Does anybody else have cycles with their FM?

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   Posted 6/27/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been doing really well for about 10 days...then I woke up this morning feeling like I have been hit by a truck. It is so frustrating!  Good thing I didn't make any plans for this weekend.  I guess I need to start a FM journal to try to see if there are any triggers or patterns.  I do know that I am supposed to get my period next week, but other than that I didn't do anything out of the ordinary.
Anybody else have flares followed by good days?  How long do they last for most?  I am new to the DX, but not new to FM (at least 2 years of symptoms).
Jenny B
Age 36
DX w/ fibro June 2009
DDD & annular tear at L5/S1
endometriosis since age 18, have had 5 surgeries to date
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I am living in the body of an 80 year old......

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   Posted 6/27/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jenny, and welcome!  Oh, yes.  That can be a flare or perhaps a change in the barometric pressure.  Do you have storms heading your way?  Rain, excessive heat or excessive cold can do that!
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia.  You will learn a lot there.
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   Posted 6/27/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jenny, :-)

Welcome to fibroland, I think you are going to love it here.  We are fibromites, in a community where everyone understands each other.

I don't have any cycle or pattern to my flares, they seem to just happen.  I am very limited in what I can do, so I know when I have overdone it.  It is a very good idea to keep a journal, especially since you are new to fibro.  Not only does weather affect it, but certain foods can as well.

Don't be shy here, just tell it like it is, we have all been there before.  Feel better! cool

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   Posted 6/27/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine is certainly right about the barometric pressure affecting fibro. It certainly does mine.

I have been diagnosed for over 28 years. At first, I would have a flare only every six months or so. Then as the years progressed, the flares and the symptoms became ever more present. Now, for the last ten years, I have symptoms everyday and have to take percocet for the pain every four hours. I still have flares when I get emotionally upset especially, but other things can bring them on as well.

I guess it just depends upon the individual and where they are in their life.

Welcome to the forum. Please continue posting so we can get to know you. You have found a wonderful bunch of people, all caring, intelligent and just downright nice to know. Glad you are here.

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   Posted 6/27/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My fibro changes throughout my menstrual cycle. I know everything will be worse starting about 10 days before my period. The all over pain, fatigue, and fog will increase daily.

I usually have increased symptoms when the weather changes. It was awful when I lived in the northeast because the weather was always changing. Now that I live in the southwest, most days are good and I know August is going to be tough.

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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jenny and welcome. There are so many things that affect fibro, stress and weather are probably my two worst. The pain can change in a matter of minutes sometimes when the weather is changing. Stress drains me. I have pain everyday to some degree. But fatigue is my worst problem, I hit a wall every afternoon that I just can't push through. It can be very frustrating. I have gotten worse over the years, especially the last two. But I'm almost 59 and the osteo arthritis has gotten worse which is a factor with the pain.
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