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You Might Have Fibromyalgia if...

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By Karen Lee Richards • www.ProHealth.com • February 3, 2015


You Might Have Fibromyalgia if...
Sometimes it's good to look at the funny side of serious subjects. While fibromyalgia itself is a serious illness, there are some humorous aspects. Our fibro-fog experiences alone could keep an audience laughing.

I used to have a t-shirt that said, “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” Let's take a lesson from the angels and take a minute to laugh at ourselves. For example, here are some telltale signs that you might have fibromyalgia.

You might have fibromyalgia if...
  • Everything hurts – and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

  • You feel like the morning after but you didn’t have a night before.

  • Your phone's contact list contains only names ending in M.D.

  • You get confused playing checkers.

  • Your trash goes out more often than you do.

  • You finally have all the answers but you forgot what the questions were.

  • You have to weigh how hungry you are against how much effort it would take to cook and how many dishes it would dirty.

  • You look forward to a dull evening.

  • You get more excited about buying new pajamas than a new outfit.

  • You sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going.

  • You have to rest halfway through applying lotion to your body.

  • Your brain is like the Bermuda Triangle – information goes in and is never found again.

  • After painting the town red, you have to rest for a week before applying the second coat.

  • You consider a discussion of bowel problems interesting conversation.

  • You know what’s on TV at 3:00 a.m.

  • The hardest decision of your day is whether to shower or eat.

  • Dialing long distance wears you out.

  • You can rise and shine but not at the same time.

  • You stop to think and forget to start again.

  • You find yourself smiling at this list.

Can you think of other humorous signs that you might have fibro?
_______________

Karen Lee Richards is ProHealth's Fibromyalgia Editor. She is also co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) and was Executive Editor of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine for four years.



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movies
Posted by: mrsjle
Feb 3, 2015
You've watched a movie 5 times and still can't recall two-thirds of it
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ha
Posted by: mrsjle
Feb 3, 2015
you think of a great response to this very article but then lose it for you have any chance of putting it down

 

 
LOL
Posted by: AmieHill
Feb 4, 2015
Or because you've fallen asleep every time you've watched it! So you have to re-start it every time wherever you can remember that you left off and by the time you finally have the whole movie watched it doesn't even make sense because you can't put all the snippets together to form the whole plot in your mind!

 

 
Reading a book
Posted by: i4dzn
Feb 25, 2015
..if you've tried to read a WHOLE novel at night, because they've told you it will be more "restful" and help you fall asleep better than watching TV. However, you fall asleep after reading only a few paragraphs - and you lose your place in the book - so you have to reread several pages. Or - worse yet - you have books - but you can't remember if you've read them!!!

 


Laughter is the best medicine
Posted by: SiSiRN
Feb 4, 2015
Thank you Karen for reminding us that when we see the "light" side of adversity, we grow. To be able to laugh at ourselves means we have reached that level of acceptance that helps us grow in other dimensions.
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You know you have fibro when....
Posted by: didms
Feb 4, 2015
you have to call in sick for a doctors appointment!
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ROFL!
Posted by: AmieHill
Feb 4, 2015
OMG! I have rescheduled so many appointments using so many excuses it's ridiculous! I'm down to 'the cat ate my appointment card!'

 

 
fibro funnies
Posted by: Debonator
Feb 24, 2015
good one - call in sick for dr appt!

 

 
Canceling appointments
Posted by: cbuch
Dec 30, 2015
I have this problem with my hairdresser. I can't believe he keeps me. Poor man.

 

 
sick to dr. appt.
Posted by: Enoch58
Dec 30, 2015
I've done that - and it was with my fibro doctor!!

 


All those apply to CFS as well
Posted by: liebja
Feb 4, 2015
Lovely light way to deal with symptoms that drive you crazy.

BTW, are you still taking B1 - or am I the only one?

Alicia
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To Alicia
Posted by: ProHealth-Editor
Feb 4, 2015
Hi Alicia,

Yes, I'm still taking B-1. It's been about a year and a half now and it continues to work – giving me more energy. I don't ever want to be without it!

