Morning FMily. Summer break is over in NC now for most. It is the first day of school for the majority of students today. Can you believe it is August 25 today and only 4 months until Christmas? OMG. The time flies by doesn't it ? So much going on in and around our country. I guess people can now stay up to date in so many ways.....some good, some not so much. It is almost like the bad outweighs the good. It must be the modern day technology though that keeps us all in touch with the world.
My week-end was ok. Overdid a bit and then paid for it on Sunday. My left hand was a mess. I had more pain than I have had in a while. Don't know what exactly caused this.
I am still having *ear issues* ....I did stop taking the Allegra D and I am now just trying to deal with my symptoms. Not a good thing at all. But I have to do what I have to do. I did some research on it and I am almost certain the eye problem is due to me taking the Allegra D for so long.
Here is hoping each of you had a peaceful and restful week-end and that we will all have a good Monday. I did sleep better last night, which I am so very thankful for. Getting enough sleep makes everything so much better....especially when I can sleep the entire night without waking.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. Have you had your Vitamin D level checked yet ? IF NOT....then speak to your doctor about getting this done as soon as possible. You might be having some extra pain IF your Vitamin D is too low. Low Vitamin D can and does cause more pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
New members should also check our the info here under *tips* and *resources*....and be sure and read the *member toolbox*....this will provide you with some *tools* that you might have not thought of to make a difference for you. Drinking lots of water, learning how to pace, pace and pace even more. Dealing with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM, is a challenge for a lot of us each and every day. It does require us providing ourselves with so many other things, just to cope better with life.
I am sure that each of you will soon find something that will make a difference in the way you feel.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Have a great Monday. Remember to pace, pace and pace even more.
Good Sunday Morning ***** MiMi in NC and I hope it is as nice this morning for you as it is here in NC. 70* and going to be a nice day....clouds with not much sunshine but it is going to be cooler. I am ready for nice weather....I am hoping for a nice long fall with weather that we can all enjoy....not too hot and not too cool....but just right. Kind of like Goldilocks and the 3 bears.
I do hope everyone had a restful and peaceful week-end. It was a busy one for DH and me. We took furbabies to vet and then headed to do some errands. We also visited our older son and helped him with some clean up. He has a wooded area and needed some help with some things. He has a lot of trees down. He has a young man who wants the wood to burn so hopefully he will get help in cleaning up a lot of them. I am glad that none of them hit his house.
I also stopped by one of the stores on the way and found my youngest GS some things for his birthday. He loves Mickey Mouse. I had been looking for something *special* for him and I just could not find what I wanted. Well, I lucked up and found it yesterday. I am happy that I stopped by. I wasn't even sure exactly what I was looking for. But I knew as soon as I spotted it that this was it. Funny how some things I just know. So it was a good day....a win win for everyone.
OK....I am still having computer issues. Not so sure that I will get this posted.
Welcome to the new members who have joined recently. I am sure you will find some good info here on hopefully how to manage your FM pain better. Be sure and check out the *TIPS* and *RESOURCES* sections and look for the *member toolbox* as well. This is a good place to chat with others who are facing and dealing with the same things. We know how you feel....as we have been there done that. Living with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM, brings on a challenge almost each and every day for a lot of us. Some days are better than others. But there are ways to cope better you just have to find what works for you.
Vitamin D......my favorite *TIP*. I continue to include this in most of my posts.....going back for several years now. I know what a difference this made for both my daughter and myself. (she does NOT have FM)....Low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well......so speak to your doctor about getting this checked.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I am going to close hoping to get this post on the support board. 2nd time this morning. I hope it will not take the 3rd.
Have a great Sunday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more.....your body will surely thank you.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC and it is going to get *hot* again. I guess this is expected though since it is still summer. School starts on Monday and OMG the store was *wild* Friday. I had to pick up a few items and needed to pick up some *folders* for my GC. I had gotten the lists together and then they had open house and another small list was handed out to the students. Some of the items were on the teacher's *wish list* and I wanted to pick up a couple of the things for my GS to take. It is sad that our teachers have not gotten a raise in such a long time and are expected to use what money they have to fund the supplies which are needed to teach our children in school. A lot of *issues* need to be addressed in NC. I can not understand some of the *issues* which have surfaced in the past few years or so.
Not much going on for me this week-end. I am going to take a hike to the vet with my 2 furbabies...just for a quick update on shots that they need and a heartworm check too. They both *hate* going. I have to go when my DH is able to go and help me. CoCo got fixed in June and he has gained at least 5 lbs or so it seems. I hate that this happens to them. Anyway we are off this morning for this and then we are going to do some errands.
Here is hoping each of you had a good night's rest and I hope the week-end will be good for us all, with little to no pain. I was reading where lack of sleep can affect people's health....well, I think we all know that sometimes getting enough sleep is not an *option* for some of us. I know that even with taking something to sleep these days I am still having issues with getting enough. A person can do only what they can do.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that you will learn a lot about how to cope better. There are no magic pills though and no quick fixes that I am aware of. Any and all things take time and effort. A person should allow at least 6-8 weeks of whatever is decided on to try. (unless, of course what you are doing is making you sicker than you have been)
I would encourage each of the new members to be sure and ask the doctor to check your Vitamin D level. Yes....low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for a lot of people and it can also affect other illnesses as well. It is only a blood test but most of the time a person needs to ASK that it be done. I am still wondering why the test is NOT REQUIRED or included in the normal blood work that the doctors do.
