Morning FMily. MiMi in NC and it is cold in NC this morning and a *colder front* is headed our way. Well, at least it is not raining today. I am glad of this. Here is hoping each of you had a good night's rest and I hope today will be a good day for everyone with little to no pain.
Time is indeed flying by. They said this Christmas would be different as the time was *shorter than usual*....and I think I did not really understand until now. Thanksgiving being so late cut the time for shopping days until Christmas. I guess a lot of people actually start right after Thanksgiving. I can NOT even believe just how crowded the stores are here....and it is NOT people but everything else. I think the stores are running out of room. I think perhaps that people are NOT buying as much as the stores thought they would. Perhaps this is just the sign of the times. So many people are still struggling these days.
Well, I guess the stores will have *deep reductions* soon. Some people will just wait and get some great deals. It will be good IF this happens and it not, then the stores will be stuck with a lot.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. The community seems to be really *slow* right now. I hope people are just busy getting ready for Christmas. I know that we have been busier than normal.
Hang in here and learn all you can about what other FMers have found that has made a difference for them. We are all different and what helps one may or may not help another. Do a trial and error process and find out what works for you....it will probably be a *combination of tools*. There is no magic pill for us.
I am quite surprised though that I have felt the way I have. I have not felt better (energy wise) in many years. I must be on the medicine. I have no idea what I might be taking. But I do know that even with the cold temps, my pain level is lower than it has been. This is a good thing for me. I have done more in the last few days than I have done in some time.
I will say this though....my body has been quite sore. Interesting....as I have used more muscles I guess than I have in a long time.
I am hoping that I will find out one day exactly what I am taking. My DH said I need to continue taking it, whatever it is.
For the new members....I do encourage each of you to ask your doctor about getting your Vitamin D level checked.....and also do your own research about this. There are some interesting research findings on just what the medical researchers have discovered.....some good, some questions....some disagreement about what they have discovered.
Perhaps someone will soon figure this out.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Here is hoping everyone will stay warm today. Remember to pace, pace and pace even more....your body and your mind will surely thank you.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC where it is 33* and very damp today....with more rain expected. It was icy yesterday and very cold. I did NOT get out of the house all day. Lots of things were cancelled....even the local area Christmas parades. Well, this is wintertime and I guess cold weather is what we can expect. I think the nice weather we have had previous has really spoiled a lot of people, me included.
I am on my 5th day of taking the 2 pills for the clinical trial. It is quite interesting that I think I have noticed a slight difference with my pain level. Last Thursday the weather was really damp and cold as well and I started it. The weather has not improved much but it seems like my pain is not as bad as it normally is in cold, damp weather. Perhaps it is too early for me to be jumping to conclusions here or perhaps the medicine is for real and I am actually *feeling* a difference. I guess with time I will be able to tell. I have to keep track of this by updating a diary every morning and evening. The data is then sent somewhere to be updated.
Here is hoping each of you had a rested week-end and I hope today is a good day for all of us....with little to no pain.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. Week-ends are really very slow but during the week traffic here seems to pick up some. It seems that some FMers have been busy though perhaps due to the holiday season.....I hope this is the case. So much to do with little time left to do it. Time passes by very quickly. They said Christmas would arrive sooner this year since Thanksgiving was so late.
I hope new members will be sure to check out the info under *tips* and *resources* and be sure and review the *member toolbox* where you will find some good *tools* to try. We are all different and what helps one may or may not help someone else....but you never know, until you try. I am sure that soon each of you will find something that will improve you daily life....you just have to figure out the right combination of tools which will work for you.
Vitamin D....be sure and speak to your doctor about getting your Vitamin D level checked.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it on this Monday.
Have a great day and remember to pace, pace and pace even more. You mind and your body will thank you for doing this.
Yes, today is hump day again....and it is only 14 more days until Christmas, can you believe it? MiMi in NC and it is COLD here...but thank goodness there is no rain today...we get a break, for now. I think there is another *front* headed our way. But I guess we can expect this as it is Christmas time. A lot of rain expected for the week-end...which is not good. People will have to be out and about getting their last minute shopping done.
