Hi, Susan and welcome!
I was DX'd almost two years ago I think, though my mother thinks I've had it since I was a child, having growing pains even as a toddler, crying in pain for no apparent reason. She said it faded when I first started school, but came back before I was diagnosed with PTSD at 11, after being abused by my father. I was always the sickly sort, chronic bronchitis, heart problems and two heart attacks at 22, multiple miscarriages and a very difficult successful pregnancy (He's 4 and perfect). After a very chaotic period, ending with my new husband having two surgeries in the first yr of marriage, I got sick had to quit college and after 4 months and numerous test I was told I had fibromyalgia and arthritis in nearly every joint added to the previous problems I'd had. So now, with a 5 lbs lifting limit and a prescription to Lortabs and Buspar, along with several vitamins and herbals, I have more a of a life than I have had since I was DX'd. It seems just about the time my flare would end, my husband would need another surgery, and another flare would build until it seemingly 'popped' as soon as he was safely out of surgery. This March will be our 3rd anniversary, and he's had 5 more surgeries with another planned this coming March.The back story that he worked on an oil rig and they dropped 68 tons of pipe on his left leg, causing 4 compound fractures and powdered his ankle. 22 surgeries, 2 bone grafts, 1 MRSA infection and an external fixator later, he might be able to walk next month with his walker, if the last bone graft has healed enough to bear any weight. He's been in a wheelchair the last two yrs, after the second surgery.
I know I over do it sometimes, I have to, we have no one close enough to help us. I do what has to be done regardless of how I feel. But I feel proud of myself for my accomplishments. Okay, so I don't work, but I have a closer relationship with my husband and son than many others I know, they are happy and healthy. To me, a lot of Fibro is not thinking about what you can't do, or shouldn't do, but the good things you have and are able to do.
Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
My train of thought derailed long ago, now I take the bus, few more stops, but I eventually get there.
FM, costocontritis, wide spread arthritis, fibroid tumors, PTSD, 2 heart attacks at 22, PID
Buspar 10mg, Acetometaphen 500mg, Zantac 150mg, B-complex, Tramadol 150mg