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cornerstone - December 5

Hi all. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 38 year old female. Just newly diagnosed this year. I have had luck with prescription treatment of Zoloft and Cymbalta, but it does not completely take away the pain. I am constantly tired, but who isn't. I have been trying to educate myself about this syndrome as much as possible. Reading everything I can and re-reading. I am curious to know if there is any one currently active with this forum who served in the Persian Gulf War Desert Storm Desert Shield? If there is anyone please reply. I haven't been able to find much information pertaining to veterans who are suffering from fibromyalgia. I really do not have any one to talk to about this syndrome and how it affects me.
Since there are so many who do not understand just what fibromyalgia is. Looking forward to chatting. Hope to here from you all soon.

 

Fantod - December 5

Hello cornerstone - Welcome to the group! I have not served in the military but I have fibromyalgia (FMS) along with some other complex health problems. There is a lot of good information on this site in particular. I'm very pleased to hear that you are working so hard to educate yourself. That is very important as there are still too many doctors out there who do not acknowledge FMS. With regards to fatigue, it is very important to watch your protein intake. I start the day with 17 grams of protein which gives me a huge "push" no matter how raggedy I actually feel. I continue eat protein every few hours all day to compensate for the fatigue. I find that if I am consistent I may be tired but I can usually manage. I see a nutritionist who has been very helpful but not too preachy when I stray off course a bit. I'm on Cymbalata too and it doesn't always completely resolve the pain issue but it sure helps. The things that really set my symptoms off are stress of any kind, certain foods (deep fried, processed lunch meat) and insufficent rest. Notice I did not say sleep which is always a big question mark with FMS. You really have to learn to listen to what your body is telling you. Bearing that in mind and being an educated FMS consumer, you'll be golden. Enjoy the upcoming weekend and let us know it you have any concerns or questions. Take care.

 

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