Here is hoping everyone had a good night's sleep and I hope today will be a good day for us all, with little to no pain.
Welcome to the new members also who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that each of you will soon find something that will help you cope better. Learn all you can about what others have found that has helped them cope better and try what you think might help you as well. Heating pad and learning how to pace, pace and pace even more. Taking a hot shower at night using lavender bath salts right before bedtime just might help you sleep better...as we do need our sleep. Sleep allows the body to repair. Lack of sleep can sure cause the pain level to increase. Eating right and drinking plenty of *water* might also help you as well. Getting your Vitamin D level checked which just might make a difference in your pain level. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Whatever you decide to try....know that it is a process and it takes time and effort to find the *right combination of tools*....as you should allow at least 6-8 weeks of whatever you decide to do.
That's all. Enjoy the sunshine if you have it today.
Hello Kasie....it seems like everyone has a different opinion now on Vitamin D....how much to take and what kind of effects the vitamin might have on people....it depends where you get the info. I am disappointed in the doctors who do NOT take checking the patients level....as this indeed would be a starting point...so perhaps the doctor knows more about your area than he shared with you. I have no idea. When I first got sick back in 2005....the doctor had checked my Vitamin D and failed to even tell me just how very low it was. I think it was 12. Anyway, I continued to be really very sick. At the time though my doctor was so sure that I was just depressed and he continued to treat me (or tried to anyway) with different medicines. Nothing though that I took helped the way I felt.
Anyway...at the time I had multiple health issues. So to make a long drawn out story short...I ended up going to a surgeon about a parathyroid problem. The surgeon reviewed my medical file and decided that my issues were probably just from low Vitamin D. (this turned out NOT to be the case either)...the surgeon said that I hardly even had any at all to do any good.
With my own personal knowledge and research and experience though would be to do exactly what your doctor as stated. I would take my multi and then take the 1000 iu 3 times a day.
Now I do want to give you a *heads up*...your Vitamin D might NOT be the solution to your fatigue issue. It took me over a year before I got my Vitamin D level back to *within the range, but it was still in the very low range*...and I am still having issues with the fatigue.
I would also encourage you though the next time that the doctor does your blood work, you should *insist* that he also check your Vitamin D level. Playing guess work with a person's level is NOT in anyone best interest...(my opinion).
I will also tell you this much. That when a person's Vitamin D is really on the low end of the range, it is normally very hard to easily get your numbers where they need to be. Some doctors would give you a prescription for 50,000 iu to bring your Vitamin D level up. So I would say that taking 4,000 iu daily should not be a problem for you...(at least for a while)...again, this is my own personal opinion, I know that I would NOT have a problem taking 4,000 iu a day.
From what I have read recently, there are still many questions about Vitamin D and just how important it may or may NOT be for people everywhere.
I think there will continue to be more research on it and hopefully one day someone will get it all figured out for all of us. But until that happens I would say that one opinion is not the final say so on the issue of Vitamin D.
I hope this answers your question.
Take care and continue to try different *things* until you find something that will help you cope better.
IF you find something that helps your fatigue....please share it as well.
Morning FMily...today we are now in double digits...time is ticking...Christmas is getting closer and closer. Only 15 days until Christmas. I figured that when Thanksgiving arrived and they were talking about it being so late this year and that the time would be real short due to this that Christmas would creep upon us rather quickly. I look forward to Christmas each and every year...as I think it is such a wonderful time of the year...the lights, the sounds and the atmosphere changes this time of the year. I think this season brings out people who perhaps have not gotten out in a very long time. The hustle and bustle of the stores and everyone trying to find something *special* for their loved ones, perhaps mostly children and grandchildren in most cases, as this is the *magical time of the year that most children look forward to*. Wonderful memories to make and keep and to then store away for another year. It is such a special time of the year where people gather for special occasions, if only to have a meal and catch up on what has happened since last year. Perhaps this is just getting a Christmas card from someone you have not heard from in a long time or calling someone on the telephone to wish them a Merry Christmas.
Yes, this is a special time of the year. For some, it can be a sad time as well. Those who have love ones who are sick or not well. Those who have other issues that they might be facing. So as we are out and about, try to remember this and to understand that there are some who try to overlook the season, that to them it is just another day of the year. Even these people though can appreciate a smile and a *Happy Holiday* as well.
