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..a friend of mine suggests that I may have it.....”
“I sincerly hope that does not prove to be true. You should go to your doctor.
A few years back it was thought that my godmother might have had fibromyalgia, turned out that she was arthritic, but the family did alot of research on the matter before the tests were all completed and it's a fairly nasty condition.”
Persistance with doctors! My aunt has it...and it took her FOREVER to get someone to listen to her. They kept telling her she was just depressed. I would suggest a trip to a good hospital (like Marshfield) and joining a support group. My aunt found more things that help through others with the illness that through her docs. Good luck and God Bless!”
“I have seen some suggestions that Fibromyalgia has been linked to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. How accurate that is has yet to be established. The people I have worked with who have it seem best served by reducing as much negative stress as possible (heh... good luck on that one) as well as maintaining a routine. My personal belief is that it is a real condition, with real physical affects and is not something that is "all in your head".”
“My mom has fibromyalgia and it took a couple of years before it was diagnosed properly. She is taking a couple of medications for it (I'll have to ask because I don't know off the top of my head what they are) and it has reduced the pain significantly!
She still has trouble sleeping and gets occasional headaches but for the most part, she's a million times better than she was. It was hard to watch her in so much pain. :(
She also suffered from severe headaches on a daily basis for about 4 years before the docs were able to do anything about them. Whether or not those were a result of the fibromyalgia or not is undetermined.
It's not life threatening, and it is treatable in several different ways. She has an active life - snowshoeing, hiking, tennis, kayaking, et cetera. Like Twinkle Toes said, it's a nasty condition but there is treatment.
Good luck to you!”
“Divinity... if you have experienced trauma in your history, abuse, neglect, abandonment, combat duty (yeah I know women aren't exposed to combat. Pull the other one) or other significant trauma, you might find it profitable to seek out some appropriate therapy for those events. The body has a way of absorbing stress and trauma, but given enough, it will appear in some strange ways in strange places.
Medical intervention is needed, but if the link to trauma is valid, there may be other options for treatment as well.”
“Rev, you're a smart man.”
“Thanks for the input!!!!!
I will be going to the Dr next month...I went to the Mayo Clinic site and have most the symptons....mostly hurting all the time...2 years ago my Dr said I have Degenerative Arthritus...well..we'll see....I'll be at the Sipsey Bushwack.....”
“Divinity, have you been tested for Lyme disease? Some of the symptoms overlap quite a bit.”
“That is on my list for the DR....I did get bit by a tick a few years ago and I have read that symtoms can show up years later...
...ya know it may just all be old age...lol.....”
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