SparkPeople Fibro Friends.... Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=22 Fibromyalgia is a pain in the neck, arms, legs....Any one with FMS is welcome. Also join us on the Fast Break forum "Fibromyalgia Anyone????" SparkPeople Fibro Friends.... Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=22 Report Thread: August 31 - Sept 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x58991431 Read Instructions, then copy and paste the report template and let's get going! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp#Anchor58991416 </link> <BR> <BR> \/ \/ Begin copy and paste (instruction for copy & paste at the bottom of this post) \/ \/ <BR> <BR> Goal 1: (replace brackets with description of goal) <BR> Sunday – <BR> Monday – <BR> Tuesday – <BR> Wednesday – <BR> Thursday – <BR> Friday – <BR> Saturday – <BR> <BR> Goal 2: (replace brackets ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:22:21 EST Ongoing Team Challenge instructions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x58991416 <em>227</em> Please DO NOT post here! for information purposes only. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge Instructions and Template <BR> <BR> Hey, gang. I have a desire in my head for a goal challenge to help us with our personal journeys and to add motivation to our efforts. It stems from some things done by the BLC challenge. I’ve been thinking about how to apply it here and have come up with a plan I hope will work. We will see. The only thing to do is to jump in to it and see how it g... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:19:01 EST Mirror, Mirror... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x58908687 I titled this thread "Mirror, Mirror" because it REFLECTS our purpose in this thread: that is to REFLECT together on a subject, share insights, and REFLECT off of one another like a sun dog. <BR> <BR> A sun dog is seen when ice crystals in the air catch the light of the sun and reflect it out. The greater brilliance of a sun dog is seen as that reflected light is then bounced off of other ice crystals, so the ice reflects the direct light from the sun and the indirect light that comes off o... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:49:17 EST Sleep Deprived - Trigger to Overeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x58849267 Found this as I did my research project for today's challenge on the Here for Change - Quarterly Habit Focus Team and thought it worth sharing: <BR> <BR> From the Spark article "Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts" <BR> <BR> The Role of Sleep <BR> Consuming a large amount of food before bedtime can also result in indigestion and sleep problems, which can trigger you to eat more during the proceeding days. A growing body of research suggests a connection between obesity an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:21:28 EST August Challenge - One Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x58713266 Each day in August, find one good and positive thing that tells you that you are making progress. Tell us about it. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:37:40 EST Today's victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28295x22x58611324 One way we can encourage one another is sharing victories. I am encouraged to press on by the victories others share. Share yours here. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:26:51 EST Some unusual causes of Migraines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x58583362 Migraines can be caused by some things that are normally good practices, like trying to catch up on sleep deprivation. Since we have a tendency to have headaches, it might be good to realize some things that can cause it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1824 </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:01:24 EST Spark Guy's Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28295x22x58530258 Be sure to read Spark Guy Chris' blog and be encouraged. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738162 </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:29:19 EST Greatest Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28295x22x58437836 As we seek to encourage one another to press past Fibro to make the healthy lifestyle changes that will help us, let's share our greatest challenges. What is the greatest challenge to your journey today? And what are you doing to address the issue? If you struggle in the same area as another of us, be sure to encourage one another with your experiences that have helped you to overcome. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:17:17 EST July-xercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x58402182 Exercise and activity are vital to helping with fibro symptoms. I don't know about you, but the heat of summer has a tendency to get to me and slow me down. I have to work at moving. Let's help one another by sharing progress through this month. Report each days activity and lets keep moving in July. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:43:50 EST July Fibro Gauge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x58402107 Tell us about the following: <BR> <BR> Pain: <BR> Mood: <BR> Stress: <BR> Focus: <BR> Sleep: <BR> Environment: <BR> Other: <BR> <BR> Pain - list level on scale of 1 (least) to 10 (worst ever). <BR> Mood - emotional state <BR> Stress - What stressors are you dealing with for the day? <BR> Focus - 1 (Brain fog) to 10 (most alert ever and able to stay on track) <BR> Sleep - time slept, quality of sleep, quality of restfulness. <BR> Environment - Temps, weather systems, and other stressors in ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:34:00 EST General FMS Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x58133042 Following is an article from Harvard Health Publications covering general info on FMS. It is good info for someone recently diagnosed, and a good review for the veteran to the syndrome. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>a-z_detail.asp?AZ=182 </link> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:09:02 EST FF - June: Personal Goal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x58071772 Post at least one goal you are working on through this month: <BR> <BR> It can be weight loss; a dietary goal; or movement / activity goal. <BR> <BR> You may also post other personal goals you want some encouragement and accountability for: <BR> <BR> A household chore you need to tend to. <BR> A habit you are working to change. <BR> Etc. <BR> <BR> If you post it, please be accountable to update us on it. Be sure to encourage and check on one another through the month. <BR> <BR> Let's p... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:14:48 EST June: Daily fibro gauge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x58071656 How is your FMS symptoms today? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:04:22 EST June-July: Fibro Friends Chat Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x58071618 Hey, friends. It is a new day in a new month; we have a lot of new members, so we need some new threads. I love getting acquainted with each of you. Share your day and interests with us here. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:59:49 EST FMS Awareness Day: 5/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57849364 Today is FMS awareness day. Post facts about Fibro to your status and blogs today and let's educate the public. You would be surprised the number of people out there who have it but do not know of it. Here is a link of interest: <BR> <BR> <link>www.fmcpaware.org/community/awarenes<BR>s-day-2014.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks for the heads up, loopylou0363 - Linda! Mon, 12 May 2014 16:53:21 EST Trouble Sleeping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57848146 Here are 12 foods to avoid: <BR> <BR> <link>www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/i<BR>nfo-2014/foods-that-disrupt-sleep-phot<BR>o.html?cmp=NLC-WBLTR-DSO-MCTRL-050914-<BR>F1-339789#slide1 </link> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:23:55 EST Today I felt successful _____ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57721769 Success is a journey, not a destination. Goals are good, but even small progress often gets missed because of failing to meet what we see as the goal. Looking at your day, what is some small or great thing you can fill in the blank with? <BR> <BR> Today I felt successful ______ . Thu, 1 May 2014 20:24:01 EST Fibro Friends,Today I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57721684 <em>334</em> Great <BR> <em>30</em> Good <BR> <em>41</em> Ok <BR> <em>20</em> Non-functional <BR> <em>40</em> HURTING! <BR> <em>46</em> Emotional <BR> <em>198</em> Stressed <BR> <em>102</em> Tired <BR> <em>104</em> Going strong <BR> <BR> How's your day? Pick those that apply, and let us know. Thu, 1 May 2014 20:17:57 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x57720300 Every small change makes a difference for our healthy journey. What is one goal you have this month toward your healthy lifestyle. Tell us what you will do and how you will measure progress. Check back at least once a week to let us know how you are doing. Thu, 1 May 2014 18:00:26 EST Hi I'm new to this group. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57705769 I've been on spark people for about one month. I just found your group today. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. Looking forward to getting to know you all :) Jen Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:07:02 EST Team Page Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57705574 Hey, gang. Following is a link to a U-tube video put up by Coach Jen that explains all the team page changes. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/TcqPQi_75tw </link> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:48:18 EST Tracking Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57677676 Because most people don't think in terms of tracking daily pain levels, it is not an offering on the site. To me, pain is stress, so I have adopted the stress level tracker to track pain. I am at a 8-9 today and have been for several weeks, which reduced my physical activity to nil. <BR> <BR> I was given a prescription for Vicadin back in October and still have half the bottle left. So afraid of addiction. lol Apparently that is not an issue for me. I"m going to start taking it today. It m... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:19:14 EST Challenge: I made a dent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x57594370 I don't know about all of you, but I walk through the house trying to do what I can to keep it homey, and I see one thing after another that needs to be done. I have three closets I have wanted to reorganize for 2 months now. Every time I get close to starting it, something happens to pull me away from it. The kitchen cabinets need some cleaning done. My daddy passed away in November and I have had 3 boxes of papers sitting on a chair in the entry waiting on me to weed through them and shred ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:57:48 EST JOY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57590911 Name one thing that brings joy to your life that you will seek after today. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:43:32 EST Planning for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57558697 Hey, Gang. The weekend is upon us and, this being a holiday weekend for many, planning is important for us to get through it with strength and to a successful completion. What are you plans for this weekend? What will be a challenge for you this weekend? How are you planning ahead for facing that challenge? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:54 EST Gabapentin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28295x22x57549073 Yesterday I started gabapentin for my fibromyalgia. I feel like this stuff is kicking my behind! I'm so drowsy, that I slept through my alarm this morning and so did not go to work today. I feel confused and lightheaded and still so very sleepy. Even typing this post is a challenge - I'm having to make corrections on every other word it seems. Anyway, has anyone else had experience wirh gabapentin? Thank you, <BR> Susan Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:23 EST Ped it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x57534228 In my struggle to get up and move this bod, knowing that in doing so I will feel better, one of my best friends and sources of support has been my pedometer. It has given me a goal to strive for that has visible proof of progress. <BR> <BR> When I started, I was barely able to do 2000 steps per day because of tiredness and pain. As I have worked to increase that, though my pain is not always less, it is not worse, and I feel better because my body is getting good things it needs: movement. <... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:20:33 EST Progress, not perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57533275 One thing I have learned as I have come into routines that help me keep up with life without overdoing all the time is that progress is the goal, not perfection. One thing that helps me is learning the little things that FlyLady teaches ( <link>www.flylady.net/ </link> ). <BR> <BR> She has become a source of support in keeping up with things while not kicking myself if all is not perfect. There are FlyLady teams on Spark that support and help as well. This is the one I am on: <link>www.s... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:52:31 EST Ideas when support is lacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57520985 My husband understands my issues and helps where he can, but he is so busy right now at work that he is unable to be the support I sometimes need. On another thread, BunnaBaby mentioned not having support. So let's help one another in this area. <BR> <BR> What do you do when things need to be done and there is no one to help? <BR> <BR> What do you do to help yourself to make and have good dietary choices available on bad days? <BR> <BR> What resources have you found to help you and give s... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:04:15 EST Live like ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57508331 I was watching the video, "Proof you can be a talented dancer at any size." The girl sharing her journey in the video talked about when she found her weight was health related and she began to accept her situation. She said, "But by then I had already begun to live like a fat person." ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=66 </link> ) <BR> <BR> Her words got me to wondering, am I to allow life to be defined by my health issues and the struggle it bring... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:34:19 EST Games, anyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x57486289 Hey, gang. I am not one who likes to give a lot of time to gaming on SP, but since this team has a game forum, I have posted one for us and will participate as I can. However, I have to pray long and hard to get ideas and inspiration for games, so if you have a game idea, please spark mail the details to me. Or, better still, if you are one who loves gaming on SP and would like to lead out in this area, at least until Carolian is able to return, let Carolian and me know that by SP message as ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:36:36 EST Jacks Wild Game Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x57486221 <em>227</em> <em>303</em> Do not post here. Post on the game thread linked at the bottom of this post. This will allow those who want to play to print this out so they have the rules available. Do not post <em>303</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Game rules: <BR> <BR> I will post a beginning word. Those who follow post a word that either begins or ends with the last letter in the last word posted. <BR> <BR> Points earned: <BR> <BR> 1 point: for posting a word either beginning or en... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:29:10 EST Jacks Wild Game Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x57486213 See the rules on Sticky 1 of this forum Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:28:34 EST Getting to know one another: 4/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57485869 What brought you to SparkPeople? <BR> <BR> I first joined years ago--2009--when I was working to lose weight, joining a club was not an option, and I was praying for a support system for the journey that was something I could do when a friend mentioned SP to me. Since then I have been on and off, this being my third time here after several months of SP-break. The reality of my life is that I need support and accountability from others who know the struggle I am in. When I don't have that, I ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:50:53 EST Getting to know one another: 4/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57476634 Hey, gang. I thought it might be good to get acquainted with one another on a personal level. To help us do that, I will post a thread every few days with a new topic for discussion. This is the first: <BR> <BR> Since our team is focused on helping one another on this Spark Journey as friends who all struggle with fibromyalgia, let's start there. I know that Fibro is often more of a symptom of other underlying disorders. Mine is arthritis and long term stress related. Share with us any issue... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:58:24 EST Be there for Carolian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=28295x22x57476551 Our leader, Carolian, is in a difficult season. Let's make sure we show her we are here for her while she goes through many difficult waters in life. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>ROLIAN </link> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:46:00 EST Nutrition Watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x57463084 Proper nutrition is vital to healing and strength for those with FMS. So many foods exacerbate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Getting control of our eating so we can figure out what helps and what hurts is vital. Let's begin by accounting for our nutrition. Are we getting good nutrition? <BR> <BR> If you keep the Spark Tracker, and you should, post your nutrition values here. Be sure to tell us what your goal range is. <BR> <BR> If you do not keep the SP food tracker, tell us what you are do... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:25:28 EST Move that Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x57462822 A sedentary lifestyle is not good for anyone, fibro or no. But for us who already have pain to deal with, sitting all day is a sure way to worse pain. One thing I have learned, and continue to learn, is to move this bod, however slow, several times per day. So here is the challenge, set a goal that will get you moving each day. <BR> <BR> It does not have to be big. In fact, the best way to sabotage your efforts is to set a lofty goal, force your body to it, feel more pain because of over ex... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:58:09 EST Pain level today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57462514 On a scale of 0 - 10, zero, of course, being no pain, and 10 being the most pain ever, tell us how things are today. <BR> <BR> Use this as opportunity to encourage and get to know one another by visiting the page of those that stand out to you. Rejoice with those having a good day and encourage those who are struggling. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:27:27 EST Worth Rejoicing Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57462439 Okay, Gang. I am communicating with Carolian and getting my bearings as I join her on this journey of directing the course of our team here. For those I have not yet met, my name is Darlene, and I am excited to be here with you. If we have to walk this journey with fibro, better to have good friends who understand the journey to walk alongside. <BR> <BR> I have grown a lot through learning to be an overcomer despite fibro symptoms. One thing I have learned is that a negative mindset adds to... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:18:56 EST Are you there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57447904 Hi. I just joined this team and looking at some of the posts, I wonder if it is still active. So I thought I would post these questions and see if there is any response: <BR> <BR> How long have you been on this team? <BR> Are you an active member here? <BR> <BR> No sense in being on a team where support is needed if you are the only one here, right? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your response. <BR> Darlene <em>220</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:26:50 EST Looking for fibro support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x57447568 Hi, team. I am Darlene. I was diagnosed with fibro several years ago. After a couple of months on Nopalea early summer of last year, I went into remission for several months. The past couple of months it has flared back up, so I have been looking for a group that would not be one to sit and whine about it but help to cope and press on with life. This looks to be that group, so I thought I would give it a try. <BR> <BR> I am sorry to see that the leader is inactive. Has anyone put in for the... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:55:32 EST Anyone tried Lyrica? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57300412 Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I have been on Lyrica since 2008 and LOVED these meds. <BR> <BR> They make the PAIN go away, <BR> They make ANXIETY and DEPRESSION go away. <BR> They make me SLEEP better and deeper. <BR> They make me HAPPIER <BR> <BR> For me this has been a true rescue med. Unfortunately i have to stop with them cause they are too expensive. <BR> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:28:31 EST I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x57250873 Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I am new to this website and to the USA AND to this new group too! <BR> I'm a 38 year old woman and just moved from Holland Europe to Florida cause I met my husband there. <BR> <BR> Now I'm ready to loose some desired pounds. The first week on this website i only put weight ON cause I was more then normally focused on food. <BR> <BR> From tomorrow on a new start for me though. Haha.....that's a simple life to be always allow yourself to start again. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:47:14 EST FDA Public Meeting for Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57216639 The FDA is having a public meeting in a few days about Patient-Focused Drug Development. They are taking public comments about this on their website here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetai<BR>l;D=FDA-2013-N-1041-0004 I really recommend everyone go and tell them their experiences with medications and how they think fibromyalgia treatment development could be improved. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:57:41 EST Ayone tried Savella http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x57161517 I tried it for a little bit. It really helped the fibro pain but I had some other issues going at the same time, (big surprise) and they took me off of it. I am thinking about asking my gp for another try on it. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:50:23 EST Hello from Illinois! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x56846862 Hello everyone! I have been a member on here for a little while but haven't been active on here. I usually am on my phone and it's so hard to navigate spark from it. I have had fibro for 2 years now. I've put on 40 lbs pretty much since and I really need to get it gone. I hate getting dressed, none of my clothes fit and the ones I do wear just don't feel comfortable. I hate looking in the mirror. I've been pretty tired and achy lately. My daughter, job and relationship are being affected. I'v... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:06:15 EST Hi from VA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x56611873 Hi! My name is Jennie. I am the stay at home mom to 3 amazing kids. Been married 20 years in March. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with fibro 6 1/2 years. I also have arthritis and was recently diagnosed with diabetes, neuropathy in my feet and high blood pressure. The doctors have me on a heart healthy diabetic diet. I found out about my high blood pressure when I almost passed out in a store and I had to be rushed to the hospital. The doctor said that my pressure was so high I could have had a ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 07:12:18 EST How to Get Regular Pain Rx http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x56500935 Why won't the doctors prescribe us a regular pain medication to take daily ??? Any ideas how I can convince my doctor to do so ? I am able to function so much better when I take my pain medication but I am only allowed two refills a year which is about 60 total days. I have to pick and choose which days I am most desperate to be able to function. <BR> My current pain medication is called Esgic Plus. It is mainly prescribed for severe headaches but it helps the whole body pain too. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:18:33 EST Pain when exercising: how do you deal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x56474496 <em>198</em> OMG I just walked home from the bus stop, it was less than a mile but my calves and shins and ankles hurt bad! I kept telling myself it was fat and weakness leaching out of my muscles lmfao. My fibro was already pretty bad, but it got worse when I took valproic acid (which was for migraine prophylaxis, and the side effects just sucked too much to be worth it). I know I gotta talk to my new doctor when I see him about better pain control, but until then, all I have is tramadol a... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:38:32 EST Employment suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x56467531 I need to get back to work one of these days. I've been helping with my grandchildren for a couple of years. I was working part time as a home health caregiver but that work has become way too physically impossible for me with my Fibro issues. <BR> I have an Associates degree in General studies. I previously worked in Health Care and as a Secretary. I love office work but sitting in a chair too long causes pain and spasms. <BR> <BR> I applied for Social Security Disability and my case is... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:35:40 EST Hi from So Ca http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x56069242 Hi, <BR> My doctor thinks I have fibromyalgia. She is running blood work and I go back and see her in about 3 weeks. I started havering really achey,muscles after my knee replacement last Feb that has just gotten worse. Lucky I have tramadol to take in the morning or I am miserable. I was taking Celebrex for my knee but stopped and then had a real issue with my muscles hurting. They ached no matter,what,I took unless,it was a heavy,duty pain pill. Even the shower water,hitting my skin hurt... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:41:06 EST Newbie Tells All ; ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x55400126 <em>524</em> My name is BertaLynn or just Berta. I have fibromyalgia and I'm finding as I get older I have more symptoms and it seems more chronic. A friend recommended spark to me. Since July 2009 I've lost 201 pounds in a 12 step program for compulsive overeaters. I realized that I was eating in the same was alcoholics drink. So, even though I'm not longer in a wheelchair and the transformations in my life are amazing - I still struggle with this fibro challenge. I've started track... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:24:40 EST i've been away for awhile,but glad to b back!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x55070313 the fibro support I always got from this group seemed to always keep me going with this terrible disease. lets face it,we all need it!! :) Sun, 29 Sep 2013 04:08:37 EST Stevia experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54908737 Can I get opinions about using Stevia sweetener. <BR> One of my doctors has recommended it but I've been told otherwise by different doctors. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:01:33 EST my experience with Cymbalta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54908716 At first Cymbalta 30mg a day worked very well for me. I thought it was the miracle drug. It decreased my pain about 50% and decreased the muscle spasms about 90%. Then it stopped working after 3 months. I've taken it about 6 months now. It started causing severe headaches, skull itching, different types of life altering tinnitus, and this is crazy but I swear the ticking of the clock now sounds like the clock is talking to me. <BR> Cymbalta does still help my anxiety and depression. It... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:59:08 EST Do you remember: Treehouses (In the wrong place) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54833136 I have a brain injury so have lost a lot of memories but I do remember nailing boards into tree trunks so we could make a very sketchy (and looking back) unsafe treehouse. I have four sisters so finding my own secret tree was awesome. I grew up on 13 acres of property so we had lots of places to run about. <BR> <BR> My dad used to build model planes he would fly and some gliders and THAT was so cool, until he crashed into a tree. He had a well groomed runway so we constantly had ultra-lites... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 23:44:51 EST Do you remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54792741 When summer seemed to go on forever long days and late nights playing out till after 10pm and it still was light. The games we used to play hopscotch. hide and seek What are your childhood memories <em>260</em> <em>409</em> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 14:26:45 EST I am new here and fighting fibro with exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x54686936 My name is Lisa and I am 38. I have had fibro since 1999 when I was hit head on by a drunk driver. It also left me with other chronic pain, a brain injury (so now insomnia and balance problems and memory loss) and of course the fibro. I have some mental disorders too since the accident. <BR> <BR> About three weeks ago, i had an epiphany which is sort of a long story so I will go into it some other time, so I started exercising heavily doing the couch to 5k training. I used to be a cutter to ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:50:15 EST Let's Chat it Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x54663788 Hi. Bri (long "I") from Colorado. I don't see a chat thread so I thought I'd start one. <BR> <BR> Did y'all have a nice weekend? Hubby works 4 10-hr days so always gets a 3 day weekend. Friday he wanted to relax so I went to the park by myself. I ended up getting my car stuck in mud. He relaxed some once he pulled it out. <BR> <BR> Saturday we shopped. Farmer's market, then the commissary. Lot's of healthy food in the house now. <BR> <BR> Sun, not so good here. I go sick in the aft... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:29:26 EST the enigma of a butterfly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x54570510 I feel your pain; my path has been a similar one. My pain came so much earlier in life now that I look back in my childhood. The earliest episode as a baby they say, then a bad episode in 5th grade a talent show the excitement I guess brought on a server leg cramps in my shins, off and on the next few years we thought growing pains, at times rashes appeared thought to be allergies, first rash I remember, I had been at outdoor circus and ate raw peanuts so doctor thought she’s allergic or heat... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:31:24 EST Let's Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54324379 <em>213</em> Hope you are having a blessed day. <BR> <BR> Just a couple more of July. It's been a month, that's for sure. I'm trying to make the most of what's left of the month. Cleaning 5 minutes at a time. Better than nothing, but that's life with the monster. <BR> <BR> Once a month there Is a huge yard sale at Fort Carson the first Saturday. It's incentive to get rid of more clutter. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What are you all doing today? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:42:57 EST One-Liners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x54184208 Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 03:44:39 EST Start of a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54109385 I gained since my last weigh in. Today is my the first day of my new week. Going to do the best I can. It is like the start of the new experiment...lol Going to be tough since WW doesnt' count veggies and fruit and FB and SP do. <BR> <BR> Last week was a fibro flare and when I hurt like that I eat.....anyone one else like that? Suggestions on how to stop that would be great. <BR> <BR> I always drink all my water, quit drinking Diet Pepsi last November so all I drink is water and the occas... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 08:43:42 EST Emotitcon your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54100589 <em>104</em> Feeling positive today! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:42:49 EST Uh...bad day:( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54089270 Bad news, flare from hell from yesterday still here. Tomorrow will be a slug day. <BR> Bad news, grocery shopping today and two other stops. <BR> Good news (?) so far today over 5000 steps. My goal is 3500. <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:47:00 EST anyone here have a FitBit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x54043964 I just got one about a week ago and love it. It really helps me see how much I am doing everyday. In 6 days I have walked 5.68 miles:) I have a goal set of 3500 steps a day but if I don't reach that I don't. I have the FitBit Zip. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:12:12 EST Hot weather and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x53979049 I was looking at the "Does hot weather affect your fibro" discussion. I am indeed, one of those people who has a difficult time with swelling and pain in the hot weather. The combination of those two things makes exercise really difficult. Does anyone have any suggestions or insights into how to exercise in hot weather when it increases your pain level? Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:10:52 EST New to the group, old to Fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x53778643 Hi everyone! Just throwing my two cents in and saying hello. I live in Washington DC and suffer from Fibro too. I've had the symptoms for years, but dealt with the doctors' "I don't know what's wrong with you!" testing and medication cycle I am sure we are all familiar with. But I am happy to see there is a group with people who know what I am talking about when I say "my trigger points hurt" or "I feel so awful today". My reason for joining to get to healthier and deal with my fibro better s... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:27:38 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x53586466 Hi my names Barb and I live in the Uk its taken me awhile to introduce myself as I keep forgetting my login details. (Fibro fog)I've had FM for 15yrs but it took about 7yrs to be diagnosed. I have eventually learnt how to manage my condition. I swim at least 3 times aweek anything from 10 to 30 minutes, I pace myself in anything I do by breaking it up into sections. I have a positive attitude towards FM I always repeat I have FM but FM doesnt have me. On bad days I allow myself todo very lit... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:08:41 EST Great to see this Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x53582152 Hi, I've had Fibro for about 15 years and have learned that water exercise works best for me. Walking and Tai Chi are also good. I'd be interested in looking at the video of modified Yoga. On good days I try to do more, but hope to build up some better tolerance and hoping weight loss will also help the chronic pain. