Hi Laura I agree with Debbie, the diagnosis for Fibro is more like sentencing. Worse, the treatment doesn't always offer relief. Like so many of the "condition" diseases Fibro is considered by some in the medical field as a tagalong to an actual disease. Arthritis, hypothyroidism, and other lesser known auto immune diseases have fibromyagia as a side kick. I think the first and best thing to recognize when it is solidily confirmed that you have the beast is that it is extremely PERSONAL. Please start a symptom journal. Record all the elements in your world and see how you react to them. Then begin to control whatever you can and eliminate as many triggers as you can. Poor sleep, weather and stress are mine. Your journal will identify yours.
Be sure to record your body's reaction to prescriptions. Some flares respond to aspirin the same as a painkiller and aspirin is cheaper.
Please try to put it in the right perspective (doctors will tell you it is not fatal: and it isn't.) It is like "how do you eat a bear?" answer "one bite at a time". Find support on Spark, other FM sites, local groups and books. Don't depend on your general practioner, even the good ones don't keep up with it. Seek your own comfort level and your own knowledge, then share it with others
Continue to value yourself enough to discover what works for you. Make the necessary adjustments to find relief and remember You are still You. God Bless Susie
Until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain to change: You won't.
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