Hello and welcome. MiMi in NC. I wish I could say that I know what kind of boots might be comfortable....BUT I am not even sure that a comfortable style of boots even exist...
I do know though that shoes do exist. As a teenager and young adult I wore high heels.....I am tall any way....but that did NOT seem to matter. I worked in several banks during my younger years and was expected to dress up and heels were part of this. Some days my feet hurt so bad, that I would kick them off and work in my stocking feet. No joke....I think high heels should be banned. Why do women put their feet through the torture of wearing them. I loved shoes though and I loved high heels, especially sexy high heels.
Then in the early 80's I injured my right knee at the Atlanta Airport....on the tram there....this turned my life upside down. I was only 30 years old and felt like I would never be the same again. I ended up having 4 right knee surgeries over the years.
The doctor told me that I would never be able to wear high heels again and he was right.
I have worn crocs and the imitation of the crocs as well. Yes, they are comfortable.
Now I wear *easy spirits*....and have done so for several years now. I tried a pair and could NOT even believe how comfortable they are. I have owned many pairs since.
My feet use to hurt all the time.....I remember when I first got sick....my feet felt like I was walking on *pins and needles*....so very painful.
I am one of the FMers here who has learned how to *control my FM pain* by taking vitamins and supplements and using other *tips and tools* as well. I truly think the Magnesium Malate helps the pain....I no longer have lots of foot pain. I don't wear shoes though for any long length of time. I do keep socks on though...and I have found that diabetic socks are the best. They are expensive but comfortable. I can NOT stand any thing which is *tight* on me, sock included.
I do have a couple of boots though....that I wear for very short periods of times.....when it rains or snows.
I hope others will comment and perhaps provide you with better info on the boots.
As for family and friends understanding what we deal with every day....NO ONE understands this mean and ugly illness....UNLESS they face it as well. Even doctors have no clue about what we face every day. (Dr. P was the exception here....but he not only treats patients, he deals with it himself as well - check out the discussions he left us when he was here....he provided lots of good info for us.)
It is really hard to try to make anyone *understand* how we feel.....in the beginning and even now....there are days when I don't even understand how or why I feel the way I do. I am not sure any of us do. We try to do the best we know how to keep our pain as low as possible....there is lots of good *tools and tips* here under *resources* and *tips*....be sure and check them out. You might also read the *member toolbox* as well.
Vitamin D.....have you had yours checked yet?????? If not, then perhaps you should on your next doctor's visit. So important for a lot of people these days.
You should also learn how to pace, pace and pace even more....a good start. I am sure that being a professor - this might be hard for you to do....but your body will surely thank you for doing so.
Hello Lou....I logged on again a little while ago and thought I would click on the link that you provided....I sat and I read and then I browsed around her site.....OMG*****I think I read more than I meant to....whether I wanted to or NOT.
Funny thing is she has *shared* many topics besides the FM and black mold. She even *shared* a lot of her very personal life.....one might say the good, the bad and the ugly. OMG*****
Perhaps the millions of people who suffer from the wrath of the dragon do indeed have some sort of *black mold*....I am sure this could be possible. Perhaps this is why doctors do NOT know how to treat us. I have no idea.
The symptoms she listed were many of which I, too, have experienced.....some more than others. I will say this too that I do think there is something to the little trick that I read about.....(as I forget where or when)....but I have figured out that using the hair dryer for a few seconds every time I shower and right before bedtime too....is either working for me OR something else I am doing has allowed me, so far, to ward off *health issues which I normally have in the wintertime, colds, sinus issues and perhaps other viruses as well*....normally, as I think I have shared here...over the years when I stayed at home raising my children when they were little, I would get *something* and not go anywhere....and then I learned that my DH was a *carrier* of such....it seems some people can be around *sick people* or exposed to health issues and never get sick BUT they can hop on the person's self and then hop on to another person. Well, I guess I was always the *lucky person* who happened to be available when the *thing hopped off of him and on to me, giving me whatever it was that other people had exposed him to*....this happened a lot, as I stayed sick with something all the time.
OK...so I fast forward to this year...I keep my youngest GS who is a bit over a year old and on several occasions now, his brother has been sick, running a fever, and I have kept him at home....(several days in a row) without *catching* what he had. So again....I don't know what has allowed me to stay well. The only thing I have done different is the little trick of using my hair dryer for a few seconds every day on my nose area.
When I read this or heard this, it was indicated that most *germs* enter through our nose....which to me makes a lot of sense....we breathe all the time....(hopefully) and whatever is *floating in the air* will probably eventually enter our nose. And it also indicated that *germs* do not like *hot air* and could NOT survive....which also makes sense to me.
OK....I guess I have made my point here.
