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i forgot to mention something my docter ran a bunch of tests one of th tests were suppose to check me for mineral defiencies it came back ok...but ive decided i needed to start taking vitamins anyway because i am so picky when it comes to real food thats good for you and i know im not getting enough nutrition that my body needs so ive started taking vitamins C, potassium, fiber and a super omega complex supplement which seems to be helping as far as giving me more energy...Something my dad told me and i saw was mentioned a couple of posts earlier i have a horrible mattress so i sleep on my couch i think that also interfers with the restoration process during sleep...looking into getting a new mattress when i can come up with the money!
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i forgot to mention something my docter ran a bunch of tests one of th tests were suppose to check me for mineral defiencies it came back ok...but ive decided i needed to start taking vitamins anyway because i am so picky when it comes to real food thats good for you and i know im not getting enough nutrition that my body needs so ive started taking vitamins C, potassium, fiber and a super omega complex supplement which seems to be helping as far as giving me more energy...Something my dad told me and i saw was mentioned a couple of posts earlier i have a horrible mattress so i sleep on my couch i think that also interfers with the restoration process during sleep...looking into getting a new mattress when i can come up with the money!



Hey Ktbug! (cute username!)

I'd say that sleeping on your couch is probably NOT the best! LOL You are right there!

See if you can check into a memory foam topper. They aren't as expensive as replacing your whole mattress set and they conform to your body shape. Also good are featherbeds, just be sure to get the ones that have been "hyper cleaned". These have less dirt, which is what causes people to be allergic, not so much the down, but the dirt IN the down and feathers.

Do try and get off the couch, my friend! And good that you notice a difference when taking the supplements. I personally feel that some of them can make a difference for FM.

