It's so exciting to hear that you are working on getting "out there" again. That is a sign that the you, before fibro, is still there! I'm so happy for you in the doctor from Chicago. That is great.
The only thing I can really speak to, that you asked about
, is the weight issue. My fibro dx was in January of 2007. I have gained 70 pounds during that time. I think my weight gain has to do with inactivity and eating for comfort. What better than a chocolate candy bar when one is in pain? Anyway, I'm only 5' tall, so these added pounds made my self-esteem go down in the tanker over these past 3 1/2 years.
I was fortunate enough to learn about
a wellness program, run by a doctor, in April of this year. I walk now, and stick to my eating program. I have lost 31 pounds, and feel so good - except for the pain - which does not go away, in spite of what friends and others think, when it comes to fibro and weight. It is easier for me to get around though. And that's an improvement. Weight loss is a mind set - do it when you are ready, and not before. Also, do it for yourself....not anyone else.
I think it is so awesome that you want to get back into dating. I'm guessing that your good looks and personality are still there - you just think they aren't because of the demoralization of being in pain all the time. It's just plain hard on our whole psyche. Just get out there and be you. You can do this!
, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression
, anxiety, sleep apnea
fluoxetine (prozac), abilify, trazodone, lorazepam, nabumetone, hydrocodone, c-pap machine.