Hi there Seana!!
Just popped in to say hi and welcome the Healing Well Fibromyalgia Forum! I'm glad you decided to join us!! This is a great place to learn more about Fibro and get to know some really special people that I like to call my FMily or Fibro Family.
I was diagnosed a few months ago (I was earlier misdiagnosed w/ CFS and the doctor changed it to Fibro), I feel like I learned far more from this forum than I ever would have from my PCP. Please don't misunderstand I have a good doc. but these fine people have made me feel that I'm not alone in my search for answers in this rotten syndrome.
Your job Does sound interesting and I'm glad you have a supportive family. Those two things are huge gifts to a fibromite!! Though life with fibro is a struggle having a profession that's do-able is great!! Alot of our members have family members and employers that don't understand their day to day challenges, we do our best to be there for them and support them any way we can. I'm lucky to have a wonderful family that is extremely understanding and I do my best never to take that for granted.
When it comes to the tender spots.. I have had times when you could hit them with a hammer and i wouldn't feel it, then I've had other times when just looking at those spots made me want to fall to my knees, screaming in pain. Fibro's a really weird syndrome.. one minute you can feel pretty good the next, you want to crawl into bed for 6 months with a heating pad & be surrounded by a plastic bubble so nothing would touch your skin. I've heard of people here having flares that could just bother them for a day and others that have been in a flare for a year.
Getting a plan to handle pain and fatigue is half the battle. Some folks here do a natural plan, some take prescription medication. That will have to be your choice and no one here will push you to take one med. or another because we're all trying to figure out what's best for our ownselves and the moderators keep an eye out for anyone trying to sell a product on the forum. The moderators are great and do an awsome job.
Again, welcome and I hope you will get as much out of this group as I have.
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis.
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
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