Hugs,
tk
Hi, everyone! Most recently, after having had fibro for well over 20 yrs and giving up on trying to find out why and what this is, i have had several small 'ah hahs'. I feel i am really on the verge of getting to the bottom of what this thing is FOR ME.There HAS to be a body system that is causing these symptoms, and i suspect the answers lie in the endocrine system and central nervous system/brain stem. I too, suffered from intense leg pains as a child and was mistakenly told they were 'growing pains'. Years later, my podiatrist explained to me that there is no such thing as growing pains, i was born with foot deformities, i.e. flat feet and severe pronation. My daughter has the same thing and i fear many symptoms of FM. She is only 11 years old. My mother has FM, and my older sister has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. But studies have shown that FM is not hereditary...??? :confused: I also share many lupus symptoms as well, but ANA tests come up near normal...why do anti - inflammatory meds such as relafen, ibuprofen and prednisone help my symptoms??? i also have sleep apnea, and use a CPAP machine to help my breathing at night, which does not help my fatigue in any way. I seem to recall after i was treated for a disease in my retina (believed to be caused by either histoplasmosis or toxoplasmosis, there are differing medical opinions about this, it's pretty rare) that i first began having problems and feeling 'out of sorts'. I was 19, and the opthalmologist was treating me with high doses of prednisone to stop the inflammation destroying my retina...80 mg of prednisone/day for about 6 months. I was nearly psychotic from the side effects and had to take many other meds to counteract them, including a near fatal potassium deficiency caused by both the steroid and the diuretic he put me on to reduce water retention. I had developed Cushings syndrome from the prednisone. This is a long history, but if any of this is common to any of you, perhaps we can find a link...
i suffered from many high fever diseases as a young child, was very sickly. My mom was alcoholic, married and divorced 3 times, there was abuse and neglect. i too am a recovering alcoholic and addict,been clean for 18 years now. My maternal grandmother suffered from severe depression and was hospitalized many times and received ECT therapy over the years...she too was an alcoholic and addicted to prescription drugs due to the times...they didn't have the SSRI antidepressant meds we have today to treat her depression so they mainly prescribed her downers due to her inability to sleep at night, a trait i shared with her from a very young child. my mother's ob put her on dexedrine when she was pregnant with me to prevent excessive weight gain so i was a 'speed baby'...i had to take tranquilizers until about age 6 because i could not sleep at night. so that kind of set me up and screwed me up i think...i have tried to get some family medical history but due to dysfunctional alkies, it's hard to trace. my mom my sisters and i are all morbidly obese, my mother had gastric bypass in 1980. To avoid going this route i decided in my 20's that i would eat right and exercise to prevent this. i became an avid bodybuilder and step aerobics student, that kept my weight down and i felt pretty good until about 2 years after i got sober. i was 27 years old.i became profoundly fatigued, flu like symptoms, sore throats every evening, would awaken at the 'magic hour' of 3 am and could not get back to sleep until about 6 am, when i needed to get up for work. i had a fairly busy housecleaning service, and began losing business when i couldn't show up for work. my thighs would feel like i had a sunburn on them...but no rash? i was puzzled. i wasn't really SICK, but just didn't feel like myself any more..and i felt like a limp dishrag...just profoundly exhausted. i didn't seek medical help for a while, i didn't know how to explain these things to an MD. i went to a homeopath who informed me after several blood tests that i had a progesterone imbalance. i took the supplements for a while, but permanent results failed to occur.when my condition worsened to the point i could not get out of bed, finally went to a dr. after some bloodworked he determined i MIGHT have Chronic fatigue syndrome, as he found epstein barr virus antibody titers in my blood. the prognosis was horrible, it could simply go away in weeks months years, nobody knew. frustrated and then angry, i found a book and adhered to a strict regimen of herbal, dietetic therapies and supplements which included a dizzying amount of pills and teas consumed throughout the day. i had cut my housecleaning business back by half, and when i was tired, i went to bed. i was single and had no children, my social life went to hell due to cancelled arrangements time after time. however i continued to go to the gym whenever i could, but i didn't get the cool 'high' from it any more, it just exhausted me and put me in pain. i finally had to stop working out altogether and gained over 100 lbs in less than a year. i was devastated.about that time i relented to my dr's continual urgings to put me on an antidepressant. i felt a bit better mentally, but the pain and fatigue remained and worsened. the sore throats and low grade fevers subsided, however. as the pain increased i became increasingly convinced that there was something seriously wrong with me, but when further bloodwork failed to show anything, i was referred to a rheumatologist, who told me he believed i had fibromyalgia. he suggested i take tylenol and ibuprofen for the pain, 'take it easy and don't overdo'...like i COULD!!! and get plenty of rest blah blah blah. well after that i just gave up...and over the next 10 years, increasingly more ppl were being diagnosed with FM, and it became the 'syndrome of the 90's'. Great. now i was a hypochondriac, all but labeled so by friends, family, coworkers and medical professionals. so i sucked it up and white knuckled it until i could no longer work (i had changed professions by this time, housecleaning was out of the question), went from full to part time work for 2 years and finally had to stop working altogether in 2002. i was constantly written up for my attendance. in the meantime, i had adopted 2 children, my niece and nephew, and now i was exhausted and in pain and raising 2 toddlers with no money.and i have diabetes and asthma,and i weigh 309 lbs. my doc wants me to have gastric bypass, but i still don't want anyone cutting on me. it seems every time i have an illness or a procedure, my fibro gets worse and stays that way. i grew weary of eating pills for breakfast lunch and dinner :rolleyes: and have discontinued many of the meds i was on, welbutrin, flexeril, darvocet, neurontin, etc...i am now taking ultram, paxil every other day,which seems to help my depression a bit, metformin for my insulin resistance, and 40 mg of prednisone which i just started. ironically the prednisone is making me feel better than i have felt in a long time, my sugars are normal and pain, fatigue and IBS diarrhea are way down. when i stopped taking it earlier this week i had a HORRIBLE flare, just unbearable. i know that prednisone is not the solution, but i believe it is working on a hormonal imbalance that may be the root of my FM problem. i'm doing a lot of crossreferecing on the net re: chronic pain and hormone therapy, corticosteroid therapy and adrenal insufficiency, and finding many similarities between my symptoms and symptoms of other diseases, which are endocrine/cns related. it is possible that during my initial prednisone therapy in which i took high doses for an extended length of time that damage was done to my adrenal glands...not enough to cause complete failure, but perhaps enough to create deficiencies. i am meeting with my dr to discuss this on monday. rheumatologists in my area will not see or treat FM patients. they say it is not a rheumatic or inflammatory condition. whew! sorry this was so long, but i wanted to try to give a complete history to see if there are any bells ringing for any others of you out there. p.s. regarding negative thyroid blood tests: years ago i was told that your thyroid gland can cycle on and off, and one blood test is not an accurate determination of what is going on with thyroid function. in order to do an accurate test, tsh levels must be monitored over the course of many days, but most md s and ins cos are not willing to conduct this type of study. good luck and much love to all of you...Warmly, Lee :wave: