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Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 8/28/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.. new here. This is only my second post. Really needing a friend right now. Been having alot of pain!!! I work pt but my job is killing me. Part of my job requires me to do shipment which involves lifting, and being on a ladder stocking inventory. It causes me to have severe neck and shoulder pain which triggers migraines. I  love my job (sales associate for vit/supplements store) but don't know what to do. In the midst of all this my son was bit in the face by my neighbors dog today. His mouth was bleeding, black and blue and very swollen. My poor baby!!! Between being in pain and wanting to care for my son, I called off work. The stress and worry over all this isn't helping. I guess I just needed to vent a little.. sometimes I feel alone and second guess myself. I take on too much and push myself at home and work. I feel guilty for working and feel guilty for not working... I don't want my family to think Im lazy but my FM can't handle it. Anyways, thanks for letting me ramble... smhair
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Date Joined Jun 2010
Total Posts : 554
   Posted 8/28/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hollywood, I'm so sorry about the terrible time you're having right now. Holy cow, anyone would be daunted, to say the least. It's great you came here for a shoulder, because these people are fantastic. You are not alone.

I'm just logging off for the night - but others will be here. Sometimes it gets a little quiet at night - but don't worry - the others will be along and respond.

Take a deep breath. You're doing the best you can with the tools at your disposal. Guilt isn't something you need - it doesn't help at all.

Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 8/29/2010 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry about your son getting bit by a dog.  Was the dog playing and got too rough?  Or did he attack him?  My dog is a pup (german shepherd) and is very high strung.  She always wants to jump on the kids, so I have to keep her away from them.  Plus she is starting to get protective (7 mo's old) and I worry about her biting somebody.  She is scared of a lot of things, she has fearful agression right now.  Have to break her of that.  So much work.
Try not to be so hard on yourself.  Take life one day at a time.  If you can work, you can.  If you can't, you can't.  You will know the difference.  Follow your heart and do what is right for the little one.  It will fall into place for you.
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Hollywood, Im so sorry about your son getting bitten. When my youngest was 4 he was bitten by my father and mother in laws dog and they were spending the night there. They did not call to let us know what had happened and my brother-in-law was the one who finally let us know the next day. By then it was too late for stitches I was quite upset. So I understand what that is like for you.
I also understand what you are going through as far as the pain of working especially soreness that comes in the arms and shoulders from overuse. I used to work in at a service counter where we had to constantly restock the cigarrettes it got to the point where I just couldnt do that part of it anymore luckily for me some of the younger ones took over most of that.
I also know what it is like to feel like I was lazy because I just didnt have the energy to do any kind of housework when I got home. There were days where I could barely make it from the car into the house.
I dont have any great advice for you to make your life easier, I always just took it one day at a time always hoping for better the better days just wanted you to know you are not alone.
Gentle Hugs
P.S. In case anyone is wondering the kids never slept over at grandma and grampas again.
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

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   Posted 8/29/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Hollywood!  Welcome!  Oh, I sure do know the stress you are going through.  My oldest daughter was bitten in her face by a Rottweiler/Pitbull mix just a year ago last week, and had to have over 200 stitches!  Thank goodness she was sent to a plastic surgeon right away.  The dog nearly ripped her lip and part of her chin off and grabbed her under her eye, too.  She is fine but I cried my eyes out!  Now, you can barely tell that anything ever happened.  So, do try to relax.  Stressing isn't helping your child and it definitely isn't helping you!
Now, about your job.  That is tough work for a person with fibro but you love it so I'll give you some suggestions.  Try massaging your neck and the base of your skull to help keep those muscles less tight.  I do that sometimes.  If I feel a knot, I press on it.  Yes, it hurts but it helps release the knot.  I learned this from my massage therapist who helps me sooo much.  Also, I use Sombra Roll On.  It looks like deodorant but it helps with pain.  That would be easy to keep in your pocket and when  your neck starts hurting, roll a little on.  It's all natural and is great for pain. 
Have  you checked out Fibro 101 yet?  It's the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot.  There is a link to some gentle stretching exercises in there that could help you.  Some are for the shoulders and the neck.  These could help you too.
I use some supplements and vitamins that help with pain, too, and there are links about these in Fibro 101. 
I hope these ideas help you and make your job more pleasant.  Let us know how you are doing because we really do care about  you.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon!
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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

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 8/29/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou for your replies.. My son is better today. Thank goodness he didn't require stitches. Very swollen and brusied. My neighbor is a good friend of mine. Her dog just had puppies and my son reached down to pet one when mama attacked. She is up to date on her shots, thank goodness! My boss called this morning to see how he was which I thought was very nice. Because I work at a vitamin/supplement store, I have taken many courses and researched the use and benefits of supplements. Was diagnosed with fybro 10 mths. after I started working there. I have Fatigued to Fantastic (the book) from Dr. Tautlebaum.. sp?? We just got his line in that he created and recommends. He also has FM.  Considering trying it to replace all the supp. I am currently taking which are........ multivit. fish oil, glucosamine, cal-mag, vit D-3, valerian and digestive enzymes. My bf who I refer to as my hubby, is GREAT at giving me massages!!! Yes, right at the base of the skull, OMG!! I will check out the info regarding stretching for neck and shoulders. Thanks for listening and advise. I am so glad I found you all!! What a wonderful support system for us ladies. Yes, one day at a time. What a difference a day makes. Blessings, Hollywood smilewinkgrin
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