Interesting link though....I hope others will indeed read it. Perhaps sooner or later the medical researchers will indeed find some truth to this and figure out what needs to be done to help those of us who face the wrath of the dragon each and every day.
I do miss Dr. P and so wish he were here so I could *pick his brain on this one*.
Happy Hump Day....yes, it is here again....the weather is NOT good this early morning, as it is so cold and we have places which are icy. Not a good day at all. Already there have been accidents on the road in this area. I do worry about this since my DS is a firefighter and my DH has several miles to get to work, on the interstate as well.
I hope each of you are enjoying your restful peaceful night....I am again up too darn early this morning....got up before 4 am. This will make a long day for me. At least I don't have to go out now. I only walk out my back door and arrive at my DS's house. I hate having to get out in bad weather and avoid it when possible.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that each of you will soon find a good combination of *tools and tips* that will improve how you cope with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM. There are no quick fixes that I am aware of.....but a heating pad sure helps when nothing else will work....or at least it is for me. Seems like warm heat sure makes a difference.
Vitamins and supplements is what I use to *control my FM pain*....now IF only I could find something that would help the chronic fatigue....I could feel so much better....or at least I think I would. Getting enough sleep is a huge health issue for me. Keeping stress at bay is another issue.....which is so hard to *control*.
Vitamin D. Be sure and do your own research about Vitamin D. Low Vitamin D just might cause additional pain for you....and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Have a good Wednesday and remember to pace, pace and pace even more....your body will surely thank you for doing this.
Hello ray.....BONE PAIN*****MiMi in NC and I just wanted to comment on your post....I, too, had bone pain when I first got sick. I was being treated for depression and could never get better. Well, it seems that I had multiple health issues as well. Parathyroid issues was one....and very low Vitamin D was another. Which one caused the bone pain? I have no idea. My guess would be that they both contributed to it. I do know though that after I had my bad parathyroid gland removed and I started taking vitamin D supplements as well, the bone pain stopped.
I have also had other health issues as well. I had cervical (neck) surgery which corrected my right shoulder pain down to my fingers pain....I have also had 7 hand surgeries, 2 of which was where I fell outside and broke both wrists....(separate times, thank goodness).
I will say that once all of my health issues were addressed that I began to feel a HUGE difference. I have since learned how to *control my FM pain by taking vitamins and supplements and using other tools and tips as well*.....I have chronic fatigue which I have NOT found anything that has made a difference for this yet.
And no I have not taken prednisone but a couple of times during my lifetime.....way back when, before I had any sort of bone pain or FM pain.
Hello Linda....MiMi in NC. Interesting question....as I don't think I never sleep more than 4 hours at one time either.....unless, of course, I take some sort of sleeping pill....which my body does NOT like to begin with as I feel like I have a *hangover* the next day. It is not worth it to me. It takes a lot of time for me to get going.
So let's see just how many FMers have the same issue as well.
Hello ray and welcome.....MiMi in NC....thanks for the ideas. I am sure that some of them will work for some of the FMers here. I have found that cuddl duds work for me. They are really very soft and one can wear layers with them. I actually wear them year round....as they keep me cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The checkered men's shirts are warm.....I have one of them myself that I wear when it is really cold. I have also noticed that wearing a hat outside helps...(I noticed you have one on in the picture you have posted)....yes, I try to make sure I have a hat on when I go outside in the cold. It does help to keep one warmer. I also have some *headbands* that I use for neckwear. I got them in a deal a couple of years ago. They help keep my neck warmer. You know, back in the years, they use to sell what was called *dickies*...but I have not seem them in years now. They actually were larger and covered a bigger area than the handbands do....I just fold them up to whatever width I like and wear them. I have several colors as well.
Funny thing that you commented about *jeans*....which is something that I never found to be comfortable at all. I know they now make a *soft jean* though. To me, jeans are too tight and too rough. I owed 2 pairs which I finally gave away since I never liked them.
Morning FMily....MiMi in NC and I am glad that Monday has come and gone. It is still cold here and very damp....I had a couple of errands to run yesterday and came back home and found that I had no water. I checked the crawl space and found that a part of a pipe had broken off and water was gushing out everywhere. Called my DH and he was almost home. We cut the water off and I called a plumber. It was about 20 minutes until 5 pm. Did not know IF I could find someone to come out or not. The man who answered said he would be here in about 15 minutes or so. Well, it took longer for him to get here and they did not finish until after 7 last night. I was worried that perhaps they did not know how to repair it....as they left a couple of times to get parts. They broke the light bulb under there and DH had to put another one in so they would have light to do the work. I am just glad that this did NOT happened during the night and knock out my heat as well.
Over the years we had paid many plumbers to do repairs on this house. All of the copper lines have been replaced. This was just a small part of copper which did not get replaced for whatever reason. At least this is the first time, in a long time, that I have had problems with the plumbing. I hope it does not start a chain reaction though. Before something would be repaired putting strength on another *weak area* and start another problem. It is always something to deal with....a house, cars and children/grandchildren.
