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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted Today 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning All-

I am confused regarding flares and a lot more tongue

Most days for the past two years I get sore and foggy by 3-4pm and I can barely walk (stairs take forever or I need help down them) by 5-6pm. This has gotten worse over the past 6 months.

Everyday for more years than I can count I am very stiff, sore and feel unrested upon waking.

While I'm not skipping the rest of the day, i do feel pretty good compared to the symptoms upon rising and after 3-4pm.

Do others have a regular time when they are worse every day? Does a flare mean I'd be worse all day?

Exercise and Malic Acid does seem to be helping with energy and soreness - but not after 3-4pm.


Fibromyalgia 10/27/09 & Celiac 3/26/09

Med/Supplements: Flexeril at bedtime; Multi-Vitamin, B, D, Calcium, Magnesium, Fish Oil, Probiotic -- Trying Malic/Acid, CoQ10

Still a mystery - heat/humidity intolerance

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted Today 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know that much in regards to what most people experience in regards to flares, but I occasionally have a few days in a row where I am miserable all day. The other days, I am the exact opposite of you! I wake up in the morning feel horrible, and usually start to feel better around 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon.

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   Posted Today 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   

My best time is in the morning so I plan my activities then.  After lunch I am usually relaxing or on the computer because I start to fizzle out in the afternoon, too.  I will have a cup of tea and that does perk me up and then I get dinner on.  After dinner, I'm done for the day.


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   Posted Today 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   

I could clone what you said. My number is 3 in the afternoon and by 5 the worst. I have attributed it to the days of super tension in my life at that time of day. Not sure but it makes sense. I am very stiff in the morning but work it off slowly. This is why I prep all my meals very early and am a master at "ahead" cooking. I do not think this is a flare it is my normal pattern. I can set my watch by the pain around 3.

Hope I helped and I know this isn't easy.


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   Posted Today 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi  Lisa

Yes you consider this your flare or mini flare but more like a pattern of a normal day for you.

I wake very similiar because I toss and turn and wake all the time when I am sleeping so do not ever feel refreshed actually feel worse than when I went to bed. Have changed my sleep aid 3 times in recent time may change again.  You may want to look at that as well.

A good night sleep is everything with Fibro.

So mid morning and early afternoon are usually best times for me to get anything done or to have appts etc...

Afternoons evening my energy is waning and I am ready to sometimes take a nap about 3-4 or trudge thru it depending on what needs to be done that day. But energy is low.

But yes it can be just a normal Fibro day is what that sounds like to me.

 I know I am not supposed to but I will have a cup of coffee or tea in afternoon and push on my muscle relaxer somedays as it makes me drowsy.

Do u exercise sometimes that will help to give you more energy to get thru the day? 

Good luck to you.

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   Posted Today 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When I am flaring,it is as if my normal day to day fatigue, pain and achiness were on
steroids. All the pain seems amplified and I ache allover. My flares are triggered by crummy
damp or rainy weather, overdoing and stress. Insomnia usually hits me hard.

On a normal day, I always awake stiff and achy, but start feeling less achy after my shower.
During the day I get some exercise, usually a walk and a workout with resistance bands.
By late afternoon my muscles are talking to me and I'm in search of heat or my massage
chair pad. I really enjoy soaking in a hot bath and relaxing...feels soooooo goooood!!!

Wishing everyone flare-free days!

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   Posted 11/22/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My experience is similar to many - achy and tired in the morning, then get through the day OK, but by dinner time I am very tired, and by bedtime, very achy. Weekends can be a respite, because I sleep in later, and don't have such a structured day.
I am trying to learn to not set such high expectations for myself, and be more accepting of just what is. That is difficult for me though!

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   Posted 11/23/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I get up fairly early but it takes a couple hours for me to get going. It depends on what I'm doing and how much energy it takes but by 2:00 or 3:00 I'm done for the day, very frustrating cause the mind is still going but the body isn't following. This isn't a flare it's the way I've been now for several years. I do lay down and rest in the late afternoons and sometimes, but not often, I will get a little boost of energy. I can't nap during the day so if we have something we have to go to in the evenings it is very hard for me.
It's funny you bring this up cause my DH said something the other night about us not having a social life anymore and I said I'm sorry but I don't have the energy for a social life.
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   Posted 11/23/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! It does help to know there are others in this same boat.

I think the hardest thing is everyone (not my wonderful husband or boys - just other family and friends) is still used to the me that can do it all. I sure do miss her.

Hoping for improved days for all of us!

Thanks again, Lisa
Fibromyalgia 10/27/09 & Celiac 3/26/09

Med/Supplements: Flexeril at bedtime; Multi-Vitamin, B, D, Calcium, Magnesium, Fish Oil, Probiotic -- Trying Malic/Acid, CoQ10

Still a mystery - heat/humidity intolerance

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