Morning FMily. MiMi in NC and the temps have dropped again. Very weird and strange weather to say the very least.....low temps with lots of bad weather and then it gets higher than normal....OK...so exactly what is *normal*? I am not sure anyone knows the answer to this question. What one might consider normal may be far off from what another person thinks is normal.
DH stayed in yesterday....his temp broke though and he went to work today. He called yesterday for a doctor's appointment but was unable to get one right away. He needed to rest I think more than anything. For whatever reason he does not understand that our body needs to sleep to repair itself. He gets little sleep as it is. This is his *normal* life. Not good at all since he is a cancer survivor. I do worry when he has a temp longer than a day or two....as his cancer doctor told me years ago that he did NOT need to have one for very long.....he needed to see a doctor when this happens. It is sad though as so many times when a person sees a doctor, they have no idea what is going on with the person either.
OK....Monday was an ok day. It is cooler here again and the temps are going to decrease as the day goes on. It seems that another *cold front* is headed our way. I am sick of this weather. So ready for some warmer weather. Now the schools are worried about how many days the children have missed due to the weather. I am not quite sure that a few days would make a huge difference. I guess it is what it is though.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that you will find lots of good *tools and tips* that perhaps you have not thought of trying. It does take a *trial and error process to find what may or may not work though for each of us. If you are trying vitamins and supplements or prescriptions....then it just might take 6-8 weeks to actually *feel* the full effect of what it is suppose to be. So hang in there and hopefully things will get better for you.
Vitamin D. Be sure and ask the doctor to check this.....low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Have you tried drinking plenty of water every day ? You might be quite surprised just how much this might help. Water is so good for us. Our muscles need water.
Have you tried using a heating pad ? This is one of my *favorite tools* to use. I have found that using it on the back of my neck area helps whatever pain I might have. Warm heat makes me feel better. Try it. Perhaps it will also help you as well.
Taking a hot shower at night using lavender bath salts also helps to relax the muscles so I can rest better. I do struggle with getting enough sleep though. Perhaps due to stress....I have no idea.
Learning how to pace, pace and pace even more is a good place to start as well. Why should we push ourselves to the limit when we know we will put our body in *overdrive mode*.....living with the wrath of the dragon is a vicious cycle. It is important that we find ways to decrease our pain.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Have a good Tuesday and remember have just have 17 more days until spring arrives. Something good to look forward to.
Hello Cory.....sorry that you had such a rough day. I sure hope your days will get better soon. It is sad that you can not pace more so that you do not increase your pain. As you know when we, FMers, do this....we pay every time for doing so.
You massage sounds nice. I hope it helps you recover. I don't do massages any more. My DH use to give me wonderful massages....but I am *tender to the touch* now. Not a good thing at all.
Happy Birthday cece.....I hope you had a wonderful day....sorry that the weather was not good.....being out in the rain is not fun for me.
I hope you are getting excited about your GD arrival....I don't remember when she is due but your life will soon change BIG TIME*****a precious little one will make a BIG difference in your life. They are such wonderful blessings. People who do not have GC miss so much in life. I sure do enjoy mine. 3 boys and 1 girl....and she is a *tomboy*. I had hoped she would be a sweet little girly girl....but she's not. She is rough and tough and tells the boys what to do. I worried so much about her during the 3 years that we did not get to see her....but I am sure she can take care of herself now. She is just like her dad....the spitting image of him....in a lot of ways.....she is really very smart...her dad is as well.
It was so sweet of your neighbor to remember your birthday. I am sure you miss her a lot. With today's modern day technology though....you should be able to keep in touch and stay close...(at least in spirit). Good friends forever are special.
Take care....and I hope you have many more wonderful birthdays.
Hello Nana B....and Happy Birthday to your DH. I do hope you both can enjoy the day....whatever you decide to do or NOT. It is interesting as I use to think the 60's were *OLD*....well, not any more. (I am now there) and I do NOT think it is that old at all. I know that my dad passed and he would have been in the mid 80's. My dear aunt would have turned 90 the year she died in February and her birthday was in Dec. So you never know about the life we have and just how old we will get. Anyway.....I do hope both of you will enjoy the day.....and I hope you both have many more to enjoy.
I am also glad that you are feeling better. Isn't it strange that we can not *pin point* things that we really need to know about the wrath of the dragon, aka FM ? I know that I had some days (and nights as well) which are much better than others....and I can NOT for the life of me figure this out. It is what it is though.....and we must accept what we get.
