Hi GrannyFibro (cute name), Many health insurance plans offer gym memberships so please look into your plan. Any out-of-pocket cost you may have to pay for this should be tax deductible with a written note from your doctor stating that such pool use is therapeutic for your condition(s).
Driving is a bit of a drawback but one can't have everything. Most areas have Y's scattered around making access convenient for many. There are many like us at these pools & you may even meet someone with whom you could share driving.
The benefits of the warm water exercise make any conveniences well worth the effort.
I, too, have been able to postpone surgery due to the marvels of warm water exercise. I can't speak enough about this form of exercise. Over the years, all the doctors, physical therapists, etc. I visited for my conditions (oa with fibro) all recommended the warm water pools. They were all so right!
The one symptom I would choose to get rid of is the sensation of my back muscles being pulled leaving me feeling as though I'm losing strength in this area. Aside from the obvious relief of pain, it would truly make my life better by relieving me of an ongoing fear that I will eventually be crippled by this loss of strength in my back.
I'm sure this post will generate a variety of good responses. I look forward to following it.......
You have a good attitude, Jan/Dakota. It's only normal to feel sad with all we have to deal with; we just can't allow ourselves to grieve for too long. If that becomes a problem, then it is time to seek help.
The night time has a way of exacerbating any negatives. Even colds & flus become worse at night. Always having been a morning person, I normally turn in early at night. This allows me to escape those negative night feelings.
Most of us seem to suffer from co-existing conditions. The Fibro alone would be bad but with others added in, it can become brutal.
I was forced to take early retirement as a result of my conditions & taking care of my body has become my full-time job. I'm grateful that so far, the conditions can be managed.
Hello Marie, I'm sorry to hear of your difficulties. Do you have co-existing conditions (osteoarthritis, etc.) or is it "just" the Fibro your dealing with?
I can't speak about the gabapentin as I've never tried it but I can comment on warm water therapy. I visit a gym with an 89 degree pool & it has helped so much with flexibility & consequently, mobility. Over the years, the many doctors & therapists I would visit for my Fibro & OA all recommended warm water exercises. They were right!
If this conservative treatment is feasible for you, please try it.
Let us know how you make out with your doctor & perhaps higher dose of the gabapentin.
The few times I've watched the show it was quite obvious that the "hoarder's" habits were a result of deep rooted mental issues. That's not to say that the woman that you speak of does not have FM but I would guess that, although FM can be debilitating for some, this woman's problems go far beyond FM.View Thread
I take melatonin once or twice a week & on the other nights I use 5-HTP to aid with sleep. The melatonin will sometimes cause unusual dreams & it will also sometimes cause a slight morning headache. The headache goes away without having to take any pain killers.
I don't believe it should be taken on a daily basis & for the couple times a week I use it, I feel it does ensure a rather sound sleep. Of course, most nights my bladder will awaken me (another lovely fibro symptom) before the alarm & afterwards getting back to sleep can be a problem.
Hi Crystal, I can't respond to your concern about unemployment however, when applying for SSDI, it does help to have the support of a physician, preferably a specialist. Because changing doctors is normally frowned upon, you may want to discuss further with your rheumatologist just how debilitating your symptoms are.
Annette brings up a good point, would he or any of your other doctors hire you?