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Worst Day Ever
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Katzra - August 4

I haven't been on my computer for the last couple days because I was hit. That is the best way to put it, I felt like I had been hit by a really big truck (don't worry I wasn't really hit).

Within this last year I noticed I have been sensitive to odors. I have an intolerance for bleach, it becomes hard to breath and my eyes get red and itchy. It really is awful.

Monday at work they were waxing the floor and I had a reaction to that odor. It became really hard to breath, I felt like I was having an asthma attack. Which I don't have, however, a few years back my doctor thought I was having stress induced asthma attacks and prescribed me an inhaler so I took a couple puffs on the inhaler when this attack happened. After about an hour or maybe two I HURT EVERYWHERE! I hurt so bad, all I could bear touching me was my bed. When I got home I went to bed and stayed there all night. I felt exhausted and had sharp pain in most of my joints. I have never had this happen before, I am scared to use that inhaler because I think something in it is what cause this flare up that was so completely unbearable.

I also started a pain journal due to this happening because I don't currently go to a doctor, my last doctor says I am too young to have all the problems I "think" I have AND I have to switch my car insurance claim back to my first car accident carrier, which means I need to pay for my first visit. I am off work for the rest of the summer after tomorrow so maybe I will have a month of not feeling so exhausted and weak. I honestly just got fed up with the doctors in my area and hope that I can just deal with my problems using over the counter meds until I move out of state and find another (hopefully more understanding) doctor.

Thanks to anyone who read my release, I really do appreciate this board and everyone's words.


kvc33 - August 5

I think it more likely that you were poisoned by the floor wax and that's what caused the fibro flare up rather than the inhaler. Stay away from harsh cleaning chemicals and anything else that seems to bother you. If you do come in contact with them rinse you sinuses out with saline.


adrianei - August 5

I believe too that the odor caused more of the flare up then the actual inhaler. With FM there is a tendency to have hightened sense of smell, noise and light. I tend to have the noise and light issue in the morning and at night and my sniffer is all day. I am always asking people if they smell this or that (off course they think I am crazy). I too had a really bad flare up from the smell of Diff which is wall paper remover. I actually went to the hospital after two days after being exposed to it. Cleaning your sinuses out with saline helps and also going outside to sit somewhere were the smell isn't helps too. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Fantod - August 5

I think you had a bad reaction to the floor wax. I am sensitive to bleach too. Generally, I try to avoid any cleaning chemicals like the plague. I even need a shower filter for cholrine.

You need to find a rheumotologist that treats Fibromyalgia (FMS). YOu can do this by calling your local hospital physician referral service and ask them for a recommendation. Or, you can go online to the National Fibromyalgia Association website and find a doctor in your area there.

OTC medication does not work for the pain associated with Fibromyalgia. Only certain classes of prescribed medication work such as Lyrica, Cymbalata or Savella. If you need help with the cost of prescriptions, ask your doctor for samples. And, drug manufacturers offer consumer assistance to help you afford medication. You can find that information on their websites. Good luck and take care.


Stacey373 - August 5

Hi katzra! I CANNOT stand the smell of bleach! I used to not even notice it...but in the last few years, every time I smell it, it makes me really sick. Every now and then my husband will use it in the house and I literally have to close myself up in a room where I can't smell it and wait for it to dissipate in the house. It's horrible!

If you don't have insurance and you WANT to go see a doctor (sounds like you have given up on that one!) I do have some suggestions for you. I don't have insurance either and along with my problems, I have 2 girls that have ADHD and they HAVE to have their meds EVERY month! Trust me..They HAVE to them! LOL

Here's some of the things I've been doing to cut costs....First, we pay cash to see our doctors. Because I pay same-day cash I get a small discount, so each visit only costs about $50. I also signed up for a prescription plan at my local pharmacy. I figure if they offer this, so will the other big chain stores. With that card, we get our prescriptions for about 1/2 price. My 2 girl's meds with the discount still cost $300 a month, but it sure is cheaper than paying full price! and the other thing you can do is what Fantod said - Some drug manufacturers do offer assistance and I think you might even be able to get some meds for free. And if you do go see a doctor, ask for samples! I take Lexapro and every 2 months I go in to see my doctor she will fill a small bag of samples for me...I still haven't actually had to pay for that one yet!

Anyways...I hate to hear you say that you are giving up. I know how that feels...there were times I did give up trying. but then eventually something major would happen and I would once again go looking for a doctor. Maybe something you could do is talk to friends and family about who they see. That's how I found my doctor and it was the best thing I ever did. When I first went to see her, I HAD completely given up on trying to get help...but she was definitely the "light at the end of the tunnel" and she has helped me more than all the other doctors combined!

I usually tell everyone on here....Don't Give Up! Keep Trying! Eventually you WILL find a good doctor that will be willing to help you. Good Luck and Take Care of Yourself, Stacey :o)


Katzra - August 6

Thank you all for the response. I have noticed a heightened sense of smell in the last several months and sensitivity to light and noise. I really didn't know what was going on. I know sometimes with noise if there is more than one thing happening (like tv, music, talking, etc) I feel overwhelmed, it seems so chaotic to me. Just one more thing to try and fit into the changes I've had to make since my car accidents and fibro.

About the doctor...I just don't feel ready to jump into that boat yet. I will have to relive everything with both accidents, because they will need to hear all about those and everything that has happened since then. It can be very depressing, I will try to hold out for another year until I get moved. There is some homeopathic med my mom told me about that Rite Aid just started carrying. Anyone heard about or tried MagniLife?



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