Drinking lots of water also might make a difference for some people, especially if you are not drinking a lot. Our body needs water and lots of it. I have made this my main drink and I do think it makes a difference. I have done this for years now. Water is good for everyone....but it takes time to get use to only drinking water. Try it....you night be quite pleased with the results.
Learning how to pace, pace and pace even more is also a must for so many of us FMers. It does take time and effort to remember to do this but it is well worth it.
TGIF*****yes, it is our last Friday before school starts on Monday. Open House was last night and all of the children got to go to their new classroom for this school year and see who their teacher was and perhaps see some of the children who will be their classmates. This is always an exciting time. We use to also use this as a time to see old teachers, to pop in for a moment and say hello.
It has been a trying week for me this week. I am still having issues with my right ear. I have now changed allergy medicines to see if my hearing will be better. I know this takes time and I am not up to making a doctor's appointment so I sure hope it clears up on its own.
We did have a few days of cooler weather but the hot weather returned. Good thing though is that fall will soon be here and I hope we have a nice long fall with good temps to enjoy. It has already been predicted though that winter will be very COLD and BITTER. Not looking forward to this at all.
Here is hoping each of you had a better week and I hope this you have been able to relax and relax as well. We all have to find ways to pace in everything we do....as our bodies need us to.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that each of you will soon find the *right combination of tools* which will make a difference for you. This does take time and effort. As you probably already know by now....what works for some may or may not work for you. You have to be the one to decide what is good for you.
Vitamin D. Be sure and ask your doctor to check this. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well. This is so very IMPORTANT.....especially for the people who suffers from any sort of *chronic pain*.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now I will see if my post will get through.
Evening Cory and FMily.....better late than never, I guess. MiMi in NC. I am having all sorts of issues right now. Strange things with my right ear....not sleeping much.
Thank you Cory for posting the date. I just got on and I saw that you posted only a few minutes ago. That's ok....You know when we started years ago...we were on another site and then we switched. I had problems with trying to figure out which post and what day I was on. That is when I started dating and doing a daily post. I found it so much easier to keep up with posts that I might want to review later. OMG...I can not even imagine trying to find a post today. This is a busy place a lot of the time. It can really move fast when there are lots of people here.....actually it can move fast when there are just a few.
Anyway....that is the deal of putting a date with them. So thanks to you and anyone else who decides to put the date out there, especially if no one has done it.
I was up too darn early this morning. I think I have been on the allegra D too long. I did some research and one of the side effects is ear congestion, I am hoping this is what it is and nothing more. I feel like I need to Yawn or just somehow try to open my ear up. I can hear things vibrate within my ear. It was doing this as my phone was ringing....weird sounds. I normally hear really well. I can hear when my DH drops a pill on the floor. He has to wear Walker game ears in order to hear. I think he needs the regular hearing aid but he has refused to try them. Anyway I am not use to having issues like this. I hope it clears up soon.
Cory, I do hope you and your DW had a wonderful anniversary....and I hope you have many more.
It seems like this generation of young people now think it is ok just to shack up together and play housekeeping. I guess IF they decide they no longer like it, then they can just pick up and walk out. (not exactly like the way that I grew up though).
Anyway....I do know that sometimes things can get tough especially for those of us who suffer from chronic illnesses. People should accept the good with the bad though. It is what life is all about. I don't know what my GC generation will be like though. It is scary to even think about it.
OK...welcome to those who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that each of you will soon find something that will allow you to cope better with dealing with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM.
Vitamin D. Be sure and ask your doctor to check this as it is really VERY IMPORTANT.
That's it for today.....now let's hope this post will go through and not down the *deep hole* or somewhere in *cyber space*.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC. This is the 2nd time I have tried to post....not sure if I am going to be able to do so this am. Woke up too early this morning around 3 am. I was able to go back to sleep, thank goodness for that but then I over slept and I woke up with what seems to be an inner ear problem. It feels like my ear is stopped up and I need to YAWN hard to get it unstopped....but that is not working either.
Hello rue...and welcome. MiMi in NC. This is a good place to get some info on *tools* which just might help you cope better. It does take time and effort to find what exactly might work for you. You should also remember that what helps one person may or may not work for you. You are the one who will have to decide. It seems like most of us have problems with the doctors know what we have and what to do for us. Don't allow them to stand in your way though of finding something that will help you face the wrath of the dragon, aka FM.
Vitamin D. A lot of people these days have Low Vitamin D....which can cause some of us to have additional pain. By chance has any of your doctors checked yours yet ? If not, then I would inquire about this on your next visit. Low Vitamin D can also affect other illnesses as well. I can not stress just HOW IMPORTANT this is. Do your own research about Vitamin D. There is a lot of good info on the internet about what the medical researchers have learned in the past few years.