I am now trying 5 HTP. I think I made a mistake though taking it before bedtime.....so I have switched to the morning. I guess I will figure it out eventually to see if it will help with my sleep. Sleep is so very important to us all....actually it is important for everyone, whether or not one has health issues or not. Have you tried 5 HTP ?
I am so looking forward to warmer weather too. NC has not had much snow.....but *COLD* we have had. Not a good thing at all. I am not looking forward to the really hot, hot temps....but I sure would like to have warmer weather for sure.
OK....have a great day and remember to pace, pace and pace even more....whatever and however you and your DH celebrates his *milestone*.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC. It is 37* this morning. Well, it is better than it has been. The weather has really been weird and very strange. They are saying better temps are on its way. Not sure though that this kind of weather is good on anyone's health. DH had a temp this week-end so I called and told my children not to come over with the GC....as I did NOT want anyone to catch whatever DH has. I am trying really hard to stay well through this spell as he tries to get better. I told him that he just might want to go to the doctor and get something to help him get better. He has been sick now off and on for several weeks. I do NOT think the weather has been his friend. I also think that when he fell Friday morning, he let his guard down and got stressed due to the fall and this is what brought all of this on.
I do think that *stress* is a huge factor in how we cope. I know that when my DD had health issues, I got sick. I worried about her and let my guard down and picked up something. This is so easy to do and we do it without even knowing that *stress* is causing it.
I did have some good tuna salad and it was better for supper than it was for lunch. DH normally does NOT eat left overs....but he requested to have it for supper as well. I had not fixed it in a long time and it was indeed good, with a nice fresh salad as well. I was able to *pack some up and my younger son picked it up for his family*....my DD decided she would not get out to pick some up. She lives in the next small town but is only about 10 minutes away.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure you will find lots of good *tools* and other information here. The more you know the better things will get for you. This does require doing your own trial and error process to find what *just right combination* will improve the way you feel....so hang in there and continue to try different things that just might make a difference for you.
Sometimes it is the *little things* that make a HUGE difference. Learning not to *cross the line* is one of these things. I do know that *certain things* I do can bring on more pain. Using my arms in do anything high above my head is a no, no for me. Using my arms and hands to fold clothes sometimes can bring on more pain. I am no longer able to pick up anything heavy.
Drinking lots of water is a good thing to try....as our body needs this. Watching what we eat is also important. Keep a schedule of sorts is also important to me.
If you have having lots of problems trying to figure out what is increasing your pain levels.....keep yourself a daily journal for a few months....tracking everything you do and consume....might just tell you a lot about your pain levels. You will eventually find there is indeed a *pattern of sorts* which causes your pain level to increase. FMers live a vicious cycle and we must learn how to alter this in some ways that will improve our lives. Not always an easy thing to do.
Vitamin D. Be sure and get your doctor to check this and keep tabs on this yearly. Do your own research on vitamins and supplements and why they are important. I know when I first got sick I was forced to figure out what I could try to see if it would make a difference in the way I feel. I had no idea just how important vitamins and supplements can be to me....I also think that we FMers lack something which allows our bodies to process vitamins from the food we eat. I am still not quite sure how all of this works but I do know that it impacts our health.
I take P5P every morning for lower back pain. If I happen to forget to take it....my lower back reminds me. I also think taking vitamins and supplements the same time each and every day helps my pain as well.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Have a great day and remember to pace, pace and pace even more....(another good tool to put into place)
A Good March Sunday Morning to each of you.....OMG....can you believe we are into another month and getting closer to spring time, with hopefully warmer weather and lots of sunshine to get our Vitamin D naturally?????
MiMi in NC and I am up and about....have not gone to sleep yet. I fixed tuna salad for lunch tomorrow....I had to cut up lots of things to put in it. It took me a long time to do this. DH normally does this but he has a cough....due to the bad weather I am sure and him getting out in it all week. He slipped on the ice on the driveway Friday and did not bother to tell me until Friday night. He does not think he did anything but bruised himself and I am sure it was not fun....but he does not have anything that is noticeable right now. I know he has had neck issues though and this worries me that perhaps something will surface about it. Not a good thing at all and sometimes, this sort of thing can takes weeks, possibly months to actually show up.
