Please do not post on this thread. This is replacing the missing thread on Fibro 101. Thanks!
We welcome you and enjoy your input. Some of our members are very knowledgeable and some of us are full of hot air, but we all pretty much have our hearts in the right place and we will help you all we can, even if it's just to listen. So cry and whine, laugh and smile, but do share. We all appreciate each other a lot! If you're one of the shy ones, who only reads, (we call you a lurker), that's ok, too. But we'd much rather hear from you if you have anything to say.
The thing I like about HealingWell is the members seem to understand fibro's drawbacks and limitations, and instead of offering false hopes and fake claims we just share what works for us with each other. Nobody is trying to sell you something. Some members have wonderful doctors who take a multifaceted approach to the disorder and use nutritional supplements as well as prescriptions and physical therapy. Some of our members have trouble finding doctors who will treat fibromyalgia. All of us have discovered that if we pool our experiences we can all learn new coping mechanisms for fibro.
Now, this is NOT depressing! It's just life! Heck, people in the middle ages died of tooth abcesses and simple infections. We don't have it so bad. We've got cars and elevators and electric appliances. All I can think of is the early pioneers who developed this DD while crossing the continent in a covered wagon without so much as an aspirin to their name. We CAN do this. We can have great lives despite our DD but we have to make it happen. I am not fibro any more than I am diabetes or asthma or hypertension or any of the other conditions this old body of mine is entertaining at the moment. I choose to be as happy and helpful as I can every day of my life as long as I can find my way through the fibro fog! JoKat, one of our few male members who chooses to post among the high percentage of women on our forum has an excellent attitude and his signature says it all, "Fibro is a life sentence, but not a death sentence."
I'm putting some of the links that we often refer to in this posting so we can bump up this post instead of all of them and you may pick and choose what you need to learn about. Just click on whatever interests you. Take care and be gentle with yourself.
Fibro: A list of common symptoms
Simple Flexibility Yoga
Fibromyalgia, eMedicine from WebMD A site for your doctor BY a doctor
Chat 101 ~ How to chat
Hope this makes things easier for everybody. If you have suggestions for links to helpful sites (that aren't selling anything) you may post them or email the links to any of the mods if you're not sure about them. And for all of our sakes, please read thru the Forum Rules so you know what is ok to post and what is going to be deleted or edited by the moderators.
I, along with all the moderators welcome you to Healingwell and look forward to sharing with you.<!-- Edit -->