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:46:05 EST How do you stay motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x53476543 How do you stay motivated? I really want to lose this weight. However, I take two medications that cause weight gain. So, sometimes I just feel like I'm doing good to stay at the same weight. I have exercised three days in a row this week. This is the longest I have exercised since getting sick. I just need some ideas of how to push myself to lose this weight. I want to be skinny again! <em>46</em> Sat, 25 May 2013 17:09:17 EST A very good resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x53317531 I've found a web site that finally provides in depth information and ideas about how to deal with fibro. The University of Michigan Health System now has a Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. The site addresses a number of issues, like fatigue, sleeplessness. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> http://www.med.umich.edu/painresearch/inde<BR>x.htm Sun, 12 May 2013 16:18:29 EST Is IBS common with Fibromyalgia? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x53201278 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 11 years ago. Collagenous Colitis in November 2011. This seems to be a common thing. Meds? Fri, 3 May 2013 05:59:51 EST Hi, I'm Donna Need exercises that don't hurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52884236 So glad to find so many fibro Teams. I hope to find out what works for others that doesn't cause flare-ups. I tend to go all out thinking I can do things the way I use to and then I am laid flat for a week recuperating. How do you do it safely? After 20 yrs. of having fibro you would think I would have learned how, but I confess I haven't. It never feels like I am overdoing it at the time but 2 days later I can't get out of bed I am so sore. What am I doing wrong? Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:27:55 EST a bit of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52827098 Hello! <BR> I'm Kaitlyn. I was diagnosed with fibro in october of my senior year of highschool. I was also diagnosed with arthritis in my knees and hands, as well as a possible IBS and some other stuff. a few months later I had a kidney stone followed by another a few months after that. So needless to say I'm working hard to get myself back to being healthy. <BR> <BR> Since then I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. I miss regular food a lot, butits made such a huge difference in my life... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:12:22 EST Medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x52796385 Hi all! I have recently been prescribed Nortriptlyne (sp?) for chronic pain.. I was wondering if anyone esle has been given this and if it helped.. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:05:56 EST Just joined! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52596154 Hi! Just joined the team and SP today. Now need to dust off the weights as I joined the weight challenge. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:12:25 EST Just joined your group today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52594551 Hi Everyone! My name is Jane and I'm from Ontario, Canada. I have Fibromyalgia as well. I also suffer from chronic neuropathic back pain due to several fractures, and nerve damage, and Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, due to several shoulder injuries. <BR> I'm becoming frustrated trying to exercise because I'm in so much pain all the time. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:29:05 EST mattress topper? What works for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x52482433 I have Fibro and a chronic bad back along with a host of other ailments. My spring mattress is about 7-8 years old and is getting hard to sleep on and I am waking up hurting more than when I went to bed. <BR> <BR> I read that a memory foam mattress topper may be the way to go so my husband and I researched the heck out of it and decided to go with one. We got a 4 inch, 4 pound density memory foam. We had it on our bed for the last two nights. I was pleasantly surprised that the odor was not... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:53:22 EST exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x52279652 Ugh,after all the reading I've done about how much exercise can help those of us with fibro, feel better, I joined a fitness center. I've been going there since the middle of December. There is a heated pool,yoga, etc. I've tried going 4 times a week. Total pain. I cut it down to 3 times a week.Still total pain. Even at two times a week total pain. I'm starting to think exercise is far from any kind of help to me. What do you think and what have you found that works for you? Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:12:41 EST Hello :) I'm new here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52271703 Hello all, I'm Kara, <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I have deleted my old account and made a new one to start fresh. None of the stigma of my past failures to get me in a rut. <BR> <BR> This march will mark the 8 year mark for my "Fibro anniversary". I've had fibro since I was 15, and honestly it's a pain the butt! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good at ignoring the foggy view on life that I have that makes it seem like someone else is moving my body. Sometimes, though, I just want to g... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:44:46 EST Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52215963 I'm tired now from filling out my SparkPage stuff, and I've had another sleepless night, so I'm just gonna say hey! <em>213</em> I'm Toni. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:48:16 EST Hello from Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x52166000 Hello all! I have been a Sparker for a long time, off and on. I have fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and Hashimoto's disease. I had symptoms of fibro in grade school, and I remember the pediatrician telling my mom that I obviously had something, but he had no idea what. He said maybe someday medicine would advance enough to figure it out. I was on medicine for my stomach by the time I was 10, from all the meds to control my pain. I was finally diagnosed with fibr... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 18:14:37 EST Hello all and Happy new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x51421306 I am Liz!! I am a Mom of 3 <em>345</em> kiddos that try their hardest to take care of mommy!! that seems a bit backwards but we all try to take care of the ones we love!! The medication side effects vs the pain is my struggle i am fighting right now! What one is worse!!? What medication has the best results vs the worst side effects? I am so tired of being a test dummy!! This new year is going to be a great year, it has to be!! I am going to work hard for it to be! I hope for the best!!! ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:35:44 EST Good morning from a North Central state http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x51343917 I am grateful for all the interesting people on this team. <BR> I have been battling fibromyalgia symptoms longer than I imagined, once I heard the name for it I realized that I had these symptoms in 1st grade. No wonder I was so sickly in school, I was allergic to it. <BR> I had back surgery in 2011 and I was allergic to so many meds that I just had to hurt and live through it. It was a very long road. <BR> I just finished with another round of physical therapy and the wonderful care tha... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:45:54 EST WORN OUT FROM LIFE STRUGGLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x50884349 I am feeling just worn out from life, struggles, illness and physical and emotional pain and conflicts. I probably did not tell you that I called Vicki(Vicki has been a good friend for 22 years but she has said very harsh, unsupportive things to me and has not been there for me since I moved 2 years ago and am still ill) 2 weeks ago and told her on my message that I hoped her hubby's surgery went well and that she should call me when she has a chance since I want to talk to her. I only heard ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:25:58 EST Fibro in Kansas City http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x50810575 If you're from anywhere near the Kansas City area, you've probably heard the saying that if you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes and it will change. This so true it hurts! <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you are plagued by the weather changes and how it makes your muscles tense, your joint aches, and can be really depressed by the grey, cloudy skies. On Saturday it was in the high 80's (beautiful day for my brother's wedding). Sunday morning when I woke up it was 36 out. A 40 degre... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:53:18 EST Where do you sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x50674030 I have a memory foam mattress topper that I have folded into 4ths (longwise), on a couch in my craft studio. I can't sleep with my husband in our beautiful king-sized bed because we both wake each other up snoring, plus I toss and turn, talk in my sleep, and moan and cry from pain. And then there are the many nights when I have to deal with restless leg syndrome and/or leg cramps. He never complained, but we both slept better when I tried sleeping in the other room, so now I do it all the ti... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 16:30:42 EST Does anyone have trouble with housework? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x50669851 I mean more than just not liking it. I find between the fatigue and aches, there is a lot that doesn't get done. So on Saturdays, after a long week at work, hubby helps me do housework. At least that's the plan! <em>20</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:34:54 EST Weekend Plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x50668281 Do you have plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Joann's crafts is having a big sale so I will be there when the doors open today. I am stocking up on all I can to do my craft booth crafts. That will take up half the morning. I am preparing myself now to be able to deal with the crowd that is sure to be there. <BR> <BR> <BR> Not sure what will be happening after church tomorrow. Hope to do something with hubby. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 07:10:07 EST Hello from the NorthWest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x50628302 Hi all! <BR> Working mother of 2. Thought I would join this team for ideas/support from fellow fibro sufferers. <em>2</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:53:18 EST Fibro Fog Came in Handy When..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x50505306 I hid my chocolate on myself in a fog. Today I wanted chocolate so bad, battling myself because this is day one of my streak, and couldn't find it! <BR> <BR> Something good happen to you while in "the fog"? Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:57:36 EST Not Certain I Belong Here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x50448202 Hi, Everyone. My name is Carol and I've been a member of Spark, on and off, for years. I came back in May of this year and have doing pretty well - heading towards my goal weight. What I have not been doing very well with is constant chronic pain - everywhere <em>39</em> I may have had pain for a long time but it wasn't until a year ago that it got so bad I couldn't just ignore it. I have a high threshold for pain but this is getting to me. I saw something on symptoms of Fibromyalgia and r... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:41:57 EST New to sparkpeople, but not to fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x50430550 Hey, y'all. I'm a good, old-fashioned Southern gal who was diagnosed with FM about 27 years ago, but know that I've had it all my life. (My dad used to call me a baby when he'd squeeze my knee and I'd complain that it hurt.) A couple of years ago, when I was teaching preschool, there was a little girl who complained of pain whenever I'd touch her. I told her parents to check out FM, but I don't think they did. I am sad to think of this precious little one living the kind of life I did growing... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:23:49 EST Hello from Orlando! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x50389609 Hello Everyone, My name is Margie and I'm 47 yrs old with 7 children and 3 grandchildren. Newly diagnosed with Fibro and major weight gain since June due to many medical issues including being placed on life support for 9 days in June. I woke up on July 4th! I spent the majority of the first 6 months of this year in bed feeling sorry for myself and in severe pain. All I did was get sicker. Once I was placed on life support my family started planning my death. Thank God he had other plans for ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:02:33 EST I'm bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x50089572 <em>2</em> The Dr's weigh in on Fri. was 204. So I'm discouraged! I'm eating right, & I'm walking again...I did have a med change, Maybe that's why I gained. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:12:24 EST how do you bail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x50053174 how do you bail (again) on plans with good friends because you just don't have the energy/are in way too much pain? people in my life are just learning that i have fibro and don't really understand it. i've had 'convenient' excuses recently (a couple family members died and there were funerals and such to attend), but i have nothing this time. i just can't do it... i'm stressed out about having to tell them that we're not going to the cabin. my husband won't help breaking the news. all i ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:59:23 EST New Resolve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x50007987 Hi everyone. I'm still exploring this awesome site! I'm 53 yrs. old, a widow of 3 yrs. I have 2 daughter's, who've given me 6 beautiful grandchildren! I have been disabled for 7 yrs. I believe I've had FMS since childhood, or at least by 20. I remember telling my elementary teacher that I hurt, & her response was "Oh, it's just growing pains". In my 20's I would tell the Dr. I hurt all over. After all diagnostic tests didn't show anything, the Dr. said "it's all in head, or, it's psych... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:16:42 EST Medical questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x49999966 Okay - I was diagnosed basically by my primary care doctor who went over my list of symptoms, medical records, and such over the past 33 years. He has since referred me to a neurologist regarding my neuropathy and I was told by this neurologist that my previous neurologist in another state was a quack and that I don't really feel what I am feeling and that I am a waste of a doctor's time. Then I got another referral to a different neurologist who confirmed what the neurologist in Missouri fou... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:32:31 EST new to the condition and team :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x49992748 hi folks! <BR> <BR> my doc and i are currently in the process of getting a definitive fibro dx. we've been working on it for the past two months, during which i've been in a constant flare. i don't get to go for my sleep study until the end of november, but fortunately, my insurance was talked into letting me start cymbalta for depression (yay!). i'm currently tapering my prozac so i can start on the cymbalta in about 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> even prior to dealing with this fun, i've been work... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:16:26 EST love to travel but can't http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x49909188 i had a really nice trip planned today,but had to cancel out because of this fibro,does anyone else here suffer from flare ups after traveling? <em>46</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:04:58 EST Menstrual Cycle + Fibro = FLARE UP!??!!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x49721285 I am new to this diagnosis and I swear i can tell you that I will start my period with in a week because I will FLARE up! My skin hurts, my scalp hurts, my legs are on fire and all my joints feel like they have sand paper in them! <BR> <BR> Has any of you dealt with this? <BR> What did you do to help this? <BR> <BR> I am trying not to take more meds but i need help because its hard on my family! I am a GS mom and a Volleyball mom and my son is going to People to People! I can't let ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:43:01 EST I love the team pic!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x49632227 Hi, I am Ro. I have officially been diagnosed with fibro for 8 yrs, but I think I have had it since about 16. It got called everything from growing pains to hypochondria. Then I had a nervous breakdown in 2004 and my mother who is in a wheelchair part of the year from her fibromyalgia, looked at me and said, you have fibro, go get checked by a rheumatologist. I did, and after this tiny, harmless looking doctor got through trying to turn me into a pretzel, she said “You have fibromyalgia”. It... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:24:52 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x49590160 I have been recently diagnosed with Fibro and the med have made me blow up to my PREGO weight! I really just wanna get healthy and stay there! I am only 30 years old and have 3 kids, a husband, 3 cats, and dog! I love my family and know that this is affecting them as well!! I just want to feel like me again!! Thanks for having me in your group!! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:54:20 EST Just joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x49445483 Hi all, have had fb for over 20 years now, looking forward to meeting others with this problem and getting new suggestions. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:21:28 EST tendinitis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x49370073 Are any of you particularly prone to tendinitis? I get it a LOT, mostly in my left wrist and left foot, just at the top where all the bones seem to meet. I get it other places, but those are the most common spots. <BR> <BR> I had a scare a few months ago when I developed very bad hip pain, again, the left side (maybe the left side doesn't like me?). I was worried that something was wrong with my hip but my rheumatologist found it was "just" tendinitis. That was good news, actually. I'd rathe... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 17:22:28 EST The good news, so-so news and blah news http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x49329318 The good news is that I'm not feeling quite as fatigued as before. I'd rate my fatigue about at 5 now, as opposed to the 7 or 8 it can be. I have been going to the gym faithfully - 25 days out of the past 26. I don't do too much: 20 minutes on the elliptical and then 3 upper body weight exercises. That's all I can do and that is enough! <BR> <BR> My so-so news is the article that I wrote for USA Today's health supplement on fibromyalgia isn't being published right now. They scrapped the supp... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 07:59:47 EST Throw the Beachball - Tag Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x49285563 Choose any member of the team. Using the beach ball goodie, "throw" it to them. That person then throws it to any other member of the team. <BR> <BR> Have fun! Fri, 3 Aug 2012 05:49:48 EST Hello Fibro Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x49158953 Hi, 35 y/o female here with Fibro, Panic disorder, Depression, PCOS, PMDD, SVT, and a host of other issues. <BR> <BR> First Weight: 287 <BR> Current Weight: 223.1 <BR> STG: 199 <BR> LTG: 160 <BR> <BR> Love to connect with others that understand that sometimes exercise is TOO hard to do. While hurting and dealing with Fibro Fog it's hard to get motivated to move much. I need to move more. Anyone else out there like me? <BR> <BR> ((Also, I really want a nifty weight tracker!)) Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:17:01 EST What are you Grateful for Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x48959709 Today I am grateful for... <BR> <BR> 1. The weather was not exhaustingly hot today. <BR> <BR> 2. I found a good job lead. <BR> <BR> 3. I had good energy today, which has been rare lately. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 01:15:57 EST another new team member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x48932554 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've rejoined SP since trying it two years ago. I have more motivation now, so hopefully I will be able to take advantage of what SP offers. <BR> <BR> I've had FM all my life, but was only diagnosed with it a year and a half ago. I can trace back my pain and fatigue to my teen years and I'm now 51, so you can do the math to see how long I've been feeling crappy a lot of the time! <BR> <BR> I work from home, I'm a health writer, so this is great. It allows me to work at my... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:41:58 EST Truisms to Live By http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48445767 ~Another Sue Falkner-Wood blog~ <BR> <BR> Renewal in a Life of Chronic Pain: Truisms to Live By <BR> Ask anyone who has lived a daily life of chronic pain, and they will tell you: <BR> <BR> Cats aren’t the only creatures with nine lives. <BR> Human life tries to renew itself if we give it half a chance. <BR> Pain doesn’t kill you, even though you think it will or wish it would. <BR> If you’re bleeding, make it stop. <BR> If you’re laughing, it’s a good day. <BR> If you’re crying, it will ev... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:39:36 EST where is everyone?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48370287 <em>24</em> Seems like everyone pooped out around here?? <BR> Is everyone on vacation from Sparkpeople?? Hope not, cuz I know your not on vacation from "FIBRO" <em>198</em> <BR> Lets keep eachother posted as to how we're doin!! <em>104</em> <BR> And let's have a "POSITIVE" report... so everyone can feel good! <em>306</em> <BR> Daily we all have some thing to be positive about, even if it's healthy food on our tables <em>267</em> and being able to move, even if just a little <em>31... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:22:52 EST Needed: Tips for Flying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48296804 I came to San Diego this week. The plane ride was excruciating. Any tips - I'm headed to Charlotte next week and that will be an even longer flight. Wed, 30 May 2012 16:07:57 EST Happy Memorial Day! Military Family Members? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48258226 <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> There are too many to count in my family. I ask that you remember the family members as well as the service men & women! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 May 2012 05:54:15 EST from the fibro network http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48222498 By Constance Burel <BR> <BR> YOU came in my life without asking, <BR> made me do things I didnt want to do <BR> YOU steal my sleep, YOU make me eat, <BR> With YOU, it difficult to stand to my feet. <BR> <BR> I press my way each and everyday <BR> A price I pay for being this way, <BR> I pray and cry and ask God why, <BR> Somedays I think I going to die. <BR> <BR> Like the weatherman, I can predict the rain <BR> You cant have my life, YOU DEMON NAMED PAIN!!!!!!! Fri, 25 May 2012 07:49:09 EST It is OK to Laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48211480 I found this on Sue Falkner-Wood's Blog- <link>www.everydayhealth.com/blog/life-wit<BR>h-chronic-pain/you-know-you-have-chron<BR>ic-fatigue-when/ </link> <BR> "Life with Chronic Pain: A How-to Guide" <BR> She believes in finding the humor in our pain struggles. <BR> <BR> YOU KNOW YOU HAVE CHRONIC FATIGUE WHEN… <BR> <BR> You can’t lift off from the bedside in the morning without feeling like someone has tied your feet to the floor. <BR> <BR> Your trip into the bathroom is as arduous as c... Thu, 24 May 2012 11:12:54 EST fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48141767 I got this from the fibromyalgia network. This is a good explanation so I thought I would share this. <BR> <BR> NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED ALL CREDIT GOES TO MARCKOLYN DILLON <BR> <BR> <BR> F is for the Finding we always have to do; we've found out keys again, but now where is my shoe? <BR> I is for the Impact on our family and friends; we're so grateful to them for a love that never ends. <BR> B if for Breaks, we must take a lot each day; it's hard for us to work or watch ... Sat, 19 May 2012 15:22:08 EST FIBRO-EASY EXERCISING ! List "yours" ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48128026 <em>33</em> Morning... I've just found a very very good/positive video series at my library called "Its Never Too Late" for "healthy aging". It's designed for senior fitness, but I believe it's also excellent for fibromyalgia sufferers. She hits all types of movements, her being a fellow senior, and she is so positive and upbeat. I think she a wonderful instructor. <BR> <em>185</em> Her website is reneburton.com and she has three videos to offer! <BR> Anyway that's my little tidbit fo... Fri, 18 May 2012 14:04:59 EST FEELIN GOOD TODAY !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48113433 <em>334</em> Don't ask me why some days are better than others... they just are! I'm taken advantage of this day immediately before it changes. Thats what happens with my fibro... you just never know?? <em>24</em> <BR> Did my strength training and now off to my treadmill... gonna try for 20 minutes today, since I'm feeling like it.... YOU GO GIRL!!! <em>224</em> <BR> Hope you have a good morning and talk to you soon.... Soft fibro hugs to you all! <BR> <em>253</em> <em>247</em>... Thu, 17 May 2012 14:32:23 EST Have you ever...... (crazy experiences with fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x48077402 ...Woke up and not known where you are? I had a rough night of pain and finally slept out of exhaustion. I woke up to a rooster under my window. I knew I was in my bed, but I didn't know where I was. I couldn't remember where I lived. I was yelling to my husband asking him where I was. He kept telling me I was in bed next to him. I was so scared and angry. That much I had figured out. I wanted to know what town I was in. It took several minutes to get oriented. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 15 May 2012 11:09:05 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47961445 Hi. I'm glad to meet all of you. I was diagnosed with fibro about 14 years ago along with the diagnosis of Lupus. I'm ready to lose weight and become healthier. I know that my weight has some baring on how I feel daily. I also know that the fibro effects how I feel daily. I recently lost weight going to a weight loss clinic but I haven't lost a pound in 2 months and it is discouraging. I bought the Zumba series but to be honest, by the time I get home from work, I'm to tired to exercise. I fo... Mon, 7 May 2012 19:50:43 EST 100 Tips for Coping with Fibromyalgia & Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47875893 Dominie Soo Bush offers many great tips on dealing with our Fibro. <BR> I thought it might be worth checking out. <BR> <link>www.fms-help.com/tips.htm </link> Wed, 2 May 2012 11:11:00 EST The Spoon Theory - "But You Don't Look Sick" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47789231 This is an amazing peice. Many of you may be familiar with it. It's worth reading every once and awhile, and certainly worth sharing to your family, fibro friends and others with chronic issues. <BR> <BR> It is copywrited, so please be considerate and pass the link rather than cut and paste. <BR> <BR> http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articl<BR>es/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theo<BR>ry-written-by-christine-miserandino/ Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:00:31 EST 10 Best Things about Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47759560 I couldn't resist. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> (from Zazzle.com) <BR> ________________________________________<BR>_____________________________ <BR> <BR> I save money on magazines. With brain fog, I can’t remember what I just read! <BR> <BR> I am a cheap date. No alcohol, no dessert and I still feel drunk or hungover. <BR> <BR> On ‘good day’s I feel wonderful. Other people need a much better day to feel that way. <BR> <BR> I am easy to find…I’m either at the Dr’s office or at home. <BR> <... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:29:05 EST Tell Us What is Special About Where You Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x47753045 I live on the plains of Colorado. I am blessed to enjoy gorgeous sunrises to the east. In the evening, to the west, I get to watch the sun set over the mountains. <BR> <BR> I live in the Colorado Springs area. There is something and then some for everyone. There are mountains to climb and hike, rivers and lakes to fish and water sport in, and multiple parks. <BR> <BR> There are many places to visit. Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Focus on the Family, ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:26:29 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47727795 Hi, my name is Barbara. I am 47 years old and very overweight. I started exercise and diet 3 weeks ago with the assistance of a wellness center at my doctors office. I fell on my basement steps on Easter Sunday and had to cease exercise ( although I consider getting around on crutches exercise ). I injured my ankle and have spent a lot of time on the couch propping it up. I return to water aerobics on wednesday and some hand bike for cardio. I was impressed with myself when I went to the doct... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:16:08 EST Hi, I'm Jen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47706858 Hi, I'm Jen. <BR> I was diagnosed with Fibro about 4 1/2 years ago. I haven't yet been able to find a combination of meds that let me manage this thing. <BR> <BR> Over the years I've gone from a lean 130 lbs to almost 190. I know a lot of it was due to the meds I was on. But most is from me inability to move a lot of the time. I'm here (again) because I NEED to make a change. Whatever I can do to keep this from keeping me bed-bound. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get back to my pre-Fibro w... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:10:41 EST Feeling discouraged today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47541048 Today was horrible for me as far as my diet and exercise. I had to go with my cousin to take our grandmother to have her pace maker battery replaced. <BR> <BR> We left the house at 8 this morning, it's an hours drive to the hospital. We got there, got her checked in and waited to be put in her room. Meanwhile, I am the designated wheelchair pusher. lol Which is fine with me. They finally get her in her room. Her procedure was to be around 10, it was 1:30 before they took her back. Possible t... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 23:49:54 EST Alt. pain relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47494947 I am a stress and pain eater, and I have been scheduled for surgery---no NSAIDS for a couple weeks prior to surgery. Anyone have a reccomendation (besides Tylenol) to help? I have a lot of arm and shoulder, hip and knee pain, as well as headaches. Bad waether makes it much worse. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Lis <em>24</em> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 10:15:01 EST Cravings when you hurt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47490585 I have had alot of back pain today, not able to do much. I have noticed that I have craved more today, than any other day, when I dont have as much pain. <BR> <BR> Anyone else? Mon, 9 Apr 2012 01:00:16 EST Fibro in Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47485582 Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and this team. I was diagnosed with fibro in 1996 and have been working at controlling it through diabetes, cancer and life in general since. Looking forward to getting to know others here and finding out tips and information. Have a wonderful evening <em>41</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 18:23:47 EST Deep tissue massage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47470930 For Mother's Day I have decided to use a coupon to a day spa that I have had for years. I love full-body treatments and am considering the deep tissue massage, but I'm not sure if it will help or aggravate my fibro. Has anyone had some experience with this? If not the deep tissue, are there other treatments you would recommend? Sat, 7 Apr 2012 15:01:58 EST new to the spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47442807 Hello i am a 22 year old musician just diagnosed with fibromyalgia so its gotten hard for me to move around on ad off the stage i hope to loose 44 lbs to make it easier and to look better Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:44:24 EST Having a bad pain day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47436382 Woke up this morning with really severe pain in my left leg. I think the workout I did yesterday aggravated it. I also have OA in my left knee, so, it's a double whammy. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is having a better start to their day. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 08:06:51 EST A LETTER FROM FIBROMYALGIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x47422679 A LETTER FROM FIBROMYALGIA <BR> <BR> Dear Miserable Human Being, <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Fibromyalgia, and I’m an invisible chronic illness. I am now ‘velcroed’ to you for life. Others around you can’t see me or hear me, but YOUR body feels me. I can attack you anywhere and anyway I please. I can cause severe pain, or if I am in a good mood, I can just cause you to ache all over. <BR> <BR> Remember when you and Energy ran around together and had fun? I took Energy from you and gave you Ex... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 11:21:55 EST Hoping to keep well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47286775 Hi fellow 'Sparkies' <BR> tried this site a few years ago for a few months and drifted off. Recently having had an abnormal result on my kidney function Sparkworld was the one place I knew where I can hope to control my protein intake, also check potassium, sodium and other elements I must avoid or curtail. I remembered before that when I used Sparkpeople my diet was erring on the protein side and the thing is even bread contains it, especially oat bread, trying to be healthy needs rethinking... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:36:25 EST I have Fibro and Im new to site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47275371 Hi my name is Sarah and I am new to this site I have had Fibromyalgia for a yr now (that is when I was diagnosed). I am sure Ive had it longer. I am inconstant pain and the med they have me on takes care of some I need to learn to "deal with it" Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:32:50 EST Hello from Oregon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47273582 Hi, I just wanted to stop by and say hello and introduce myself. My name is Shana and I am a mother of 4 and wife of almost 20 years. We moved back to Oregon this past year after living in Kentucky for 13 years and we love it here. I was diagnosed with Fibro a few months ago after living years with unexplainable pain. Since my DX I have decided to become more in charge of my body, I still have those days where even getting out of bed isn't a option but I still try watching what I eat and 5 ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:28:11 EST Doctor Won't Diagnose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47263312 Has anyone had the issue where your family doctor won't give you a diagnose of "Fibro" ?? I've mentioned this at least twice before and he just passed it on so this week-end I've tried to compose a letter which I'm going to leave with his nurse tomorrow morning and hopefully something more will be done and he'll at least give me a diagnose. <BR> ************************************** <BR> 3/21/12 <BR> Dr. : <BR> I have questioned you on this in the past and I still feel it’s a valid cause fo... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 23:18:56 EST Have any quotes to share? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47256486 A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. <BR> David Brinkley Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:23:11 EST website link. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47215393 This blog is to tell us how apple cider vinegar helps relive fibro pain. Check it out for yourself and share your thoughts here. I'm curious as to what everyone will think. http://naturalfibromyalgiatreatments.com/a<BR>pple-cider-vinegar-and-fibromyalgia/ Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:20:52 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47184517 Hi! My name is Stephanie. I'm 36 and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in March 0f 2011. I have been suffering from chronic pain for the last six years which has become progressively worse. It's mostly centered around my mid-section - my hips and lower back, but, affects all the tissues around all my joints off and on. It feels like I guess arthritis must feel, but, I've been tested for every kind of arthritis and that's not it. It's difficult to walk for long periods, sit for long period... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:51:11 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47161734 Hi, my name is Sunny and i am 41yrs old, i am a nurse and i have fibromyalgia. Have had it for 15 years now. A family member told me about this site, i am loving it so far. I need to lose 50 lbs. Today is day 1 so here i go! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:12:02 EST Hi from Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47141621 Hi everybody. I'm new and am working at making a commitment to losing my weight and getting healthier. I'm so glad to have a place where people understand what I'm talking about when I speak of Fibro. <BR> <BR> In the past, I always had a little bit of doubt in my mind when I heard someone talk about Fibro. Well, now I know it's real and it's awful. Is this forum for mostly positive posts or is crabbing about having a bad day allowed? I live alone and sometimes I need a little extra support... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:11:37 EST additional support site http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47138206 I have joined www.patientslikeme.com on facebook. It seems like a great site. It's a little difficult for me to navigate because I'm not computer savvy but you can put your conditions in, treatments, lab results, weight, height and much more. The best part is you can connect with other patients that have the same illnesses. So far I like it, and thought I would pass the info along. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:06:00 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47109422 Hello! I am glad that there is a Fibro Team! I logged on this am to start my Spark and to work toward a healthier lifestyle this year. I am a married mom of 4 kids ages 22,19,14,7. My family and I live in NH. I am ready to make some changes. The main is weight and smoking. Two tough battles, I know. As I age, I accumulate autoimmune disorders LOL. Hypothyroid, Celiac and now the new Dx last Friday of Fibromyalgia after two years of test and researching why I have random pain and weakness for ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:30:19 EST need some laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x47036473 I changed the pic for the group hoping that some will get a laugh or even a small chuckle out of it. I know with this disease there is little to laugh about. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:40:12 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x47003226 Hello fellow Sparkers I'm excited and hope to stay motivated to reach my goals:) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:46:48 EST Do you feel guilty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x46956399 Hi, I started Sparkpeople almost a month ago and have had good luck with the tracking and have lost 5 pounds so far. :) I am 42 and was diagnosed with Fibro 2 years ago after becoming very sick with Tummy issues and having to have part of my colon removed. I have a good doctor that explains I will never be pain free but works to make sure I can function well. Currently, I take 30 mg of oxycodone a day. It not only helps with the pain, but keeps my blood pressure down and takes care of the IBS... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 14:44:45 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46954525 Hi, I started Sparkpeople almost a month ago and have had good luck with the tracking and have lost 5 pounds so far. :) I am 42 and was diagnosed with Fibro 2 years ago after becoming very sick with Tummy issues and having to have part of my colon removed. I have a good doctor that explains I will never be pain free but works to make sure I can function well. Currently, I take 30 mg of oxycodone a day. It not only helps with the pain, but keeps my blood pressure down and takes care of the... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 12:35:41 EST I want to get to know you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46922374 I am a 60+ grandmother who has been overweight for years. What finally caught my attention was developing health problems and not being able to keep up with my grandchildren. I am four months into a physician-monitored weight management program and hope you all will be the extra support I need to keep going. I have learned enough to know that I need others to help me stay on task. <BR> Having fibro doesn't help me lose weight, but I feel so much better with every 5 pounds I lose. As I know... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:54:46 EST ty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x46903114 I have fibryo and am new to this site,Thanks for making me feel welcome. <BR> Michele Sun, 4 Mar 2012 18:52:38 EST Glad to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46883193 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to this site and am happy to be a part of this group.It is difficult for anyone who does not have this disease to understand it's complexity. Here I can share with you and you can share with me.Together we can do what we cannot do alone. <BR> Thanks, <BR> michele <em>247</em> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 13:50:50 EST Looking for a fibro group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46867713 Hello, Fibro-Friends! <BR> <BR> First let me say that I am sad to hear that you have Fibro, but I am glad to have this opportunity to know you and to walk together to be the best we can be despite this horrid health issue. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a fibro group where there is good participation and where I fit in. I not only need help in learning to live life to the full despite fibro, but I want a place where I can be a help to others. <BR> <BR> My diagnoses was not quite a year ago. ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:51:05 EST fibromyalgia chronic pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46693722 I have had fibromyalgia for 4 years now I am going to physicial therapy and doing massage therapy. I have pain all over some days i can barely walk or go to app. i am trying to watch everything i eat and i try to walk alittle. I have alot of inflammation through my body. I am 46 married and have 3 children 2 are grown adults and 1 graduating this year. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:11:41 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46602915 Hi all, I'm Tanya. I'm 26 from BC Canada and I have fibromyalgia (of course). I was diagnosed at 22 but I've had it forever really... I was 20ish before I learned that something ALWAYS hurting ISN'T normal! (Seriously, I thought I was terrible at handling my pain...). I'm currently in a bit of a battle with my doctors as I'm hoping to be put on disability. I understand their fears since I'm only 26, but I'm unable to get through the day without tears. I can barely move lots of time, and I do ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:26:22 EST what areas of the body give you the most pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x46384944 i have all over pain. Lately the pain has been the worst in my lower back , ankles, and hip. The rain does not help and neither does the cold and snow this time or year. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 16:44:20 EST How do you manage pain and fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x46383492 Hi, I am new to this group. My name is Denise I have had fibromyalgia for 21 years. I do not use any medication for it. I have taken Two Malic Acids from Puritan Pride everyday. I try to pace myself on my bad days. Moving even ten minutes a day really helps. I find if I don't exercise that the pain is even worse. It also helps to take warm baths when the pain really flares. I desinate household chores also when my boy's are home from college. My Husband helps out also. Trying to keep the str... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 14:57:52 EST does the hot weather affect your fibro? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x46383239 I am affected by the hot and cold weather both. The humidity and heat in the hot weather put pains in my joints. The extreme cold temperatures in the winter months are just as bad for me. I also have arthritis and find it difficult to put the balme on either one but always tend to blame this fibromyalgia more. I also find that the temperature changes affect my sleep patterns also. Does anyone else feel the same way? Thu, 2 Feb 2012 14:37:24 EST is it true http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x46383153 Don't know if it is true or not but I too notice that when I eat more protein I feel better. also. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 14:31:23 EST hoe do you feel today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x46383107 <em>24</em> Thu, 2 Feb 2012 14:27:19 EST introduce yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46383052 Hi my name is Denise and I have had fibromyalgia for 21 years now. It has been a struggle at times to get my exercise in in the past due to flairups. I am constantly in pain everyday of my life throughout my whole body. There are times when the pain is so bad and the fluid in my spinal column is high. I push myself to exercise at Curves 3 times a week. I see your team goal is 4 times a week but it is hard. I joined this group because I have struggled for years to lose my weight and looking f... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 14:22:44 EST Is it true http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x46255916 Been trying to help myself by being more informative about fibro. I read that a person with fibro should eat more protien...What is more and would the adkins diet be good? why and why not? Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:49:02 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x46087722 I'm an almost-33 year old mom living in BC with my husband and two boys (11 & 14). I work an hour a day at an elementary school and I'm taking classes online part time. I've learned to pace myself, but exercise is still a major issue for me. <BR> <BR> I've been diagnosed with FM for two years now, and the worse my symptoms get, the more difficult weight loss becomes. I needed to lose quite a bit before my diagnosis and I've gained considerably since then. I weighed myself a few days ago ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:46:05 EST FIBRO AND NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x45852368 Even before I was diagnosed, I struggled with my weight and wanting to work out more than my body was allowing me to. After diagnosed, between the side effects of the fibro meds and the physical pain I was into, made it that much harder. <BR> <BR> I've found that a natural supplement of magnesium and malic acid helps with the symptoms as recommended by a chiropractor from NJ I consulted online (since the options for fibro patients in Puerto Rico are almost non existent). Obviously, it will ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:59:41 EST HI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x45843781 Hi there. My name is Mitzi and I have had fibromyalgia for 10 years and rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. I joined SparkPeople after seeing a link on the Arthritis Foundation website. Currently I am taking the max dosage of Lyrica and still have pain and fatigue. When I started the Lyrica, I gained 30 lbs in 2 months - which I did not need. I have read many of the posts below and can relate to so many of you. I don't talk about my disorders either - because people who have not gone thr... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 15:56:48 EST Hoosier with Fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x45704797 I'm Heidi. I've had fibro for 13 years (properly diagnosed 3 years ago). <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for over 7 months now, but have to drop out of or greatly modify nearly every SP challenge I've joined due to fibro flare-ups. <BR> <BR> Winter is my worst and I'm fighting back to keep from getting discouraged, so I'm joining more fibro teams to help me get through winter. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:55:55 EST How do you manage pain and fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x45653524 Fibro makes each day a challenge just to participate in normal daily activities. Pain and fatigue and the sense of isolation can be overwhelming. Please share how you manage your symptoms on a daily basis. Has anyone tried yoga? How does food affect you? Are you taking pain medication? Any tips for managing your symptoms? Mon, 26 Dec 2011 12:29:19 EST new member - no motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x45259390 Hi all....I'm kind of new here. I am soon to have another birthday making me more middle aged. I just can't seem to get motivated even though I know I need to be. My weight keeps creeping up all the time, but I guess I am sort of delusional in thinking I am doing the right things. <BR> <BR> I try to exercise 30 minutes a day by walking. I try to eat healthy. I am hypoglycemic and have IBS, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism too. I get on a role and workout steadily and then fall off the wagon.... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:50:54 EST stomach issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x45133126 I have been having problems with digestion off and on for over a year now. I'm convinced it's part of the fibro because there doesn't seem to be anything that really sets it off, similar to the pain, plus they both cycle together somewhat. All day today every time I eat I get very nauseous shortly after, then soon I have to throw up. What do others with these problems do to help ease the nausea? My doctor gave me promethazine to help, but it makes me so drowsy that I feel like a zombie wh... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:18:03 EST What do you use for pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x45111672 I am not able to use any medications for my fibro because of other medications that I need daily. I have tried heating pads, exercise, and I sleep with a lot of pillows around me. There are times that nothing seems to help, anyone have any ideas? Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:09:58 EST Cymbalta - who's taking it, good or bad reviews? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x45003593 My doctor wants me to take Cymbalta. Has anyone taken it? Still on it? Anything good or bad to report? Thanks for any information. Wed, 9 Nov 2011 19:35:46 EST Fibro-pretender disorders, any ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44995743 Hey everyone! Hope y'all don't mind me picking your brains. My mother and I have some sort of wonky disorder that behaves a great deal like fibro (she does have a fibro diagnosis from a while ago), but we're both convinced it's not ACTUALLY fibromyalgia for a number of reasons. One of the big discrepancies is that the best way for us to find relief (beyond avoiding our triggers), is to APPLY pressure. For example, when my leg pain flares up, I will wrap whatever regions are hurting and I'm ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:51:42 EST Do I have Fibro? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x44793945 My RA Dr just gave me this diagnosis of fibro yesterday. I have been to my regular Dr who had me get blood work, xrays, nerve tests, and then he sent me to an orthopedic. He saw me for 5 minutes and told me he couldn't help me & referred me to an RA Dr. The ortho Dr thought I may of had RA. The RA Doctor gave me antiflammatory meds and gave me more blood tests. I just got the results yesterday and he told me he thinks I have fibromyalgia because everything else came out negative. I am 26 and ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:48:14 EST Weaning off of Cymbalta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44791158 Hi there! This is my first post. I have been living the spark lifestyle for about 4 months now and seeing a doctor who specializes in weight loss. After an initial loss of about 8.5 lbs, nothing has budged. My doctor is certain that it is due to the Cymbalta and I am (VERY) slowly weaning off of it. Does anyone have any experience with weaning off of Cymbalta and whether this has an effect on your weight? I would love to hear anyone's experiences! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:14:21 EST Kidney problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44644063 I feel like I have pain in my kidney area. Could this be caused by medication? Currently on tramadol, cymbalta, and gabapentin. We switched lyrica to gabapentin and don't see any benefits from this medication and lyrica was too much money for me. I looked into medication assistance but we do not qualify. <em>38</em> <BR> I do not see a help emoticon! I am going in for an epidural and will ask my pain management physician. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 08:43:44 EST Article by Dr Stan Gardner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44616227 Meridian Magazine <BR> Fibromyalgia: Fears, Facts, and Feeling Better <BR> By Stan M. Gardner MD, CNS <BR> <BR> In my office practice, I frequently offer complementary lectures on various topics. But many people live out of state and would like to learn more about these topics from an alternative/ integrative medicine point of view. So, for all you Meridian readers that live outside of Utah, here’s my take on fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> Fibromyalgia is not only a pain in the neck [pun inten... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 16:39:23 EST Brand new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x44591094 Hi, everyone! I am living through a flare-up even as we speak, so I need support like this. I am glad I found you. <em>39</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:03:28 EST Chorella - has anyone tried it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44572792 In the Natural Health Breakthrough flyer is an advertisement for Chorella. It is Japan's top selling health food supplement. The research has won 2 nobel prizes and is hailed by NASA as a superfood to keep astronauts healthy. <BR> <BR> Its used for: <BR> healthy cholesterol and BP <BR> easy digeston and regularity <BR> to sharpen memory <BR> weight loss <BR> abundant energy <BR> healthy vision <BR> and much more. <BR> <BR> Life expectancy by Country Source: United Nation Population Program... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:06:33 EST New "fibro blog" - working through challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x44569448 Just letting folks know about a new weblog (posting since 9/23) I've created as a coping strategy for living with my own fibromyalgia and multiple other chronic illnesses. Some tips and tricks there people might find helpful. <BR> <BR> Right now I am focusing on establishing a bedtime ritual in an effort to improve the quality of my sleep and to get more done during the day. Sleep quality is still a long way off - I figure that is a 3-6 month project - but it's definitely improving other pa... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:55:24 EST New "fibro blog" - working through challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x44569435 Just letting folks know about a new weblog (posting since 9/23) I've created as a coping strategy for living with my own fibromyalgia and multiple other chronic illnesses. Some tips and tricks there people might find helpful. <BR> <BR> Right now I am focusing on establishing a bedtime ritual in an effort to improve the quality of my sleep and to get more done during the day. Sleep quality is still a long way off - I figure that is a 3-6 month project - but it's definitely improving other pa... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:54:53 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x44557876 I'm so happy to find this site. I'm a 50 year old night shift nurse who has about 40 lbs to lose to get back to my "feel good" weight. The 12 hour shifts have really taken a toll on my body and I also have fibromyalgia to deal with. I am looking forward to returning to a healthy lifestyle and feeling great. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:43:07 EST Hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x44377450 Hi everybody. I'm Laura, I have had fibromyalgia since 2001, but had it pretty well controlled from 2005 until 2009. I had gone back to work after major back surgery, was exercising about 5-8 hours a week, and lost from 213# to 148#. Then... July 6, 2009 I was rear-ended in my car by a large truck going about 40 miles an hour. I had to have another back surgery in Sept. 09, and since then my fibro has been pretty much unmanageable. I gained back up to 194#, but have been able to lose a few po... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 22:50:57 EST Hello Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x44373029 Hello All, <BR> Im new to this team. We'll I've been having pain and tingling in BOTH my legs for about 4months. Have a NCS in two weeks and was diagnosed with Fibro by a Neurologist about 1 month ago. Crying all the time and am in denial. How do I know its Fibro? I failed the trigger points. Im glad to be part of this Team and hopefully meet others like me and the journey to health and weight loss. <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 18:09:25 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x44332761 My name is Carrie. I was told I have fibromyalgia in Febuary, but have suffered with symptoms for a long time. I have no insurance, so am on no meds. I filed for disability, which I am sure will take years to come through ( if it does at all ) So for the time being must live with the constant fatigue, muscle aches, etc. I am not new to sparkpeople....have done it in the past with a lot of success. However, since I can't exercise anymore it a struggle to keep my weight down. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:30:53 EST Magnesium - Do we know enough about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44142892 Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, promotes healthy BP, helps maintain blood sugar levels, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. <BR> <BR> The recommended intake of magnesium to maintain vascular health is 500 mg or more a day. Are you getting enough? Sun, 18 Sep 2011 09:06:42 EST Damp Spleen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x44051185 Has anyone ever heard of a Damp Spleen being the cause of Fibro? I had an interesting talk with someone this weekend and she had been diagnosed in the 80's. She started seeing an alternative medicine doctor and this is what they told her about the cause. She is on a special diet, very few meds, getting accupuncture, and said she is doing great. <BR> <BR> I have just started doing a general search on this and it is actually quite interesting if you can get past all of the "Qi" this and "Yang... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:44:19 EST working with FMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x43507591 When my symptoms started getting really bad about 3 years ago, I started working less and less because of the pain and fatigue. When I got the diagnosis several months ago, I thought I'd be able to get back to work because now I know what's wrong and what I can do about it. I feel my symptoms have been getting slightly better, but I still have trouble getting to work. I work at the front desk of a fitness center, and I also teach swim lessons and life-guarding classes there. Everyone at w... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:43:51 EST today I will http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x43475514 Today I took it easy, cancelled an appointment, did not take on extra work. Hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia, I think, are acting together. Took a nap. Have been on an increased thyroxine dose for a week. Hopefully, that will kick in soon. <BR> <BR> Terry Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:27:19 EST Just started on Ultram http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x43303421 Is anyone here using this? After trying what seems like a million different pills and regimens, I had given up on finding any pharmacological help with FMS and focused on home remedies like stretching, baths, extra sleep, etc. I started on Ultram last week for unrelated pain (from a torn rotator cuff) and I am in shock at how much of my fibro symptoms have disappeared. I am sleeping better than I ever have in my life (even before I fell ill), my pain is regularly down to a 2 or 3, max, and... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:18:03 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x43276002 Hi! My I am a 21 year old who was diagnosed with fibro about a month ago. I have always loved to work out and be active but lately its been really hard and the doctor has told me that I need to take it really easy or I'll be exhausted. Well, I'm planning a wedding for next year and I decided there is no way I'm sitting around and gaining weight just because I have a stupid disease. So here I am trying to get back into shape and overcome the pain that I'm usually in. I'm so glad to have found ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:10:34 EST Hey y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x43177144 My name is Monique and I'm new to the team! I'm still figuring out the whole spark people pages, so it is taking me a bit to become more involved. <BR> <BR> As is evident from my being here, I have fibro. I'm hoping to learn more about coping tactics to help deal with it from a weight loss poing of view. <BR> <BR> I look forward to making progress and supporting others here facing the challenges that come along with fibro and our weight loss journeys! Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:50:20 EST New to Fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x43172170 Hi!! <BR> I've recently been diagnosed with Fibro, although all the symptoms started years ago. I was too stubborn to think anything was really wrong until 1 day I just couldn't move & my hands and feet were ultra swollen daily. Got real with myself and went to a doctor. Finally I know why I can't work out hard like I used to, why I felt sick after, why I hurt more than usual even though i'd been in great shape... <BR> <BR> Anyways, you've probably heard it all/done it/seen it so I'll stop,... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:00:13 EST Muscle Spasms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x43055555 Aside from going to the massage therapist what do you do to get relief from a bad muscle spasm that just won't relax? <BR> <BR> I woke up with this big muscle spasm between my shoulder blade and spine and it covers about 4"x3" or so. I've tried very warm water in the shower as I was getting ready for work this morning, Robax, stretching/yoga and even rolling a ball between the muscle and the wall (not sure I was doing it correctly) and only the Robax seems to be helping, but only enough tha... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:33:17 EST What are your hobbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42900681 I do a lot of knitting / /cardcraft/ cooking especially for fetes and fundraising. I am a basic at crochet and sewing have a guitar which lives in a box as i never have time to learn it <BR> .Learning how to use this computor as at the moment i can only do basics <BR> I want to learn to swim properly <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 04:58:28 EST Fibromyalgia and the list goes on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x42872746 I just joined sparkpeople and I am excited about getting healthier despite my medical issues. My twin sister has joined as well and she too is dealing with fibro and other medical conditions. I am glad that we are not alone in this journey to a healthier life and to have the support of others dealing with similar issues. Good luck to all of you that have decided to change your lives. Congratulations to those who have accomplished this difficult goal. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:52:30 EST obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42771030 We all have them, what is your biggest obstacle at the moment? ANd what are you doing to overcome this obstacle? Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:59:00 EST Sudden headaches and extreme fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x42714352 In the last week it seems that I have had a quick onset of daily headaches and extreme fatigue-to the point of barely getting out of bed. I am normally a very active person and have not had headaches like these in years. Has anyone else ever had this weird sudden onset? Did it recede? What helped? I am leery of taking anything because of my run in with prescription med mixing and liver problems as a result. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:11:56 EST Exercise Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x42703776 So, because I am OOBER talented, I managed to get tendinitis in my right foot and ankle, from exercising barefoot. I need to stay off my foot for about a week or so, or until it stops hurting like hell. I am currently on oxycodone to manage pain, but I really REALLY want to get some form of cardio in at home. I have heard shadowboxing is a good one, any others? Thanks so much :-) Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:43:04 EST Hello Everyone!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x42694895 Looking forward to all the great thing Spark Page has to offer. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:33:50 EST back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42647101 I've been a member for a long time, but inactive for a long time as well. Carolian's email prompted me to check back in. I'm in a horrible downward pain spiral. I'm starting to panic a bit and thinking about seeing the doc for some meds which I haven't needed in some time. <BR> <BR> So here's what I'm wondering....when my pain is up, I have more cravings for bad, bad food. Is that just me or do others react the same? Maybe I'm using the pain as an excuse to eat this whole bag of chip... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:28:43 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x42636635 Hi..my name is Jodi and I was diagnosed, finally, about 4 years ago. I have gained so much weight on the meds I take for depression and fibro as well as being afraid to move since so much of the time it seems to make the pain worse. Six weeks ago I joined a gym and working with a personal trainer was able to come up with a system that doesn't hurt and I actually feel so much better, have more energy, and am sleeping better. No weight loss yet even with a diet but hopefully that will come next... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:42:35 EST Cravings for Sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x42596823 I have a terrible sweet tooth. Aside from fruit, what can I eat to satisfy the craving that won't perpetuate a craving cycle, or make my blood sugar zoom? <BR> <BR> When I get the cravings it's my mouth that wants the sweet taste, it's not because I'm actually hungry and it drives me to distraction! <BR> <BR> Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Paula <BR> Montreal Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:45:57 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x42388894 Hi my name is Angie and I have had fibro for 10 years. Some days I feel great and well on other days you know how it goes. My hubby and me have decided to get healthier and exercise more and lose some weight together. I am hoping the exercise and eating better food choices will help with the inflammation and flare ups as well Sun, 12 Jun 2011 21:29:09 EST For The Newly diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42214419 Introduction <BR> <BR> Fibromyalgia (fi-bro-my-AL-ja) is a very common condition of widespread muscular pain and fatigue. Seven to ten million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia (FM). It affects women much more than men in an approximate ratio of 20:1. It is seen in all age groups from young children through old age, although in most patients the problem begins in their 20s or 30s. Recent studies have shown that fibromyalgia occurs worldwide and has no specific ethnic predisposition. <BR> <... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:55:57 EST The Science of Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42214384 Fibromyalgia tends to be treated rather dismissively, sometimes with cynical overtones. When I trained in London some 30 years ago, this diagnosis was never mentioned, even though I trained with one of the foremost rheumatologists in the world at the time. In the United States fibromyalgia has become a semi-respectable diagnosis within the last 10 years, but even so it has some critics. The problem for doctors is that fibromyalgia is not a problem that can be understood according to the class... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:53:26 EST The Science of Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42214332 Fibromyalgia tends to be treated rather dismissively, sometimes with cynical overtones. When I trained in London some 30 years ago, this diagnosis was never mentioned, even though I trained with one of the foremost rheumatologists in the world at the time. In the United States fibromyalgia has become a semi-respectable diagnosis within the last 10 years, but even so it has some critics. The problem for doctors is that fibromyalgia is not a problem that can be understood according to the class... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:49:31 EST For the undiagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42214198 Fibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja) is a complex chronic pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. While it occurs most often in women, it strikes men and children, and all ethnic backgrounds. For those with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia (FM) can be extremely debilitating and interfere with basic daily activities. