Hello.....some people who have joint issues can not do the Yoga or Tai Chi. I learned this the hard way. I have bad knees and back pain as well. I have had 4 right knee surgeries from an injury I had back in the 80's. I can no longer squat or get on the floor. I have a staple in the right knee. Years ago the surgeon told me that I would never be able to do floor exercises or any which required squatting.
I now have chronic fatigue along with the FM. So I just wanted to add this bit of info.
Hello and welcome. MiMi in NC. I don't know if this will make a difference for you but I have been taking *ginger capsules* for a while and it has helped my stomach issues. I, too, have problems with this as well. I can not eat anything *fried* at all. I try to watch what I eat and be careful of anything that might upset my stomach. I am constantly researching things trying to find anything which might make a difference.
Have you had your Vitamin D level checked yet? If not, then I would suggest you speak to your doctor about getting this done. It is only a blood test BUT you must ASK the doctor to run it. I don't know why this has not been included in the *normal blood work that the doctors do.....I guess the insurance companies do NOT realize yet just how important it is.
If you do any research you will find that supposedly FM does NOT cause having a fever or having any sort of imflammation as well. I am not sure though that this is correct. I say this because so many of us (me included) have had issues which involved the 2)
I had elbow problems and ended up having surgery to fix it. The doctor told me that my elbow was very red, swollen and imflammed and he had no idea what had caused it to get in the shape it was. It took over 2 years for the elbow to heal after I had the surgery. I was so worried that the same thing was going to happen to my other elbow..as it also was beginning to show the same signs as my other one had....but I catered to it and it finally settled down. I still use my braces IF it starts to act up again.
I hope you can find something that will help you cope better. I do suggest that you continue to learn all you can about FM and how it can affect one's body. There are lots of good tools which just might make a difference for you.
Happy Hump Day. Can you believe that April is almost over? MiMi in NC and it is supposed to be in the low 70's today. 48* right now. I do hope the weather will be better in May. I do hope summer will not be a hot and dry season....but I think we all know anything is possible. Time really flies by these days. I guess this is what life is all about though.
So much going on around the country, actually around the world. The baby watch is on. Cece you can remember your first GB being the same age as the royal baby. I am hoping the baby will be born tomorrow - which is my younger son's birthday. It is hard to believe that he will 33 years old.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I hope each of you will check out the info here where you will find lots of good info. Be sure and read the *tips* and *resources*, *member toolbox* and *Dr. P's Discussions*. There is a lot good info on *tools* which just might make a big impact on the way you feel.
Learning how to pace is so very important. Getting enough sleep is also important - actually it is getting enough of the right kind of sleep which can make a difference. I struggle with sleep and I also have issues with managing my stress level as well. It is hard to not worry about things - even the ones that I can do nothing about.
Vitamins and supplements can be good if you figure out just what the body needs. I do suggest that you do your research on this and speak to your doctor about this as well. Vitamin D. Get this checked.....a simple blood test that just might make a difference in the way you feel. Low Vitamin D is common and it can cause additional pain for those who don't have enough, especially those who live with chronic illnesses.
I do hope each of you had a good restful and peaceful night and I hope today will be a good Wednesday for us all, with little to no pain.
Hello and welcome. Sorry that you are having to deal with so much right now. The wrath of the dragon can cause all sorts of *issues* with us, FMers. I do know though that I had to get to the root of my health issues before I got any better. I am curious....neck and shoulders issues. Have you had any sort of MRI concerning this? I do know that when I had shoulder issues it was due to cervical disc issues....(actually several). Now my neck did NOT hurt which I did not understand. But my pain eventually traveled to my right arm/elbow and hand. I never thought of this being in my neck. I also had other issues as well. Elbow problem still existed and carpal tunnel problems were still there....so the neurosurgeon required me to wait until I recovered from the cervical surgery before he would do anything else. I ended up having elbow and carpal tunnel surgery at a later date. I have had 7 hand surgeries total....2 of which was when I fell outside and broke my wrists....(not at the same time though)
I hate to say this BUT I think so many doctors just try to put a *bandaid* on things which need to be addressed. And that it might work for a short time, it does NOT take care of the problem.
