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Aug 29, 2017 · Help! Positive ANA with swelling, joint and muscle pain and brain fog in Autoimmune Diseases

Thanks John! My mom planted zinnias all the time when I was little & I still love them & plant seeds every year.

Aug 29, 2017 · Help! Positive ANA with swelling, joint and muscle pain and brain fog in Autoimmune Diseases

John- I too have fibro & have clicked this mayo discussion link a number of times & it says “oops! Not here”
Help?!

Aug 13, 2017 · Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia - alternatives to medications? in Chronic Pain

Pain meds do not affect my fibromyalgia symptoms either!
Just purchased an antigravity lounger- wow does it feel good.
The feeling of aching/pressure of on joints & muscles is alleviated.
Has anyone else tried one?

Apr 11, 2017 · cymbalta in Chronic Pain

Thank you for talking about flare-ups. I realize now this is one of reasons why April has always been such a challenge “mood-wise” & why facilitating groups was so physically exhausting. Working kept my mind off the aching but being “upbeat and supportive” was an important part of job. Couldn’t do it anymore so retired last yr. Hip joints are painful & stiff every morning right now- need to see doc & find out if something else is going on. Also random shooting pain in joints occasionally now. Fibro isn’t supposed to be progressive- right?

Mar 26, 2017 · cymbalta in Chronic Pain

25 yrs ago I started having what I called my “aching & fatigue attacks” We had moved onto 5 acres & every minute I wasn’t taking care of our son I spent working on landscaping. I also had serious depression issues during the winter here in Minnesota. My dr at Mayo said I “most likely” had fibro though the trigger points are not consistent for me- (seem to be present one minute & then absent the next) nor have I been able to identify more than a few of them at a time. Stress & overdoing physical activity – and in more recent years a change to cold, wet weather trigger flare ups. Hot showers & the aqua massage ( the higher the pressure the better) at DAHLC offer the most relief. A flare feels like I have a flu but the aching is different – it feels like it’s coming from my bones & radiating out. And I am exhausted- usually lasts a cple days. 

Mar 26, 2017 · cymbalta in Chronic Pain

I am taking cymbalta & not sure if it helps with fibromyalgia or not- had a major flare up yesterday with the cold damp weather & wondering if weather change flares are common for fibro folks-