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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/9/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone! I just joined this site and wanted to introduce myself. I am 39 years old and am a stay-at-home mom to my beautiful 6-month old daughter. I was diagnosed with fibro in 1997. I'm currently not on any medications (nothing really seems to help) but I am seeing a chiropractor twice a week. While the pain is pretty manageable with ibuprofen and the occasional cortisone shot, the fatigue is absolutely overwhelming. I honestly cannot remember a day in my adult life when I actually felt rested and energetic. If anyone has any suggestions to help with the non-existent energy level, I'd greatly appreciate it - and so would my husband and daughter! Thanks!!

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   Posted 7/9/2010 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi M2E, and welcome. Sounds like you have the "new baby" fatigue in addition to the "fibro fatigue." My advice (and I know you've probably heard this from everyone) is to sleep when she sleeps. I know there are tons of things that need to be done around the house, but with fibro, often naps can make a huge difference. Someone else may be able to help you with the housework, but no one can sleep for you.

I also am fatigued most of the time, but those little late morning/afternoon catnaps really do help. Here is an informative article from WebMD about sleep and fibro:

Hugs - Austen
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the fibro family, Elizabeth...glad you joined us!

Being a Mom to a 6 month old must certainly keep you busy and add fibromyalgia
to that, I can see where you could be exhausted. My rheumy suggested I start taking
5000mcgs daily for fatigue and it has helped me tremendously. Ask your doctor
about it. It has really changed the way I feel.

I also found that exercise energizes me...I usually walk on a daily basis and I notice
the days I skip, my energy level is lower. Maybe taking your daughter for daily
stroller rides could be part of your exercise routine.

Be sure to check out fibro 101, second thread, page one for some great information
for us fibromites. So glad you have joined us, don't hesitate to ask questions, there
are people here who really care.

hugs, Robin

Fibro fog....forgot to tell you it is 5000mcgs of B-12  I take

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 7/9/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  I'm glad you found us and joined in.  Fatigue is a problem with fibro.  Most of us can't get into the deep sleep where our body starts to heal itself.  I know I'm up several times a night but I do fall right back to sleep. 
Try putting yourself on a sleep schedule.  Go to bed the same time and get up the same time every day.  Your body will become accustomed to that and you should fall asleep shortly after you go to bed.  It might take a while but this has helped me a lot.
I also take some supplements that have helped me with fatigue.  They are malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3.  There are links about them in Fibro 101 so you can see how they work in the body.
Gentle exercise also helps with fatigue.  I start my day with a walk.  This energizes me and I'm able to do more things.  Also, watching carbohydrates and sugar help me.  If I have too much of those, I get very sluggish and tired.
I'm happy that you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon! 
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   Posted 7/9/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elizabeth just wanted to welcome you to our family. I dont have any really good advice for you. And you have gotten some good advice from other posters. Do you have any one that could possibly watch your daughter for maybe a couple hours each day so that you could take a nap?
I know that it is hard to trust someone else with your baby but this may be a way of being more alert for her and your husband.
Once again welcome to the boards
Gentle Hugs
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   Posted 7/9/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there and welcome to the forum.

My doctor prescribed adderall for me for fatigue and it has really helped me. As you can see we all do different things for energy. But whatever works for you, go for it. I found walking helps a lot too. Can you take the baby out in the stroller for a short walk? It would really do you good, and eventually you will be able to walk more and more.

Best wishes to you. I hope that you have a nice weekend.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 7/9/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Mommy2Elizabeth. That's my youngest daughter's middle name. I am glad you found Healing Well. We have a wonderful bunch of people here, with lots of suggestions and information or just that shoulder to cry on when needed! I am newly diagnosed with fibro, so I am still learning different ways of coping. My pain was very bad, but my doc is wonderful and has given me the meds to get my life back. I am still suffering with the fatigue though too. It's horrible. I have also found that walking helps for it and I nap when I need to. I agree with Karen, we all have little things we do and some work and some don't. Wish I had more answers for you, but I did want to welcome you to the family. Hope you keep posting! Take care.
Gentle Hugs,
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Oxycontin, Flexeril as needed, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Clonazepam as needed, Promethazine as needed for nausea from migraines

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/10/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome! It certainly helps to know that there are people out there that understand. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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   Posted 7/10/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, and welcome! You have the glorious age for a child. They at least take naps still hehe. Speaking of naps, I got a 6 year old falling asleep on top of me. I think he's worn out today lol. I'm so tired to. Well, feel free to post anything hon, I feel like this is my family from afar.
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   Posted 7/10/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I remember that fatigue when my oldest daughter was little. It was terrible. I would sleep when she slept for sure. Also as soon as I got her to bed I went to bed, no late nights. I hope that you are able to get some rest during your busy day.
Fibromyalgia,arthritis,raynauds syndrome,gastroparesis,IBS,depression,severe costochondritis
God and Family is my life.

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   Posted 7/10/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the forum. I really don't have any advice to offer just thought I'd welcome you.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
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 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,

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