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7/8/14 9:37 P

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Hello. I am new here and just posted this same post on another group page so I copied it or would have never introduced myself here. Fatigue and lack of focusing does that to me....

1st off I have been on Spark for a few years but inactive most of the last 2 years due to a very busy lifestyle. The site has changed so I am still feeling my way around.

I am 38 as of this past Sunday. I have 3 adult kids that recently made me an empty-nester and a 7 week old granddaughter. My middle child is finishing Air Force Security Forces tech school then heading to Korea.

Well I could go on and on to take the pressure off of myself but here's the deal: during my previous spark time I pushed and pushed but always felt like a hypochondriac. It took a long time to get a 3 minute run without stopping on a treadmill and it only happened once because I fractured my foot on that run. I did taekwondo for about 5 months while living in Korea in 2012. I fought through pain that doctors said should not exist. Then I moved home to TX, went through a divorce, started working again to add to my schedule as a Master's student, and stopped all exercise through this change. I gave up on Spark. I watched as others progressed and no matter how hard I fought I couldn't make change. That was 2 years ago. Last Fall I had a mass show up in my calf that started hurting a month later. Doc said it is fatty tissue "fatty tissue just doesn't hurt" and I was sent to a pain management doc. He said the same thing but said it is more likely to be herniated muscle "nothing we can do about that." I was referred to a rheumatologist. 2 weeks ago I saw him and he said I have fibro. I told him "No disrespect, but thought that was a diagnosis given when docs don't know what else is wrong. I prefer to know what is wrong." He explained it to me. I accepted the Lyrica and went home. Of course there's a lot of missing information. As I have read, most go through years of issues before getting a diagnosis. I'm still battling it mentally.

To top off the realization that I may hurt the rest of my life, I have gained weight!! I don't know how much exactly but I know my entire wardrobe suddenly BARELY fits. Some don't fit, others are uncomfortable, and thank God I bought a couple pairs of stretchy pants for work recently. I can't afford a new wardrobe, nor do I want a new one in this direction. I'm very unhappy and feel worse. The Lyrica helps me sleep and lessens the pain a little but gaining weight is no good! I'm debating stopping Lyrica or asking doc for some additional help. I'm still exhausted during the day with zero energy. Again, I could go on and on. I recognize many are worse off than me so I feel guilty complaining but I try to remind myself that we are all individuals and individually I feel like crap!! I hope to get this pain and weight under control with support, proper nutrition, and exercise.

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6/18/14 4:32 A

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Hi, everybody! I'm happy to be here. I've suffered with fibromyalgia for at least 15 years but couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I've been sent to physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncture doctors, and put on cocktails of antidepressants. Nothing worked. I stopped all of these treatments and began researching in earnest. After all these horribly painful years, I finally figured out what is wrong with me and self-diagnosed myself with fibromyalgia. My doctor was resistant to my diagnosis but I insisted she prescribe something to treat fibromyalgia. She prescribed a low dose of gabapentin and it has already had a positive impact on me. It has taken the edge off the pain so to speak. I've been completely amazed that I finally have a drug that works. Today I go back to the doctor for in increase in the dosage. I'll have to fight her again but I'm going to do whatever it takes to make her listen to me. So many wasted years. I finally have hope, something I lost a long time ago. I am new to SparkPeople and I'm still learning how to use this site. I'm not usually very talkative but I guess I needed somebody, anybody, to hear me. I've been invisible for so long. I look forward to reading about other people's experiences. Thanks for letting me vent. emoticon

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6/6/14 8:46 P

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Hi my name is Suellen. I've had Fibromyalgia since 1989 although it was only diagnosed maybe 10 years ago. I can't tell you the number of doctors that basically told me it was all in my head. Nothing ever showed up on any of their tests so therefore there couldn't be anything wrong, right? I became disabled in 2008. We were under a boatload of stress and you know stress and Fibro don't mix. I left my job at the State of Indiana. It was 4 years later before I was approved for Social Security Disability. I'm walking with a cane all the time now. Sometimes with a walker and sometimes not even with that. When I can walk there are times that I walk like a drunken sailor. I joined Sparkpeople in 2008 and lost 30 pounds but gave up and gave in. Many of you will understand the despair that comes with knowing this is something that won't go away. This is something you have to live the rest of your life with. I put all my weight back on and then some. I eventually started feeling like fighting it again (because you know if you don't things just get worse) and rejoined SP last August. I'm not setting the world on fire but I am losing. I belong to another Fibro team but they don't seem to be very active anymore. I saw that my friend CAROLIAN was on this one. Looking for support and someplace where people will understand me and my struggles.


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5/29/14 7:54 P

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Hello

I've had fibro for about 7 years now, but over the last year it has gotten worse which has not been helped by the steady weight gain.

Am glad I found this board, it's good to be around others who have the same struggles.

