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   Posted 1/16/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I just stumbled across this website today and was hoping to post my story and find people that can help me out. I am 38 years old and my doctor thinks that I have fibromyalgia. I am not sure what to think. I have several of the typical symptoms of fibromyalgia, and I seem to slowly be feeling worse. I am a fairly active person and I have a very physical job cleaning homes and offices. I have started to slow down in the last year or so and I just want to blame it on being tired, or having a busy life, etc.

I honestly think maybe I am in denial a little bit about having this condition. I live on pain killers it seems and that really bothers me, but that is the only thing that seems to help me feel better. I just need some advice, or suggestions on things that I can try that may make me feel better. I feel that my doctor doesn't take me seriously about all of the problems I am having. She prescribes 90 pills of generic vicodin a month to me and has started expressing concern that she thinks that I am becoming addicted to them. I don't know where to turn right now, and to top it off, I don't have any health insurance. I am sitting here now almost in tears because today has been a painful day and I don't have anyone to talk to about this. Can anyone help???

Thank you!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 1/16/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dawn, welcome to our fibro family. I am sorry you are hurting. Heat is a fibromites friend,
soaking in a hot bath helps or any heat source. Most of us use bed buddies or heating pads.
I also do deep breathing exercises and it does help. Breathe slow deep breaths through the
nose and exhale slowly through the mouth while listening to calming music.

I was on Vicodin at one time for back pain for close to a year. Personally I am glad I'm
off of it, I did not like the way I felt. I am on Savella, a SNRI and a muscle relaxer Flexeril
(Cyclobanzaprine) for Fibro.

On the top of page one, check out fibro 101, there is alot of helpful information there.
Getting a diagnosis can sometimes take awhile because other conditions need to be ruled out.
You can live a productive and happy life with fibro but you have to believe you can.

Dawn I am glad that you have found us, there are caring fibromites here who understand
the pain and are willing to listen, share and support you through this because we do care.

Talk to your doctor, there may be some type of treatment program availble to you at a
minimal cost.Wishing you the best of luck, Take one day at a time and keep us posted,
you are never alone, we're here for you!
Hugs, Robin

MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/16/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dawn,
Thanks for joining us here at the forum.  I think you will like it here. 
You have come to a good place full of very kind members and they are very supportive. 
If you haven't checked it yet, check out fibro101.  There is a wealth of information there. 
Some doctors I don't understand, they worry about people getting addicted to something that they are going to need all of their lilves anyway.  I know that my fibro pain will never go away.   It will always be something that I have to deal with, as well as the fatigue.  None the less though, your doctor does give you some pain relief, and you are fortunate to have that now.  I hope it continues.  I take vicodin too, but it is called norco.  It is 10 mg with 325 tylenol, I can't spell the real word for it.  Acetamenophen???  Anyway, it doesn't take all the pain away, but it does help.  So I am happy with that. 
Your doctor thinks you have fibro, so I do think that he/she understands what is going on.  You may be in denial as you said though, nobody wants to have fibro.  That is understandable.  And we all know what you are going through.  That is the greatest thing about this forum, everybody understands. 
I hope that you continue to join us.  You will find a lot of support here. 
Take care, and best wishes...
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17557
   Posted 1/17/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Dawn, and welcome!  Has your doctor run tests to rule out other illnesses?  Usually that is done before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given because many of the symptoms of fibro are also similar to symptoms to other illnesses.
Check out Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro, including a list of symptoms and a link to What Else Could It Be.  You will learn a lot there and you just might "see" yourself there.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol (generic), malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 to help with pain and fatigue.  You will find links in Fibro 101 aobut the supplements and vitamins.  It seems that many with fibro are deficient in these.
I do keep moving, too.  If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board.  I do gentle stretching exercises ( on Fibro 101) and I walk and swim as my gentle exercise.  It really has made a difference for me.  But, you seem to be VERY active with your job.  Actually, some of the things you need to do with cleaning can be quite hard on a person with fibro.  It's wonderful that you can do that type of work!
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and 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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