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Old 08-25-2005, 08:02 AM   #1
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Is FMS progressive?

Does anyone know is FMS is progessive? I have had a Rheumatologist tell me that a crash made my condition two years worse. Can he say that? Before the crash I was holding down three jobs with FMS is there a possibility that I could have continued to do so until retirement or is there proof that people with FMS steadily get worse.

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Old 08-25-2005, 08:46 AM   #2
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

i have read that it does not get worse but i bet there are some fibromites out there that don't agree. i have had fibro for about 6yrs now and i am still the same, in extreme pain especially if i don't take my pain meds.
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:05 PM   #3
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

hey jollyjan,
I think it's progressive. It starts out - at least for me - mildly and then progressively gets worse. FM isn't fatal and doesn't do damage to your body. Physically we LOOK fine, we just feel horrible.
Hard to say, but that's my humble opinion
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Old 08-25-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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jennifer i completely agree with you it does get worse,

 
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

I have had fm for 21 years and believe me it does get worse. I have pain in parts I did not even know I had. Of course aging does not help either. My fm started in the neck and shoulder now is all over this old bode.

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Old 08-25-2005, 05:27 PM   #6
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

Hiya Everyone,

My understanding of "progressive" in fibro terms means that the pain that emanates from the affected areas can and does get worse as time goes on for a lot of patients. It is not in itself "destructive" to your muscles and joints. This should be made clearer. Whilst there is no wasting away of the muscles or erosion of the joints because of fibro, the constant aching and pain in the body can get worse with time. This then makes the fatigue worse, etc. and so it goes on and on, as you all know.

A suitable regime of medication is needed and also a gentle, made to measure set of exercises that suit the individual. It is the same as with a lot of illnesses, the patients are lumped together and it is assumed that what works for one works for another. We all know this is not the case.

Take care my friends.

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Old 08-25-2005, 10:23 PM   #7
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

Most Definetly. I, too had a bad car accident and even though I was functional before that, I still wasn't on my game, and I can see now (others as well) that I AM declining.

I've been using a cane for 22 months & have a handicap tag for the cars.

When one thing on me bothers me, everything else gets more dramatic to deal with. And trust me, I've been trying.

I feel that I'm going to have this illness forever and my PainKillers are just dulling the fact and making me look drunk & stupid when I go out, (the oxycontins) so, I stopped taking them. Now I take them if I hurt too much, and definetly if I have to leave the house.

The Dr. put me on 100mgs of Morphine and said the side effects were not as bad as my oxy family of medications. No matter what, I always get break-through pain, on or off meds.

I told me Dr. i'd just like to take a few Klonopins and sleep thru my bad days.
He said he didn't blame me!!

So, my vote is yes, it worsens. If you don't think so? Maybe we're starting to get used to pain. I wouldn't know a good day now, if it came up & bit me.

Now I have the IBS??!!!! Like I'm really looking forward to this new member to enhance my other problems.

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Old 08-25-2005, 10:24 PM   #8
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

Most Definetly. I, too had a bad car accident and even though I was functional before that, I still wasn't on my game, and I can see now (others as well) that I AM declining.

I've been using a cane for 22 months & have a handicap tag for the cars.

When one thing on me bothers me, everything else gets more dramatic to deal with. And trust me, I've been trying.

I feel that I'm going to have this illness forever and my PainKillers are just dulling the fact and making me look drunk & stupid when I go out, (the oxycontins) so, I stopped taking them. Now I take them if I hurt too much, and definetly if I have to leave the house.

The Dr. put me on 100mgs of Morphine and said the side effects were not as bad as my oxy family of medications. No matter what, I always get break-through pain, on or off meds.

I told me Dr. i'd just like to take a few Klonopins and sleep thru my bad days.
He said he didn't blame me!!

So, my vote is yes, it worsens. If you don't think so? Maybe we're starting to get used to pain. I wouldn't know a good day now, if it came up & bit me.

Now I have the IBS??!!!! Like I'm really looking forward to this new member to enhance my other problems.

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Old 08-25-2005, 10:24 PM   #9
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

Most Definetly. I, too had a bad car accident and even though I was functional before that, I still wasn't on my game, and I can see now (others as well) that I AM declining.

I've been using a cane for 22 months & have a handicap tag for the cars.

When one thing on me bothers me, everything else gets more dramatic to deal with. And trust me, I've been trying.