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Diagnosis: <BR> <BR> •The FM diagnostic criteria, established by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990, includes a hi... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:40:59 EST Penny per point http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x42151960 Another team that I;m involved with is doing this and I thought it would be fun for us. Starting June 1st for each point we get, we put a penny in a jar. It is a way of saving just for you. It's like an added incentive for logging in and posting each day. Anyone interested? Tue, 31 May 2011 18:20:51 EST last letter starts new word FUN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x42151837 awesomE Tue, 31 May 2011 18:14:03 EST JUNE GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42151748 With June starting tomorrow what are your goals? Tue, 31 May 2011 18:08:23 EST Does the hot weather affect your fibro? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42141996 I seem to have less energy on the hot days. The pain is not as bad but my energy is about nonexistent. How does the hot weather affect you? Tue, 31 May 2011 10:08:27 EST Brand new to Spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x42035886 Hello, I am a 36 year old wife, mother of 4 and soon to be college graduate. I was diagnosed with Fibro in 2005, it was a "nice" 30th bday present. I am trying to lose the 40 pounds that I gained after a sugery this winter. I have no problem with the diet, but I am scared of the exercise because everytime I try a program, the flair ups come. I haven't let Fibro stand in my way of anything but the weight loss and now it is time to get over that. Wed, 25 May 2011 12:50:35 EST Dietician Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x42020818 Hi; <BR> I went to the Dietician, and basically she told me I'm doing everything right. <BR> She said I should watch my sugars more closely and not eat as much fruit as I have been. Also to stick to good oils and not use any butter, except occasionally. <BR> According to her the med's I take hamper my success with losing weight, and since my thyroid is bad, the med's I take for it keep me from losing weight. <BR> So from now on I am going to stop sweeting the small stuff, and just keep eati... Tue, 24 May 2011 18:39:45 EST A little funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x41936515 This was published in a local newspaper years and years ago. I mean no copyright infringement. I also don't mean to offend anyone. I am christian and found this cute so I am passing it along. <BR> <BR> The twenty third pound <BR> <BR> My appetite is my shephard, I shall not want. <BR> It maketh me to sit down and stuff myself <BR> It leadeth me to my refrigerator repeatedly <BR> It leadeth me in the path of Burger King for a Whopper. <BR> It destroyeth my shape <BR> Yea, though I knoweth I... Fri, 20 May 2011 09:06:20 EST fibro related chest pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41916194 Has anyone experienced this and what if anything did the Dr say to you about it? <BR> <BR> I was in the hospital from Saturday until Tuesday night. It felt as is a very heavy person was sitting on my chest. I went through a CT scan, EKG, ECG, Heart Catherization, and numerous blood work. My thyroid is finally normal after 5 yrs. The doctors discharged me with the diagnosis of fibro related chest pain. <BR> <BR> NEEDLESS TO SAY I STILL DON'T FEEL ANY BETTER Thu, 19 May 2011 08:50:21 EST Memorial Day plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41797377 I know its very difficult for us to make plans but does anyone have plans for Memorial Day yet? <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 May 2011 08:18:35 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x41637255 I'm LeAnne. I've had fibro and CFS for the last 20 years. I've had a great Dr since Aug so I'm actually being treated. After a bad winter, I finally have some energy to try and get in shape and I found Sparkpeople. After reading your posts, I actually have hope that I can manage to do this. My rheumatologist put me on savella which took 30 lbs off so I just have 15 more to go. He wants to start me on a IV vitamin therapy soon so I'm hoping that that will help with my energy. Anyway, I just wa... Thu, 5 May 2011 05:07:38 EST HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY EMOTICON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x41617193 <em>24</em> Wed, 4 May 2011 08:44:28 EST been gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41614159 i been away 4 a while,but thank goodness i'm back!!! its just sooo hard dealing w/ this fibro alone,it just helps me cope,knowing i have my fibro friends,missed ya. <em>30</em> Wed, 4 May 2011 02:59:59 EST new way of diagnosing fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41517464 I found this on the webmd site <BR> <BR> www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/news/20100526<BR>/a-new-way-of-diagnosing-fibromyalgia <BR> <BR> It's worth checking into for those who don't have a definite diagnosis Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:31:58 EST pamper yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41510330 Today is Friday and some of us are gearing up for a busy weekend. What will you do to pamper yourself today? Fri, 29 Apr 2011 08:01:02 EST What is your latest challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41470957 What is you challenge you are going through right now? I am trying to get used to this walker so I can get rid of it soon. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:50:15 EST Happy Bunny Day! Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x41380345 All I need to know <BR> <BR> I learned from the Easter Bunny! <BR> <BR> Don't put all your eggs in one basket. <BR> Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. <BR> There's no such thing as too much candy. <BR> All work and no play can make you a basket case. <BR> A cute tail attracts a lot of attention. <BR> Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. <BR> Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. <BR> Some body parts should be floppy. <BR> Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans <BR> ... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:27:21 EST Feeling down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41360960 I WANT to feel positive and have lots of energy to launch myself into a healthier lifestyle. I REALLY want that. However...I'm in a "fake it till ya make it" kind of place and...I feel like faking it just takes too much energy. I NEED to lose weight, I NEED to get to a healthier body mass but I'm just feeling so much like...I'm setting myself up to fail. <BR> <BR> I know...I know..."with all that negativitity you ARE setting yourself up to fail!" I know. <BR> <BR> I'm here, I'm trying, that... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 11:49:23 EST Share a Personal Fitness Goal for April/May!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41344924 I wanted to share a fitness goal I am looking forward to! <BR> <BR> I just signed up to walk in the Walk for Lupus Now in Charlotte on May 21st! It is a 5K so it should be totally doable for me if I take a couple of breaks. I did a 4.5 hike last month and did pretty good with breaks. But breaks are okay with me because it means I get to participate and do something I loved before I got sick. And that is everything to me! <BR> <BR> What kind of goals do you have for the coming months? Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:41:46 EST ME/CFS v Fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x41287771 Hi everyone. <BR> After years of battling a 'mystery' illness which was always diagnosed as a 'virus' <BR> or 'stress' I moved to another town, another doctor who decided, after my suggestion, <BR> that I had ME/CFS. I have plodded on with this but most of the people at the therapy <BR> sessions had also been diagnosed with Fibro and they said all my symptoms were <BR> the same as theirs. I know its hard to distinguish between the two but I just cant get <BR> my doc to test me for Fibro. An... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 03:19:51 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x41174572 Hello, I signed up to SP yesterday and so far I love it! <BR> <BR> I'd love to talk to more people who are losing weight without doing all the strenuous exercise that's so heavily recommended. I can manage to go on an hour-long walk, but don't even ask me to jog or lift weights! <BR> <BR> Anyway, a little about me. I'm a Canadian stay at home mom of 2 girls, 5 and 3 1/2. One is in school 3 days a week and the other is with me all the time. I started noticing more pain after I had my ap... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:05:04 EST Dr. Rodger Murphree's Program? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41148104 Has anyone read "Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" by Dr. Murphree? <BR> I have been slowly adding a few of his protocols over the last month and so far, (fingers crossed), I am see amazing results in a few areas, sleep, mood, energy and digestion. <BR> The book has a few quizzes that will help pinpoint your deficiencies. <BR> This is the website for additional information. <BR> http://drrodgermurphree.com/fibromyalgia<BR>/ Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:05:39 EST Horrific Day Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x41044092 WOW, Yesterday was one of my worst days ever ! Everything hurt, muscles, headache, stomach. Maybe a 24 hour bug, but I think it's much worse dealing with the muscle pain too. Today I feel GREAT. I feel like a brand new person. Thank goodness for days like today. I wish there were more good days than bad ones. More than anything I wish the bad days could be more predictable ! <BR> <em>276</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:10:20 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x40994352 Hello <BR> My name is Shirley. I'm glad to find this group. I've only recently been diagnosed with Fibro. it's been a long struggle. I'll be 50 yrs old this year. One of the first indicators I noticed was that I would feel so sick to my stomach and exhausted after exercising. I even posted here on the main bb about it a year or so ago before I knew what caused it. <BR> <BR> I used to love walking and riding my bike. those activities have become very difficult now. It's all I can do ... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 07:42:21 EST get those feeling out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40975559 There are times when we all get frustrated and need to vent. GOD knows I do so this is a great place to do just that. NO holds barred except for manners and clean language <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 10:16:31 EST fibro and smells http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40966298 i have a lot of problems with smells. i drove my foster daughters crazy because they couldn't wear perfume or even lotion that had any scent. i had heard that it was a common prob with ppl who had fibro. you can imagine my problem with the little old lady who wears so much that you gag when she is in the same room. i take care of a disabled woman who goes home to visit her mom on saturdays. i help her bathe and dress, feed her breakfast and they pick her up. she is home for 3 to 5 hours and w... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:54:52 EST chat room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40965504 Cinderellic had a wonderfu idea abot having a chat room so here it is. I hope that everyone takes advantage of it. We can learn alot from eachother and we can help eachother. <BR> <BR> I"m glad your kitty is getting better. I can't imagine having a feral kitty in the house. Do you have a pic of him yet. I bet those front feet are adorable. I love cats and have 4 in the house. 2 are mine and and one belongs to my son and the other to my daughter. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:15:56 EST challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40964410 Here's your template to copy and paste: <BR> <BR> Here's a challenge for April 4 - April - 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily check in <BR> Check in and receive 5 points reply to others posts 10 points (10 points max) <BR> 4/4 Mon: <BR> 4/5 Tues: <BR> 4/6 Wed: <BR> 4/7 Thurs: <BR> 4/8 Fri: <BR> 4/9 Sat: <BR> 4/10 Sun: <BR> Part 1 total points: <BR> <BR> Part 2 <BR> Add your first name and fibro friends challenge to your signature line and get 10 points <BR> Part 2 total points: <BR> <BR> Part 3 <B... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 19:03:34 EST Genetics and Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40945208 Hi friends, <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about a couple genetic tidbits I found our about fibromyalgia. I feel like our disease is so stigmatized, finding a scientific cause is useful personally, even if it can't be used clinically at the moment. <BR> <BR> Genetic association #1: Women who are carriers of the Fragile-X gene are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. I've seen estimates of carrier rates in the general population of 1 in 200 women -- it's fairly common, though less common... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:33:57 EST 24 surprising causes of pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40728872 Cjeck this out! I was surprised by some of these <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/sli<BR>deshow-reasons-for-pain?ecd=wnl_fib_03<BR>1511 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:50:59 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x40695618 I'm over 50, don't sleep well and live with fibro. What more can I say? Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:20:54 EST What does it mean to "huddle in spark teams"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40674055 What does this mean? How do I huddle? I post to the message boards and do not get credit for huddling. What am I missing? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:43:39 EST Today I Will. . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40513238 spring clean my livingroom Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:16:41 EST healthy recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x40490918 Post your favorite healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lasagna <BR> <BR> 3/4 pound ground round <BR> 1 small onion chopped <BR> 1 green pepper chopped <BR> 8 oz softened fat free cream cheese <BR> 2 c fat free cottage cheese <BR> 1/4 c fat free egg substitute <BR> 1/2 c chopped fresh parsley <BR> 1 tsp onion powder <BR> 1/3 c grated parmesan cheese <BR> 1- 8oz pkg no boil precooked lasagna noodles <BR> COOKING SPRAY <BR> 1 - 26 OZ jar no sugar added tomato and basil flavored pasta sauce <BR> ... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:53:28 EST spring check in and chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40485768 I have spring flowers blooming in my yard along with robins and other birds returning. They are beautiful and there is nothing like hearing the birds sing first thing in the morning. What signs of spring do you have? Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:52:20 EST are you still motivated thumbs up or down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40485719 <em>48</em> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:49:52 EST Savella http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40438030 (If this posts twice, please forgive me. Spark is ungergoing maintainence. Thankfully I thought to copy the text before I sent.) <BR> <BR> I know there's a message topic about this already (I remember it from over the winter) but I couldn't find it. Sorry. Anyway, my PCP gave me a starter pack and prescription for Savella today, and I wanted to hear from anyone else taking it. I usually try to slug through things, but the last month or so has been horrendous. I haven't felt this bad (sleepin... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 03:16:13 EST Trying to keep a positive attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x40437659 My name is Becca. I am 31 and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 5 years ago. I often feel like I am 31 going on 80 and I hate feeling that way, but try to keep a positive attitude! <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed early, about 7 months after I first started noticing symptoms, which is really a blessing. I know how long so many people have had to wait to discover their own diagnoses. I had just begun my first year teaching pre-kindergarten in the school system. I was falling asleep on my kids while te... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 01:46:37 EST Im New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x40385098 Hi my name is Alison, I go by Ali. I am 27 years old married, have 2 beautiful girls, I also suffer from flare ups from my fibromyalgia and chronic daily headaches. I am at my wits end trying to manage my daily pain levels and it would be so nice to meet others who might have new tips that I havent tried or heard of yet. Thanks for letting me join the team! :) Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:23:07 EST Food Elimination diet ALCAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40381986 My mom and I just started a food elimination diet, this weekend and I am wondering if anyone else here has tried it. <BR> We had an ALCAT blood test performed that test your bloods reaction to 200 most common foods. It is the theory that you body can become to certain foods and just can't process them anymore. Causing symstoms from fibro, migraines, asthma and a whole list of other issues. We have tried about every other drug combo and fad out there, My dr has had patients that were able to g... