That's awesome, Cece! And yes, I do feel sooooo much better with this weight off. However, I don't think it affected my fibro any. You know, no matter what plan we use to take the weight off, we would still have to "fight" to keep the weight off for life. I guess that's all part it. I'm just thankful that I now have the tools and the mindset on how to stay at a healthy weight. I love Medifast, too!
Thank you for the welcome back, Cece and Mimi! Cece, I want to let you know I've lost 50 lbs. on medifast since Dec. 1!! I remember you were the first person to get me interested in it, then I had a friend who was very successful. It has changed my thinking about food, and I love it! I will soon be in transition. Did you go through that, and I'm assuming you're now in maintenance?
Mimi, thank you, too. I'm so happy to hear you're having another grandchild. And I hope it's a girl! I knew from reading on her periodically that Dr. P wasn't around anymore...what a shame! I so enjoyed his expertise and humor.
Just to clarify....they took our granddaughter with them. Their plan is to live there for 2 years serving with a team in Mexico. We plan to go visit, and do lots of calling, emailing, and Skype!
Hi and welcome! I'm so sorry about your dx, but as you learn more about it, you'll find ways to make things better. That's interesting about the hypothyroidism causing a positive lupus reading. Or, I was going to say, you could have both lupus and fibro.
The amitriptilyne helps many people. It's an older antidepressant, and it helps with sleep (which is so important for fibro), mood, and pain. I'd give it a while to see how it works for you. You may find you need to add some things to that med. Many of us take a combination of meds and supplements to manage our symptoms.
I wish you the best! A really great book is "Fibromyalgia for Dummies." Also, anything by Dr. Mark Pelligrino is great.
Hey, Mary...I take celexa, and I was a few hours late taking it one day, and I had withdrawal too! I love it, but I learned right quick that I can't go without it. With any of the antidepressants, we have to very slowly wean off them.
Hello, All....many of you probably won't remember me, as I've been a long-time member, but I've been out of pocket for many months. My husband and I have been keeping our precious 2 year old granddaughter for our son and DIL. We did this to help them save money, b/c they were planning to fulfill their call to missions in Mexico.
They traveled all this week, pulling their belongings behind them, and finally arrived last night. This has been an emotional, as well as physical strain on my fibro. But I'm so thankful that they're doing what they feel the Lord is leading them to do.
I look forward to catching back up with folks here, and will probably have quite a few names to learn.
Bette, I'm a long-time member here, but have been out of pocket for a while. But when I've read discussions, I'm always struck by your encouragement and knowledge. I've wondered, are you a nurse? Or were you in the past?
Hello, sssfletcher.....I know just how you feel! I would like my life back, too. I also feel so guilty for being tired all the time and not getting anything done. No one understands that or the pain. I kind of had to smile about your doctors not being that "fond of fibro." I'm not that fond of it either!! None of us are. That really angers me in a way, too, as one who deals with the daily nonstop pain and fatigue. Do they think we want to feel this way?!
I think I'd have to stop all the going to doctors to find something else wrong with me. That is adding to your stress. It sounds to me like your husband isn't accepting your diagnosis, and is in denial about it. Maybe take him with you to your appt. with your fibro doctor to explain things. It really sounds to me like you've had enough tests done, and that the obvious answer is fibro.
Could you have a heart-to-heart talk with your husband? This is your body and your life. He shouldn't be making you undergo tests and see doctors against your will.
This is all just my humble opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. I wanted you to know, though, that I do understand your frustration with it all.
Hello, Fran, I'm so sorry you're in the midst of a bad flare. I've had them last several months, too. I would suggest you talk to your doctor about adding something for your sleep. Getting such a small amount every night is definitely affecting your pain level. There are many meds that can help....older antidepressants (trazadone is a good one), or a muscle relaxer. I'd say this is the number one thing that helps me.
Also, using a heating pad or heated throw help me. That, plus giving myself permission to rest, take my meds on time, and pace myself help me.
I do hope you and your doctor can come up with a better plan for you. Good luck!
You certainly don't deserve to be treated that way. I hate to hear that things have gotten worse for you. I've lived through that kind of situation, and my husband did eventually change for the better. It actually took a miracle from God for it to happen, though.
The stress of that kind of environment is bad for your health, as I'm sure you already know. Is there some family that could help you? Or a good friend? Maybe some others will be along with some more advice, but I hate to see you having to live like that. I know what it's like.
I think your mother needs to go to a doctor appointment with you, so she can hear firsthand from him what you go through. Either that or, like the other poster said, find another job. That job (or mother) stress is doing you no good.View Thread