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Hi everyone, I'm new too
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Cyndreth - December 20

Hi all. I was diagnosed back in the late 1970s with fibromyalgia, originally called by another name, and IBS. For almost 20 years I've been in what I considered to be, a sort of remission until this past March. During those 20 years I had aches and pains, problems with the IBS, and other issues, but nothing like I had in the early days of diagnosis. I have to admit that I even forgot I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, t hat is until recently. After months of every test known, all coming out negative, I finally realized about a month ago that my fibro had flared up, along with the IBS, and so informed my current doctor. He was a bit skeptical at first, but then came three visits within as many weeks, one for extreme pain and fatigue and IBS, and another for what he thought was a heart attack or stroke..turned out to be costochondritis. I think the flare-up is the result of the inordinate amount of stress I am under at work as well as peri-menopause. This flare-up has been extreme in the past month, horrible burning pains, fatigue, sleepless nights, major bouts with IBS, and then this whole costochondritis thing. I've taken a very pragmatic approach to it all...researching mattresses and toppers, purchasing a Cuddle Ewe underquilt and Travel Ewe (works wonders for my sleep), trying Efflexor (sp?) which I could not tolerate at all even at the beginning dosage, trying trazodone (1/4 of the smallest tablet, works well) and darvocet (only just before I go to bed if necessary), heating pads (can't live with out them), black cherry juice (hey, some folks think it is a cure all...I'll try it), one 600 mg of Musinex (I don't know if it is working but I do have less mucus which is a plus), and a new nightly ritual of a hot bath about 30 to 45 minutes before going to bed. All of this seems to have calmed down the symptoms (except the IBS, still having issues with that but not as bad) and I seem to have more good days in a row...especially with a full night's sleep. By good days I don't exactly mean pain free, but tolerable and I can go to work. So that's a bit of my story for now having had FMS for 28 years.


JJ1 - December 20

Sounds like you are doing the right things and have a good attitude. Best of luck to you.


Cyndreth - December 20

Thanks JJ1!



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