OMG*****Nana B.....I was totally exhausted just reading your posts. I can NOT even imagine what you were going through. I bet you were *stressed to the limit*....I sure hope things will be much better today and I do hope you DH is recovering nicely. It does take time for things to heal though and I hope he will allow enough time for this to take place. (I know how hard this is for most men). They always think that they NEVER have to rest.
I sometimes worry that perhaps I have something other than FM. I think we all second guess things at times though. But you know we can only do what we find that helps us. There is really nothing we can do to change what we are given.....whether we like it or not....no matter what it is.
So many health issues that some can be.....I don't understand how doctors decide unless there is a solid test which will reveal this and be 100 % of the results. I do know that illnesses can overlap things at times and then I guess it is really hard to figure out what is going on with someone. (it did for me)....and to think the doctor was treating me for just being depressed. I do think that each and every health problem that we have must be addressed and fixed before we can move on and get better. And then there is the wrath of the dragon.....no matter what we do we can NOT get RID of it....just try to do things to manage the pain.
Well, I am glad that I have figured out how to *control my pain*....but I still have no clue what to do about the fatigue....which is so bad some days. (don't understand this either)
Take care of you so you can also take care of your DH while he is under the weather. I hope he recovers quickly.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC and today is tax day....the last day to file taxes, if you have not already done so. I have been reading about lots of people having issues with getting their taxes done and so many people were affected with the new health care laws. I hope each of you were not disappointed in how this worked out for you.
So yesterday I was trying to read some and I ended up taking a nap instead. I had a couple of errands to do and woke up in time to get part of them done. I have learned that when a person loses sleep, it can never be recovered no matter what. Getting enough of it is such a big ordeal for me. This is not how I imagined life would be like at all. I thought for sure that when I no longer worked that I would and could at least get enough sleep. I guess it was not meant to be though.
I do hope each of you got the much needed rest though that we all hope to get and I hope today will be a good day for us all with little to no pain.
I think we are in for some more rain off and on. It has not been the type of spring that I had looked forward to but it is what it is. I guess spring will be short too. I guess it is also going to be a hot long and dry summer as well.....why not?
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that you will indeed find lots of good information here on *tools and tips of how to cope better with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM*...it does take time to find the right combination of tools which works so hang in there and learn what others have found that has made a difference for them.
I take vitamins and supplements and use other tools as well. I use my heating pad daily and sometimes even more. It seems that my body responds really well to being warmed. And as I have said before it seems that this works for me when I place it on the back of my neck area......regardless of where my pain is. I can hope thing that this is due to the spinal area and how it must travel down to wherever the pain is hiding.
Vitamin D. Be sure and ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level....which is so important to lots of people these days. Low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well. I think natural sunshine is indeed good for us as well BUT I also think that once our level gets low then it is hard to get it back to where it needs to be and keep it there. There must be something which is common for lots of people for so many to have so little of it.
Have a good Wednesday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more. This does the body and the mind good.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC where the rain is expected today. Actually I thought it was going to hit yesterday....but it was very little. OK....they have reported here that the weather temps did have something to do with the pollen and how it is slow in affecting people....what a nice surprise. So perhaps I jumped to the conclusion here that mine was so much better. Not a good thing to look forward to....but I am still hoping it will be less than last year. I can always *hope*....as some days this is what I need.
Here is hoping each of you had a peaceful and restful night and I do hope each of us has a good day with little to no pain. I had a bad fatigue day yesterday. Can't figure this out at all. Some days are better than others and then there are some days which are worse. It is indeed a vicious cycle....and you never know which one is right around the corner. I can only hope for better days and/or nights.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that you will learn a lot from FMers here who have been there and done that. We have some members who have been here for years and continue to try to reach out and help those who need it. The internet is such a good tool for those people who want to do their own research and learn from others what helps or NOT. We do have to remember though that what works for one may or may not work for another. You must have to do your own *trial and error process to find what will work for you*. Most of the time it takes a *combination of tools and tips* which will make a difference....you just have to figure out what combination will work to help you cope better.
A heating pad does wonders for me. I use mine every day. Hot showers taken right before bedtime using lavender bath salts might help you sleep better. Vitamins and supplements work to help control my FM pain. Drinking lots of water is also a good thing and quite simple enough.