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 20:01:24 EST anti inflammatory food list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40381014 vegetables - bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, collards, fennel bulb, garlic, green beans, green onions, kale, leeks, olives, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnip greens. <BR> <BR> fruits - Acerola cherries, apples, avocados, black currants, blueberries, fresh pineapple, guava, kiwi fruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, mulberries, ooranges, papaya, raspberreies, rhubarb, strawberries, and tomatoes <BR> <BR> nuts and seeds - almonds, flaxseed/linseed, haze... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 19:14:59 EST emoticons for fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8613x22x40375533 emoticons for motivation <em>306</em> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:37:59 EST an ounce of prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40375498 an ounce of prevention to try to prevent flares. Add on to the list so maybe we can help others recognize their signals to stop and rest. <BR> <BR> 1. listen to your body and it's signals when to stop to rest. <BR> 2. add anti inflammatory foods to our diets. <BR> 3. keep a journal of your daily activities to try to modify our daily routines so we don't over do it. <BR> 4. be proactive withour doctors to manage our pain. Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:36:19 EST given up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40339655 Have you given up because of the pain? What can we do to get you back on track? When I give up I put stickie notes on my bedroom mirror reminding me that today is a new day and that I should try again to motivate myself. Fri, 4 Mar 2011 19:13:41 EST sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40316322 What keeps you from getting a good nights sleep and what do you do to correct that if anything? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 19:17:32 EST Low Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40305675 Do any of you suffer symptoms of low blood pressure? Do you believe it is a cause of your fibro, a symptom, or unrelated? I have problems with low blood pressure when my fibro is bad. It causes me to feel like I am going to pass out when I exercise. My doctor doesn't think its an issue. <BR> <BR> ...Pam Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:41:03 EST new topics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40302098 As team leader I would like your input. I am interested in what you all would like to get out of this team and what ideas you all have. I want to make this team a great one. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:25:39 EST March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40238280 Have you thought about your goals for March? <BR> <BR> mine are to drink 8 glasses of water everyday <BR> use my elliptical everyday <BR> and weigh in once a week faithfully Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:06:23 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x40033814 I am new to this site. I have fibro as well and a type 2 diabetic; I fractured my ankle 6 months ago and had two of my screws removed 3 weeks ago and trying to bring my ankle back to where I am walking better. <BR> <BR> I have two denials from medical social security and have an attorney putting in for a hearing. <BR> <BR> Ann Bowen Sat, 19 Feb 2011 20:39:14 EST IBS, stomach issues and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8570x22x40007323 Hi folks :) <BR> <BR> In addition to my fibro I have some stomach issues. I occilate between feeling over full, and over hungry. I'm trying to pack lots of fiber into my diet to help with this...but so far it's not helping. <BR> <BR> I also go back and forth between constipated and clearing out. My dr. has put me on an antispasmotic in hopes of regulating but so far..it's not helping either. I know that we can't lose weight if we can't get the fat out of our bodies somehow!! <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:50:18 EST New Member Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x39833086 <em>30</em> Hello, everyone. I'm here in Utah. I have had one doctor say yes, I have Fibromyalgia, another wasn't too sure. I'm beginning to think yes after 2 years into a flare up and symptoms all my adult life. Thankfully they are not incapacitating like some sufferers' symptoms. I have had trouble with my weight since childhood. I have lost and gained and am now 20 lbs. above where I need to be. I am trying to do this with my worsened symptoms and need to find what works for me as... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:52:04 EST Fibro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x39639956 hi my name is Pattie and I to have Fibro-Myalgia. I am 51 years old with 2 daughters 21 and 23 yrs old. My whole body aches and I find myself being so stiff. I was on Cymbalta and Meloxicam. pain was coming back so I just deal with it now. I am now doing Qivana and am going to give it a shot. I have heard of testimonies where people have actually gotten better with this plan. Also people with high blood pressure Diabetes and so on. I am hoping this will help. I am tired of the meds. The Melox... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:10:15 EST Surgery Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x39583081 called the nurse to update her on my low grade fever that I have off and on and how I am feeling and to see if she had heard any results. An hour later the surgeon called and said YEAH all lumps are benign. They are all lipomas, like the swishy lumps I have in my arms. Even the breast lumps are lipomas. Thank God!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and caring messages. <BR> <BR> I talked with the surgeon about how I have been feeling. I was worried I had a staph infection but he thinks... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:47:36 EST Motivation is a funny thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x39536334 Hello all <BR> <BR> I have been blogging to keep myself motivated and to hopefully offer motivation to others who may want or need it. <BR> <BR> I just finished a post that made me feel good and reminded me of some important things I should always remember. I'd like to share it, if anyone would care to read it. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal.asp?id=GLASSGIRL1027 <BR> <BR> Sylvia Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:46:35 EST Nervous- Surgery Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x39443154 I did finally hear from the doctor and he was very nice and very good about discussing things. <BR> I am having surgery Thursday morning under general anesthesia - a 2 hour surgery.7 lumps will be removed- 2 from my breasts.I am nervous!!! Please pray that the surgery goes well and I come thru it well and that the results are benign. <BR> We haven't joined a church out here yet so unfortunately I don't have any church support. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nancy Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:23:49 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x39243038 Hi, my name is Rebecca, I was diagnosed with endomitrocis 12 years ago, and then fibro 3 years ago. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:47:16 EST Hi to everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x39157055 Hi, my name is Teresa and I am in Oklahoma. I was diagnosed with Fibro six years ago, but like everyone else has had it alot longer. Like everyone knows there are the good days and bad days, unfortunately my bad days seem to prevail. I am determined to defeat it and get to the point of more good days than bad. Getting in shape would be a great benefit in the process. I look forward to losing weight and shaping up with all of you. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:24:06 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x38681910 Hi, I am Jo. I am 52 and was diagnosed with Fibro a year ago. I am trying to get on track again with diet and exercise, though the exercise is really difficult. All suggestions welcomed! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 18:42:30 EST New Starts for a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x38669485 <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Mid-Winter! The days started getting longer on Wednesday. We're at the end of Christmas weekend. How's everybody doing? <BR> <BR> I've had more days of food that I just couldn't track; rather, I didn't keep up with the influx of hard to track food. The last couple days I'm doing better. So even though the jean's I had just bought earlier in December are still too ... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 01:57:40 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x38554517 Hi, my name is Tracy, I am the mother to 4 kids (ages 11, 4, 1 and 2mths) and I am new to this team. <BR> I have been on the babyfit side and started a Fibro team there. I decided now that my LO is almost 2 months old and I am starting back to work it was time for me to start my weight loss journey again. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Fibro 2 or 3 years ago. <BR> <BR> It's nice to have a support team that understands what your going through. Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:47:37 EST Pain and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x38547956 I just got out of a leg cast 9 wks and fell and broke my hand-cast 5 wks. I didn't have $ for PT so I've done some exercise at home but every area of my body since june has expanded. Any motivation ideas? I haven't been overeating or gaining but not losing much either.I am taking a class in Jan at my church to begin a support group for chronic pain. Any suggestions? Sat, 18 Dec 2010 21:49:34 EST Any idea's on exersize. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x38520480 I need some ideas/ advice. I'm at the bad end of the spectrum of Fibro. I have constant sever pain and some mobility issues. I can do the warm up on the "Sit and Fit Video" and then I'm pretty pooped and in more pain. I want to burn more calories but I don't want to exhaust myself. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:23:32 EST Savella/Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x38330951 I received a diagnosis of FM today. The doctor has prescribed Savella for me. Anyone else on this medication? Also, does anyone follow a special diet? <BR> <BR> Jenn <em>265</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 21:07:10 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x38275152 I have not yet been diagnosed with FM but pretty certain that it is what I am dealing with. I have had 2 doctors tell me it possibly is that though, so not pulling it out of the air. I have many symptoms that point to it. It started with Lyme Disease. Just need a MD to listen to me. I finally hit my last straw after a pain flare this week and gave my PCP office an earful that no one is listening to me. All i have gotten is that I have a vitamin D deficiency and all my x rays are fine. ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 20:35:42 EST How do you deal with the fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x38269948 I find that the one thing that I can't stand putting up with is the fatigue. I am just so tired of being tired. I am a stay at home mom so my husband expects me to continue to take care of all the housework but keeping up with the messes of 3 kids is exhausting. I do have quite a bit of weight to lose and I know it's going to take a while for that but does anyone know of anything that I can do now to give me a little more energy? Any idea would be greatly appreciated, thank you everyone!! Fri, 3 Dec 2010 14:49:43 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x37968546 Hi, I am new to this team but not to fibromyalgia. I've had it for 6 years...I was lucky enough to get a medical accommodation here at work, and even though they cut my pay, I am able to still work in a job with less stress!! Yippee! It took almost 1 year to have that happen. <BR> I get migraines along with fibro but feel lucky that I am able to still work. Glad to be joining the team! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:51:49 EST overcoming injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37939664 I just got out of a 9wk cast then fell and broke my hand and am now in a hand cast. I'm trying to save my PT visits incase I need them but meanwhile my ankle is bothering me due to no PT. how do you deal/overcome stress of multiple injuries/pain sites? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:52:48 EST Anxiety Over Not Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37932614 I have Lyme disease and never know if I will have a good or bad day- health-wise as far as fatigue and pain. I have not worked since a year from last September. I do get a small amount of disability. <BR> <BR> At the end I couldn't even handle working my 3 hours a day. I worked at a school and caught every germ going around. <BR> <BR> Since we are in a different house, different community, I am sick, hubby sometimes travels and friends are busy, and I am a recent empty nester I find it real... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 23:58:26 EST Hi New to Sparks and group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x37924188 Just wanted to say hi and let all of you know that I am looking forward to sharing and receiving support and information etc. in this group. I have lost 50 pounds since May and feel alot better than I did. But I still have 80 to 90 more pounds to lose. Drop me a line sometime and let me know you are there. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:35:27 EST Weather at home and outcome of wheel spin !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37881550 35 now and going to 66 and sunny and nice this afternoon <BR> <BR> only 5 on the wheel today! Fri, 12 Nov 2010 05:59:10 EST Restarting my engine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x37760280 Hello all, I have been gone from the site for awhile. I had a very bad Fibro flare up and was could do nothing more than lay still (which of course did not help) and cry. I became very depressed and I gave up. But during this time I became a grandmother and spending time with her plus my doctors finally finding a good cocktail of meds has helped me begin to get back on my feet. I liked this team before and it looks like it has only gotten better. I hope I can be a possitive addition as well. ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 21:27:08 EST New to group Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x37456866 Hi I'm new here. A friend of mine, SusanbCope, who is also a new member of Sparkpeople, told me about this website. I am anxious to get to know you all. I was diagnosed with fibro 4 years ago and had to give up my career as a nurse. I am now on disability and I hate this disease. <em>247</em> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:54:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x22x37410153 I found Sparks today and am learning how to navigate the site! I was dx wi FM in 2006. Quit working in 07. Lifestyle change added pounds and decreased activity. I'm 53, married, mom, grandmoom, retired RN, and love to sew! Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:54:11 EST Foul Fat Falls off in the Fortuitous Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37203250 <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Autumn has fallen upon us, as it does every year at this time. How are you doing this season? Do you feel better or worse? What do you really enjoy about fall? What could you live without? What do you loathe and despise about autumn? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling like someone's been beating on me. Not that it only happens this time of year. But on cold, rainy days it's worse. In the Pacific Northwest, we know it's aut... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 02:05:11 EST I Feel Like a Wuss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37203121 I can only think of 2 or 3 times in my life when I've had as much stress as I've had in the last year. I'm overflowing with stress and it shows. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I called up a psychologist I know from a few years ago. I've seen him twice. He's great. I'm so glad I finally called him. I also made an appointment with a homeopath. He's an MD who also does a lot of cranial osteopathy. CO is a real treat, too, oh my. I reiki myself. <BR> <BR> They don't bill insurance for the homeopathy. ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 01:34:33 EST Vitamin A Influences Thyroid Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37105354 I came across this article and really felt that many of my Fibro Friends may find some help here. So many of us also have thyroid problems. <BR> <BR> here's the article: <link>findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0860<BR>/is_n12_v51/ai_8199677/ </link> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 16:28:50 EST What Exercise Activities Are You Doing this Fall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37043172 I've started yoga on Mondays at lunchtime at work. <BR> <BR> For the first time I'm trying belly dancing (maybe it'll help get rid of my extra big belly?) also at work, but Wednesdays at lunch. <BR> <BR> And I'm doing Yang style Tai Chi on Thursday evenings. <BR> <BR> I've done the yoga and Tai Chi with the same instructors since March, but with breaks between sessions. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else up to this fall? Fri, 1 Oct 2010 13:27:45 EST Yeast Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x22x37043089 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd give you all an update. About a month or so ago I posted that I had seen a naturpath and she had put me on an elimination diet and I may or may not have mentioned she also was having me do a liver cleanse. <BR> <BR> The elimination diet would allow us to find out what foods were causing inflammation in my body. The liver cleanse was to cleanse my liver of the toxins that have built up over years of using antibiotics and antifungals (not recently, ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 13:22:36 EST