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Video: Fibromaylgia Coffee Break- Happy Thanksgiving

Today is November 20, 2007. Here is the latest installment of “Fibromyalgia Coffee Break.” Today we answer some fan mail, (or un-fan mail, as the case may be.) We talk about cycling, and the effects on the back. We also talk about fibromyalgia in the hands, and how it affects guitar playing. The end of this edition also includes a demonstration of how fibromyalgia limits mobility in the hand, when trying to fully arch and stretch you hand, as is required for the more complex chords of guitar playing.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Please note: I do not sell anything.

I’m just a real person, with fibromyalgia, who blogs. I have a written blog as well, hosted off my family website, surfercouple.com. (There is nothing for sale there either.)

I am not giving up in the least. I will always fight this. I will fight it until I get better.

I started physical therapy Monday. They showed me them exercises. I have a lot of pain when doing them. More on the right side. Its always the right side. I can do them. I have been told at this time, chiro care is not good. Until I get a MRI.

I was in a serious car accident 10 years ago. Shattered the bone in my right arm. Had a rod, pins, wire put into the arm for six months. For bone to grow back. Took a year to get use of the arm back. Since then, downhill. Not the same since. I am lopsided in posture. The right side of my body is taller by 2 inches. Chiropractors have tried to straighten it. My hip is also not right. I most likely got a pinched nerve. I have also scars that took quite a time to accept, but have now.

Then came Fibromyalgia. Been in two whiplash car accidents now, in the last 2 years. Both times it causes the pain and everything to flare up. All the accidents too, were not any fault of mine. I have tried everything one can think of. Really. Its to the point I can not afford it anymore. I have no health insurance. Its the last 10 years I have put the weight on.

I thought too that low carbing would help. Take the weight off, help with the pain, you know carrying around extra weight does not help. I started with over the counter pain relievers. Worked my way up to Tylenol threes and fours. Then to vicodin. Now percocets. Thinking of drying myself out on the pain killers. I am tired of taking them. They can cause damage to the liver.

After the first car accident. After recovering from the surgeries. I just let the mild pain go, didn’t go to a doc for it. I wish I did. Sometimes I think if I did go early on for the pain, then all my physcial health problems wouldn’t of gotton so out of control like they are now. I have and use a handicap parking plackard too. I also use a tens unit.

Right now suffering from migraines, ear aches, jaw pain, tingling in the face, hip pain radiating to the front and down my thigh. Lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain. Morning aches and pain, hot showerd do help.

The diet did do wonders, until the newest car accident. I was able to stop using the cane, to walk long distances. Since low carbing, I have had less pain in the hip and leg. Migraines have let up. I been struggling to go to work. Been through Vocational Rehab even. Its all down in medical files, how well I improved. I got a lawyer, not going to get screwed this time around with the accident. Since the accident, chronic pain has re entered the picture. Well, its always there, in less degrees and more stronger ones.

I remember when I first did a search on Chronic Pain and Illness. Its shattering to say the least. To be in my thirties, and feel as bad as I do. At one time I was almost in a wheelchair.

I am not giving up in the least. I will always fight this. I will fight it until I get better. Got a job interview, as a leasing consultant coming up Thursday. It pays so well, and they have a hot tub and exercise equipment I can use if I work there and get a job. Its close to home, so less driving time. I have a good feeling, I will get the job. The pay is very good too. Also I applied to back to school, and do what I always dreamed of doing. Graphic design. I am a born artist for sure. Never too old to follow your dreams. I wish I woulda done it years ago though. I start in the fall.

So, Luna, don’t wait. Please go to a doctor. If you feel something is not right, get it checked out. One thing can lead into another. I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to feel like I do. It could also be posture related. Chiro care can help some. Physical therapy too. I can understand that its hard to do it, with no insurance. Try some free clinics, or low cost ones if you need to. I found the best understanding wonderful doc through one. Good Luck!

By Sunshyne