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3/26/14 2:45 P

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Hi...I'm Trisha and I have had Fibro since puberty but it wasn't until I retired and moved to a new community that my new Dr. was able to give me an accurate diagnosis. The first thing I did was buy a large work book that looked like a automobile repair manual but it taught me so much about what fibro is and who is affected and what kinds of treatment there are available out there. Mostly I learned to accept that although there is no cure, the kinds of treatment that work for one person may not work for another and I needed to work out what works best for my body. I used prescription medicines for 13 years and developed other health issues as a collateral result and last year I quit medicines and started changing what I ate, how I slept and doing stretches and self massages. I had bought another workbook that taught Trigger Point Massage Theraphy for people who want to learn how to massage their own aches instead of going to someones place of buisness and paying a fee. It wasn't hard to learn and it doesn't take long once you learn the trigger point areas and how to properly massage them. As a result of taking control of my fibro I am now able to run 4 blocks and am working on preparing myself for my first 5K Color Fun Run. Come visit me on my Spark Page to learn more about my progress since joining up with SP.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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3/23/14 4:15 P

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Welcome Rachael. emoticon

Sue is learning to consume food for life rather than food consuming her!


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3/18/14 12:17 P

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Hello everyone,
My name is Rachel. I was officially diagnosed with fibro in college, about 10 years ago now. Before that, I had struggled with my symptoms and an incorrect diagnosis since high school. When I was younger, I could eat anything I wanted and not gain an ounce (couldn't we all?), but that, naturally, is no longer the case. It's time for me to learn how to take care of myself better and that includes overcoming my pain and fatigue to get up and move.
I feel lucky that I am still able to work (I'm the managing editor for a small-town newspaper in Colorado) and I would really like to keep it this way.

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3/17/14 6:13 P

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Welcome back to SP Sue. Of course it is the FMS that makes you discouraged. That is how IT works. It is amazing what a little movement and positive feedback can do to your attitude. In addition to the fibro I have a mess of other things to deal with but I find if I use the trackers it helps to motivate me. I am concentrating less on weight loss and more on positive change. I got myself an inexpensive pedometer and I log the number of steps I take each day. My fist day I to 175steps in total. The average person takes 5000. I still have a long way to go but each day I take at least 10 steps more than the day before. I have made a variety of achievable goals - no more of those that I know I cannot do. As I complete a goal I find a new one. I haven't been doing this very long but I can cheer for you when you need it. I would love to help. Let me know if you want a cheerleader. I am on SP twice a day at least. Do not give up on yourself. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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3/17/14 2:46 P

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Hi, I'm Sue, have been on SP before. I don't know if it is FMS that I get discouraged with or the whole ball of wax, but I do have trouble maintaining a healthy living change. I sometimes catch myself thinking the only thing left for me to enjoy is food. Pain and other issues have stolen my active life from me. Wanting to learn to be more positive about what I AM able to do and stop whining about what I CAN'T DO anymore. I have seven wonderful grandchildren, a fantastic husband, and two sons and dils who love me. I also have a best friend who walks slower because I have to. I am a very fortunate person. Now to learn to love myself like they all love me.

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3/9/14 4:56 A

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I'm Toria, and I'm back on the Spark wagon.. Joined over 6yrs ago (other name) and done well, only to let life, stress and family issues get in the way of caring for myself.. I have chronic back pain, since having my 2nd child (in 2002) and recently, in the last few months I have excruciating wrist pain, that often wakes me in the night.. Some days are good, Some aren't so good & I feel like a bus has hit me.. If i could stay in bed all day & sleep, I would.. It's hard for others to understand, and my ex-husband just thought of me as a lazy b*tch (he would often say so).. I'm here for support, and to give it in return, So please feel free to add me, and I'll do so in return..

So.. here I am again, and re-committing to Getting Healthy & feeling better!

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3/6/14 5:23 P

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Hi all,

My name is Carma-Lu and I have just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I also have diabetes. I am glad to find this group - this is frightening and I feel all alone. The Rheumatologist said I would be treated by my GP and here are some pills. I see my GP next week. I am not even sure what I am suppose to ask him. I have been on disability since September while they tried to determine what I had. I still feel fatigued every day. What can I expect? Does it get better?

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1/22/14 8:10 P

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Hi Everyone! I'm Rebecca and I've been letting fibro lead me around by the nose for way too long (since 1999). Like Tammy said - it's time to kick it to the curb once and for all. emoticon Losing 40 lbs will aid in that process. Daily exercise and eating right are two more ways to fight this battle. emoticon Let's do this together!

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1/7/14 8:22 P

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Hi everybody!
My name is Andrea. I was diagnosed with fibro in 2009. I currently am not able to work. So, I have applied for disability. I have two teenage children and am married. I also have 8 cats and 2 dogs. I am hoping to lose this weight and keep it off. I know in order to do that I have to exercise regularly and eat right. I am a vegetarian. But I tend to snack way to much! LOL I tried to lose weight before. I did lose some but gained it all back plus some when I got sick. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and learning how to be healthier!