Here is hoping every one else is sleeping and I hope I can get some rest before too much longer.
It was a long day today.....we had to do some errands and I think *everyone* was out and about. I guess being pinned up in the house for a few days....gets the best of some people....especially those who are not use to this kind of thing. I guess it has grown on me though. I do keep my GS but he only lives in the back of my lot....so I don't really go far at all. I guess it is a good thing as I am not sure I could do this otherwise.
Lots of snow still left this time around.....and they said this morning would bring some black ice again. Not a good thing for anyone who is out and about. Lots of wrecks has occurred and several lives have been lost due to the snow and ice.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that you will soon find lots of good *tools* that just might help you cope better. Please know that it does take time and effort for anything to work....there are no quick fixes and no cures for this illness....just *tools and tips* on how you can hopefully manage and control your pain. So hang in here with us....ask questions and make comments....this is what we are here for....to be of help to others. We hope you will share and update everyone on how things are going with you as well. It is good to know that there are others who truly understand what you are going through. We have been there and done that....it can be really very hard sometimes....when your pain level is high and your doctor does not understand what is going on.
Please be sure and speak to the doctor about getting your Vitamin D level checked....low Vitamin D seems to be quite common for a lot of people these days and it can also affect other illnesses as well. You should do your own research about just how important Vitamin D is.
Well....I am going to sign off now and try to get some rest....this being up so long is not a good thing for the mind or the body.
Sleep is another things that we FMers must get....and as you can see I am having *issues* with this. It seems to always be something to deal with. Some days more than others.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it....this too will pass.....and hopefully the day will get better.
Have a great Sunday....and remember to pace, pace and pace even more. We all need to learn to remember to do this as it is a really important thing to do.
Hello Cory and thanks for starting the morning post today....I was posting at the same time you were...and then my phone rang.....I was on the phone for a while and just got back on. Funny how this works.....
I did want to say that in March I will be missing in action for a short time....not to worry as I will be back....but toward the 3rd week of March I will not be posting....so I hope those of you will can will start the daily post. I know there are times when our site is really very slow for whatever reason....but we never know when new members are trying to find someone to listen to what they are dealing with. So it is really important that these new people know that someone is here to listen and hopefully bring some new info for them to use.
Thanks again to everyone who participates here....we need everyone to *share their tools and tips* to help others who are trying to find anything that might help them. I think this is our mission here....to help others any way we can.
Is it spring yet? Well, NC needs some warmer weather. I am sick and tired of the *cold weather*....and then there was *SNOW*....enough is enough for sure. MiMi in NC. I hope the weather is your corner of the world is better. NC really has not had much snow but it has had its share of *COLD* weather. I am thankful though that spring time is getting closer every day which passes. My furbabies want it to get here as well.
Now the schools have *make up days* and I guess spring break will be shorten now and also the end of the school year will be lengthen to make sure they have enough days in.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. Learning all you can about how to deal with this illness is really important. Trying different *tools* is the only way you can find what really works / or not. We are all different and what works for one may or may not help another. So hang in there and find *tools* that you are interesting in trying. Sometimes, it is only the *little things* that just might make a BIG difference. I know it has been for me. Learning how to pace is one of them. This is not an easy thing though to do. You have to *remember* to do this every time all the time for it to really work. Perhaps keeping a daily journal might help you figure out what is going on with you.....especially if you have just joined our support group. Keeping track of anything and everything you do...and the pain level you have. This would include any and all activities and the medicines or vitamins and supplements that you take and anything and everything you consume. This too is a process which does take time and effort. It is like we, FMers, have nothing else better to do than to write down what is going on in our lives....but it just might provide you with some good info about yourself and how this illness affects your every day.
Heating pad is a good thing to try as well, if you have not already done this. I have found that using it on the back of my neck helps to ease whatever pain I might have. I guess the warmth travels down my spinal area and eventually finds just where the pain is. Try this.
Taking a hot shower at night right before going to sleep might also help you rest better.....using lavender bath salts is the bonus.....try it....you just might *feel* a difference. I also use *body creams for stress and sleep* which seem to help me as well. I found these on bath and body....when they were on sale. I have found them to help me when I use them daily after my shower.
Vitamins and supplements is what I have found that has made a difference in my pain levels too. Vitamin D level....be sure and ask your doctor about getting this checked, if you have not already done so. Low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Have a good Saturday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more. Your body will thank you.