Karen

 


B1 - and CFS or FM
Posted by: liebja
Feb 4, 2015
Karen,

Can we talk offline about this sometime? I'd like to be a lot more scientific about it - and find out how much I can take safely, and how much I actually need, etc.

I've blogged about my results, but I'd like to update that.

I'm abehrhardt at gmail.

Nobody else seems to be doing anything - maybe because it is non-prescription and cheap.

Alicia
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To Alicia
Posted by: ProHealth-Editor
Feb 6, 2015
Hi Alicia,

I sent you an email. We have had some problems with our email service recently, so please let me know if you don't receive it and I'll send it from a different address.

Karen

 


I wish one person with out this would understand
Posted by: fibro22
Feb 4, 2015
I read this and it makes me cry an laugh at the same time. A normal functioning person doesn't get it. They just say I'm so sorry. What can I do an they can do anything. It feel like my life is over I wish they would focus more on research and stead of feeling sorry. We need help not pity!

Iris surviving Fibro and CFS!
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Research fibro and cfs
Posted by: Cochranfloyd
Feb 24, 2015
Yes, yes! Research please!! For fibro and cfs

 


I have it! 25+ yrs.
Posted by: abbeysmom
Feb 4, 2015
Ha! Ha! I read the list but don't remember much that was on it.
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Fibromyalgia
Posted by: DianaLC
Feb 4, 2015
I was thinking their was something wrong with my memory and thinking process. Does Fibromyalgia make you seem like you can't find words sometimes or start to tell a story and can't remember parts do it. Or trying to remember what a Dr says to you and as soon as you are out of office.you can't remember instructions . Please tell me what to do to make it better. I have Fibromyalgia and RA my ability to remember or find words when talking is getting worse. Does anyone out there know why. Could it be the disease.
Thanks to anyone that can help . I am ok with daily work duties .
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Fibro Fog
Posted by: terrycadymt
Feb 10, 2015
One thing I've found helpful is to take someone with me to Dr. appts. A second set of ears. My sister also has fibro, so we always have time to go to each other's appointments. It's funny, we can remember each other's doc instructions better than our own!

 

 
Fibro Fog
Posted by: AmieHill
Feb 4, 2015
Many of us refer to this as "Fibro Fog" and yes, it's part of having Fibromyalgia and it sucks! I used to take a piece of paper and a pen into the doctor's office with me with a list of prepared questions and would write down everything they told me while I was there. Now I used my phone's 'notepad' app to keep track of things.

 

 
Fog
Posted by: WendyLisa
Feb 11, 2015
This is exactly how I feel. I have been to the docs this morning and only mentioned 2 of the 3 things I wanted to ask about. It's driving me insane. I am currently off work with anxiety partly brought on by the feeling that I cannot do my job without concentrating and remembering things. I'm scared. Wxxx

 

