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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone!
Diagnosed with Fibro about a year and a half ago, but I've been suffering from it for years. Got the "there's nothing wrong with you" speech about a bazillion times en route to a diagnosis rolleyes
Found a few meds that help with the pain a little, but mostly they make me feel like a zombie. Lucky me, anything that can possibly cause drowsyness (and even a bunch of stuff that shouldn't) will with me.
Next stop for me is a sleep study, scheduled for the beginning of May. I snore like a chainsaw, and my mother, both her brothers, and her father all have sleep apnea, so we're thinking I might have it too.
For basic info, I'm married, have a 5 year old son, a dog, two cats, and 4 horses. One of the horses I ride, two are retired, and one is still a baby. Used to be able to keep a couple in shape at once, now it's all I can do to keep riding one of them.
I work at a vet clinic, but I'm contemplating quitting, since even working a couple of hours a day just seems to sap all my energy. Until a few months ago I was a stay at home mom. When I was offered a part-time job, I thought it would be good for me to have a more regular schedule, but I'm finding that after even a little bit of time at work, I'm so tired I just come home and sleep for a couple hours. No energy left for anything else. And we don't really need the money, so it just doesn't seem worth it. I'd rather use my energy with my son, or doing something I love to do.
So anyhow, looking forward to getting to know you all better. It should be interesting being able to talk to people who actually understand what this is like.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum!

I'm new here too, but I've found it to be really helpful. Everyone here is really friendly and great at answering your questions and providing support when you need it. I'm recently diagnosed and also struggling with work right now, so I know how you're feeling. It can be very frustrating when others don't understand.
I'm starting Lyrica today, and I am hoping to get some relief from it when it builds up in my system. What medications are you taking?
It sounds like you really love animals. My boyfriend's sister and daughter each have a horse and last weekend I felt well enough to go out and help them with grooming. Cats are great too, because it always seems they can understand human emotions; it's almost like they comfort you whenever you're sad or in pain.
Best of luck with your treatment. I'm sure there's something out there that can help you (and all of us) it's just a matter of finding it!
Take care,

23 years old
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in April 2009 ~ Suffering since 2008
Diagnosed with Depression & Anxiety in 2007 ~ Suffering since childhood
Diflusinal, Nortryptiline, Celexa, Flexeril & Percocet as needed
starting Lyrica today (4/23) hoping it helps!!!!
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."   -Robert Frost
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Be sure to check out the welcome thread I wrote to welcome you and all the other newbies!  I tried to answer your questions there.  Welcome!
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   Posted 4/23/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks SaraBeth and Sherrine!

So far I've tried trazodone, Cymbalta, Prozac, cyclobenzaprine, and methocarbamol for the FM. Tried amitryptiline and nortriptylene for migranes when I was younger. All the above make me sooo incredibly sleepy, I can't even hold my eyes open. Actually went into a coma and stopped breathing on the nortryptiline, so tricyclics are completely out for me.

I hope the Lyrica works well for you SaraBeth! My doctor and I talked about it briefly at my last visit, but we figured if everything else knocks me completely out, then it probably would too. Maybe we'll revisit if I learn anything good from the sleep study.

Currently I take the cyclobenzaprine if my pain is so bad I can't do anything, and I might as well be sleeping anyhow, or if it's so bad at night that I have trouble getting to sleep. I seem to get the most pain releif from it out of the things I've tried so far. Additionally I take vit B12, since I have pernicious anemia, Topamax and Midrin for migranes, and Wellbutrin for depression. Doctor thought that since the Wellbutrin has a stimulating effect, it might help with my fatigue, but no such luck. At least it seems to be the only thing that doesn't make me any sleepier.

You're right SaraBeth, cats are amazing creatures! I love it that when I take a nap, all the critters pile into bed with me. Sometimes I'll have both the cats and the dog all around me, like a great big furry heating pad :)


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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, an I forgot to mention the vitamin D, until I saw Sherrine's welcome thread. My doctor pretty much recommends it to all his patients, though, since we don't get much sun up here all winter.
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