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Dorothy, and early last month I decided to restart my SP. I recently went from being a homemaker to trying to work full time and support my daughter & I. That's been hard as for some reason Sacramento, CA seems to be bad for me and my fibro. Over the years I've also had several "complications" of Fibromyalgia.... At Least that's what my 1st Dr called them, IBS, and GERD among them as well as hyperthyroidism and being prediabetic (and diabetes is in my family).
I was lucky (so to speak) enough to be diagnosed back when I was 14 (in Sacramento), after my Dr noticed something was not right and referred me for more specialized help. In the past 23 or so I've been anywhere from barely able to make it though a day as a functional being to having a brief remission when I was pregnant with my daughter.
In the course of learning to live with fibromyalgia, I've learned for me that it's best if I'm in a certain weight range which I still have almost 35-40 lbs to reach. For me reaching that is a BIG thing as it's where in the past I have been best able to control my symptoms with the least amount of medication, and I HATE all the meds to help me cope with the symptoms.
I also see my journey as hopefully helping others in my family as in the last few years my family has had more diagnosed with fibro, and they remember what I've been though and have drawn from that to help them too try and cope (I even have family in denial about fibro for themselves).
Most of my days I'm exhausted and hurting, but have to wait for getting home before I can take anything as even OTC require me to sleep most the time. Despite the pain & tiredness I'm trying to make myself listen to some kind of music that will help me keep moving (mostly walking in place) for a daily goal of 20 minutes minimum even if I only can do it 1 song at a time & then have to take a break.
Here's hoping we are all successful and to one day having better control of Fibromyalgia then beating it. :)

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11/29/13 5:22 P

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Hi, I am new to Spark People and am enjoying all the resources. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 8 years, but feel like I have had it most of my life.

I experience debilitating fatique and pain, but as my husband is disabled, some one has to work. So far I have been able to maintain a full time job. But I feel like all I do is work and sleep and hurt. emoticon

I want to keep moving because I believe in the end it will keep me feeling better. Managing stress seems to help also. I am reading everyone's posts to see what is working for others.
I would love to hear from someone and provide mutual support. emoticon

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11/11/13 3:25 P

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Hi All,
I'm Tammy. I've been fighting Fibro for 18 years now. I'm determined to lose 65 pounds and put Fibro in its place.Taking it one day at a time and giving 110%

Tammy :)


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11/8/13 9:34 P

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My name is Monica and I live in East, TN. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the spring of 2007. I believe I have experienced every phase and circumstance of FM and CF at this point. I was bed-ridden for almost two years, unable to care for my family and home, or even leave my home. I know the isolation this diagnosis can cause. The good news... for the last year and a half, I have made major improvements and positive life changes. I have lost 70 lbs. with 60 more to go and am off all meds but one muscle relaxer I take at night to help with the pain so I can sleep. I have focused on healthy whole foods and natural supplements, as well as vitamins. Although I still have not achieved a level of health that would allow me to go back to work, I am now able most days to function to varying degrees at home. For two years, a successful day for me meant getting my shower by 5 o'clock in the evening then going back to bed. There is hope for even the most severe so do not despair and NEVER GIVE UP!

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Isaiah 61:3
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Jeremiah 29:11
New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.




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11/5/13 2:39 P

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Hi My name is Donna and was diagnosed about 7 years ago with Fibro. Along with other health issues, I finished chemo 7 months ago for colon cancer and am a 10 year Survivor of Breast Cancer. Plus a few more health issues. Today Fibro has been kicking my but. I just restarted my SP today after I gained 3 pounds from the last time I was on here.
Thank You for allowing me to be part of the group.

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11/1/13 2:59 P

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Hey guys! My name is Erica, and I was diagnosed with Fibro 11 years ago. I have a bunch of other miscellaneous health problems as well, including CFIDS, GAD, Bipolar II, IBS, and asthma. All these things make losing weight pretty tough, as I'm sure you all know. I've lost 83 lbs so far, and I'm going strong. Hope everyone is having a great pain-free day :)

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -Anais Nin

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare


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10/7/13 1:56 P

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Hi everyone!

My name is Kara. I have not yet been diagnosed with fibro- I'm scared to be. However my family history is rich with instances of fibro and other autoimmune diseases and I am INCREDIBLY familiar with symptoms and struggles. I'm only 25, so a diagnosis is a lot to face so I am working on treating symptoms.

I am a full time student and I am heavily involved on my campus as well as advocating for student needs on the state level. I sit on the board of directors for a statewide student association in WI and constantly travel all over the state to work with other students.

Because of my frequent travel and campus involvement I suffer mostly from fatigue and muscle spasms. I flare up after most exercises (even yoga and tai chi) but I have started attending an aquafit class that's offered free to students at my university. I also have adult ADHD (I was diagnosed in 3rd grade and never "grew out" of it) as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, hypoglycemia, lactose intolerance, and OCD.

All I am hoping for is to stay fit enough to feel good and also tone up a little. Any tips? Hints? Clues?

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9/11/13 1:44 A

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Hello there, Jenna,

My name is Lisa and I have had fibromyalgia for 14 years. I am also Bipolar depressive, have Anxiety, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Insomnia, I am morbidly obese. I get more than 3 migraines a week and I have a proclivity for blood clots in my lungs. I just got out of the hospital with a "moderate" amount of clots in both lungs. I was 14 days away from running my first 5k.

You aren't alone here and we all help as we can. I gained 100 pounds over 2 years based on meds and pain causing me to be sedentary If you don't mind me asking, what meds are you on,and secondly, are they helping? The shrink is a good idea. I have one, and a counselor as well. They are able to manage mood medications.