I know that when I first got sick, my doctor treated me for *depression*.....he thought that this was my health problem. I took several different kinds of medicines which did not help me at all. I finally decided to do my own research and figured out that I had *parathyroid problems*. After a while I discussed this possibility with my doctor and he told me that no, I did NOT have parathyroid problems. I went along with him changing my medications for a while and continued to get sicker. Finally I had enough and I demanded to have the scan which would indicate whether it was parathyroid problems or not.
I ended up having parathyroid surgery. Soon after I had this surgery I was able to move forward.....although this was not the only health issue I was dealing with at the time.
Has your doctor checked your Vitamin D level? If not, then I would suggest that you speak to the doctor about getting this done. Low Vitamin D can cause some people additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Have you considered doing some research on vitamins and supplements? You mention headaches. Magnesium Malate might just help you with this issue. (you can find this in a vitamin store - I use source naturals brand)
I do hope you will check out the info here under *tips* and *resources*....be sure and read the *member toolbox* and *Dr. P's discussions* too. I am sure you will find some good *tools and tips* which just might make a difference for you.
There are no quick fixes that will make you better....BUT there are many tools you might try that will help you cope better. What works for one person may or may not work for you....only you will know when you have found the *right combination of tools* which makes a difference for you. (this can take at least 6-8 weeks on whatever you decide to try)
We understand your pain and I am sure that you will find something that will work for you soon.
Take care and please continue to post and let us know how things are going with you.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC and it is 41* this morning. It is supposed to get to high 60's though....but cool front is on its way again. OMG...the week-end is going to be nice though....and I will be signing off for a while. I am sure that someone will start the morning post every day and welcome any new members. Not to worry I hope to be back soon. Just taking some *me time*. I think we all need this every now and then. I know that I sure can use some. I hope it helps. Time will tell.
Here is hoping each of you had a restful and peaceful night and I hope today will be a good day for us all with little to no pain.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure you will find lots of good *tools and tips* that just might help you cope better. It does take time and effort though, as there are no quick fixes to facing the wrath of the dragon daily. So hang in here with us....ask questions and look around this community of knowledge. You should also remember that what helps one person may or may not make a difference for you. I know that for me it takes a *combination of tools* that works for me. Heating pad being one. Vitamins and supplements. Pacing.....(have I mention this one recently?) Drinking plenty of water every day. (this is important for me) and keeping a schedule of sorts....sleep is very important as well, but I have issues with getting enough of the right kind of sleep. I am still searching for something to help with the chronic fatigue....(my doctor told me there is nothing that will make a difference - but I still think there must be *something, somewhere....IF only I can find it. Vitamin D. I some days wish I could *SHOUT* this out to the world to everyone. GET YOUR VITAMIN D CHECKED****
OK...enough of that.
Life is full of surprises and there are days when we have to *take one day at a time and hope for the best*....when ever I have a bad day - I do just what I must do and think that *this too will pass*....and you know it does.
We have to learn to listen to our bodies....we can learn so much and this can help you in the long run. YES....this does take time and effort. Anything and everything is a PROCESS*.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Have a great day and I hope each of you can enjoy some sunshine in your corner of the world.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC where I woke up around 3:30 this am. Not a good thing at all for the mind or the body. I think I am just stressed. I guess it is hard to *fool the mind* about everything.
I do hope each of you are resting like I should be but can't. I also hope that today will be a good day for us all, with little to no pain.
I did take a nap yesterday....perhaps this is the reason I am up so early this morning. It seems to always be one thing or another though with me. I never get enough of the right kind of sleep anymore, no matter what I do.
NC is having very strange weather. Don't quite understand what happened to spring time. It feels like fall instead. Not exactly the kind of weather that is expected this time of the year. I was hoping for a long spring to enjoy. I just hope summer will not be too hot and dry as well.
I have been so very thankful though for not having to deal with a lot of allergies so far. Don't understand this either.....but I am glad. I changed eye drops which I have been using for some time and they have helped me. I have had an occasional headache though and I think this has been sinuses. But not like I normally have for this time of the year.
