• 5 months ago

    Last but not least

    This diagnosis can hit you hard. Be patient with yourself. Educate yourself and learn to communicate with others about how you are feeling. Socializing can be hard when all you want to do is curl up in the fetal position in pain. What I have learned is that by doing the opposite, you can have greater control of the pain. It is not going to go away. It will change how you feel, what you do, and how your life is. It does not have to define you in a negative way. Take a deep breath and know you are going to be ok. You can deal with this and you can grow. Life is still a wondrous experience that is to be embraced. Be sure to share what works for you and what you have learned. Please if you do leave comments be kind and be positive. Life is a challenge enough so be good to each other. Thanks for listening.

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  • RE: Last but not least

    Liked "curl up in the fetal position in pain". That exactly describes this topic if it hits you and you don't know why.

    Reposting: I felt compelled to reply; I've been living with fibromyalgia since 2005; I do empathize with you.

    In summary 1) get that pedietry consult, strong shoes, diabetes socks 2) lyrica (pregabalin) 3) behavioral health 4) nutrition, exercise, weight loss

    The symptoms in WebMD and the MAO Clinic are on target. The VA initially prescribed gabapentin with meloxicam, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, levothyroxine (hopothyroid), folic acid, omega 3, omeprazole (IBS), and citalopram (for mood due to the pain).

    A few years later (and with behavioral health therapy/group therapy), gabapentin and citalopram transitioned to duloxetine (for both fibromyalgia and mood).

    A few years after that, I've transitioned from duloxetine to pregabalin (watch out for about 30 days of side effects coming down from the duloxetine; the WebMD side effects are on target!

    In retirement from the military (24 years), a lot more commitment on my part to behavioral health, exercise, nutrition, weight loss, &etc I am now seeing the most success with the above.

    I've started transition from meloxicam, too, after a very successful result with pedietry consult (prescription shoe inserts + Dr. Martin Shoes) and 100% use of Dr. Scholl's socks (for diabetes; however I'm not diabetic). Hope my story gets everyone suffering with fibromyalgia hope!

    In summary 1) get that pedietry consult, strong shoes, diabetes socks 2) lyrica (pregabalin) 3) behavioral health 4) nutrition, exercise, weight loss