Hello to everyone. I'm new to this board so would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Mary and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia six years ago. I'm forty-six years old, married with two sons and presently not working (on disablity) due to the severety of my fibromyalgia symptoms. Other health issues include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesteral and clinical depression.
I manage fairly well with fibromyalgia using medications, exercise, diet, massage therapy and a reasonably positive attitude toward life. However, I've been in a horrible flare for the past month and I'm beginning to fear it will never go away. This has happened to me a few times; a flare doesn't go away but becomes a new level of daily pain. I hope that's not the case this time, because it is truly more than I can manage while maintaining any degree of life quality.
I look forward to spending time here and getting to know everyone. I think it will be helpful for me to get to know others who have fibromyalgia and therefore understand what it's like.
Hi Mary and welcome. I hope you will be happy here. I have not gotten the formal diagnosis however my doctor is leaning towards it. I can tell you that I am sore on a pretty regular basis, in the upper portion of my body. I also get very tired very easily. Tell me more about your flare this time. With me it seems to be a little different each time. My pains come and go and I never know in the morning what is going to happen for the rest of the day. Take care, Mary and let us hear more from you. Jackie
Hi Mary, Welcome and sorry you're in such pain. I've been having some bad days lately too. I hope you get to feeling better. I have found before that I needed as much as a month's bed rest. Meaning all I did was eat, sleep, bathe every other day and pee. It helps to be on some sort of med that knocks you out. Then you can sleep it away. But I always feel like Rip Van Winkle afterwards. It hasn't happenned too many times but when it does it stinks.
Jackie, Ed & Andy, thank you so much for your kind & welcoming words. I appreciate the support.
Jackie, in answer to your question about what a flare is like for me, I can tell you this: My pain level (on a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being the worse pain ) changes with a flare, from my usual daily pain level of 5 - 7, into a horrid pain level of 8 - 10. My anxiety increases with the pain which, in turn, creates more pain. During a flare, I hurt everywhere from head to toe and the pain throughout my lower back & neck (my most vulnerable areas) keeps me imobilized.
With my daily pain level I get around quite well using a walker and/or cane but during a flare, I can barely walk from the couch to the bathroom. I use opiates which help on a daily basis but they are not very effective in reducing the pain associated with a flare up. The best I can do, as Ed & Andy suggested, is rest. I also use heat & ice & do stretching exercises if I'm able. I have a massage chair (lazy-boy) so, during bad days, I spend a lot of time sitting in my chair with my feet up. Unfortunatly during a bad flare, I lose my focus to read, so instead of delving into a novel, I end up watching too much television. I also have trazadone on hand (trazadone is an anti-depressant that is also used as a sleep aid) and I use it sparingly during a flare, as a muscle relaxant and to help me sleep.
As a matter of fact, I feel a degree better today and I hope this is the beginning of the end of this particular, monster flare.
Once again, thank you for responding to my post & making me feel so welcome. I wish you enjoyable & pain-free days.