You know I wonder about the foods that we eat and IF we truly know what is in them. Not sure that anything is as we think it is. They say that organic is better for people.....but who truly knows IF it is any different?
I do know that the type of eggs I buy is difference since I can taste the difference. It is work the extra cost for me.
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 is just a matter of trying different *tools* to see what might help. You never know until you have tried it whether or not something will work. It normally requires a *combination of tools* which will make a difference.
Heating pad....drinking lots of water every day....watching what we eat and keeping myself on a schedule of sorts helps me. Learning how to pace is important as well and trying to get enough sleep is also extremely important. (not an easy thing though for me to do) I do think the *ginger* is working for me. It is good for stomach issues.
I am not sure the 5HTP has made a difference in my sleep though. I am going to continue to take up the bottle though before I make a decision. I think perhaps that years ago I tried it as well and did not find it to work.
Vitamin D. Be sure and get this checked and keep tabs on it yearly as well.
Hello Dianne and welcome. MiMi in NC.....I am sorry that you are dealing with so much right now....but I am glad that you found this support group and I am sure you will find lots of good info here. We know how you feel. Most people have no idea just how much we FMers deal with everyday. Family and friends do NOT have a clue.
Have you tried any vitamins and supplements yet? You said you have headaches which make you sick. Have you tried taking magnesium malate? I know that I take it and it has helped my FM pain a lot. (You can find this at a vitamin store)
Have you had your Vitamin D level checked? If not, then perhaps you should speak to the doctor about getting this done. Low Vitamin D is common for lots of people and it can also cause some people additional pain.....and affect other illnesses as well. It is just a simple blood test BUT you must ASK the doctor to run it.
I hope you will be sure and check out the info here under *tips* and *resources*....be sure also to read the *member toolbox* and *Dr. P's Discussions*....he is no longer here but he left us some good info.
I am sure you will find something here that perhaps you have not tried which will make a difference in the way you feel.
It does take time and effort to figure out the *combination of tools* which will work to ease your pain.....so hang in here and I am sure things will improve for you soon.
So I have to ask....did you know that you had FM when your doctor asked you about this?
Hello redmoon and welcome. MiMi in NC and I can understand what you are getting tired of dealing with all that is thrown your way. It is a vicious cycle for FMers to deal with. It is sad that the doctors do not know how to fix us and sometimes not even enough to help us reduce our pain and fatigue.
I do hope you will check out the info here under *tips* and *resources*....be sure to read the *member toolbox* and *Dr. P's discussions* as well. I am sure you will find lots of good tools and tips to try.
Has the doctor checked your Vitamin D level yet? If not then the next time you are in the office, be sure and speak to the doctor about getting this done. Low Vitamin D is common for lots of people and it can also cause some of us to have *additional pain*....as well as affect other illnesses too. This requires just a simple blood test but you must ASK the doctor to check it.
Have you looked into taking any vitamins and supplements? I am one of the FMers here who has learned how to *control my pain* by taking these. I have not found anything though that has improved the fatigue. My doctor told me that there is nothing that will help. But I continue to try to find something anyway. I can NOT believe that there is not something that will make a difference. I just have to find it.
I think, for the most part, that you have to find a *combination of tools* that will reduce your pain. Every thing requires a process and it does take time and effort to find what might make a difference. So continue to search and try things that other people has found to make a difference.
I know that when I first got sick I have multiple health issues going on and I had to get those addressed before I could feel any better. It is sometimes really hard though for the doctors to figure out what exactly is going on with us FMers. My doctor was just treating me for depression. I ended up though having parathyroid problems and cervical (neck) problems too. I had to have surgery for both. I also have carpal tunnel issues as well. I know that it seemed like my issues make my FM worse. I also had very low Vitamin D level at this time too.
I also tried to take the prescriptions that the doctor wanted me to try but was unable to find anything which worked well enough without causing other side effects. I did not need anything else to deal with.
I hope you will continue to post and let us know how things are going with you. I am sure others will chime in and welcome you here.