 
It is the disease.....that's all it is. Please read a short note from me to you
Posted by: susanjones
Feb 18, 2015
Susan Jones in Las Vegas, NV. I know most could relate to this but I was among the top in my school and University classes as far as GPA and go-power. But six weeks after the worst flu I had ever had and still trying to make it through my first year of teaching...I was almost 40, and it was a though the former "I" was never to be in my body again. I went to see Dan Peterson at his office in Lake Tahoe, as I was in an "outbreak" town in E. Nevada. He had me get a SPECT scan and some additional brain pics. There was plaque like MS in both parts of my frontal cortex, not quite like MS but VERY similar. That was how I knew it wasn't me in a span of six weeks, but was the sick person I became. I tried to teach elementary school for the next 7 1/2 years, but kept collapsing and sometimes found myself speaking to my class in jibberish when it was late in the day. My knees kept buckling. I was finally dragged to the Principal's office and both my teaching pals said to him, "she can't teach anymore, she's very sick". My career and my self-esteem were over. That's why I have to laugh instead of cry. I spent the next 20 years doing much research, attending worldwide seminars and local ones, and seeing 150+ doctors in all fields and in some other states. Two things worked well for me, but were taken away by expense or withdrawal by the drug companies. They were Kutapressin (pig's liver extract by I think Pfizer in Germany). I wrote a letter to the company president in a translated into German program, begging them to put it back on the market. It had been on the market for years and years. Then, a doctor in Detroit who had been a microbiologist for the NIH and CDC was practicing and writing about treating AIDS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibro seemed like he knew what to look for. I saw him in Detroit for six months and took an almost lethal dose daily of Valtrex, and in the end the cost (even from a Canadian pharmacy + the costs of the trips without any health insurance) was prohibitive. That's why I laugh rather than cry. It's all I can do. Good luck with whatever helps you. I try to remain a tiny bit social & that helps deal with not having your memory and lifestyle you always had. Hope this helps. Any questions, just write me back. I try to help anyone. All this about Lyme and other things...I think I've tried every possible combination and had most tests. I did have a nasty double compound fracture of one leg when I fell down the steps at the Smithsonian on a visit with my husband. Also, I had such bad stomach acid/acid reflux for years, my esophagus gave up and I had to go to the Cleveland Clinic and have it cut off and reattached to my resectioned stomach. I almost died of starvation during the six months before that. Lost 110 pounds in 4 months. Now I have the opposite problem, too many lbs. for my height. Well, you know. Fibro is better that CFS and Fibro. Osteoarthritis is very common in all of us, plus insomnia and bad days/weeks, plus very commonly thyroid problems. I had the thyroid and was doing great on replacement therapy before I was sick, but did have to have a complete hysterectomy when I was 42 because of fibroids that were pre-cancerous. Other things, falls are becoming a real problem as I age, without the balance and leg strength. That's all for now. Sorry, I thought I'd be short...but that seems to be a ruse also. My best to you. Susan

 

 
The fibro fog
Posted by: 56ThunderbirdGirl
Feb 18, 2015
What I hate is knowing the word, can see it in my mind, but can't get it out of my mouth. Hate it. Fibro fog is awful. Geez, clear back in high school I was having problems with it (I'm now in my late 50's). I once had to go to the office because I couldn't remember my 2nd hour class after having gone to it for over 3 months. It was so embarrassing.

 

 
Fibro Fog
Posted by: cbuch
Dec 30, 2015
The worst thing about this is that you know the answer and can almost reach out and touch it, but you can't quite get there. I've typed minutes for meetings and gone back the next day to read them and wondered what was I thinking when I wrote them. This is one of the hardest parts of fibromyalgia that I struggle with.

 


I got one!!!
Posted by: Spizarro
Feb 4, 2015
After a doctor's appointment, when you get home, you run to your bed and don't get up until next day! ????
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…...
Posted by: millyvelez
Feb 4, 2015
You talk fast because you are afraid of loosing your thought or even worse the fear that someone interrupts you and then you forget what the initial conversation was about.
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fibro fog
Posted by: charlim75
Feb 4, 2015
I resemble all of those symptoms!
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Hermit
Posted by: AmieHill
Feb 4, 2015
You avoid going anywhere for days, or weeks, because it takes too much effort to even get dressed decently to go out in public. Wait, forget getting dressed decently...it takes too much effort to even brush your HAIR!

What about deciding if that errand that you absolutely have to run requires you to actually take a shower, or if you can get away with simply washing off with baby wipes? LOL!

