and to a great team. I really don't know when I was diagnosed but it was sometime in the 90's. I had enough pain that I kept getting slower and slower at work. I found deep tissue massage as a wonderful therapy. The 1st year was extremely slow going as she couldn't go to deep but as time has gone on, I find I am one tough cookie with massage and can't wait until I see her again. Got a therapist that understood the pain of FM. I am now retired and we travel. I have some concern about finding therapists in new areas. We winter in the deep south of TX and I have on good one there as well. So this fall with our traveling (which isn't real comfortable to me) if i don't find one, we will be heading down a little earlier than we think. I really need to be away from the winters in MN.
Best wishes on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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Fitness Minutes: (125,204) Posts: 6,183 9/19/12 11:03 A
welcome. This is year 12 for me since my diagnosis. I've gone from being bed-ridden to being able to stay awake most of the day; from barely being able to walk to walking cane free sometimes; from not being able to dial the phone or drive to looking for a part time job.So I guess I'm lucky. I good at invisible suffering; most can't tell I'm sick. I have 2 grown kids, my 30 year old has autism. She just moved out into a group home last month so now I'm healing from PTSD. I'm a yoyo dieter, bouncing between 170 & 184 these days. Been on Sparkpeople since 2007. I find the food tracker keeps me honest with myself. I started out with bedtop yoga and hipnosis. Now I can walk fast for 1.25 miles 3 times a week and strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week. Nice to meet you. I hope you find what you need here. Val
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 9/18/12 12:35 P
Hi there! Just a quick introduction. I am 32, was diagnosed at 28. Both my mother and grandfather have Lupus along with several other Autoimmune issues. I have three kids, ages 11,8 and 5. I have been married for 12ish years now, to the same man, lol. My pain comes and goes. When i have a "flare up" it seems as though that part of my body is on fire. I dont take regular medication because it doesnt seem to help. I take as needed. I have a REALLY hard time doing what i need to in order to keep my body healthy. With the three kids, one in competitive fastpitch softball and one in indoor soccer, i go to school full time and work part time and have a home based business i run on the weekends AND....my husband works inthe oilfield so every other 7 days, i am like a single mom. I need to do yoga, eat right, and rest. but when? lol. i also have to be careful with my intensity of exercise. I played soccer for 14 years and ballet for 16 and did some damage. I have many many fractured bones across the top of my feet and have a bad tendency to re-fracture them when jogging or wearing heels, even playing Just Dance with the kids did me in :(. well, thats a long/short introduction. hope to get to meet many of ya'll and excited to learn from ya'll!
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