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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 10/31/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ijust recently joined the group.  Thank god for this site and all the information and insite it has provided.  I read Fibro 101 and was able to gain lot of great info which was so helpful to me.  I read the posts of other members and fell like many are far worse off than I.  My symptoms began to be really painful a little over a year ago.  It began in my right hip, got estreemly painful, went to a couple of Drs, bursidis was diagnosed, got a shot, went to chiropractor 3 times, YIKES hate that, too scary.  Anyway then as time passed it started moving, back, then really bad in upper back and arms.  Saw a wonderful Rumatoligst, who diagnosed my fibro.  For the past couple of months it is mostly in upper back, shoulders, and neck.  I suppose so far I have been lucky,  I have been able to go as long as a week without bad pain.  Then WHAM someone ran over me with a truck while I slept!!!  I have been using our hot tub twice a day, walking on the treadmill and doing lots of stretching.  Just began taking MalicAcid-Magnesium, since some here say it helps. My problem at this point is knowing when to stop.  I have always been a little hiper, go go go do do do.  Now I need to listen to my body and stop when I need to or it kicks my butt.  Anyway, today sucked,(but tomorrow will be better, I know it)  thanks to all for guiding me with your knowledge and being there for all who need it.  (sorry about my spelling)

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 10/31/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   

So glad you were able to find help like I did. I found several forums but none like this. the people here are the best!

Learning to listen to your body is hard indeed. Like you, I have always been go go go. But You sound like the type of person who will be able to do it.

Glad to have you in the group.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.
DX: Fibromyalgia, Multiple Herniated/Desicated Discs, Multiple Neuropathies, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Nystagmus, Low D, Low T, High CSF Protien, Depression.
RX: Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica 450mg, Savella 100mg, Zanaflex 4-8mg, Trazodone 50mg, Testostorone 75mg, Epidural Steriod Injections. OTC: D3 5-6000IU, Magnesium/Malic Acid, Calcium, B-12, GNC MegaMen Energy Vitapack.

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 11/1/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you had any luck with Cymbalta or Lyrica?  I am avoiding perscription meds at this time but would like to know what kind of luck people have had with them,  And yes, today is a little better than yesterday as I hoped.  Each day brings a new adventure, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. :-)

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17501
   Posted 11/1/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, imjb, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  We do have wonderful members that love to help one another and we all care about each other, too.  I do think that makes us special.
You seem to be doing things well for fibro but you will need to learn how to pace yourself.  Your body will teach you as to how much you can do without causing a flare.  But, sometimes we just can't help ourselves and overdo!  But whenever I have done that, I've usually accomplished a lot and that makes me very happy.  I do know the pain will lessen.
Bed Buddies are good for pain, too.  You can get these at Walgreen's and other places or you can make one by taking a tube sock, filling if 2/3's full of long grained rice, and tying a knot at the end.  Pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.  It does feel great on those achy muscles.
Most of us with fibro do have the pain in the shoulders, back, and neck.  I will massage the back of my skull.  I can feel knots there and that helps a little and it's something I can do for myself.  I always have two knots on each side of my neck at the base of my skull (they feel bruised) so I will massage those. 
Don't hesitate to ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I'm so glad you joined our fibro family and I hope to hear more from you soon!
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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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