Thank you so much for your replies--it is so nice to have a lot of different viewpoints and real experiences.
Unfortunately my fiancé can't move for his job, although I know he would if he could. He's been very supportive through all of this. My mom does live halfway in between, so that is nice to know in case I need to mix up the commute.
Thanks again for your responses--I'm still mulling things over, so I will be sure to take them into account and share them with my fiancé as we make this decision.
I've been looking all over but can't seem to find an answer to this specific question.
I am 33 yrs old and have had FM for about 10 years. As we all know, some times in life are more stressful than others which often results in management of symptoms and truly taking care of ourselves being more difficult...I'm certainly in one of those times!
I am worried, though, because although I'm doing my best to eat well, get rest, and exercise, my symptoms have changed in the morning. My pain and stiffness level has stayed the same, but waking up has become almost impossible. It's beyond even my normal FM morning exhaustion and lasting fog, for which I already take Nuvigil. This is more to an inability to move or even register the snooze button for what it is...almost like having a huge heavy blanket on top of me and not having the strength to budge underneath. I've been late for work and have found myself just dozing off at my desk.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is it just a sign that I'm overdoing it and need to cut back & restore/heal? Or could it be a more drastic sign? I have a strong family history of psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as having psoriasis myself, so I do try to be aware of changes in my body's responses to different situation.
Thank you very much! Although I never like to hear that others are going through difficult situations, it is helpful to hear about those mentioning a similar age.
Although I will be traveling for work and unable to visit the doctor for the next couple of weeks, I have made the appt. for the thyroid test and started a dedicated symptom journal, as you and the other wonderful respondents have suggested. I know it will help to be confident during my visits with a concrete record of change over time.
It's also so wonderful to know that there is a community of support...combating a feeling of isolation is half the battle!
Dear Booch007, Thank you very much for your kind reply. I identified with your descriptions of "ground hog day"...it resonated with my normal symptoms as well as the change that sparked my curiosity. It is true that the combinations of medicines is so complex and our responses can change as well. Also, the mention of thyroid differences is another thing that I didn't think of.
I'll definitely be going to get checked, as you and Xperky suggested. I appreciate everyone's compassion here!
Margaret, Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I have been increasingly worried that the RA or PA will rear its head sometime sooner rather than later, especially given the pattern of stress/illness that my fibro seemed to develop with. I like the idea of keeping a journal about the symptoms--I've been doing so mentally, but I can see the power of a physical record! Thanks again and best wishes, KellyView Thread