One of the best things I ever did was join a couch to 5k group. It may seem impossible now but you know what? I weigh well over 300lbs and I LIKE to run now. You don't have to run, you can walk different paces, but it is an amazing feeling to know that I just did that and I couldn't do that before. I am missing my race because of the blood clots in my lungs but i can start over. Join the rookie C25K. You can do it!

I have a song or a mantra.... It is called "Just one more" by Superchick. It works wonders when you think you cannot do it.

I have faith in you!

Lisa

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8/25/13 9:19 P

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Hi!
My name is Jenna and I am 41 years old. I live with my husband and 3 boys, ages 15, 13, and 3. I was diagnosed with Fibro about 2 -3 years ago. I was also diagnosed with chronic migraine and chronic depression. I was also diagnosed with Lupus at one point, but the doctor reversed it later. My diagnosed record shows Lupus. A lot of confusion. I am on many medications, especially for the migraine. I am at a frustrated stage, because doctors don't give a me clear view of what is going on...
I have gained 35 lbs since I was diagnosed. Now I am pre-diabetic and have fatty, swollen liver. I was never this big in my entire life. I have no motivation to do anything but lay down and stare at the TV all day. I suffer from joint and muscle pains all over my body, swollen hands and feet, frequent headache and many other symptoms. These symptoms impair my physical and mental abilities.
My primary doctor moved to a different location and I had to pick a new one, which turned out very well. My new primary doctor actually looked into my records and recommended a behaviorist, which I met and she referred me to a psychiatrist. I hope all this will help me get through these events in my life.

I am hoping to get active and lose weight (my goal is to lose 35 lbs or 40 lbs) to be myself again. That will likely give me more energy to move around and be involved with my 3 kids like I used to. I want to be me again, be wife again, and be mom again. Not only am I suffering but also my family... I feel that it is about time I do something about the situation even if I fail; hopefully I won't. ;)
Please give me support and advises to get me through these...

Thank you all in advance for reading my intro.

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Hello Everyone!

I’m Pamela Jenewein (aka PeaJay) from southwestern Michigan. In 2006 I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism, then in 2007 perimenopause reared its ugly head. Last week was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, but been enduring it for at least 4-5 years. My mother suffers from it, including Rheumatoid Arthritis and life long hypothyroidism. I’ve surfed the net to educate myself about Fibromyalgia and came away with a wealth of knowledge. But am looking to share and learn from real-life experiences that the medical community sometimes (read: most times) over looks. *S*


PeaJay50 aka PJ, Pam or Pamela Jenewein

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8/15/13 1:58 P

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Hello I'm Cassie. I'm new and very new to fibro.im REALY not sure how to cope with it and where to start with connecting with other people with fibro. I just got diagnosed the end of July ( the day before my 20 birthday) so I feel pretty lost at the moement.
I have service dog bianca( bea) to help with my panic attacks and PTSD she is also learning to help with physical support as well.


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Hi everyone. I rejoined Sparkpeople yesterday. I had some success on Weight Watchers since January, but lost my momentum during vacation. Hopefully, this will give me the kick I need! The fibro does present problems with exercise - most days I don't have the energy - but that will change slowly but surely. I've set my mind on getting healthier and fibro will NOT stop me this time!
I read this in a Women's World magazine a little while ago: "I am not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again." AMEN.

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Hi everyone. I restarted Sparkpeople yesterday. I thought that being part of a group that is about one of my major obstacles might help. I was diagnosed with fibro a couple years ago and was in constant pain for over a year prior to that. (I was refusing to follow the advice from my orthopedic dr to see a rhumatologist because I mentally just didn't want to go there.)

The fibro thing has been one huge weight gain period for me. First I gained because I was in pain and couldn't do anything. Then I got on meds (amitriptaline, flexeril, and tramadol if needed). My pain is much better but guess what the side effect of the meds is - you got it, weight gain. If I can't get control over it I may have to talk to my dr about changing meds or dropping it - I don't want the pain of dropping it, I don't want the expense of the newer meds (generic is great!), but I can't just keep gaining like this. If I do, I'll just be inviting a host of other medical problems. I'm just so frustrated by the Catch-22 aspect of dealing with this illness.

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Hi, this is my first full week of SP, and I am enjoying it. Have had fibro since 1991. It has been a long haul, but I was on top of it mostly until 3 years ago when I blew out a disk in my back and had surgery. I am in pain every day. I work full time, and trying to hang in as long as I can. I am a legal assistant, so I sit all day. I do walk daily, and hike with my DH every weekend. But the constant pain is dragging me down. I hope if I lose some weight ill feel better. Thanks for listening to me. Life is good, that is a blessing.

There is life in the old gal yet.


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hi all! im new to the group and new to fibro.I have had CFS for many years but have recently developed more fibro type symptoms. Fair to say Im a little scared of whats ahead and how im gonna turn this all around. Im 30 yrs old and Im a single mum. My son is only 10 and I dont want to be this tired, depressed mum that Ive been for so long. He asked me yesterday "are you still not feeling well mum?when will it end?" broke my heart. Any advice will be gratefully recieved x emoticon

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Hi, I forgot to introduce myself earlier in the week.
I'm new to the group. emoticon

I started out top weight 245 but that was when I actually got on a scale. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago. Over the years I've learned that I do so much better when I eat organic foods and I haven't eaten red meat in years I have been gradually working more raw foods, vegetables and fruit into my diet. I avoid drive through resturants like the plague.


