I get pain along the bottom of my rib cage, but it's usually only severe in short bouts. It was one of my symptoms when I got diagnosed, though, and apparently that's normal pain for me. But if you're getting new pain, it should be checked out, just in case. Anything new could be a sign of something else that needs attention, after all.View Thread
Are you stretching before and after walking? It usually helps me. Gentle stretches are the key. Applying heat before and after could help, too. A favorite of mine is soaking in an epsom salt bath once a week, since it helps relieve pain accumulated through the week's activities.
Also make sure your shoes are comfortable and fit properly! I can't tell you how many times I've had ill-fitting or uncomfortable shoes cause me additional pain.
I hope you find something that helps soon! Definitely don't give up on the walking because of the pain, though. Keeping you mood uplifted is important. Gentle hugs!View Thread
My mom has handicap tags, and I'm going to see about getting a placard to hang on the mirror when I test for my license next summer. I've discovered that although I'm usually pretty okay, driving makes me go stiff all over and it's really hard to walk afterwards. It'd also be nice to have on bad days, so I'd only use it when I need it.
As far as I know, to get one requires getting a doctor to fill out a form saying you need it? There should be information on the website of your DMV.View Thread
I'll see about getting my hormone levels checked, but I'm actually fairly confident that mine are good. This is based purely upon years of imbalances and familiarity with how a hormonal imbalance makes me feel, so I could be wrong, but I suppose we'll see?
I'm definitely going to work on the exercise. While I was studying in England I took tai chi lessons, and that did wonders for me. There's free tai chi twice a week on campus, and I'm gonna try to make it to both, and once I've consulted with a physical therapist, I'm going to acquire a gym buddy, since I get free access to the campus gym. Oh, the perks of being a college student.
I'm already starting to make what I'm calling an anti-shopping list, full of things i'm not allowed to eat. I think I'll manage. After all, giving up chocolate was the hardest part, and I've managed that better than I expected!
I'm impressed you managed several degrees! I just want the one, at least for now, and my main concern is my symptoms preventing me from graduating on time. Last semester taught me the hard way that I really need to take better care. . .View Thread
Hi all! Just wanted to check in with something cheery!
I've spent the better part of this year drowning in fatigue, but this morning I woke up feeling like a normal person! I mean, there's still pain, but I've had that for forever, and it's not so bad. But I've got my energy back! I was running and laughing and feeling absolutely great. A bit worn out now, from all the activity, but I'm doing so much better than I have in a long time. I'm even gonna make dinner for my family tonight, since I've got the energy and my mom is having a real bad day.
It's always a blessing to have days like this. I hope you all get one or more soon, preferably on a day with nice weather so you can fully enjoy it. View Thread
A friend of mine who is a massage therapist and also suffers from fibromyalgia says that anyone who knows anything about fibromyalgia would never do a deep tissue massage on someone who suffers from it. I think she mentioned something about lymph drainage being good, but I'm not sure.
My advice is to find a massage therapist familiar with fibromyalgia and talk to them. In my experience most of them are and are very willing to work with you to find what helps and avoid what makes your pain worse.View Thread
Aw, I hope you're less tired soon! Make the effort to go get some more vitamins if they'll help!
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely ask about B13 and B15. Now that my brain is functioning at normal capacity again, it occurs to me that I should ask about other deficiencies that might cause fatigue (since that's my biggest problem nowadays) and get checked for them as well? This seems to be a good idea.
And gee, you've made me smile. I hope I can be a success story. I certainly don't want to manage my fibro as poorly as my mother manages hers. Up until about a year and a half ago when everything kicked into overdrive I was hyper active, outdoorsy, and into dancing and tennis and super long walks in the rain. I'm not about to let the fibro take my life away from me. I'm okay now. My symptoms aren't that bad most days. I'm still young and resilient. But I decided long ago that I'm not ever going to settle for okay. I want to thrive, and if that means I've got a few years of a lot of work, I'll charge right on through.
The irony is that charging on through mostly means learning to slow down. View Thread
Hello! It's been a long time since I've been on here. My boyfriend came to visit for three weeks and now the panic of the approaching semester is starting to set in, so I've been a bit distracted.
Anyway, I've been trying to control my symptoms via diet, exercise, and really everything that's not medication, since I believe quite strongly that I can overcome this and that pharmaceuticals are a last resort, not the first. Heading back to school will help, since school is in a big city and not the physician-deprived rural area I've grown up in. My plan is to get myself to the campus counseling center, see the nurse practitioners in the student health center so they can refer me to a dietician and a physical therapist so I get some coaching in the areas I sorely need it.
I'm also going to ask for some tests, too. For one, I very much want to be tested for food and chemical sensitivities, since I don't have the time or the attention span to figure them out for myself and I want to start feeling better as soon as possible, what with a full course load and a senior thesis looming. But I also want to be tested to see if I've got any deficiencies which could be aggravating my symptoms. I know I'm due for iron and Vitamin D tests, and I think I read somewhere that it'd be a good idea to have the B12 levels checked too.
So now to my questions. Is there any other deficiency I should be checked for, while I'm at it? Anything else I should look into doing? I really want to get on top of things and figure out what best relieves my pain and fatigue, preferably while I've still got my dad's insurance and my parents are still paying for my healthcare. That's gonna end soon after I graduate this May, so I figure now's the time to get started, right?View Thread