I feel that I'm going to have this illness forever and my PainKillers are just dulling the fact and making me look drunk & stupid when I go out, (the oxycontins) so, I stopped taking them. Now I take them if I hurt too much, and definetly if I have to leave the house.

The Dr. put me on 100mgs of Morphine and said the side effects were not as bad as my oxy family of medications. No matter what, I always get break-through pain, on or off meds.

I told me Dr. i'd just like to take a few Klonopins and sleep thru my bad days.
He said he didn't blame me!!

So, my vote is yes, it worsens. If you don't think so? Maybe we're starting to get used to pain. I wouldn't know a good day now, if it came up & bit me.

Now I have the IBS??!!!! Like I'm really looking forward to this new member to enhance my other problems.

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Old 08-25-2005, 10:47 PM   #10
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

I certainly believe it is. I've gone downhill in the past 6 months. People see it as well as I do & know. And I've had this for a loooong time.
I think having a bad car accident did me in and that was Nov. 2003
I've been using a cane and have handicap tags for the cars. AND part of me is still angry and still in denial. Funny hah?? And now I have picked up IBS, you know, just to top things off and all.

thommie

ps...sorry, my computer is delaying and I hit the buttons too many times. SORRY, i'm getting used to this board, slowly.
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:51 AM   #11
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hi thomasina,
as some of our sisters here have stated fmd does not damage the tissues of our bodies. blessings come.
it takes time to incorporate the changes in your body. have patience. being worried won't fix anything and actually gives fmd food to grow on.
ibs is a pain in the arse, pun intended. diet, activity and water will help you alot. the right balance of veges, fiber and water will assist in balancing ibs symptoms.
there will always be days when no pill works. it happens. in time you find you can do it, and do it with a smile in your heart. giving your body permission to hurt is a very important aspect of finding peace as you go thru a flare up. i once spent several months in a wheelchair. it goes up and down. some days i wonder at my ability to walk, other days i skip around.
you will get the hang of not knowing what to expect. we all do. or we go nuts. my mind is the only aspect of my being where fmd is not allowed to rule. i keep that. my mind is my strongest medicine for living with all these bizarre goodies in my body. i decide how i feel about what my body is experiencing.
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:53 AM   #12
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Re: Is FMS progressive?

Hi everyone,

I started this battle about 6 months after the birth of my first daughter. She's sixteen now. Prior to getting married I was involved in 3 wrecks (not my fault) and one at her first birthday.(my fault). It's been a long and winding road.

During the last 6 - 7 years, I was kicked off SSDI, went back to work, etc. At first it was mind over matter to me. The pain, the misery, etc. But, I swear in the last 2 years, it's gotten much worse. Why? Because it became an issue for me. I was diagnosed with IBS. I suffer from severe PMS! I can no long keep it under what I call my mind handling it for me. Is it psychological? Maybe, but, I know that my body hurts twice as bad as it used to. I have more pain than before, EVERYWHERE!!!!

So, yes it's progressive, as far as I'm concerned.

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Old 08-27-2005, 01:22 AM   #13
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Hi I am new here and just wanted to post my opinion on this subject.

I was diagnosed with Fibro only 3 yrs ago. I have since discovered that I have had this dreaded disease for over 20 yrs. Yes my symptoms have progressively gotten worse. I find that every new ailment that is added is just all that much more to deal with. More pain and more stress...........

Most doctors believe that Fibro does not cause permanent damage, I think otherwise. I now have muscle weakness and spasms constantly. I get no relief from any of the meds prescribed for this.

 
Old 08-27-2005, 09:14 AM   #14
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Goodmorning Happyslove, welcome to the fibro board. You will find
support you never dreamed was possible. Folks here are not judgemental
and you can write things you can't tell your family or friends. Sometimes it
helps just to put it in writing. Please tell us more about yourself, that helps
us get to know you better. I agree with you, I've found no medication that
gives much relief for pain. May God bless you my NEW friend.
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Old 08-28-2005, 11:07 AM   #15
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I personally think the word progressive is just medical semantics. Does our fm get worse...Of course it does!! We are all here to prove it. Medically though it is not fatal and doesn't progress in medical thinking like MS or other disease's that eventually destroy the body and become fatal.

Do our muscles waste away, yes if we let them and can't keep ourselves active enough to keep them strong. FM is such a misunderstood disease, but optimist that I am, I think one day it will have the research and have a cure!!

Keep the faith fellow FMer's!

 
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