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Hi Everyone, I joined SP in February of 2013. I am 64 years old and a retired public school speech therapist. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia back in the late 80s after going from one doctor to another for about 3 years. I have used a low dose of Elavil since then to help me get more restful sleep. Usually it works for me and if I don't take it; I don't sleep at all!
I have pain in my hips, shoulders, and neck. However, I discovered that the shoulder pain was due to a torn rotator cuff. I chose not to have surgery at the doctor's recommendation. Instead I had PT to help strengthen the muscles supporting the shoulder and to improve range of motion. I can't do weight bearing but I have learned how to adapt the way I lift things and movement is a lot better. I would suggest that VickiAlexander check with your doctor for the possibility of an injury. (Mine was from carrying heavy bags of equipment for my job.)

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Hi, I'm pretty new to SparkPeople and the group, and looking for friends and accountability partners. I've been doing decent on my nutrition, but really need motivation to get going on fitness. I hate the way my body looks and want to be able to feel confident getting out of the house dressed for Summer...the longest season here in Texas!

Thank you!
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Hi - I'm Sarah. I've been on sparkpeople for a while but haven't been active much in the last year. I've managed to keep my weight about the same but haven't been losing. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 8 months ago and am already on the second prescription I've tried. So far, it seems to be helping quite a bit. I'm 36 years old, single, and my children are 3 large dogs who believe they are human. It took several months to get the diagnosis for fibro but I've heard that for many it takes years and years so I feel fortunate. I also have osteoarthritis. Of course as we all know, some days are better than others but exercise can be tough. It's great to have a place to share experiences with others who understand!

Sarah

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hi! I just joined! I am 40 and have had fibro since 2010. it took awhile to get diagnosed , but i'm finally getting some relief.
I have been battling my weight since I got sick with menningitis in 2003.
I have many allergies, therefore, food is really not my issue because I can not eat all the bad stuff any way.
my biggest problem is the fitness part and my snack habit.
i work with my wii fitt and i also started a gentle modigied yoga class.
I am pretty good at motivating myself but a few good cheerleaders would help.
can't wait to meet a view more fibrofriends!

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Hello everybody!!! I'm Lydia. I'm 27 and I have had fibro since 2009. I also have osteoarthritis
And degenerative disk disease. I started having pain a year after I had my twin boys.
I gained over 100 lbs. my body hasn't been the same.
I was in the Army for three years. I had the know how and endurance for
Exercise but I no longer have it. I have trouble staying motivated. But I'm
New to the room and wanted to introduce myself. I'm glad I'm not alone here.

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3/5/13 3:14 P

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Hi! I was diagnosed in 2009, but have been sick longer than that. I will be 48 in May. I worked up until I just couldn't anymore, October of last year. I have a very supportive family. Two children- an 18 year old son and a 15 year old daughter. My husband also has fibromyalgia. So he knows what I am going through.

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Hello :) I have been self diagnosed with Fibro for about 3 years now. My symptoms are there everyday though it does not define me. It will not win! I am also 46, married to a supportive husband and am attempting to lose weight on my own through low carb and exercise although it was a rough start. I am currently laid off and when i return to work i am all set once the insurance kicks in to have the gastric sleeve. It will help me I know, but in the meantime im helping myself. Lost about 4 lbs in the last couple of weeks and Im ok with that. Losing more inches.
Feel free to friend me - im hoping to connect with a few others who would also like some support.

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Hi, I'm Lillian but I do go by Lilly sometimes. I am 46 and have been diagnosed with Fibro for about 15 years now. It has been a challenge throughout the years to find a balance. I recently started exercising again and I took it real slow at first. Then a combination of things happened, the weather got brutally cold here in Minnesota and I pushed myself up to a 3 mile walk using my Leslie Sansone video. I hurt so bad on Friday I could barely stand it but since it was the first of the month, I had to go to work. I had lots of reports and other things I needed to complete that day. I did not exercise on Friday but managed to do some each day since then. I have been taking it slower, not walking as far, and not doing a lot of the movements to try to minimize the impact. I still hurt but it is better.

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Hi, I'm Briana (most people call me Bri). I'm 26, a mother of two kids (4 and 5) and I'm a licensed massage therapist. I've always had joint issues and musculo-skeletal issues since I was a toddler, and there was always things going "wrong" with my body...on top of that I suffer from migraines, IBS, depression/anxiety. It wasn't until I was in massage school when one of my instructors (a fibro comrade) suggested that I might just have fibromyalgia. So I finally went to my doctor and talked to him about it...he did the tender point test and said yep, thats what I have. Wanted me to take Savella, and I told him I didnt want medication for this...I've been dealing with it for so long and I dont like taking a lot of meds, so I can deal with it on my own. Being an LMP is a blessing and a curse, because massage can be great for us fibro people, but its a physically demanding job and my body just can't handle a lot of body work. Lucky for me, my boyfriend is also an LMP and is the one person I trust 100% to work on my body, especially the parts of me that I don't let people touch (I have a stress fracture in my low back L5-S1). On top of all this, I am also hyper-mobile (super flexible) and that makes it difficult to get a good stretch that I need because of my lax joints but it also puts my body at such risk to get bent into those positions I need just to feel the stretch. I'm really not sure what else to say in here, so if people want too, feel free to send me a message!

