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Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Grannyof2, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Grannyof2

    Grannyof2 New Member

    Hi There everyone

    I just signed up as a new member. I am not quite sure just what I am looking for right now. Just support I think. I have known for about 5 years now that I have cfs/fm but getting a diagnosis in a smal northern town where the majority of doctors are just visiting doctors is very difficult. I can not tell you the frustration I have been feeling. In my job i have to work shift work and right now I am having one of the worst flare up ever. Unable to sleep more than three hours at a time. Most peope don't understand what we go through. I find especially the doctors judge you as soon as you mention the word cfs/fm. I am just a little frustrated tonight and needed to vent. Any advice would sure help, and be appreciated

    Thanks so much

  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the board. There are lots of nice people here who can share their experiences and info.

    You can find articles on various topics in the library (purple, above). Also see the post "What helped Me" for newcomers.
  3. ladykew

    ladykew New Member

    Hi, Granny of 2,

    If you're looking for support, you've come to the right place for sure! I know it is frustrating living in a small town (southern for me...Arkansas)and trying to get a diagnosis. Worse yet, trying to get treatment when there really is not too much that can be done, and the doctors are frustrated, too.

    There are some things they can prescribe for pain and muscle spasms however that can make your life a bit less miserable, if that's the course you have in mind. Mine also gives me ambien for sleep, and it helps me to get to sleep pretty fast, but it doesn't keep me asleep as long as it is supposed to. But at the sleep clinic, they told me it usually is good for about 5 to 7 hours.

    I understand about doctor's judging you in a small town when you mention you have FM/CFS. It happened to me all the time when I moved to small town Arkansas from big city Dallas, TX. But don't let that stop you from going and finding a doctor who will listen to you. If you can find one who is willing to learn, that's when you have found a good one.

    All the best to you, Granny. Anytime you need support or anything, this is your haven, and we all are here to help. I'll be looking for your posts, now.

    Have you always lived up North?

    Best of health and peace to you, granny!

  4. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Welcome!! Many of us here have excellent doctors. If you fill in you bio some members may be able to refer you to a good doctor in your area.

    For some of us it has taken a long time to find a good doctor. My doctor is in S. Calfornia but sees patients from all over the US.

    He is very compassionate and treats many fibromyalgia patients. One drug that has helped me is Ultram along with Tylenol Gel Caps. I actually had quite a flare today and stayed in bed for the first time in almost a year.

    In the past I found opiates to be the best for pain, unfortunately I could not tolerate the side effects.

  5. petsrme

    petsrme Member

    welcome! I hope you love it here!
  6. huska

    huska New Member


  7. ladykew

    ladykew New Member

    Hi, Granny,

    Just checking up on you to see how you were doing. Looks like you've made yourself some friends already!

    Isn't this a wonderful place to be? There are so many warm and caring folks here. I come here just to make friends and see if I can help someone. And sometimes I come here to see if someone can help me...!!!

    Everybody needs a little help sometime. I'll be looking for your posts, so stay on the board. Okay?

  8. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    Welcome to the board. I look forward to talking with you. I hope the board is a helpful to you as it is to everyone else.

    I will try to move some threads to the front page that have good info on them for "Newbies".
  9. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    Hope there will be some good doctors for you. We have to be tough as nails and know a whole lot to get by. That's why this is such a great place to be. Good support & timely info. Folks here can answer almost any question you can think of.

    Hope tonight is okay for you. Looking forward to seeing more of you here.

    ((hugs & welcome)) Shannon
  10. tinktink

    tinktink New Member

    Hello Granny,
    Wanted to let you know you have found a great board. I have found a lot of support both informationally and supportively by reading the posts here.
    I wish I had some sage advice for you but the best I can do right now is be good to yourself and you will get a lot of good ideas on how to do that here.
    Best Wishes Diana
  11. Grannyof2

    Grannyof2 New Member


    Thank You all for your support . Just knowing there are others feeling the same helps. I am not alone. I am sure I have made some friends alredy. I am going to read as much information on this site as I can. Again thank you all so very much.
    P.S. The first thing I will do is fill out my bio
  12. Summit

    Summit New Member

    Hi and welcome. Sorry to hear you are having difficulty in finding a doctor. That can really make all the difference. I hope you find one soon. Try an arthritis doc, they are usually informed about fibromyalgia. Until you find a doc. and proper medications, maybe you could try some Tylenol Nighttime ?? something to help with pain, and sleeping. Maybe you could look in your phone book for sleep specialists, and they could refer you to a doc who knows how to treat fibro. Also, there are some chiropractors that are knowledgable about fibro. Good luck to you. Look forward to seeing you here on the forum (ps, I'm a grandma of 2 also !!)
  13. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    I sad to hear about your experiance with Doctors. And I am sad to say that there are still many doctors who live in big cities and still treat people who have fibro and CFS the same.

    Some where between a second hand citiezn and the only reason you come to see them is for drugs. At least that is what I have learned about doctors.

    I am sorry that you have this DD along with the rest of us.
    Life with Fibro and CFS is hard and you have to learn to understand your self and how your life has or will change.
    But here you will find more infromation that any where I have looked. So welcome to the board.


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