I have the same exact symptoms and have found that although my energy and stamina are low, I do feel better when I watch the amount of sugar and carbs in my diet. Caffeine and refined carbs cause a big crash so it's best to make sure I'm getting plenty of lean protein and healthy carbs like whole grain bread and vegetables. When I'm craving sweets I will eat a small amount of dark chocolate.
Try it - it will make you feel better instantly.View Thread
I agree - FM makes it really hard to sustain friendships. This is one of the reasons why I try so hard to continue to work. I was in the same job for 9 years and when the stress became too much for me, I requested a transfer. Now, I am starting all over from a social perspective so I'm really glad I still have a few friends outside of work. My friends and I will go weeks and sometimes months without visiting or even talking but they all seem to understand.
Friendships are really important when you are dealing with something as difficult as FM. Is there a local book club you can join? I would actively seek out some connections - even if they are only acquaintances. People need each other!View Thread
Wow, what a tough decision! I think because you are still young, you might want to ask about what other options are available to you. My mother and sister each had tubal ligation when they were in their thirties and eventually things got so bad that their doctors recommended a hysterectomy. My mom refused and is now 64 (post-menopause and feeling much better). My sister is 42 and is still contemplating surgery.
How many of your problems do you think are hormonal vs. physical? You should get a second opinion but from what you have told us, surgery might be the best option.
Aww, thanks for your concern. There was a two year guarantee on the parts, so when I called them originally - they said there wasn't anything that could be done. I asked my husband to handle it two years ago and he didn't do anything about it. One of the many reasons I called it quits - he did not advocate for me.
I am planning to call the BBB if they do not investigate the situation for me. Thankfully, I have my father at home to help me out with this. Sometimes these people think they can pull the wool over your eyes because you are female.
Thanks for re-affirming - it's hard to be calm when you're hot!
I need to vent. I don't know how much of this is genuine frustration or how much of it is anxiety so maybe you guys can help me with a reality check.
When I moved into my house five years ago, I had it remodeled. One of the most important things to me was having central air because I am really intolerant of heat and cold (probably because of FM). There was no exsisting duct work, so it was a big job ($11k) and it took nearly a month to complete. Aside from some minor hiccups after I moved in, the a/c worked fairly well for the first three years. Then 2009 rolls around and I go to turn on the a/c - no cool air. So I called in the company the originally installed the system and they tell me that I was out of coolant. Really? After only three years? I ask them to check for a leak, and they said they can't find a leak. So I pay the bill, nearly $700. One year later, 2010, and again - no cool air. Again, I need coolant. But this time I can't afford to pay another $700 so I call my uncle who puts another charge on the coolant. 2011 comes and for the third year in a row - no cool air. Now I am a single mom so I really don't have the money to pay a repairman - my uncles charges up my coolant. TWO WEEKS go by and now there is no cool air again.
At this point, it is obvious to me that there is something is wrong with the unit that was installed. Why should it need to be repaired four times in five years? I'm angry that I'm not being heard by the company that installed the unit not to mention that I'm miserable in the heat. It's 86 degrees in my house and I have my elderly mother caring for my two year old daughter in my home during the day. Can my frustration and discomfort really be causing me this much anxiety? I feel like I am ill equipped to handle stress and I can't calm myself down.
I have called the original company that installed the system and they are supposed to be calling me back today. I will be very surprised if I get any satisfaction from them but something must be done - there is no way I can spend all summer in the heat and humdity without air conditioning. I'm frightened by my moodiness and know that I can't sleep well, which will only make things worse.
I take Cymbalta and had the same feelings when I started taking it. I think it does dull the pain, but sometimes I still need an additional pain med.
It's definitely good to focus on the positive and remember that even though life is tough sometimes - at least you have a home, live in a free country and have health care. Many people don't have the things that we take for granted as a right to a humane life.
I don't think you are messed up in the head. Coping with FM is like being blindfolded on a roller coaster ride - you never know what's next.
Absolutely not! Although the exact cause of FM has not been determined, I can answer emphatically that it's not because of aspartame consumption.
With that being said, many health professionals warn the public about aspartame consumption because several studies have suggested that aspartame (as well as other artifical sweetners) contains toxins.
Carbonated drinks, especially sodas, are not recommended for FM patients. The caffiene many provide temporary energy but the crash will make you feel worse.
I would suggest that you try to cut down and eventually quit. Water is much better for you!View Thread
Awwww, thanks! I'm so happy to have someone rooting for me. Giving up sugar is really tough because it's so addictive - not just physically, but mentally too!
I pray that my motivation is reinforced by the improvements in my energy level and overall wellbeing. It's hard to admit but sometimes I do things even though I know they are not good for me.View Thread
Yaz is a brand of The Pill. You may have seen the commericials a few years ago - they say that it helps control PMDD (a severe form of PMS). It has been a lifesaver for me. If you smoke, it's never a good idea to take the pill (especially if you are over 35) because it causes blood clots. This is all brands, not just Yaz.
Ask your doctor about the nerve pain. There may be something else you can take besides Lyrica and Cymbalta.View Thread
Yes, my FM symptoms do get worse around that time. My solution is to get extra rest (going to bed an hour early, very limited social commitments, stress reduction, etc). I also take Yaz which really helps control my hormones and reduces my PMS symptoms. So, to answer your question - I think it is a result of hormonal changes. Talk to your GYN and ask if they can give your some ideas to help you deal with the hormonal spikes. I understand that black cohosh and evening primrose are helpful for PMS and pain. Nice package deal!!
To address the phenomenon you mentioned, I believe that the "crawly, electrical" feeling is nerve pain. I first experienced this kind of pain three months after I gave birth to my daughter. I was in the worst flare of my life and I felt it everytime I exhaled. Do you take Lyrica or Cymbalta? I believe they help with nerve pain - I take both of them.