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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to share some good news for today.
I've been in a major flare since November and was finally diagnosed with fibro last month. After having a melt down in my docs office last week, he agreed to give me some time off work to level-set with meds and a lifestyle change. This is my first of 3 weeks off from a very very stressful job and stressful working conditions. (Yes, I used the work stress multiple times on purpose)

I received a gift cert for my b'day from one friend for a massage with another friend (who is a licensed massage therapist) Yesterday I treated myself to that massage. As my massage therapist, of course, she couldn't tell me if she thought I had myofascial pain and fibro.........but as my friend, she said that I have tons and I mean tons of trigger points consistent with myofascial pain syndrome as well as fibro. That's the bad news. So, for this point, should I go back to my GP who is treating me for fibro and share?

Now the good news ------ She gave me a myofascial massage and today I feel GREAT! My pain level is way down and for the first time in a LONG time, I'm hopeful that I might be able to walk to my mailbox and not look like Frankenstein. Then it hit it because I'm off work or is it really the massage....or a combination of both? confused

Thanks for your thoughts!

Meds this week: Cymbalta and Lyrica, Vivelle (hormone replacement)

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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Cymbalta and Lyrica huh? Never heard of them together. How is that working for you?
Well, the easy answer to your question is...both. Massage is a godsend to us fibromites and knowing that you wont have the stress of work for the next 3 weeks must be amazing! Savor every minute!
You will be tempted to start filling up your days. Try not to do it. Spend as much time as you can sitting and watching spring arrive and the birds coming back. De-stressing and allowing your body time to get used to all the new medications will do you wonders.
Sorry about your dx but it is a good thing you found this site!

PS. The Frankenstein image was very funny! I never heard it described that way before and that is just the way it is! hahaha
lost in philly

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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I see a massage therapist and she has worked wonders for me at times.  She, too, is licensed and know how to give massages for people with fibro and myofacial pain syndrome.  I think I have both of those problems, too, because I'm practically lumpy!  (Been watching too much Leave It To Beaver!  smilewinkgrin )
Keep up the walking.  The more you do, the better you should feel.  You will have more energy, too!
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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Uhoh...I hope I"m supposed to be taking cymbalta and lyrica together. The doc said he wanted me to take the cymbalta for my depression and anxiety and try the lyrica for pain. Tomorrow I'm supposed to double my dose of lyrica. My pain level on the whole has not improved (if I factor out today - hopefully the pain will stay down) wink

Yes, this time off work I have been reading the book by Devin Starlanyl on Fibro and myofascial pain....taking one window a day on my house (inside and out). I am worried about going back. I just feel like my body has been falling apart the last few years. Does everyone feel that way? At what point do you make the decision about working full-time?

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