Vitamin D. Please do some research on just how important Vitamin D might be for us FMers. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well. Speak to your doctor about getting this checked. You might be quite surprised at what your level might be. So many people have low levels which just might be causing more pain. I don't think anyone wants or needs extra pain to deal with. I do want to say as well.....sometimes some of us have issues in getting our Vitamin D level up to within the normal range and keeping it there.....so once a year check would be a good way to keep track of it....(more often IF it gets lower than normal)
OK....I am now quite confused. My mouth issues are ongoing. They did say that it might take a long time for all of the numbness to go away. My dentist prescribed Clindamycin HCL 150 mg 2 a day four times a day. When I had my root canal done though the surgeon told me that I did NOT need to take it so I stopped. 6 days later I woke up and was numb. Went back to the surgeon who then put me on the same medicine again but only 1 capsule every 6 hours. My dentist prescribed 56 and the surgeon prescribed 25. I just have read the labels and compared them. And no one at the drug store questioned this. They were filled 3 weeks apart. Perhaps this is why. I have no idea. It is interesting find for me though.
OK....enough on my soapbox.
Have a good Tuesday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more.
Hello Lou....actually I hope DH and I will be able to travel some. We have already done some traveling and I want to do more, if possible. I was shocked at just how small the gopros are. And the reviews from people using them are mostly very positive.
I also wanted to add that allergies have NOT been a BIG problem for me this year (yet).....I had wondered why. Perhaps this is also due to the cold weather that we had as well. (I called it bitter cold - as NC did not have a lot of snow in my area but it was COLD indeed) I am using my eye drops and have not had to take any pills yet. I hope I don't curse myself for sharing this.
Hello and welcome lee. MiMi in NC. It is sad when people don't know where to turn for help in dealing with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM....and it is even sadder when the doctors don't know how to help us FMers either. I am glad you have found this support group and I am sure you will find lots of good *tools and tips* that perhaps will help you cope better.
You did not say what all you have tried....but I hope you will check out the info under *tips* and *resources*....be sure and read the *member toolbox* and *Dr. P's discussion* too.
In the beginning I tried yoga as well....but could not do it since I had 2 bad knees.....no one told me that yoga can be bad for the knees....but I sure learned really fast. (I have had 4 right knee surgeries and my left knee is as bad as my injured one)
I have found that vitamins and supplements help control my FM pain along with other tools and tips. Just recently I have been using the new Fibro Cream that I ordered on line from the company who makes it. (see the link down the line which indicates it is a link to order it and get the coupon.) I also suggest that you try drinking lots of water each and every day. Try to stay as active as possible....it is never a good idea to rest longer than a few days.....as this will only makes stiff joints and pain increase....which is not good for the mind nor the body. Be sure and try to get enough sleep at night....as little sleep can increase our pain as will. Try to keep your stress level low if possible. I still struggle with this after 11 years. Learn how to pace, pace and pace even more....in doing anything and everything. Your body will thank you for doing so. (this is not easy though to do every day)
Eating right is also important. If you are having issues perhaps you should keep a daily journal and learn what might be increasing the pain. Keep tabs on your pain level and what you eat and the activities you do. Some daily chores might be causing more pain as well. (reaching upward, lifting heavy items, ect) You might be surprised at just what can affect us, FMers.
It is a vicious cycle for most of us.....especially until you learn how to deal with it and figure out what will help you cope better.
There are lots of options and choices to try.
I hope this helps.
Take care and I look forward to talking to you again.
A good Monday morning to each of you. MiMi in NC where rain is headed our way. Weird and strange weather these days and so much going on everywhere. I do hope each of you had a good rest and peaceful week end and got some sleep as well. I think we all know just how sleep affects both our body and our mind. I know it sure helps me when I can get enough of it.
I had a good week-end. Did too much though and increased my pain level. Not a good thing at all. It seems that on Sundays when I cook and have to stand a lot....then my back gives me problems. I do think that the Fibro cream though is really good. I have used it about every day since I got it. I hope it will continue to work on places which need attention to ease the pain. Now if I can only find something that will help the chronic fatigue.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I think you will find lots of good support and tips and tools which just might make a difference in the way you feel.
Vitamins and supplement continue to work for me. I do have to tweak them a bit though at times. It seems that nothing works for an extended time. It is always one thing or another to deal with. Vitamin D is important and I know how important magnesium is as well.
Drinking lots of water and eating right is also very important for us FMers as well. It is important also to continue moving....no matter how bad we feel. Get up and move even if it has to be *slowly*.
I do hope new members will indeed introduce yourself on this site and let us know what concerns you or how we can help. There is a lot of good support here and we do understand exactly what you are going through,.
Have a great Monday.....and remember to pace, pace and pace some more. (another good thing to do everyday).