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I am Angela. I have Fibro and as a result have not been able to work and have gained a lot of weight. I have been trying for a while to lose weight and even though I have added to my activity and gotten healthier eating wise for the last couple months I am still gaining. I am very discouraged and am hoping this helps me stay on track and figure out what I am missing. I lost my disability appeal so I will have to find a way to work one way or another, we live with my parents and I went back to school. I will have my associates in may and that is all I can handle doing. I also have mental health issues with anxiety and depression being major difficulties in my life.

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Hi Everyone!
I'm new to this group...I've had Fibro symptoms since I was 20 but didn't get dxed until I was 43.

I am trying slowly to get back into shape...up until last spring I was walking walking 4 miles a day and preparing to start my busy season. (I'm a self-employed landscaper). Then I shattered my lower leg and ankle in a freak accident. I destroyed five bones, wrecked most of the nerves, and needed reconstructive surgery. I didn't walk again for five months and I've gained weight even though I eat a healthy diet. I can't exercise enough yet to really burn any calories and it's really annoying. I also had to close the business, because it will be another year before I can go back to full time work (provided the nerve damage heals).

I am still using a brace and a cane, and I'm dealing with peripheral neuropathy and RSD as well as partial paralysis in my foot. I go to the PT place for exercises three times a week and I try to get out and walk every day. But It feels like a losing battle right now, lol. It's so hard to be patient! I feel like I'm gaining weight faster than I can burn it off, and the Fibro doesn't help one bit. I need some help to get back on track---thanks! emoticon

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Hello. I am 30 years old, I am married and have a 3 year old little girl. I have PCOS, OCD, panic attacks, hypothyroidism, and as of wednesday I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It wasn't really a surprise. I've been battling joint/muscle pain as long as I can remember. As a child I had joint pain that brought me to tears, as a teen I coped with it and just did my best to ignore it all. My brother has Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and my problems seemed (still do) so miniscule compared to what his has/is going through. So, I've managed/coped for years until it has progressed so far that I had to find out what was wrong with me. It's been a really long road.

So, not sure where I go from here. Now I have a diagnosis....but it isn't a realistic option at this point to keep meeting with the Rheumatologist (I'm in school...funds are tight...and he's 2 1/2 hours away), so he is leaving it up to my PCP to formulate a treatment plan. So...I'm doing my research before I set up a meeting with her so we can discuss where to start. So, any and all info is greatly appreciated.

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Hiya Fibromites!

A little about me - I was DX 12 years to the day, but it's believed I've been riding the Flying Fibro Carpet for 25 years, they just didn't know what it was back then.

I'm 40, and holding on to that with a kung-fu grip... my birthday is this month and I am not going in to "40-something" without a fight!!! I have a beautiful daughter and a supportive fiance who has loved me through thick and thicker, but I think it's time we all saw a little "less" of me!

It seems my bad days out number the good ones, to the point that I consider the bad ones normal and a good day makes me run around demanding to have my pulse taken because I'm surely dead!
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I have a long, LONG road, so I will be here quite a while (they have internet in nursing homes, right?).

I love to knit, cook from scratch, and think everyone needs to read an Erma Bombeck book, any book, at least once.

I never know what people want to know, so, if there is something, just click my little thingymajig and ask me.

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Hi everyone. My name is Laurel. I lost weight in 2012 using Weight Watchers, but when my Nana passed away in August 2012, I lost my motivation and I have gained nearly all the weight back. To compound my issues, I have fibro symptoms. The worst symptoms for me are fatigue and trouble falling asleep. I've decided to try SparkPeople instead of going back on Weight Watchers. Besides weight loss, my goal is to get to the therapy pool at my gym 2 times a week to walk for 30 minutes and exercise at home 2 times a week for 30 minutes. I would like to eventually be able to use the gym equipment without being fatigued. I hope to be able to motivate and be motivated!!

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hello folks

my name is Fiona, im 22, im a mother of one, hes almost four, im engaged to his daddy, been with him for about five years almost. we cant get married due to a money issue. plus if we get married i might lose my insurance and his insurance sucks so id rather not right now even though i want to. i have not been diagnosed with fibro yet but i feel like that might be whats wrong at this point. i do have lots of friends who have been diagnosed with fibro, i also have some other purple friends, some with lupus and some with RA, i think my one friend has osteoarthritis though i havent actually talked with her about it. anyway, if you want to know something else, feel free to message me.
thanks for reading,
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Hi I'm Luke. I just got diagnosed with fibro last month but I've had it for a while. I'm trying to find exercises that don't hurt and that don't make me hurt for days on end. It's not going good so far. If anyone has any tips feel free to message me.

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Hi my name is Colleen I have fibro for more then 20 years. I am looking for some natural aides to get off some meds. Any Hints?

