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12/11/10 1:39 A

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One of my co-workers had good luck with the black cohosh too.
I find that if I eliminate refined sugar and wheat from my diet I have less hot flashes.

Hubby and I have the same problem as the two of you. Our rule is to check the thermometer before adjusting the heat. If it is on 70, we don't touch it, we just add or decrease clothing.

I have both hot and cold flashes. I told the doctor I thought I was too old for that and she just shook her head at me so I pouted.

Prozac helps the hot flashes too. It used to be prescribed for PMS symptoms under a different name.

Does a cool shower help?





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12/10/10 3:54 P

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Starr, I would check into a home health agency to give you a break once or twice a week. It sounds to me that you have hyperthermia, being hot all the time. Have you tried black cohosh? THat is what my dr put me on right after my hysterecomy in 2004. I have a very high risk of breast cancer in my family and I was afraid of the same thing.
You are not being a downer, that's what we're here for. To help eachother. Take care

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12/10/10 10:46 A

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Michelle & Cathy;

Thank you both SO MUCH for your friendship, as I have so few friends and need all the support/friendship that I can get.

We have 4 dogs & 4 cats, guess you can tell that were animal lovers.

You guys, along with all the other problems that I have told you about, I also have extreme problems with being VERY hot (to the point of severe sweat) all the time. The doctor's have tested me for everything under the sun to see why I am miserably hot all the time. They say that everything is fine. When it is only 40 degrees outside and I am wearing a light short sleeve shirt and shorts......does that sound fine to you all? I was already a hot natured person before my hyster almost 2 years ago, but since then I have been miserable. I am flinging sweat and feeling like I am burning up most of the time. What's even worse, is my husband is cold most of the time because of being on blood thinners. He can have 2 sets of clothes on and a coat on wrapped up in a blanket and still be cold. There several herb/vitamin/supplements I have tried over the past couple of years, all of which have failed at everything except draining my wallet. Dr. wants me to take hormones, but I refuse because of the risk of cancer. Dr. says their is no proof that hormones, birth control pills and such as that causes cancer, but I have many friends/family members who took these things and died from cancer!

Do you all have any suggestions?

This past year has been really tough on me, as far as learning of all my many health issues, and still having to take care of my husband/daughter, and no body to help me.

Sorry to be such a downer this morning you all. I am just so sleepy & tired all the time.....hard to even think much less have a good attitude about life.

~~Starr~~

HAPPY 2014. MAKE IT A FUN & HEALTHY YEAR!

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12/10/10 2:58 A

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Hi Star,
I too want to be your friend and will click on the link on your page when I am finished here.

I am 57, married to disabled husband (Viet Nam Vet) that is still mostly independent. We have five kids (blended family) and seven grandkids and some step step grandkids that seem to come and go from our lives.

Hypothryroid, CFS (undiagnosed cause)and still about 60-80 pounds overweight. Recently lost 28 pounds. I can breathe better, reach my feet easier for clipping toe nails and walk up and downstairs easier. My clothes are hanging on me. I also have sleep apnea and use a cpap. Fell off a horse when I was a kid and hurt my back. The older I get the more noticable that gets. I take gabapentin to manage the back pain.

I have been off work for three months and have not been able to get long term disability yet. I have used up all my Roth IRA. I do have PERS too, but don't want to tap into that. I would like to take a leave of absence, in case I get better. I don't want to have to retire yet. I run out of money and health insurance in January. If I don't get an answer soon, we will have to sell a vehicle.

We have two dogs that rule the house. I live in the country and we have two sheep to mow the acre.

This has been my best Christmas, because there have been no expectations. I have been knitting and praying and listening to the Rosary and Christian music on Youtube while I knit. It feels good. My twelve year old GD calls every night and tells me about her day at middle school.

Two hours has been my longest stretch of activity without resting. I usually wake with tremors and disorientation. If I work too long it goes into headache, sore throat, severe fatigue and flu like symptoms.

The doctor is looking into other tick borne illnesses now. I keep asking about lyme, but they don't seem to want to test for it.

120/80 is considered normal. So 110/60 is low normal and much better than too high.



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your christmas spirit will come eventually. I was like that one year myself and the longer I listened to the music and listened to people make plans for their holidays I finally got it and decorated my house 2 days before christmas

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12/9/10 12:43 P

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Oh yeah, I also have hyperthyroidism....how could I forget that?!

I am getting ready to take my daughter to get her Christmas shopping out of the way. Not looking forward to it, but she is bugging me about it all the time.

I totally have NO Christmas spirit this year. Lots of depression.....no spirit. So much commericalims, very little talk about Jesus, the Reason for the Season!!

~~Starr~~

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12/9/10 12:03 P

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Starr,
I am honored to be your friend. You are such a busy woman and I don't know how you do it all the time. I also fight depression and am taking Zoloft for it. It does get the best of a person sometimes. I am always here for you and I check in at the library everyday to catch up on posts.
I have fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogrens syndrome, beginning stages of scoiosis, hypothyroidism, Raynauds Phenomonon (?) and osteoarthritis. I think that's it.
I am a single mother of 2 children. My sons 18 and my troubled daughter is 13. Our family is dysfunctional to say the least. That's just a little background on me. I hope that I didn't bore your eyes to death.

