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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/19/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
I have been "lurking" on the site for a month or so, and I thought I would join in. I was diagnosed with Fibro in March of this year (although I have had symptoms for several years). My rheumy diagnosed carpal tunnel last week and I may have RA also. He wants to monitor me for a couple of months and run a few more tests before he makes that diagnosis. eyes It is possible because both Fibro and RA run in my family.
In the time I have been looking at this site, I have been impressed by the helpfulness and the compassion in the responses. In my own case, I can't believe how much energy pain can take out of you. I feel like I am exhausted all of the time. It is amazing that you can get used to being in pain. sad
Thanks for "listening". I apologize if my post seems kind of rambling. I am really not a poster and I am a little "foggy" today. I just wanted to say Hi.
Dx with Fibromyalgia, depression, sciatica-Feb 2010, carpal tunnel-May 2010; IBS-2007; RLS-2006; Tachycardia-1999. Possible RA.

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   Posted 5/19/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, glad you found this board. I agree that the people here are incredibly caring and helpful!
You didn't ramble at all - our stories are all so similiar! Glad your doctor is on top of your condition and monitoring you. The diagnosis period is exhausting in itself with all of the tests and waiting!
Hope you have a good day.
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 5/19/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Arrunk, welcome! so glad you joined our family. I was a lurker too :) Hope you were able
to check out fibro 101, second thread page one. It is filled with great info for fibromites.

I definately agree that the people on this forum are super. We look out for one another and
we do understand pain and fatigue. The key is learning to live with it, one day at a time.

My rheumy suggested I start taking over the counter B12 5000 mcgs for fatigue and I think
it has helped some. Exercise has given me more energy too, I walk daily.

I hear you about the fog. I recently been playing brain games online to help with the fog,
can't tell you the fog has improved, but it is fun!

Glad you are a part of our fibro family!

hugs, Robin

Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 5/19/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Richard, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and decided to join the family.  I think we all lurked before we jumped in.  It's like testing the water.  But we do have wonderful people who help one another and we really do care about each other, too.
Fatigue goes with the fibro territory usually.  I'm the most refreshed in the morning hours so that's when I plan my goals and activities.  The afternoon is far more lazy for me!  I usually will have some tea and that will give me my second wind. 
The fog is fun, too,  isn't it?  You do have to have a good sense of humor in dealing with this.  I was so frightened when it hit me because I truly thought I was coming down with Alzheimer's.  My doctor assured me that wasn't the case, and he was correct.  I can do a lot of dumb things but am happy it is only fibro-related.
I'm happy  you are here.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from  you soon.
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 52
   Posted 5/19/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the responses. They are much appreciated. The fibro 101 thread is very helpful. I didn't realize there were so many possible symptoms of fibro. I had 37. Yikes!

I have only been going to my rheumy for three weeks,and so far I like him. He said his belief is that I have RA too, but he said he wanted to be completely sure before he subjected me to the meds. I had the EMG test for carpal tunnel last week and it affected the fibro. For several hours after, it felt like the electric shocks were bouncing throughout my body. I am learning that this disease rears it head in many ways.

Again, thanks for the responses. Have a great rest of the day!
Dx with Fibromyalgia, depression, sciatica-Feb 2010, carpal tunnel-May 2010; IBS-2007; RLS-2006; Tachycardia-1999. Possible RA.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Richard,

I also wanted to welcome you to the fibromyalgia forum. I am so happy that you have joined us.

I agree that reading fibro101 can be very helpful. I am glad that you checked it out.'

Everybody here is so kind and compassionate. You have joined a wonderful site.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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   Posted 5/20/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Richard, and welcome to our family! As we say glad you found us but not glad you have pain. I agree with everyone that this is a wonderful place with very caring and informative people. I hope you stick around. Take care and here's to a low pain day!
Gentle Hugs,
Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraine disorder (with and without aura), GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety
Oxycontin, Flexeril as needed, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Clonazepam as needed, Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 5/21/2010 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Richard. I too wanted to wish you a welcome to the forum. This is one of the most caring places as I'm sure you are discovering by now.

The fog and the pain are my two enemies with this disease. I, too, thought I had alzheimer's as my fog is really bad. I do some nutty things. I use to be a nurse and was right on the ball with things, but now I am glad I am not taking care of patients anymore. They would be in danger!! lol.

Well, keep posting. I, too, read a lot more than I post. I check in daily to see what is going on. But sharing of yourself is a healthy benefit of this forum. So, don't be a stranger, my friend.

God bless and have a low pain day.

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   Posted 5/21/2010 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Richard!

I'm so glad you decided to join this wonderful bunch of people. We may be a bit silly now and then but no one cares more about others who suffer more than the members here.

I agree about the energy deal. We were talking in the Chat room last night about that very topic. I asked people which is worse... a 5 pain level or a 5 fatigue level. Seems most people would prefer to tolerate the pain over the fatigue. I does seem strange how we can tolerate this misery but we are determined and we do!

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Fibromyalgia, PTSD, UC, Diabetic on insulin, collapsed disk, arthritis scattered around and a few other delights.

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 5/22/2010 2:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Richard, welcome to the board.

Sorry that you are dealing with fm. It can be very tough. There are so many tests to rule out other possible problems. I was checked for RA too. I hope you don't have it. Try not to worry too much about it. I know that is easier said than done.

Take care and treat yourself well. Treat yourself to something special. You deserve it.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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