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I Have Fibromyalgia

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    It's Heartbreaking - It's heartbreaking to have this disease.  The people in my life don't understand or get angry with me for my seemlingly lack of interest in doing things...
    PiscesDream PiscesDream 41-45, F 9 Responses May 11, 2007

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    Will This Ever Get Better? - Hey everyone!  I have been diagnosed with Fibro and osteoarthritis.  I have had pain and symptoms for about 10 years but just finally went to...
    aimela aimela 31-35, F 5 Responses May 8, 2007

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    I had been diagnosed with FM during a severe and massively debilitating 6 year-long Interstitial Cystitis (painful bladder disease) flare-up, and my symptoms now are worse than...
    pearcey3 pearcey3 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2013

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    I was diagnosed a little over 13 years ago but have had it most of my adult life. The most difficult part of this for me is the cognitive deficit that I experience nearly every day...
    SCbeauty SCbeauty 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    I Have Fibromyalgia My Doctor’s Appointment There’s an old lady sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the room. Her shriveled body acting up from what seems to be some...
    enblanco enblanco 46-50, F 6 Responses Mar 4

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    A Miracle - I have had this terrible condition for 30 years. I have spent thousands of dollars trying to overcome this. I am on disability which just started this past March. I was...
    Tierney Tierney 46-50 3 Responses Jun 9, 2008

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    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia this summer. I'm 15 and a sophomore in high school, and because of it I haven't been able to participate in what I want to do and none of the...
    Bandgeek1025 Bandgeek1025 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    ...but there is hope. I found topical pain relief. It is essential prescription pain relief without any pills or side effects, and they have practically saved my life. If you have...
    chiefsfan37 chiefsfan37 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    I've been going through a nasty flare the last 3 days and I just have to appreciate the tiny things I'm able to do, like going to walk in the warm water therapy pool with my mom...
    Bandgeek1025 Bandgeek1025 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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    Looking For Fm Friends - Hi , my name is Kathy. I was diagnosed with Fm last March. Still can't believe I have fm. Recently doc put me on cymbalta .now I can at least sleep...
    pinkdolphin21 pinkdolphin21 51-55, F 5 Responses Nov 13, 2013

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    I turned 40 this year and have always had lots of energy. I started feeling so much pain and now this flare up is kicking my butt. I'm so tired I want to sleep all day. Chiro...
    needsun needsun 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    Today I woke at 1:30 pm my insomnia kept me awake till 7:45am or the coffee I drink all day just trying to get enough energy to start day today it did not happen still laying down...
    Winger302 Winger302 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I Love My Job, But I Desperately Need a Change -  I am a 38-year-old journalist with fibromyalgia. I love what I do, but the stress that comes with the job is awful on my...
    IbePraisingHim IbePraisingHim 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2007

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    Learned To Stop And Smell The Flowers - I've had FM for about 20 years. Somehow I managed to raise two young children, work full time and deal with a verbally/emotionally abusive...
    chowmama chowmama 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 16, 2012

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    My Fibromyalgia Story - What a wicked disease this is.  A disease that no one else can see except you.  It took me years to convince my family (siblings and husband) that...
    Cheryl2461 Cheryl2461 56-60, F 6 Responses Nov 6, 2008

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    My mother suffers from this monster too. We would always tell one another, we just want someone to understand what we live through (not sympathy), just to understand. It ruins my...
    gotakeepushnon gotakeepushnon 31-35, F Jan 19

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    I was just diagnosed less than two weeks ago with fibromyalgia. At first, I only really felt relief that finally someone had figured out what was wrong with me. But, the relief has...
    Owlmaid Owlmaid 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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    Fibromyalgia - i was diagnosed w/fibro 12 yrs ago, for the 6 yrs before that i was told i had mono,arthritis and was once told im a hypochondriac. doctors need to research this...
    neige neige 36-40, F 9 Responses May 5, 2007

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    My child has fibromyalgia and I don't know how to help her.
    marie1711 marie1711 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    I have had FM for over 10 years and have been through more doctors in this country and several others than anyone will ever know, I really get upset when people go to doctors and...
    nightseeker0 nightseeker0 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 24

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    Fibro Nightmare - I know they say that Fibromyalgia is not progressive , but my body tells me it is. It seems every touch of flu , a cold and even dental problems cause the...
    opalgems opalgems 51-55, F 31 Responses Mar 10, 2007

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    I battle everyday. I'm 27 years old. :-(
    Glamourgirl86 Glamourgirl86 26-30, F Dec 27, 2013

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    Im currently getting extreme pulling numbing sharp pain traveling down the calfs on both of my legs.
    chocolatebunnies chocolatebunnies 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 19, 2013

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    Invisible Illness - Fibromyalgia can affect every aspect of a person's life. While neither degenerative nor fatal, the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia is pervasive and...
    PiscesDream PiscesDream 41-45, F 21 Responses Apr 30, 2007

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    Unbearable Pain - Hi all, I'm new to this group and am hoping to find people "who get it". My level of pain this past week has been completely through the roof. What do you all...
    doxiemom4ever doxiemom4ever 56-60, F 1 Response Nov 16, 2013

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    Am I Just A Lazy Hyperchondriac, I Think I Have Fibromyalgia -    I havent seen a doctor yet. A year ago I met a lady that told me that she has fibromyalgia. All she told...
    loveonly1 loveonly1 36-40, F 13 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    I have both Fibromyalgia and MS. I have tried to manage my pain and fatigue through natural solutions, but I have lately had to begin using multiple medications to manage my...
    writtenonmyheart writtenonmyheart 22-25, F Jan 10

