Hello marlakay and welcome. MiMi in NC. I am glad that you had your Vitamin D level checked. I try to include this in almost every post I make on this support site. This is really so very important for lots of people these days.....even though who do NOT have chronic illnesses as well. You did NOT say just how low yours was but I do want to tell you that you should have it checked at least once a year.....as sometimes we, FMers, can get our levels up to within the normal level....BUT keeping it there might be a problem....I still do NOT understand why but I know that both my daughter and I have issues with this.
I hope also you will do your own research on Vitamin D....as so many doctors are still not up to date on how to guide patients on making sure the level is within the *normal range*.....which is kind of wide.....some people need *higher numbers* than others. I am not quite sure about this either.
I hope you will continue to let us know how things are going with you.
You can get a lot of *good tools and tips* in this community and there is a lot of good support here as well.
I wanted to share a tip today.....I have had really bad eye allergies.....especially with dry eyes. I had my eyes checked this week and the eye doctor told me that I should try Systane Balance (which he gave me a sample bottle) and if this did not work then I should try Fresh Kote....which use to be a prescription but now you can ask for it (it is kept behind the counter - it is kind of expensive though, he said)
Just wanted to tell others in case they need something new to try as well.
OMG****Nana B....so very funny that you need a new butt....a lot of us just want to get rid of what we have. I know that for me I have gone through several *stages* (for lack of a better word) with my body.....and just not one thing but my body overall. When I had my DD, I stayed in the rocking chair almost 95% of the time.....and yes, my hips and butt expanded. Then I got pregnant again with my 3rd child. Well, as one can imagine...I gained more weight and had not gotten all that I really wanted to get off with the 2nd one yet....although I was going to an exercise class. After his birth I started exercising again. He was 15 months old when I had my knee accident in Atlanta. I had to STOP all exercising then and I don't think I ever returned to what I had hoped to and I certainly never found the strength that I had before.
It is strange just how different children can grow up to be and change....all of mine actually looked the same when they were born. And it is funny that there children all looked like them when they were born. I often wonder how they can all be so different when I raised them all the same. I guess this is how it is with everyone though. My oldest was and is very artistic, my middle one had to study a lot to make good grades though and my youngest hardly ever opened a book but was smart anyway. They have all raised their children differently as well. Not exactly something that I expected. But it doesn't matter.....it is what it is.
We, parents, can only do the best we know how at the time and just hope for the best in the future. My sons are just the opposite of each other and my daughter is one of a kind.
Skunk? Really? I love owls....which I also think is strange as well....and I don't even know why.
Hello Nana B.....thanks for the chuckle this morning....you got stuck in the tub????? I love taking a bath....OMG....but it has been *FOREVER* that I took a bath. Having 2 bad knees.....nope....I don't do baths. I messed up my right knee back in the early 80's....and that ended me taking baths. It is showers for me. Now....I do stop up my bath drain and use the water to soak my feet....especially when I use the lavender bath salts at night....(or you can also use the Epsom salts as well.
Actually when we remodel here....I got rid of 2 bathtubs and put new showers in....the children were all gone and we replaced the tubs with showers....(don't think anyone has actually used them much though).
You are so right though....we might think we can *FOOL the wrath of the dragon*....but it ALWAYS knows....no matter what.
Have a great day.
Nana B.....I pulled up my O/T post....check it out. I don't think anyone actually looked at it since NO ONE replied.
I sent this person an email and she wanted my telephone number to *tell me more*....the post above indicated she is not selling something....but she needs my telephone number to tell me what kind of *new multivitamin and other natural vitamin products* she took. Really?
Hello sue and welcome....Have you tried any joint supplements for your knee pain? I have major issues with both knees also. I take the pink label Osteo Bi Flex which helps me. I take 2 per day. I had an accident back in the early 80's at the Atlanta Airport on the people mover tram. I have had 4 knee surgeries.
Yes, I have also done PT....you should make sure you have someone who knows and understands FM though. So many people do NOT.
You might ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level too.
Hello Lisa and welcome....sorry that you are having so many health issues. I think a lot of us FMers know and understand though exactly how you feel. It seems like multiple issues hit a lot of us. I think you would be making a wise decision by getting an appointment with a rheumatologist....as they seem to know a lot about FM and how to treat it. I hope you find a good doctor though you can trust and get some help.....which is most important.
As you probably already know, we are difficult patients to treat....what helps one may or may not help another. I think this is the reason doctors have problems with trying to help us.
I would suggest that you ask the doctor to check your Vitamin D level, 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.
My body is also very sensitive to medicines and I now taking vitamins and supplements plus do other things that allows me to *control my pain*. I only did this when I could not find any other medicine that worked for me without causing other side effects. It took me a while though before I found the right combination of tools which works for me. I still have to tweak what I do now.
I am NOT painfree nor do I expect to be....but I am so much better than I was before. I did my own research and then did a trial and error to figure out what would/would not help me cope better. I also have chronic fatigue as well and still have not found anything which has helped this....but I continue to look for things to try.
You have found a good support group here. There is a lot of info also under *tips* and *resources* and be sure and review the *member toolbox* as well.
You should also remember that there are no quick fixes. A person should allow at least 6-8 weeks of doing whatever they decide to try before making a decision as to whether or not what they are doing is making a difference for them....(unless, of course, you are getting sicker than you were before you started).
Learning how to pace, pace and pace even more is a good place to start. Getting enough sleep is also really important. A lot of us FMers have issues with trying to sleep. Eating right and drinking plenty of water is also a good thing to do. If you are having problems with trying to figure out what is not agreeing with you....you might want to keep a journal of your activities, what you eat, your pain levels and the medicine you are taking. This might provide you and your doctor both with what is going on and making a difference.
I hope soon you will find what helps you. Hang in there and know that we do understand and know what you are dealing with right now. Things do get better once you have learned more about the wrath of the dragon, aka FM, and how to cope better.
Hello Mary. I would also encourage you to do some research on the P5P. I know that before I tried it I did some and it was interesting research. Carpal tunnel was something that can be a result of not being able to process the Vitamin B 6 that we need. You have to get it at some Vitamin store but it just might be worth trying. I have been on it since last April and I know just how much it has helped me.
I know just how much hand/wrist pain can affect us doing things. It is no fun at all.
Have you tried the hot wax therapy? I know that when I was having issues and doing physical therapy for mine they did it. I ended up getting a *bowl* at walmart and did my own at home. I did it several times a day when my wrists were hurting so. It just might be worth the time and effort for any one who is having issues.