My best answer for your questions, is: yes, and yes-&-no. I have tried PT. Although it didn't help me with my pain, I gained flexibility, and I continue to do the stretching exercises every day, in bed, before I crawl out.
I started doing yoga just over 4 years ago, and I find it very helpful. I've met many people in the classes who can't do full poses (I can't either), and the teacher adapts poses for each of us. I've learned enough to adapt poses myself; one class I might be able to touch my toes, but the next class I can't.
I'm not sure if this helped you. Each of us has our own, unique version of FM. What helps me might not help you. I hope to see you again, LouView Thread
Hi bonjourfatimaa and welcome! You are not the first young woman to have these questions, and I hope we can help you.
Pay really close attention to MiMi, and when she says pace yourself she means PACE YOURSELF! You'll find you can get more done when you do. The Vitamin D thing is important too. I asked, got tested,and now take 1,000IU every day. I try to get my D naturally, but this is New England and the sun hasn't been out in a few days...
Listen to every thing your body tells you - when it's tired, rest. When it's sore, take pain meds. And when it's almost unbearable, call your doc for more help.
I see a rheumy, and he, along with his PA, is the absolute best! That insurance thing can really cramp your style, but use a bit of energy to push back for what you need. Ask your doc's office staff to help; they do that, and it will be worth it.
There are some good resources in the right-hand column. Also check out http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/ . It has good tips for us, and you have to check out The Spoon Theory - it will help you explain to people what it's like to be in your body.
I certainly hope we're helpful. Have the best day you can possibly have, LouView Thread
I had awful periods dating to the 70s - long before I had FM. I was dx'ed in 2005, and finally had a hysterectomy in '07. Kept my ovaries, because heart disease and stroke run in my family. LouView Thread
What an awful experience! I agree with others that you should find another job, but I also know that times are tight. You don't say what state you live in, but there are national laws regarding the treatment of people with disabilities.
The US EEOC has "A Guide to Disability Rights Laws" on their website [http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm >; you should take a look through it, if you haven't already. Title I states: "(The ADA) requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship." It also says that you can file a complaint with the US EEOC within 180 of the incident, but I'd start with your state agency.
Beth: What a wonderful post; I'm sorry it took so long to find it! I too try to live my life as though I had no pain. It's not always possible, but I make an effort. I am one person who is blessed to have no pain some days, and I try to do as much as I can on those days.
I don't want to be the only one at a party sitting and not having fun. My DH and I have made two trips to Japan in the past 2 1/2 years, and I wasn't going to be the one to spoil the trip. Not the fibro, not the blisters, not me!
My DH did a lot of research when I was dx'ed. He has been my rock, helping me when I need it, coddling me a bit too much sometimes, but knowing what I've got. He's my expert, and always sending me links to articles about FM. I'm lucky on SO many levels.
My doctor isn't 4 hours away, but he listens. After reading some posts here makes me feel pretty darned lucky to have found him. I wish his 'style' of doctoring for everyone!
I found yoga to be very beneficial, and I do not have an increase in pain afterwards. I take a class that is specifically for people with limitations - we vary from being severely overweight to having fibro to trying to recover from surgery or injuries. Talk to the instructor and see whether classes are offered for "people like us". I hope it works!View Thread