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Terribly fatigued :(
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Jen C. - June 16

Hello everyone. I just signed up to this forum although I have been visiting this site for several months now and have found it to be highly informative, comforting and encouraging. I am 26 years old and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in mid 2002 by my GP. He put on Zoloft which seemed to improve my symptoms for a short while but then returned . My symptoms started to develop after two (2) minor car accidents and an overload of stress between 1999 and 2002. At first, it just started out as terrible back pain but throughout the years it has spread through out my entire body. Everyday is something new and I am in pain 24/7. I also feel that my symptoms were exacerbated by a severe kidney infection that I had in 2005 and by my current job. The majority of my pain is in my head, shoulders and neck. I am the only administrative assistant for a police department consisting of 23 officers funneling police reports to me on a daily basis in addition to all of the other data entry and clerical duties that I have. Every time that I take a vacation or holiday off I have so much catching up to do and feel like the time off was not even worth it. While I am away I just keep thinking about what I have to come back to and don't even get to enjoy it. At first I really enjoyed my job although lately I have found it more and more difficult to concentrate with the fibro fog among many other things. I have a major problem getting myself to work in the morning. I just don't know what to do. I am afraid that I am going to get fired. No matter what time that I go to sleep I can never fall asleep and even if for once in a great blue moon I actually do I wake up still feeling unrefreshed. I hit the snooze button continuously for an hour and a half and I have to drag myself out of bed aching and sobbing. I have always had pain but at least I was able to get up in the morning and get to work on time. Instead now I am incessantly late and calling off sick. Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do get back control of getting up in the morning? You feel like you want to get up but you just feel too weak and feel like you have no control of it. I have to set my alarm that far in advance or else if I set it too close to the time that I have to get up I will not make it to work. This problem is really stressing me out and I feel like I have lost all control and I am afraid that my boss is going to get fed up one of these days. I am so embarassed when I arrive late. He has already mentioned the tardiness and sick days to me during my yearly review and I just broke down and told him that I have this terrible condition and it seems like he has become a bit more understanding. It just still bothers me because I have always been a hard worker and hate to complain. I can not even make plans on the weekends early in the morning because I know I will not be able to make it. It is so frustrating. I have been to 2 rheumatologists, 3 acupuncturists, 2 pain management clinics and received lidocaine and epidural injections which only made me feel worse, at least 7 chiropractors, physical therapy. I have tried every pain and sleep medication, anti-depressant and herbal formula known to man to help but unfortunately nothing has worked. zI even tried that d-ribose which I have heard so many great things about but nothing for me. I feel like I am at the end of my rope. Fortunately, knock on wood I have a really supportive and loving husband that treats me like gold. He and my mom are like my rock. I do not know what I would do without them. They are always there for me and try to help in whatever way they can. My GP is also really great. Unlike a lot of other doctors that I have met he really does care about his patients and trys everything in his power to find a solution. I am so terribly sorry to have written a novel on here. Thank you so much for reading my post and God Bless you all!

 

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