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Hi, My name is Grace. I'm married, have two grown sons and 5 grandchildren ages 6 to 18.
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Hi everyone! It's good to meet you all. You're in a very supportive place. If you ever need anything I'll try my best to help you out. While our symptoms vary somewhat we're all in the same boat. Just knowing we're not alone helps quite a bit.

(((angel hugs))) -Bri

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Hi My Name is Rachel I am 44. New to Spark been at it for 2 weeks. Mother of 3 girls. Grandmother of 4 and one on the way. I have know about Fibro for 17 years. I love crafts and cooking , taking Pics. of everything. I want to loose weight so I can do more with the grandkids and Have a knee replaced. I have to Lose 100lbs before they will do it. Even after 2 weeks I am feeling better.

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Hi! My name is Sandy I live in upstate New York I am 60 and have had fibro. most of my life. The wet and cold fall and winters are hard on me. I fond out this spring that I have Raynauds. I walk and exersice 45-60 minutes a day to keep circulation. I also work 6 hours cleaning a school at night. I love gardening,walking and bird watching .
I love the poster with the Dwarfs and can relate to all of them.


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Welcome Kay! I am happy to hear you say that you do notice improvement with healthy eating and exercise. I struggle with that. My mind tells me it is so, but my body does seem to scream out at me when I exercise...I hate that! I have been exercising consistantly and I do believe it is getting somewhat better but I still feel so painful afterward. Anyway, welcome to the group, I look forward to getting to know you.

Hugs, Julie

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Hello! I'm new to the group & thought I would introduce myself today.

I finally wrote all my symptoms down and presented it to a doctor in June. (I've had all the typical fibro symptoms for at least 5 years now). They were sure I had a autoimmune disorder (well, I actually do- psoriasis & rynaud's) and did all the labwork/x-rays to rule out lupus, arthritis, ect.... I had a high ANA profile (1:1,250) but other than that all the blood results came back pretty normal.

It was then that they suggested I was depressed. A screening was done and I tested negative. They sent me to a rheumatologist just to make sure they weren't missing anything. My Vit D was low (25 I think) and my magnesium level was almost out of the range but all the labs from the rheumy came back okay too.

I have scoliosis so I know that it causes a lot of my back pain but the other symptoms could not be explained....so they basically started to treat me for fibro....

So, here I am. I wanted to say though that the best thing that has really helped me is diet and exercise. I am avoiding fast foods as best as I can and I have recently started back at a gym.

If I go 2 days without exercising (even stretching) I will be DYING again. It sucks to know that I will have to exercise every day for the rest of my life or take muscle relaxors and tramadol. uuggghhhh....

BUT one thing I REALLY hate to hear is "If you just exercise & eat right your problems would go away". That is pretty much what my husband says to me any time I complain of anything!... It's really annoying. I know that that is what has always helped me over the last 5 years...it's just not fair that the majority of the people don't HAVE to exercise and eat whatever they want and be pain free (my sister for example!!!---she's even morbid obese and she never has the crazy aches and pains as I do---even though I'm in the healthy weight range)...

Anyways, I hope someone can relate! It's good to be here :)



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Welcome Hellfighter1980! You could be my daughter! Your profile and photo so closely match hers I had to do a double take! She is 33 though and just had her second child. She knows about my fibromyalgia and is very sympathetic to it but I really suspect she has it as well and just hasn't accepted it yet. I think when we are over weight we tend to blame everything on that and rarely feel comfortable blaming anything else, everything seems your fault when you are overweight and the doctors often encourage those feelings. "Just loose some weight and you'll feel better" I heard those words so many times. Thing is I was over weight before fibro hit and I felt great. Anyway, I just wanted to say welcome to the group. If you need anything please feel free to contact me. Having a daughter who is a housewife and thinks she has to do everything gives me a little understanding into what you are going through.

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and DO IT! - William Durant


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So first I want to say hello...Hi! I am a 31 year old who while I have not been officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia I am pretty sure that is what is going on with me. My mother had it and it was a contributing factor to her untimely death three years ago at only 49. My aunt..my mom's sister also has it and lupus. I know I am in the begining stages of it and no one gets it. FOr me to work out for 10 mins there and 10 mins here takes alot. I am trying to drop 80lbs. I had dropped 30 lbs but I got prego and while I have a beautiful baby girl, I am starting completely over. I have good days where I am full of energy and ready to go and I have days where all I wanna do is lounge or sleep. One my daughter makes that impossible she is three months old and moving around and two I am a housewife so there is cleaning and cooking and errands to run. SO to just have someone to talk to about this and the day to day pain and struggle.

Audie....like the car but add an E.

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Hi everyone... I'm a Canadian who's been living in the Seattle area since 2004. I was diagnosed with Fibro about 6 months before the move, and had spent over 18 months in testing and trying out a gagillion bizarre meds up there before finally finding a doctor who just did the stupid 10 second "does this hurt" (push here) test. I've also got chronic fatigue (though I really think fibro just comes with the fatigue, though you don't have to have fibro to have chronic fatigue), IBS (if I eat the wrong stuff) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Yep, an endocrine tornado of fail.