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    And Am Having The Worst Time Yet....... - Right now is the longest I've been able to sit up and be awake .....the aches, the pain, the fatigue and guilt. Guilt is the worse in all...
    justmarji justmarji 51-55, F 12 Responses Jan 4, 2013

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    Fibromyalgia And Stress - I'm not sure any one has made this connection ........You have to keep stress very low, as low as you can . Yesterday I went through  so much stress by...
    justmarji justmarji 51-55, F 9 Responses Jul 1, 2013

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    Hi everybody, I was diagnosed 5 years ago with fibromyalgia. I have had a lot happen in my life. I think too much stress brought this syndrome on. I got married young,18, had my...
    cyhumphries cyhumphries 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I Have Fibro, It Doesn't Have Me!! - My first symptom that something was really wrong with me was March 2000 with my vision going completely blurry and my eyes were constantly in...
    Gma48 Gma48 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    Fybromyalgia - An Unbelieving Story - I was diagnosed with Fybromyalgia a couple of years ago in a weird way.  After many trips to the doctor (following my husband's...
    elloise01 elloise01 46-50, F 25 Responses May 27, 2007

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    I Thought You Understood...... - But why would I expect anyone who hasn't experienced the full spectrum of this chronic illness to understand that  when I say I can't do, I just...
    justmarji justmarji 51-55, F 3 Responses Feb 27, 2013

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    I have been sick for two years since I got pregnant with my daughter. Ive seen all the big doctors in big cities and no one knows whats wrong. They just know my immune system...
    gypsystorms gypsystorms 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 28

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    Ya Learn Something New Every Day ! - No matter how much ya think ya know !  copy / pasted from wikipedia The term "fibromyalgia" derives from new Latin,fibro-, meaning "fibrous...
    justmarji justmarji 51-55, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2012

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    I have had Fibromyalgia for 25 years, only diagnosed last year. The pain is never ending, haven't had a pain free day for years.
    cakelady1 cakelady1 56-60 2 Responses Jan 11

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    Picture This If You Will - and this isn't HALF of it:
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Apr 24, 2009

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    In November 2010 I had total thyroid failure, after 6 months of taking medication for this I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia , it took me 10 months to get back to work, But still...
    Louisek81 Louisek81 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Learning About Fibro - I was diagnosed with fibro in 2010, I really didn't know much about it. I thought that it was just about the pain that i was experiencing. I thought that i...
    moonstar312 moonstar312 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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    Hello my name is Delores, I was diagnosed in 2001, it's seems to be at it's worst when I'm stressed or over doing it. I take medication and also get trigger point injection. Which...
    praying4healing praying4healing 46-50, F 9 Responses Mar 16

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    So Tired - For the last 3 years I have been struggling with Fibromyalgia.  The main issues are extreme fatigue, for example I will sleep 10 hours and immediately feel...
    lillovesbarbie lillovesbarbie 36-40, F 27 Responses Jan 8, 2007

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    As a young teen I was just constantly thrown on pain killers for back and hip pain. It wasn't until Nov last year it was diagnosed as Fibromyalgia. My energy levels just...
    XanthiaJo XanthiaJo 22-25, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Great Article: Share It With Friends and Family Who Don't Get It! - Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain 7 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain By Adrienne Dellwo, About.com You hear a lot...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 8, 2009

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    I Call Bullshit! - I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2010 and find this "mysterious" illness (with no test to confirm whether you have it) to be such BULLSHIT! I used to be a...
    shylamarais shylamarais 36-40, F 15 Responses Jun 11, 2012

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    I have suffered from this since about 2000, but didn't get diagnosed until 2006. I spent years asking doctors what is wrong only to constantly be told to lose weight, or it's all...
    Unappreciated05 Unappreciated05 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 31

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    Don't Tell An ER Doctor You Have Fibromyalgia! - So I have found that the worst thing you can tell an emergency room doctor is that you have fibromyalgia!  I have rheumatoid...
    shellleebrooks shellleebrooks 36-40, F 24 Responses Feb 7, 2012

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    Ugh...help - I was diagnosed with FM a few weeks ago, but had the symptoms for 7 years. Besides the muscle/joint pains, I am plagued with chronic fatigue. Sometimes it's all I can...
    fibromess fibromess 46-50 6 Responses Dec 31, 2012

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    No Fibro? No Ms? I Don't Care. I'd Just Like a Normal Life. - Theoretically, even if I don't have fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, that's OK. Because what I'd like an end to is...
    diredepths diredepths 46-50, F 6 Responses Jul 21, 2007

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    Hi everyone. I have had Fibro since I was a teenager and I am 54. Back then we just didn't know why I was so sick all the time. It took YEARS to get diagnosed, and I was even...
    lauraym lauraym 51-55, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2013

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    I've Had Fibro Since I Was 25, I'm Now 41 and On Disability. -      Having Fibromyalgia means having lots of other problems also like: Chronic fatigue syndrome...
    freefogging freefogging 41-45 2 Responses Aug 17, 2008

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    Discovery - My symptoms started when I was only twelve, but it took the doctors nearly five years to consider fibro because they assumed I was "too young" for it. Getting...
    JustMe17 JustMe17 16-18, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2007