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   Posted 8/3/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
    I just wanted to take a few line to introduce myself to the gang. I am 34 years old, and have been suffering with pain for more years than I can count. I have been to to the docotor so many times I have almost given up. I am the point now that I have accepted that I will probably have this pain for the rest of my life, so I take things one day at a time. Some days I can ignore it, but days like today i just want to scream. It's not only the pain, but the saddness, and anxiety. The fact that I can't sleep only seems to intesify my emotional state. This is my first message board I have joined, and I have to admit it feels good to know i'm not alone, and I'm not completely nuts. Thanks for listening. I look forward to being here to help and be helped.

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   Posted 8/3/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, TreeBo, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  You have come to a good place.  We have wonderful members that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too!
Fibromyalgia is not fun but you can have a full and enjoyable life with fibro.  I know I have.  You will learn how to work around fibromyalgia to do what you want to do. 
I use ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol for the pain.  When I take ibuprofen, I take 600 mg at a time and never take more than 2,400 mg a day.  (I take it every six hours if I need to.  Right now I'm taking it in the morning, afternoon, and before bed so I'm getting only 1,800 mg)  I also take Prilosec to help protect my stomach and I've been doing this for 22 years!
I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements and that helps with pain and fatigue.  Check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum and you will find a link all about these and how they work in your body.  (There is a lot of great information about fibromyalgia in that Fibro 101 thread.)  There has been good scientific studies done on these and they help many but not all.  They are not expensive, either, at least where I get mine.
I also take vitamin D supplements.  Many with fibro are deficient in D and that can cause pain and fatigue also!  I live in Florida and am deficient in D.  I presently am taking 3,500 IU of vitamin D3 a day to try to barely keep my levels in the low normal range. 
I also keep moving.  Gentle stretching exercises (found in Fibro 101) really work.  I also walk and swim and this helps keep the muscles from "seizing" up.  Hot baths and showers help along with a Bed Buddy.  You can find these at Walgreen's or other places.  You can make one, too!  Take a tube sock, fill it 2/3's full of long grained rice, and tie a knot at the end.  Pop it in the microwave and it will give off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice!
Most importantly for me is to keep a positive attitude about everything.  I look at all the things I can do, I look at the beauty all around me, and this helps put things in perspective.  Also, a good sense of humor goes a long way...especially with the fibro fog!  shocked
Anyway, I'm glad you are here.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from you soon.

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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 Nov 2008
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   Posted 8/3/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Treebo!

Welcome to our family! Sherrine is a terrific moderator, and I see she's already given you some fabulous advice. I just wanted to pop in and welcome you and let you know that we are here to answer questions and help you in any way we can. We DO understand and you are not alone and most definitely not completely nuts!!

"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth"~Albert Einstein

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   Posted 8/3/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Treebo :)

The Healingwell forums are great. I post here and on the Lupus forum. You will find
great advice and support here. Know you are not alone and among people who truly
Hope you find pain relief soon!
 possible MCTD, Raynauds, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
 Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis, High Blood Pressure, Migranes and
 Pseudothrombocytopenia, biopsy shows a Scleroderma variant
 MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella, Boniva,Lisinopril, Folic Acid, Flexeril, and
 Vitamin Supplements

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/3/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Treebo.  This forum is great.  You will find answers and lots of info and support here. 
And we know you are not nuts. wink
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
On the eighth day God created Golden Retrievers.

American Woman
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 96
   Posted 8/4/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome
I'm also new here and have found this forum so helpful.
when I was going through all the testing to see why I felt so fatigued and sore all the time, and all the tests came back positive, I thought I was also going crazy!  It was almost a year before my Dr. sent me to a rheumy and he finally diagnosed me with fibro.  I wasn't happy, but at least I knew I wasn't going crazy and my pain was real.
I hope we hear from you more and don't be afraid to ask any questions.  Sherrine gave some good advice about the fibro 101 thread, I've been on there and took away some good information and some good stretching exercised.
Hang in there and have a great day!
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