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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/1/2010 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there! Im Angie. I have been reading the forum for a week or so now and feel like I have gained some great knowledge about other peoples personal experiences with FMS.
I was dx with Fibro in Oct. but like many others I know I have had it for quite sometime before that. It really got bad when my youngest son was born. He will be 2 Wednesday of this week. I can remember telling my ob at my 6 week check up that I just hurt so bad all over. She did the typical bloodwork and it was all fine. Said it was just soreness from delivering a baby and sent me on my way. But I never got better. Finally Oct 2009 I started having some odd symptoms and when trying to "self-diagnose" I came across fibromyalgia. I made an appt with my primary physician and explained everything about how I felt. He immediately said, well, I'll have to do some tests to rule other things out, but I think you have fibro. Ah, what a relief. I was so glad to not have to jump through some of the hoops that many of you have.
Since then, I have only taken topamax and fioricet for my "migranes" and when that still wasnt helping I decided to take myself to a rheumatologist. He now suspects I might have RA also. So Im now taking a RA medicine along with a muscle relaxer at betime that has really improved my severe neck pain. I am hoping to talk to him about going  off the topamax next time I see him since I dont think its really doing anything for me.
A small personal intro...Im 29 (30 in April) married for almost 12 years to my high school sweetheart <3  We have 4 beautiful children Katelyn is 10, Maggie is 7, Jackson is 5 and Preston will be 2 this week.  We reside in Missouri and I  am fortunate that I get to stay at home and raise my children.

I look forward to getting to know you all and hopefully we can all help eachother out and lift each other up.
I am just at the end of a horrible flare, and finally feeling a bit human again. I think I actually smiled yesterday. smile

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   Posted 3/1/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and glad you smiled today...I know how those flare-ups can be...for me it is back to pain prison...sounds like you have really taken contol of what is happening to wonderful...wishing you more days of comfort...big hugs, J
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. (Buddha)
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love. (Laotzu)

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   Posted 3/1/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  We do have a great group of members that love to help one another and really do care about each other too.  I think you will like it here.
You sure were fortunate to have a doctor that suspected fibro right off the bat!  That rarely happens but, the fact that they wanted to rule out other illnesses first, tells me that they know what they are doing in regards to this illness.  You'd be surprised at the doctors that don't do that!
Have you checked out Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum?  If not, take a look.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia and you will learn a lot.
It sounds like you are doing well with this illness.  Keep that good attitude and keep moving.  Of course, having four children WILL keep you moving!  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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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 3/1/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our fibro family Angie! Glad you are smiling, it sure feels good when a flare
ends. A positive attitude certainly goes a long way in dealing with any chronic illness.

This forum is a wonderful support. We understand pain because we all feel it and we are
here for eachother. I'm so glad you have joined us!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
It is definitely hard to raise kids period, but add chronic illness and pain to that and its super hard. I have 2 kids 8 and 4 and I dont know how I have made it. It must be extra tough for you since you have 4 kids. hopefully the older kids help out however they can.

It seems like you have a positive attitude, thats great,
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few

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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Angie and welcome to the family. With what so many go through to get a dx you are lucky. I was too, I didn't even know anything about fibro when my doc did the tenderpoint test during my first real flare and everything fell into place for him after test after test. Fatigue was my first big symptom and it is still my worse problem most of the time.
I have to applaud all you mothers raising children with fibro. Makes me tired thinking about it.
This forum is the greatest place anyone can find with fibro. Ask questions and tell us what works for you that's how we learn.
luv and hugs
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Angie, you have come to the right place. I was dx'd 1 year ago and I also now feel I have had fibro for a very long time , maybe even since a child. You mentioned fioricet for migraines. I have used that since 1992 for the headaches I get. I think it is a muscle relaxer in it which helps me. It sure can be difficult being a mom with fibro but it sounds like you have a good doctor to help. You said you are in Mo. I'm originally fromSt. Louis although I now live in a much warmer climate, partly because of my health.

Glad you joined us!
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
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New Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/1/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the warm welcome! I am glad to have a place where everyone understands how I feel. I tend to keep things to myself, so for a long time my husband thought I was mostly fine. Boy he was wrong, I just dont like announcing "wow, my arm hurts, oh, my back hurts..etc" I could go on ALL the time if I wanted to! LOL

I hope to get to know all of you alot better!

getting by
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   Posted 3/1/2010 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Angie,

I too would like to welcome you to the forum. You have come to the most wonderful place. There is a lot of information here and lots of fun too. I am so happy that you have joined us.

Keep posting and know that we are all here for you.

Hugs, Karen
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Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 53
   Posted 3/2/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Craftygal. Nice to meet you. I take it from your name "Craftygal" that you like to do crafts? Me too, it really helps me to get through life when I can lose myself in a project and get my mind off my fatigue and aches. I will do anything crafty from sewing,knitting,to building small furniture and woodburning! Right now I am saving some money to re-do my kitchen cupboard facings. I can't wait. I am getting them unfinished from the cabinet-shop, and woodburning original designs on them for a one-of-a-kind kitchen! Plus starting a Photography company. What keeps you busy? Do you find it helps you to feel more positive or energetic when you have crafts on the go?
fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, restless legs, polycystic ovarian syndrome.

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/2/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I love crafting! Sewing, a tiny bit of crochet, I used to make all my girls hair bows, photography. I just made a wonderful door ornament out of artificial forcythias that Im so in love with! I do a bit of jewelry making too. Unfortunately this has all been limied lately by my severe hand pain. But, when I can do it, I find I can forget about everything else for a while.
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