Helping yourself overcome fibromyalgia.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Nick and I am 18-years-old. I have suffered from fm since early adolescence and was diagnosed at age 14. For a long time I was a very sick kid. Nobody really knew what to do for me. I was depressed and tired of being sick. I was awake at night and slept all day. My weight was slowly going up on the scale. I tried different pain medicines and sleep pills, but found out that I was severely allergic to almost everything around. What else could I do?
My doctor had told me I didn’t have many choices left. If I wanted to get rid of this pain, then I had to start fighting back. He told me that getting over my pain was like climbing a mountain and I was starting at the bottom. The threshold for pain was that mountain. I had to face it before I could get over it. So, it began.
My worst enemy at the time was sleeping. Somebody had recommended taking a melatonin supplement and to my surprised it worked! A bottle full of many months worth of pills cost only 10 dollars! If it didn’t still work to this day then I would think that it was too good to be true.
Exercising started slowly at first. I went to physical therapy and learned some great stretching techniques to loosen up my muscles before I took a short walk on a treadmill. After several sessions of physical therapy it was time to be let off the leash and go on my own. I made myself a very strict plan: walk 60 minutes a day. The first week was pure hell. My body was in pain at night and the only comfort was icing my joints. But I think it was the week after I started that I really noticed something… I felt great! The pain was really going away!
I kept it up and I noticed how much easier life was becoming. I was no longer a depressed kid that had to seek comfort in food. In fact I was losing weight! To this day I’ve lost 60 pounds (all of my excess weight)! I was becoming the positive and cheery person that I was in childhood. Now, obviously I still have bad days just like everyone else, but I remember that each morning when I wake up is a new day filled with opportunity.

I hoped you liked my little story. The reason I wanted to write this wasn’t just for your benefit. It’s for me too, so that I remember to keep using my own advice. Pursuing something you want is not crazy. We will all probably deal with this pain throughout our lives, but that shouldn’t stop us. Each one of you has the power to make a difference. Controlling this pain is no different than managing any other aspect of your life: with hard work comes reward and it is up to you to stand up and take that first step.
The next time you look at yourself in the mirror tell yourself that you are a beautiful person capable of extraordinary things.
You owe it to yourself to keep on fighting.

Post Edited (probull3t) : 5/25/2010 2:14:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/25/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Nick, you are very wise. You have learned at a relatively young age that everyone has the
power to make a differance in their own life. The choice is always there to take a first step
in doing what you can for yourself. The right mindset and attitude will always wotk for you
and not against you. I really enjoyed reading your story. Your positive thinking will take you
a long way. I like the way you think!!!

Hugs, Robin
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Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
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   Posted 5/25/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for your support.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Nick, your story was wonderful and so true.  I, too, walk daily and it has made a big difference in my life.  If the weather isn't conducive to walking, I have a walking in place video that I use.  It truly does lessen the pain.
I also agree with Robin.  Your positive attitude will get you far and help you to overcome any obstacle that falls in your path.   Thanks for sharing.
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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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   Posted 5/25/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
No problem. The whole reason I decided to write it out was because a lot of people that come on here are very depressed and pessimistic most of the time. Depression is a destructive cycle that can tear you apart. If you don't count every single victory in your life, then what are you left with? We must stop wallowing in our own self-pity and enjoy the things in life that we are lucky to have.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
How true, because otherwise we aren't open to good things that are coming our way.
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   Posted 5/25/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
What an uplifting post. Thanks Nick.
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   Posted 5/26/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Nick, you have wisdom beyond your years. Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad that you have learned to manage your symptoms, and hope that you continue to feel better!

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   Posted 5/26/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats an amazing story. I, too am only 18 and have been sick since i can remember. i am convinced i have fibro. but am still in the process of finding a good doctor. thank you very much for uplifting me today :)

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   Posted 5/27/2010 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing...

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   Posted 5/27/2010 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for sharing your story! I'm 27 female and I was diagnosed 2 years ago. The exercise is tough because I was an athlete in high school and in college and I'm trying to accept the fact that I can't do certain things anymore. I want to say I'm going through a denial period. I have a few days of feeling better and them it hits me again. The problem is, when I feel better, I decide to go for a 2 mile run, and then I feel it the next day. I'm trying to teach myself how to start slow and to work my way up. Today, I'm going to try to walk on the treadmill and hopefully that will be gentle enough to handle. Glad to hear your are making progress! :-)


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   Posted 5/27/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Great attitude.  You are wise beyond your years.  Keep on keepin' on!
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