I don't have any children in the military but I know how I felt when my son told me he was seriously considering joining, so I can only imagine what you are going through. We worry every day about our babies no matter their age or what they are getting themselves into but for a military parent it has to be so unbelievably hard. The fear of the unknown will eat us alive.
Just keep in mind that this is what he wants to do with his life and support him as much as possible with positive feed back (easy for me to say, huh). You must be so proud of him !!
You are getting the best Christmas present ever, so cherish every second of it and make lasting memories. I'm so happy for you and you are very blessed to get this special time with your son.
Hope you have an amazing Christmas, happy holidays !
I also have been experiencing some symptoms that I didn't believe could be FM, (Still not completely convinced) such as swollen, very painful knees. My hips and knees always bother me but this is just different. When I wake up in the morning, I can hardly walk due to my knees being so stiff and swollen. The actually look like huge hives, red and swollen, warm to the touch. Other smaller joints are swollen but nit as red.
I also have been experiencing the "butterfly rash" which is sometimes present with Lupus. Just some strange things. My doctor did extensive labs including RF, ANA, CBC, CMP, Lupus titer and a few others (Vitamin D, MiMi). My CBC was off a bit but everything else came back normal or negative.
My doctor believes it's just part of the FM. FM is a mystery, it can do some crazy things to people, not everyone has the exact same symptoms. Some people do experience more of the muscle issues and maybe not the fatigue or joint problems and just tender muscles.
I don't understand it all and I'm sure nobody ever will. Mine started with my back and went to sleeping issues and now it's all over the place, literally. I honestly don't know what's going to happen from day to day. The one thing I can count on is some sort of pain, somewhere in my body, that's just a given.
Of course, I'm not saying that there's nothing else going on with you, I'm just saying don't discount the FM. I certainly hope that you find some answers, it sure seems like we are constantly searching for them.
I hear ya ! Can't believe it's 2 weeks til the big day !
The weather is ridiculous, rain, rain, and more rain and brrrr cold. I did see about 10 flakes of snow on my way to work this morning. At this point, I think snow would be better. We decided to have a cut tree this year, too muddy to get it, so we don't have a tree up yet ! Only a few decorations out.
Usually this is all done by the weekend after Thanksgiving, I just can't get into the spirit this year. It definitely feels more of a chore this year. We all have had colds and flu, I've been having more health issues as well. Honestly, I just want this over with. I don't even have all of my shopping done, nothing is wrapped. I use to be so organized and on top of everything, that's obvioulsy in the past now.
I don't feel like doing anything nor do I have the energy to do it. My sweet husband would do it all if I'd just ask. He doesn't want to step on my toes, he knows how independant I "want" to be. He's just waiting for me to give him the go ahead, bless his heart. He always comes through for me.
Maybe I'll shake the scrooge soon and move on to the happy holidays. Hope everyone can do the same and enjoy this time with their loved ones.
I have tried many different meds and most recently was rx'd Citalapram. Last "antidepressant" was Wellbutrin, which was ok at best for a short period of time. Tell me about the Citalapram as far as what you've experienced. Weight gain ? Do you find that your mood is better or do you just feel better in general ?
I've been dealing with FM for 15 plus yrs and have tried so many antidepressants, ones that are meant to help FM, and so on. I don't sleep, I have pain every day (like everyone), knees, hips, shoulders, neck, ribs, feet, and flare about 3 times a month to the point I feel as if someone has kicked the daylights out of me on top of having the flu from hell. I also get every virus that I come in contact with. With this being said, yes, I am depressed so I need an antidepressant.
I haven't been able to find one that actually helps with the depression so in turn I truly believe that my FM is way worse. Who wouldn't be depressed when dealing with chronic pain and fatigue. I read that Citalapram is a mood enhancer and gives you a feeling of well being. Well, in my view, If I have a feeling of well being then I will feel better. If I feel better then my pain won't be in my face 24/7.
Now that I've gone on and on, can you tell me how it affects you ? I know everyone is different with meds and FM, this isn't my first rodeo, but I haven't talked to anyone that has FM and takes Citalapram. I would greatly appreciate any info that you are willing to share with me.
Thank you so much for your input ! I totally see it in a different way now. She, as well, has never been able to sleep. From the day she was born she's been up and down all night and is probably the reason my sleeping habits got crazy.
Having this knowledge that you shared puts a perspective on things for me now. We need to get to the bottom of this so if it's FM then we can prepare for the future. I never thought of it that way. If I knew what was in store for me I certainly would have done things differently like you mentioned...brilliant ! Why didn't I think of that..wow.
Like Nancy B. mentioned, her Pediatrician needs to know her family history so she knows how to approach this. I will definitely get an appt scheduled.
Great idea Nancy, thank you. As far as the hereditary thing, I think she probably thinks of FM as an "old persons" condition because anyone over 25 is old to a teenager lol but good point.
I hound her about keeping hydrated because of sports and she does well. I think recently she realized why I always tell her to go soak in the tub because she is doing that more on her own. She may be testing me to see if I'll confirm her thoughts of what's going on but it's so hard to tell her because I don't want her to have this to face but its is better to get a grip on things now. Maybe it's something else, I sincerely hope so but to be fair I need to get an appt.
Thank you, Margaret, for your input. I think your right on making an appointment with her pediatrician and having some labs or whatnot. I pray that she doesn't have to deal with this for the rest of her life.
Thank you, MiMi, for taking time to respond. I guess I never thought about the fact that she just hasn't brought this up to me. Maybe she knows I'll make rules about resting more and I'll be on her case since that's what I normally do when she's not feeling well. I should just talk to her about it so we can get a good system down so she knows when to take it easy or whatnot. Perhaps I should make an appointment with her pediatrician.
I hate to put a label on her at such a young age but need to get to the bottom of this. Again, I really appreciate your advice.