My DS had to have some electrical work done a couple of months ago. He had a stove finally hooked up and a fan installed in the bedroom. There was a gas stove in the house when he moved there but he did not want to cook on it. I found him a stove and he never had it hooked up.
It was a stressful Monday for me. I am glad we are moving on today. I hope your Monday was better than mine.
I have figured out that any sort of *issues* bring problems. which cause stress. And I think we all know how stress affects us FMers.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that you will find lots of good information here and support.
Vitamin D....be sure and ask your doctor to check this...if you have not already done this. Low Vitamin D can cause additional pain for some people and it can also affect other illnesses as well.
Try some Stopain Spray, a heating pad and drinking lots of water every day. Taking a hot shower using lavender bath salts right before bedtime might help you get a better night's sleep....just a couple of *tips* that might help new members cope better. You never know what might help you until you have tried them. If something does not work, try something else. Not everything will work for everyone....but you have to decide what does work for you.
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 use).
Hello Kelly.....you can go to the American Fibromyalgia Association (under Resources here) and I think there is a tool which allows people to put their city and state in and get a list of doctors which are in their areas who treat FM. It is sometimes hard to find a good doctor who truly understands this illness and one who knows how to treat us.
I do hope she can find one soon who can provide her with some good care. In the meantime perhaps you should provide her with the link to this support group.....where she just might find a good combination of *tools and tips* that just might help her cope better.
This is indeed a good support group.....as we have people here who truly understand exactly what FMers go through. These people are also very willing to answer any questions and tips that they have learned in dealing with FM.
It is nice of you to care enough about your sil to help her.
Morning FMily....a good morning to each of you. I do hope everyone had a good restful and peaceful week-end and night as well. MiMi in NC where I woke up the first time around 2 am. OMG....I tried to go back to sleep but did not have a good time doing so. Eventually I think I got back to sleep as it was then time to get up. Not a good way to start my week at all....and it is now damp in NC. Just what the body does NOT need as well. It is what it is though. I am sure this too will pass. At least we did have a dry week-end although it was chilly. I am so ready for spring time and warmer weather.
I had thought about making some homemade chicken soup....but did not have a good easy recipe to do so....so we ended up with my DH grilling the chicken and had a salad and baked potato with it.....pretty tasty lunch. I had vegetables left over so I marinated them for later.
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group recently. I am sure that you will find lots of good info here as well as support. Sometimes it is slow on the week-ends but picks up during the week. I am sure that you will find some good *tools and tips* here as well.
Vitamin D.....my favorite tip and learning how to pace, pace and pace even more is important too. Most anything and everything in dealing with the wrath of the dragon is a process though and it does take time and effort. You have to find what works for you. Not everything works the same for us all. Only you will know what makes a difference for you.
Morning FMily. MiMi in NC and it is cold this morning but again I am so thankful that it is dry still.....(a plus). I do hope each of you had a good peaceful and restful night and I hope today will be a good day for everyone with little to no pain.
My DS is having issues with his heating....not a good time for this at all. They have been in their house now for 8 years and I just found out that they have had problems now with the heating unit almost the entire time. (I did not know about this). I am thinking the unit was a lemon to begin with. Wish I had known about this a long time ago. DS has someone who is going to take a closer look at it Monday to see IF it can be fixed. With little children though it is a must that something gets done right away. It is always something to deal with when a person has a house, car and children. I am hoping it can be fixed until something else can be worked out on this. Nothing beats a Trane....it took us a long time to figure this out as well.
This past summer I had to have the inside of my unit replaced and my house has NEVER been as warm as it is now. I guess there were problems with mine as well and I just did not realize it. The parts were provided though on it and I had to pay for it being installed. (my unit was old).
Welcome to the new members who have joined our support group. I am sure that each of you will find lots of good info here. Be sure and check out the *tips* and *resources*....member toolbox and Dr. P's discussions as well.
This is a wonderful group of people who share what they know about dealing with the wrath of the dragon and what they have found that has made a difference for them. Of course you have to do your own *trial and error process* to figure out just what your combination of tools will be that will help you cope better. Not everything which helps one person will help someone else. Only you will know when you have found what works for you.
I do think though that the weather does affect all of us in one way or another. I know that damp and cold sure affects me a lot. I am so ready for spring time and I hope it arrives early this year. Getting out and soaking in some sunshine sure helps the body feel better. Vitamin D is indeed important to me. I only wish I could enjoy more of this in the winter time.
My daughter thinks that she benefits more with sunshine than she does with taking the supplements....which I am sure can be correct.
Have a great day and remember to pace, pace and pace even more.....your body will thank you for doing this.