MiMi in NC where it is COLD and RAINING, again. I am hoping this soon passing though and that the sun will shine again and it will dry things soon as so much dampness there is here. The furbabies are not happy having to go outside. I have to towel them down when they return and they do not like this either.
Here is hoping each of you had a good night's rest and I hope today will be a good day for us all, with little to no pain.
Again I am quite pleased that my pain level does not seem to be as high as it has been, especially due to the cold and dampness. Perhaps the 2 pills that I am on does make a difference. There is a difference in how I feel.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that each of you will soon find something that will help you cope better. It does take time and effort as you must try different tools and find out which ones just might make a difference in how you feel.
Again I encourage those who have not already done so to be sure and ask your doctor about getting your Vitamin D level checked which affects a lot of people these days. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well. I am reading that the medical researchers are still looking at this though. Some say that low Vitamin D might be an indication that there is some other medical issues going on. Well, I hope these people figure this out and find us a *cure* for FM in the process.
I think we all know that there must be some reason for people having LOW vitamin D. Some are now also saying that sunshine can not and does not bring the level back up to where it needs to be, once it is so very low.
Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Have a great day and remember to pace, pace and pace even more.....you body and your mind will thank you.
Too funny Cory.....*I think I am getting grumpy in my years*.....I can not even believe that you think you are grumpy....at least you are able to work....that is more than some of us FMers can do. I think it is great that you are still able to continue your journey each day with the dragon wrapped around you. I guess you have learned how to *dance with the dragon, instead of draggin the dragon....as Nana B says.
OK....so I have been taking these 2 pills now since last Thursday....and it has been really COLD and DAMP here....normally I am in major pain when this occurs. I can hardly believe what I was able to do. I cleaned more than I have in several years....without putting myself in major pain. I can hardly believe this. My energy level was the best it has been in many years. I did overdo though....I sat down and thought I was not going to be able to get back up. I had no idea that the pills would affect my energy level this way. So I must be taking pills instead of the placebo....or I have truly tricked the brain BIG TIME.
And to think I have no idea what I am taking. I probably will NEVER know either....which is not a good thing. I will be anxious to see IF this lasts OR if I had just had some good luck for a few days....nope, I don't think that is the case. It's got to be the pills.
Cory, sorry about your family issues. Sounds like your brother is one of those who can't live with em and can't live without em either. I find is so sad when people have children....as they are the ones who end of and suffer the most. I see just how much my GD has changed since March. She has turned into a happy little girl. She lives to see her daddy and spend time with her cousins. I have only seen her upset a couple of times...and it was because the other GC had to leave. All children deserve a happy childhood. They only have one and when it is over, well, that's it...It is sad when parents have issues which they can not seem to figure out.
Sometimes I know people make bad choices in life. But it also seems like some people are just born to be lucky and have it all. One can only hope that things get better for those who have tough times in life.
I do know that I have been *blessed*...I have 3 wonderful children and 4 wonderful GC now. Even though we have faced a lot of challenges in the past few years....we have still been blessed. I know that things could be so much worse and I am thankful for what I have learned from the issues that we muddled through. I would have never thought I could have learned so much about the Judicial System and just how much corruption there is along with the cover up. It has surely opened up my eyes wide, very wide. I now have a different outlook on a lot of things.
Don't let anyone bring you down Cory...as there is just so much a person can do. I think sometimes that no matter what we could or should do....that it would not make much of a difference anyway. I am thankful when I can help someone though....especially when things get tough for them, without them doing anything at all.
Nope....I do NOT think you are getting *grumpy in your years. You do what you can do and probably actually more than you should do.
Take care and rest as you can. I do hope your weather gets better soon.
FYI****I am sharing the email reply that I received. Dear MiMi,
I have changed my picture to a pic of my DD and our newest little addition, Cade, our 4th GC, our 3rd GS. He was born 11/30/2013. Weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. He is a handsome little fellow. Changing every day. His big brother loves him and his cousins do also. This is such a special time for all of us.View Thread
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