 2/17/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry!

Welcome! I am so glad you've joined us!
love and hugs

fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1495
   Posted 2/17/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Chrisherry.  Glad to meet you.  You will find lots of great help and advice and some good friends on this site.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 1014
   Posted 2/17/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there Sherry!!!

Welome aboard!!

I see several others have stopped by to welcome you, too.  This is a great forum, probably one of the smartest things I've with my computer in a while smilewinkgrin   Everyone here is so wonderful and always willing to help.

Don't worry about your fried nurse brain... there's lots of very smart folks here and we exercise their minds whenever we get the chance and if not, we sure do understand the trial & tribs. of brain fog!!  LOL, I used to be able to type about 75 wpm.  Now I'm lucky if I can remember how to spell!!

Anyway, keep posting and be sure to come visit when you can.

Warm welcoming hugs,


Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/18/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everybody,
Thanks for the welcome. I try not to be too big of a couch potato, I am also a bed bug, hehe. I'm not too big on the stretching and exercising because
I have alot of muscle spasms. I guess if I stretched more it wouldnt be so bad but I will do pretty much anything to avoid pain. I have had alot of falls though, and have even broken a rib from it. I do have a cane that I use when my hips and knees are killing me but only use it mostly in the house.
Again, Thank you for welcoming me!
Sherry AKA Pepperchick
38 y.o. w/ Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Stroke, Gastric Bypass, Hysterectomy,
Cholecystectomy, Hypothyroidism, Depression, Anxiety, Memory Loss, Insomnia, and counting.
Meds: Ms contin 60 mg 2x day, Actiq 1200 mcg 4x day, Xanax 2mg 3x day, Prozac 20 mg day, Ambien 10mg day, Soma 350 mg 2x day.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 519
   Posted 2/19/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Sherry,

You have already been given great advice by the others. The fibro 101 thread is very helpful. I use the stretching exercises. I've found what Sherrine says is very true. If I keep myself moving, I feel better. On the days I just stay in bed, I'm worse because my legs are so stiff and sore by the time I do get up. Although, there are days I have to stay in bed.

I'm glad you found our site and hope you enjoy and learn as much as I have. On the days you remember, I'm sure you can help alot with all the medical knowledge you know.

Hugs!!   Margie

Never regret something that made you smile!

Fibromyalgia*Osteoarthritis on Spine*SleepApnea

RLS*Spurs on Spine*Allergy/Sinus

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