Hi Mamarks A big welcome! this is the most inspirational and motivating site I've found and it's done wonders for helping me to drop a few pounds. FM is awful and I've managed this syndrome since around the age of 35. I too have gone on and off the meds and sometimes it was due to the price tag, but thankfully now I have a plan that covers 70% of the cost. Lyrica, Elavil and Cipralex have helped me out alot and the main FM fighter for me is exercise, especially walking as much as I can each day. Yes, I do get really tired and brain foggy still, but I still try and put that foot in front of the other and keep on going.
I wish you well on your journey and look forward to cheering you on as you reach your set goals.
Oh! And to let everyone know, I was not officially diagnosed until after I graduated High School. I had multiple doctors say that Fibro was what I had, but I refused to allow them to write that in my charts on the basis that my parents insurance company would charge them higher premiums and/or kick me from the plan. I finally went and saw a rheumatologist thinking and being told that I had RA. He did a full exam and told me he thought I had Fibro.
At first I was like "Nuh uh! No way. This is not going to happen." Until he handed me a pamphlet about Fibromyalgia that said it was similar to the chemical deficiencies that happen in certain types of depression. The more I researched it, the more I came to understand that the medical community had finally moved away from the whole 'it's all in your head' mentality into the 'this is a real problem and it can be treated'.
I have taken Lyrica and Neurontan off and on and am currently on nothing as it is so expensive. The medication helps and I do have an increase in attacks when not on them. But so far, I have been doing fairly good as far as the pain and sensitivity goes. I hope as I loose weight and get more active again, the pain and fog and fatigue I have continue to recede.
current weight: 363.0
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Hey all! I've had Fibro since I was in junior high. So from around age 14 and up, I've been fighting this and also been gaining weight. I have many other issues, but Fibro would be one of the main ones that keeps giving me excuses to not exercise. I was a very active and healthy child. Never gaining any weight until around age 14-16. Arthritis, Fibro, nerve damage from being hit by a drunk and other issues has made me very compliant with the 'no exercise, eat what makes you feel better' crowd. I am hoping to get support, suggestions and answers to many questions. Thanks all and looking forward to getting to know you all better later.
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