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Vickie John - April 19

I am 34, married, mother of 5 children. For years I have struggled with IBS, dry skin problems, chest pain, back pain, extreme fatigue. The last week I have been unable to even cope with life, feeling like I can only lie on the couch. I ache all over. I feel as though I am 84, not 34. I cry because I cannot make myself do the things that need to be done. I think I may have fibromyalgia. What should my next step be? I have an appointment with a chiropractor next week for my back and neck aches. I feel as though I cannot even function like a normal human being. I cannot remember anything without writing it down. I feel as though I am afraid to be alone because I cannot even remember if I have taken my meds or not and my back pain makes me feel as though my feet are going to fall out underneath me when I'm walking. I have to work full-time financially but I do a very brain-intense job and I cannot even remember where my daughter's classroom is at school, let alnoe medical terminology. I feel as though I am out of my mind. Any help would be appreciated.

 

Jean - April 15

Hi Vickie. Sounds like you are a woman of many hats trying to keep things going, raising 5 children and keeping a full time job is not a easy task. You are a multi-tasked person as I think all of us are who are in this situation. It is possible that you have FMS but you will need to see a Rheumatologist and prbably other doctors to rule out other symptoms that you are having as FMS mimics alot of other conditions and you want the right diagnosis. Don't try to diagnose yourself and I know you are in great pain and anguish over how you are feeling at this time. If you have this it has crept up on you for many years this does not happen over night. Hopefully you will get a physician that will be educated in this area to better help you get through thsese tough times ahead. Right now your sytem is overloaded and remember you are not alone in this. I wish you well. :)

 

Cheryl1054 - April 18

Vicki I know EXACTLY what you are going thru except I have 2 kids...you need to get your kids to understand that Mommy is sick, and she needs help getting things done. then all kids no matter how young can try to do some small tasks--have small rewards for when they are good helpers--the others will see they got a treat and will pitch in so they can get one too...bribery yes, but not the end of the world. You will find that on your 'good days" you will be playing catch-up...I also use those days to do some extra cooking--then i freeze the stuff for days I cant cook. You'll find the best help is to make sure everyone PICKS UP AFTER THEMSELVES...thats half the battle of housework. Capture 5 minutes here and there for quick chores--and when you cant see if you can get volunteer help from a church or community group, or if you must, hire someone to help you. Its not easy, but you can do it---

 

Kim - April 19

I don't know where you live, but don't mess with all of these doctors. Check out fibroandfatigue.com. They have 14 centers in the U.S. They understand everything. I am not receiving any kickbacks, but I am so thrilled to be feeling better and so confident that I am being treated by people who know what they are doing. I even went to a doctor who wrote books on fibro and had it himself and he still didn't get it. Only tried to treat the symptoms not the cause. This place will fine out why, and treat it!!!!! I am 38 with a 4 year old and full time job where I need to think also. My memory has come back. I felt so stupid before. Please get some good help. So few in the medical field understand this disease. My doctor told me today she has treated a few other MD's.

 

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