A good Sunday to each of you. I hope today will be a good day for us all. MiMi in NC. Our world is changing these days.....the modern day technology has created both good changes and not so good ones. Choices and consequences. We all have these and we can pick and choose what we do.....or can we ? It seems like there is more bad than good in what some people do. We are so connected to the world but so unconnected to life in so many important ways. I do indeed worry about our grandchildren and what life will or will not be for them.
So I have to ask. Has anyone used a gopro camera ? I have been shopping for a new camera and wanted to see what is offered. It seems that the gopro is popular these days. It is so small. Who would think that a little camera could do so much. Funny thing though is that when we decided to take a look at one....we could NOT even find one in the stores. Finally got a glimpse of one yesterday at wally world. They are interesting little gadgets though. And then there is which one do you want ? It seems that there is a never ending story to what can be offered these days. I wonder just how easy or difficult the camera will be to use.
Talking about modern day technology.....I watched a giraffe give birth to its baby on the internet. OMG*****who would have though that this could happen ?
OK....enough on my soapbox this morning. Just wanted to share some thoughts here.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that each of you will find some good information here. It is good to know that there are people who truly understand how another person feels in dealing with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM. Check out the info here. I am sure you will find some good *tools and tips* that perhaps you have not thought of. You never know what just might make a big difference until you have tried it. You should remember though that what works for one person may or may not work for you.
I do want to share that the new Fibro cream is really good....or at least I think it has helped me. I have used it several times now and I don't exactly understand how some things work....but I am thankful for trying it and knowing it does help the pain. I do think it is a bit pricey though but it is what it is.... *lots of things are quite expensive these days.
Vitamin D. Remember to be sure and ask your doctor to check this 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. Getting some of the natural sunshine can sure help me feel better most of the time. I am looking forward to enjoying the warm sunshine as much as possible.
Have a great Sunday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC....and it is going to be hopefully a nice day here....woke up too darn early again but I was able to go back to sleep....thank goodness for this. I hope each of you had a good week and got some of the needed rest that we all need. I hope we will all have a good week-end with little to no pain.
I think I am feeling a bit better taking medicine for infection in my mouth.....which is still numb.....but might be a tad better. I went to see another *specialist* and what a waste of money. The woman did nothing but look in my mouth and talk to me about this. I was told that they would do some *extended test*.....really????? I guess someone happened to *misunderstand*. But the good thing is that one of the local stations had a dentist available for public questions on Friday and I called about my mouth issue. He said he thought it sounded like *infection* and that this would take medication to get fixed. So I am hoping he was right and that I am indeed on the right track. I have to wonder IF this has anything to do with FM......as I have NOT had this problem of numbness with other root canals that I have had before.
OK....I do hope things are getting better for those who are having issues to address. I know first hand just how much *stress* can cause us additional things to deal with. It is not a good thing at all.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that each of you will soon find something that will help you cope better. Check out the info here. Learning all you can about FM and what others have found that has made a difference is the key to helping yourself.
TGIF*****MiMi in NC and yesterday we had some thunder and lightning storms. My furbabies did NOT like this at all, especially CoCo. I ended up giving him something to reduce his actions. He panics BIG time. Bad weather when there is LOUD noise is not a good thing at all. And he thinks that I can make it stop. lol. For whatever reason, he thinks I can protect him from anything and everything, no matter what it is. Just like a child.
Here is hoping each of you had a good peaceful and restful night and I hope we all have a good day with little to no pain. I think this is what we all look forward to each day. So I got my FM tube of cream. I hope this helps. We will see. It is indeed a bit pricey but if it works then I guess price really makes no difference. I think it is about $13.99 in CVS stores. (they give you a special coupon right now though for $5) They did not charge me any handling or shipping charges either. And it came from a company in NY-Topical BioMedics, Inc. The paperwork indicates it should be applied to the pressure points and used several times a day. (I use things though only when I need it)
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that each of you will soon find something that will help you cope better. Learning all you can about what and how other FMers have used that has made a difference for them....just might make a difference for you as well. I think we are all aware though that what works for one may or may not work for another. I also think it takes a *combination of tools and tips* that works.
Vitamin D. Be sure and ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level. Low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well. So important for some people who face having chronic illnesses.
I hope those who are facing *issues* will soon find some sort of resolution. I do know that stress makes a difference in the way we feel. Been there and done this. Stress is not a good thing for anyone and especially for us FMers. Any kind of stress can be hard on our bodies and our minds. No stress is good....but let's face it....no stress is not something that a lot of us have.
Have a good Friday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more.....your body will thank you for doing this. I know this helps me a lot each and every day.....(as long as I remember to do it)