What you should read First

What you should read Second.

Start with "Fibromyalgia Definition"and and then move on to the rest of the posts of dated April 24th

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pome From Ann

This is a wonderful poem writen by a wonderful person Ann...
Fibromyalgia Message/Support Board
Is the message board she is refering to...

I wrote you all a poem. It is not so great, but I tried and I mean well. Ann

I wish all of you well !
Come to the board and see,
If you get in a pinch
You can always ask MeMe.
The FM'ily and friends here
All meet on this board,
Using smiley face grins
Letting you know you're adored.
When the dragon takes away your day
And you have major flare-ups to bear,
Just hold your head up; don't let it stay
Get out your tool box and give it a dare!
This is hard to do in so much pain;
Let it all out; lend us your ear,
Needing to talk to keep sane,
Remember that this board is here.
Accept the days you're not at your best,
Take it easy; just do what you can,
Pull the covers down and get some rest
And FM'ily will be here to give a hand.
When you are fatigued and blue,
And you just cannot stand,
Remember I am here with you
And my name is Ann.

I wish you all peace and LOW PAIN! * Butterfly Hugs to you All! Ann
I have been thinking about all the information I have absorbed (mostly Internet) about Fibromyalgia along with my personal experience of suffering with such:

The National Fibromyalgia site has said that Federal Funding has been approved by Congress for the research of Fibomyalgia approved in March 2009- Thank You Government!!!

Interesting sometime back I had read that "The Department of Defence" was looking into Fibromyalgia - makes one wonder why????

As time goes by some of us will be Dx. with Autoimmune Diseases and of note many of these Diseases move very slowly so you have done alot of suffering and prescribed meds. that didn't even treat your illness so you feel that a lawsuit is in order? well think again the Rheumatology Guidelines read something like this:
" Even when other Diagnosis are given Fibromyalgia is not to be taken out"

so this one should really make you think because if you know alot about Autoimmune disease you know that all of them give you pain and multiple other symptoms, my opinion is this phrase was added to protect the medical community from lawsuits no wonder many of us are not taken seriously or treated badly by physicians!!!

This one is my all time favorite: I had a very active life style before fibromyalgia wore me down to the point of disabled, sometimes I would work 70 hours a week and had a social life as well, now when reading about the research and opinions for treatment the general thought is:

"get up and exercise build your self up once you do this you will have no pain & the fatigue will be gone"

my reply is no!!! even though I understand it is important to move your muscles and bones this is the main thing that will surely throw you into a terrible pain flare & even bed ridden YOUR HYPOTHESIS IS WRONG!!!! GET RICH QUICK:

I quess im being somewhat sarcasitc on this post but just can't resist, I think its about time the other end gets a taste ot there own medicine: rude practioners and ignorant research studies(to date) etc..

There are many snake oil salesman on the internet tv radio adds for herbal type treatments just beware as most are not regulated by the FDA so you don't know what your taking, Im a big advocate of holastic treatment like vitamins & supplements as long you know what your taking and its good to talk to your Doctor first especially with the supplements to make sure they will not interfere or give a bad reaction with your already existing meds.

Sadly I have read that Germany's current form of Fibromyalgia treatment is more like torture a "day camp" where the patients go and are exposed to strenuous physical workouts and hours of mental intaragation

Fibromyalgia is bigger than pain symptoms & everything else that comes along with it unfotunate for us its: Political Debateable Controversable Researchable History in the making Etc... Most important in remains: " OF UNKNOWN ETIOLOGY"

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Depression: Recognizing the Physical Symptoms

Most of us know about the emotional symptoms of depression. But you may not know that depression can cause physical symptoms, too.

In fact, many people with depression feel pain or other physical symptoms. These include:

Headaches. These are fairly common in people with depression. If you already had migraine headaches, they may become worse if you're depressed.

Back pain. If you already suffer with back pain, it may get worse if you become depressed.

Muscle aches and joint pain. Depression can make any kind of chronic pain worse.

Chest pain. Obviously, it's very important to get chest pain checked out by an expert right away. It can be a sign of serious heart problems. But chest pain is also associated with depression.

Digestive problems. You might feel queasy or nauseous. You might have diarrhea or become chronically constipated.

Exhaustion and fatigue. No matter how much you sleep, you may still feel tired or worn out. Getting out of the bed in the morning may seem very hard, even impossible.

Sleeping problems. Many people with depression can't sleep well anymore. They wake up too early or can't fall asleep when they go to bed. Others sleep much more than normal.

Change in appetite or weight. Some people with depression lose their appetite and lose weight. Others find they crave certain foods -- like carbohydrates -- and weigh more.

Dizziness or lightheadedness.

Many depressed people never get help, because they don't know that their physical symptoms might be caused by depression. A lot of doctors miss the symptoms, too.

These physical symptoms aren't "all in your head." Depression can cause real changes in your body. For instance, it can slow down your digestion, which can result in stomach problems.

Depression seems to be related to an imbalance of certain chemicals in your brain. Some of these same chemicals play an important role in how you feel pain. So many experts think that depression can make you feel pain differently than other people.

Treating Physical Symptoms
In some cases, treating your depression -- with therapy or medicine or both -- will resolve your physical symptoms.
But make sure to tell your health care provider about any physical symptoms. Don't assume they'll go away on their own. They may need additional treatment. For instance, your doctor may suggest an antianxiety medicine if you have insomnia. Those drugs help you relax and may allow you to sleep better.

Since pain and depression go together, sometimes easing your pain may help with your depression. Some antidepressants, such as Cymbalta and Effexor, may help with chronic pain, too.

Other treatments can also help with painful symptoms. Certain types of focused therapy -- like cognitive behavioral -- can teach you ways to cope better with the pain.