I would also encourage you to check out the info here under *tips* and *resources* and be sure and read the *member toolbox* too. I am sure you will find some good *tools* that perhaps you have not even thought about trying, which might help your level of pain.
Do you have issues with fatigue ? A lot of us do. Getting enough sleep is so very important for us FMers. Has your doctor given you any prescriptions yet to try ? Again any thing you try will take time. You should allow at least 6-8 weeks of whatever you do....before making a decision as to whether or not it is helping.
Pain is not an easy issue to deal with. Pain causes us to do stupid things. It is important to try to get your pain level as low as you possibly can. A lot of stress can increase our pain....so try to keep your level of stress as low as possible. (this is NOT an easy thing to do).
You must learn to make yourself pace, pace and pace even more. Your body will thank you for doing this. (this also takes time to figure out as well) Actually there is nothing easy about learning how to deal with FM.
Hang out with us for a while. Ask questions, make comments and/or suggestions. There is a lot of FMers here who are willing to provide you with some very good info about how you might help yourself ease your pain.
We know exactly what you are dealing with and how confused you might be. Most of us have been there done that.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC where it is damp again. Really ? Looks like there will be showers expected today.
I hope each of you had a good peaceful and restful night. I had to take a nap yesterday after lunch and did not think I would sleep good last night. But I took my sleeping strip and I went right to sleep. I only take half of it which does not really affect me unless I have to wake up too soon.
Not much going on but something very strange happened yesterday. We had just gotten back and I saw that my older son had called so I called him back. While I was talking to him, I got 2 calls....did not answer neither though since I was talking to him. I thought it might be my younger son calling. Anyway when I got off the phone, I called my younger son and talked to him for a few minutes. He said it was not him who called. Anyway...soon I heard a knocking at my front door and the telephone rang again. There was a police officer at my door and a policeman on the phone as well. Seems like there was a 911 call made from my house....while I was on the telephone with my son talking. REALLY ? This was a very mysterious issue. Don't have a clue just how this happened. Anyway I had a chat with the officer at my door....as I explained to him that I was talking on the phone and don't think it was from my phone.
I do have some concern about this *incident*.
OK....that was my interesting, but strange week-end.
I have gotten everything together and given items to both GC for school next week. I hope they are now ready to go. I hope they have a good year and make good grades. 5th and 2nd.
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 we do a trial and error process trying to find the right combination of tools which works. So continue to do your own research and decide what you think might help you cope better.
Vitamin D. I am reading about Vitamin D again. It is interesting that the medical researchers continue to find all sorts of new things about it. Be sure to get this checked as soon as you can. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Have a good Monday. Remember to pace, pace and pace even more.
Hello....MiMi in NC. Did any of these doctors happen to check your *pressure points*? I know that doctors have to do blood work and rule out all sorts of health issues that it might be. A lot of doctors still have no clue about FM being real. You do have some health issues which just might point to FM. Walking on pins and needles, joint pain...wrists and elbow pain. overall never sensitivity. Did any of the doctors check your Vitamin D level....if not then perhaps you can inquire about having this done on your next round. Sometimes it takes many months for the light bulb to go off for someone to finally figure out what is going on.
Living with the wrath of the dragon requires a lot of patience...to try to find out what may or may not help us. I hope you will check out the info here under *tips* and *resources* and be sure and read the *member toolbox*.
Are you having issues with sleeping...fatigue...and do you have more stress right now which might be a factor in the way you feel.
There are all sorts of things that the doctors might check you for before deciding what it *might* be. Hang in there though. I hope you will find out soon what is going on.
Please update us when and if you get an answer.
Sometimes it takes an *army of doctors* before they figure us FMers out.
Do your own research and you might have the answer before the doctors finally provide you with the answer.
Hello cece...MiMi in NC. Sad that you are carrying all of the weight and responsibility for your parents....but you know, I think this is how it is in most families....I heard someone say this morning that there are 2 types of people: Givers and takers. Everyone fits into one of the two. Could this be true? Well, think about it.
Anyway....good....not sure anymore what *good* even means. My DD says I expect too much...she said I should lower my *expectations a lot*....perhaps she is right. I do know that there are days when I think about my children and what they have been exposed to and how they move right along with their lives....ME....I guess I carry the burden of worrying about them all...perhaps it is today's generation....I have no clue.
Good....I consider it good when I wake up each morning - just hoping that today will be a better day than it was yesterday. I have so much to do that I no longer worry about it. My brain can not concentrate long enough to figure out what needs to be done first. I get tired of just thinking about it. There are days when I think my brain and my body belong to 2 entirely different people. I am not even sure anymore that the brain knows the body.
I hope you will soon feel better today. I hope you have learned how to pace. I know that when my dad was living, even though he was in a nursing home. I hardly ever got a minute to catch up on things which needed to be done. I had to check on him, keep his clothes clean and cut his hair and help him shave. (the nursing home insisted that they save him - but he did not like them doing this since he could do it himself, with some help.
So anyway....I do hope things get better for you.....as I have been down the same road. One day you will look back and know that you did all you could do....and you will be happy that you did, regardless of what the others did or did not do. We are only responsible and accountable for what we say and do....nothing more, nothing less.