I was dx 15 yrs. ago with fibro.
I can relate to everything I have read here. When I was first dx, I had not been to a doctor (except my obgyn) when I went into his office, I was sooo full of all kinds of crazy feelings that I started crying and almost couldn't stop! He begin running all kinds of test and after about three weeks of test and three doctors, I was told that I had fibro/cfs. NEVER had I heard of either one! Ooooh the journey, that I was about to encounter ...
Well, all of this was 15 yrs. ago and today, I am still coping and now with aging and more health issues, I can say without a doubt, God is faithful!
I have a wonderful husband that has been so good to me and a family that knows very little. Seems we can never open up like we would like, but no one can fully understand unless they have walked in our shoes, huh!
I guess I just feel there's no use in trying to explain to them, so, I just take a day at a time, same as you all.
I have read all of the post on *sleeping* and I would like to share with you all - the ONLY thing that has helped me to sleep is *Neurontin* It is for seisures but has been proven to help many that suffer with fibro. I have been taking it now for a year and have found that it helps me to sleep better than I have slept in 15 years. It helps some, with the pain but mostly helps me with sleep.
The strongest thing that I have taken for pain is darvocet but seems once the pain sets in, THAT is like taking an asprin.
Sometimes, the *spirit of depression* trys to take control and when we are at our weakest moments(paaaain!) it would be sooo easy to give in and give up!
Having good friends that can relate are sooo helpful in our time of need. I have many friends but only ONE that has the same condition as this.
Staying busy (as possible) has helped me but sometimes I just sat and cry it all out! It is sooo good to have a *friend in Jesus* that understands our pain.
AND,it is sooo good to know that this WILL PASS and we WILL be overcomers one day! Until that day, I believe *encouragement and support* goes a looong way!
Glad to be here today!
to you all! Barb