Cathy, my bp runs 110/70. Is that a good range? I'm not sure and havent thought to ask yet. I will at my next appointment. I hope that you are having a good day.

Everyone have a blessed day and remember that GOD is watching.

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12/9/10 7:35 A

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Dear Kathy & Michelle,

I have been reading your all's posts the past week or so. Both of you seem like such sweet folks.

Is their a possibility that you would mind being my friend?

I have been a member of Spark since April of this year. But since August I have been on Spark very little. August 27th I lost my mom, now I have only my husband, children & brother.

I was already depressed when she passed away, but since then the depression on a lot of days has been almost unbearable.

Just this past year I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgea (sorry about spelling), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, migraine headaches, Scoliosis and Osteoarthritis. The depression I have been dealing with on/off for years but it has really intensified this past year.

I take care of my physically disabled husband & mentally challenged daughter 24/7, with only a 10 hour a week break. I use that time to go to my doctor appointments and/or do grocery shopping. Very, very little time (if any) to myself.

I enjoy being on my computer, reading, going to church and crocheting. But I do not get to do much of any of those things.

On most days, it is a major struggle just for me to pull myself out of bed and get dressed. So to do everything else that I do is done because I am FORCING myself to do it.

I sleep very little, don't get much rest, am ALWAYS tired and often fight being sleepy. I am SO SICK of always being tired/exhausted and having to fight just to get everyday simple things done. I am only 48, but on most days feel like I am a hundred!!

Well I guess that I will close here. It is time to get my husband up out of bed, dressed and fed. He has a doctor's appointment a 2 hour drive away today. And as usual, I am exhausted before I even get started.

I hope you all will have a wonderfully blessed day, and that you would not mind being my friend.

Love,
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12/9/10 4:08 A

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Knitted another hat today. I think I only have one more hat to go. Then the kids/spouses and grandkids are done.

MD took more blood to check for inflammation. Vitamin D level was at 19 should be at 30. Blood Pressure 110/60. I will have to start salting things to keep from passing out. I still have 70 pounds to lose. She is researching other tick borne illnesses.



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12/8/10 1:21 P

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Thank you. You mean a lot to me too. This team is so quiet, but the few of us that do post are helping me to adjust to my new lifestyle.

Heading to doctors again today. The last four doctors visits have been to keep work and the insurance company happy.



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12/8/10 10:56 A

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That is fantastic. i will start on it as soon as I finish Ambers. I am so glad to have met you. YOu really mean alot to me.

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12/7/10 3:21 P

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Halloweentown was filmed here too. It is because of the Gothic Courthouse, and proximity to Portland. I actually live about ten miles from town now, but I grew up there and still love it.

My granddaughter's best friend is a Twilighter. She would be so thrilled to see what you are describing.

I picked up Eclipse yesterday for Hubby to wrap for Christmas for me and he handed it back to me and told me to go watch it. I would have waited, but did enjoy the movie last night.

My favorite Christmas movie at the moment is Holiday with Jack Black and Cameron Diaz. I am also fond of Queen Latifah's Holiday and of course "Elf". I haven't done much movie watching lately. It is relaxing and one a day won't totally cause us to lose all muscle mass.



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That would be awesome, having a movie filmed in my hometown. If you want to sparkmail me your address I will make you one as well. I love doing it. It helps keep the RA in my fingers at bay.

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12/6/10 11:38 A

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Take a picture of the Jacob canvas. I would love to see it.

Twilight was filmed in my home town. The alley scene, driving by the theater and the prom dress store were all my old childhood haunts. The parking lot scene was next to my elementary school. The restaurant where Edward is reading minds is a historical home and was a restaurant at one time. Bella's house is a block from my Church. So of course, I am very fond of Twilight too. Besides Stephanie Meyers can spin a very good tale about relationships. I loved her book "The Host"

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I stitch plastic canvas and make alot of food gifts myself. I am making amy daughter a portrait of Jacob from the twilight saga out of the canvas. my son wants John Deere valances for his room and am working on those as well. I am making 5 pumpkin rolls for my best friend and their family. They can' afford to buy them this year so I am putting a Merry Christmas tag on them.

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I've recently re-taken up knitting. I've made dishclothes and died them red. I'll bake a pumpkin gingerbread loaf and wrap them in the dishclothes as presents for my neighbours.
I've found knitting a realy useful way of ensuring - I sit down and rest. I struggle with getting quality rest.

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How do you cope? What makes the Holidays cheerful for you? What have you readjusted and changed?

1) I knit
2) Focusing on family and Jesus, trying to be helpful on SP.
3) No money, can't buy presents, having much more fun making them than I ever did trying to shop.
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