I've been on SP off and on just as a food tracker for about 2 years, last year was a VERY HARD YEAR (I've got a blog post that summarizes on my SparkPage if you're interested). And I'm finally starting to feel like I can reliably get out of bed again. I've got a blended family with three kids in college, a wonderful supportive hubby who has managed to stay employed in our crappy economy, and I've been able to take the time to figure out how to manage myself pretty well, when my head is in the right space.

At the moment, we're on a new ultra low carb regimen to help fix some bloodowrk issues (high cholesterol and upside down ratios, blargh!) and I was feeling led to participate more in the community side of things. If nothing else, I sure have experienced a lot of different treatments/relational issues/stupid doctors in the past decade.

Note to self: Please be patient with me, God isn't finished with me yet.


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I have just joined SparkPeople and spent the better part of the day looking for some kind of fibro support group! I am so glad I finally found you! Hi to everyone! My name is Julie and I am a 50 year old registered nurse who still works on a busy orthopedic floor although most days I don't know how. Those 12 hour shifts just about kill me but I am determined not to let fibromyalgia win! I want my old life back (was diagnosed in 2009) and I really feel that somehow the key lies in eating right and exercising even though it hurts. I am here to offer support to anyone that needs it. I will be hanging around on these boards the days I'm not at work and if nothing else it will at least keep me away from the kitchen right?

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and DO IT! - William Durant


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I personally do not suffer from fibromyalgia. My mother was diagnosed this past summer. It saddens me to see her in so much pain. I joined this group to learn as much as I can about fibromyalgia in order to help my mom. I pray that it can be gotten under control so she can feel like her old self again.

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Thank you so much Cathy! I appreciate that!

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Hi Monica! Welcome to SparkPeople and to the team of Fibro Friends. You'll finds lots of support here -- you're in the right place!
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Hi! My name is Monica. I am 35, single, no children, and need to get healthy. I have been somewhat heavy most of my life, but during my unhealthy engagement I put on A LOT of weight. He supposedly like big women. Now that engagement is over and I have dealt w/most of the troubles of that engagement it's time I continue to move on getting healthier physically, mentally, and spiritually. I have fibromyalgia, PCOS, degenerative arthritis, etc. So getting healthy is not easy, but it is a necessity. Because of my ex-fiance I lost a lot of friends so I need support in losing weight. I heard that Sparkpeople is a good place for that. So here I am! Together emoticon emoticon

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9/11/12 12:29 A

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Well - after hearing some things from my husband and my daughter, I think I need to go back onto my medicine. I am getting less and less sleep and they say that since I stopped taking it, I seem to be having trouble breathing while sleeping. I have already been tested for sleep apnea and do not have it. Doc thinks it's my allergies, but until we know for sure we all agree that I should go back on meds and he will see what he can do for me when I see him next week.

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9/9/12 9:44 A

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emoticon to the Fibro Friends team, Michelle!

It sure is hard to find the right level of exercise that benefits us but doesn't cause more pain. It has taken me about three months to get to where I'm able to do about 30 minutes of exercise 5-6 days a week. But I have to say, I am very fatigued afterwards... an afternoon nap helps. You're very smart to start in small increments -- it all adds up! Good luck on your journey!!!

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9/8/12 5:27 P

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Hi Kristina. I totally understand...I have some medication allergies too. Have a great day! :)

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kYLIESCHELLE - Thanks!! I have been skipping my doses of my medicine, but it's such a low dose now, that after missing for 5 nights and days, no problem. It's only 25mg. The reason I wasn't on anything else is due to my allergies. They also include medicines and such.



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Hi everyone! I am new here to the fibro team. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 23 years ago. I have been on pretty much every medicine for fibromyalgia either on or off-label use. I also have Cushing's syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic migraines, as well as other medical problems. I joined the spark a couple of years ago but just got serious about my weight loss last month. I have gained 100 pounds over the last 18 years. I set my goal to lose 50 pounds. I can track what I eat faithfully, but I have trouble getting in the exercise component mostly due to chronic pain. I joined the ymca last month and go to the aqua classes there. I was bed-ridden for 4 years due to illness and I am working on building up my stamina. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I have a treadmill at home but am limited in using it because I have an ankle bone that I broke 18 years ago which was in such a difficult spot they could not surgically repair it. Well, now they know how to fix it which is why I am beginning my journey to lose weight now...I am tired of being limited due to one thing or another medically. I am breaking up exercise into 5 minute chunks which is working but my progress is slow. I can't wait to be healthier. And I can't wait to become friends with more of you on this team. Thanks for reading and again I welcome suggestions from team members. Best regards, Michelle from Florida

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Hi kmbjbb. Amitryptyline or elavil is a common medication for fibromyalgia. It helps for depression and sleep problems. If it doesn't work for you, then ask your dr for a different medication. You do have to come off the amitryptyline slowly or switch to something similar because your brain does get used to the medication after a short period of time. I have had fibro for 23 years and was lucky enough to get the correct diagnosis decades ago. I am also a licensed massage therapist and was pre-med in college. Glad that dr talked me out of going to medical school. I would never have made it! Anyway, I hope this info helps you. I have been on pretty much all of the medications for fibro over the last 23 years. Take care, Michelle from Florida

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