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   Posted 12/3/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning friends!  Thanks to everyone that has posted replies to my questions, its nice to have someplace to go where people understand you and feel what you're feeling.  I had a quick question, although I haven't yet been diagnosed with fibro, but pretty convinced that it what I have, either way, nomatter what it is, I know that I am hurting and in pain and tired, so you all are still a wonderful source of information!  The last 6-12 months have progressively gotten worse for me, it seems like each week something different happens.  I've noticed for a while that if I exert myself on a given day I can't even move the following day without every part of my body in agony.  But recently what I've noticed is that one week a certain area of my body will hurt much more than the rest, and than it will switch areas, but one area is always zoned in for a lot more pain.  For instance last week my hips and lower back were awful, to the point where I could hardly get up or down, my neck and shoulders were stiff and sore as well as my knees, ankles and arms, but than this week my neck and shoulders feel like they are on fire and my hips and lower back are like my neck and shoulders were last week!  Is this common, does anybody else experience this?  Thanks again and I hope everyone has a pleasurable,  painfree weekend!

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   Posted 12/3/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jennifer,

Yes, this is normal for fibro. The pain likes to move around and surprise you. What a gift, eh? I have a lot of problems with my hips lately as well. I have to get up early because my right hip aches so bad that I can't sleep. Then when I get up my left hip aches when I step on that foot. So much fun. I always have pain in my neck and shoulders. That is just a given. I thinkit is because when we get pain, we tense up and that is where all the tension goes. So yes, it moves around and surprises you. I hope that you get a dx soon.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/3/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen is correct.  Every day is a surprise.  That's why I look forward to each new day with anticipation because it could be a good one!  If it isn't, I certainly can handle one day.  That's how you have to look at this illness.  One day at a time.  Try not to do a "body check-up" daily.  If I did that, I would think I was dying!  smhair    I just roll with the punches and use and do things that I know help control my pain.  I use supplements like vitamin D3 and malic acid/magnesium (links about that in Fibro 101) and I use gentle stretching and gentle exercises like walking and swimming to help control the pain.  CONTROL is the operative word in that last sentence.  I don't try to be pain-free because it doesn't really happen and is frustrating and depressing to you, too.  I just get the edge off the pain so I can function. 
I also pace myself when I do things.  They get done but not in the same time frame as I used to be able to do them.  But I feel very blessed that I CAN do them!  Attitude is very important with fibro.
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   Posted 12/4/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds exactly how I started out. It got progressively worse for me. Mine started out as just migraine headaches, then lower back pain, then neck then, ... you get the point. Sometimes (well, before I started cymbalta) my pain moved so much in one day, it would sit in one spot for 15 minutes, I'd have my husband help hook up my tenz unit, no sooner would he get it plugged in and the pain would be in a different spot. I'm on lyrica and cymbalta together and so far I've got my old self back. I can tell it's helping tremendously in the "stress" department too as I've been at my parents a week now and I am surviving this time :-).

Best of luck to you. Time to get to a good rheumatologist and start getting treated before you lose anymore good days. Stretching helps a LOT. Start there now since that's safe enough to do on your own. That and walking. It's livable. You just have to learn how to do it :-)!
Fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, PCOS, IBS, anxiety, chronic insomnia; Lyrica, ambien, yaz, cymbalta, lidocaine patches, midrin if needed, (fish oil, D3, Co-Q10, multi) PS: I think fibromyalgia is a jerk!

Love, hope, and hugs,
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