Deciding between washing your hair, or putting it up in a ponytail and throwing on a baseball hat?
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laugh to live!
Posted by: Gertrudesue
Feb 4, 2015
You discover that a shopping cart makes a great walker and quickly grab one even if you're just browsing! You also discover that rubbing alcohol and a wash cloth will cleanse your hair as good as shampoo..makes your eyes water at first and isn't the best thing for your hair...just spray some leave in conditioner on afterward...gotta do what ya gotta do!
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memory
Posted by: robin.8
Feb 5, 2015
You can remember the joke OR the punchline, but not both!
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pjs
Posted by: jan180
Feb 6, 2015
You dont get dressed as it saves on laundry and effort of changing twice in one day!
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disability
Posted by: tinsley
Feb 6, 2015
I not only have fibromyalgia, but I also have diabetes,hypothyroid and asthma. SS tells me there is nothing wrong with me. But I hurt so bad, and feel so bad. Why does it have to be so difficult?
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SS Disability
Posted by: susanjones
Feb 19, 2015
I have known many who kept trying and it's all in the doctors you see and if you have someone (not with CFS/Fibro) on your side and making the medical statements. Most have succeeded on their 2-5th try. So SS Disability does happen with this disease, don't let them tell you otherwise. A legal aid lawyer will maybe suffice, but I'd rather get a good research-type doctor to back me up. I had private disability that I paid for when another teacher who had a different disease told me to sign up for it. Best thing I ever did. We ARE disabled and no one can dispute that, though they try. Seeing a specialist in infectious diseases or a doc whose written about CFS symptoms helps if you can do it. I finally did that when 150 docs of all types said I had CFS/Fibro and most didn't. My private disability company paid me off after just the 3rd year of disability, so it does happen. I paid a specialist for many tests, meds, and bought a house with the money. It's really worth it to make the attempts, especially if you go to a lawyer who specializes in SS disability cases. Just a thought.....

 


FM/ CFS
Posted by: IamPat
Feb 18, 2015
That list was right on. Rofl! I might add: You know that you have FM/CFS when you have your doctor on speed dial. And the Pharmacy recognizes your voice on the phone.
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You might have Fibro if ....
Posted by: Jeremy-Admin
Feb 18, 2015
Every setence yuo type has missng leters, or the leeters in wrods are mxed up, or entire wrds can in wrog order or mssing, even thouh yuo used to hav exellent splling and gramar. Tanhk God for spel chek.
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forgetful with fibro
Posted by: perijayne
Feb 18, 2015
this is the funniest thing I have read today, and it is so true! the other thing I do a lot is I go upstair's and forget why, and put the teapot in the fridge instead of the milk!
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CFS too!
Posted by: Deadinbed
Feb 18, 2015
WHEN YOU LEAVE THE DR. OFFICE AND FORGET YOU'VE JUST BEEN THERE!
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Still laughing
Posted by: brendek
Feb 18, 2015
Karen thanks for bringing such a chuckle to my day. I love this. I have a new blog for living well with fibromyalgia and I would love to use your humor to bring a smile to those who are following my blog. You can check it out at www.fibromyalgialivingwellwith.com if you would like to before considering permission to use your article. I know you have it posted to share but I am reluctant to use it in my blog without permission first.

Please let me know one way or the other and what I need to do to move forward with it. My e-mail is brendek72@gmail.com Thanks Brenda
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I am familiar with them all
Posted by: 1otterfan
Feb 18, 2015
Funny but true! I's so hard but helps to know I'm not the only one who can relate...and empathize. Thanks for the validation! ;)
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List? What list?
Posted by: monasisk
Feb 18, 2015
I've gotten really smart about having my list of questions while I'm talking with the doctor...only to find out after I leave that I stuck it back in my purse w/o even looking at it while I was there.
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You all have an 85% chance of having Lyme Disease..!
Posted by: ChronicOne
Feb 18, 2015
I have the study that says if you have Fibromyalgia, you have an 85% chance of having Lyme Disease..!!!
Been there done that with 15 years of pain and suffering. Now 99% better.! Because I went to an LLMD and got the http://igenex.com DNA test done. So you too can get better if you want to find a Dr that can send your blood to Igenex..!
Debunk this: These Zoonotic diseases all come from Labs... Oops! Just Google: "Lab-257 and Lyme"..!
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Taking B-1
Posted by: Summerjae
Feb 18, 2015
Hi there,
I thought I would just add in that I have been taking vitamin B-1 for almost a year now and I do find it helpful. At first I was taking it in separate doses - 3 x 500mg - but then I changed more recently to taking all 3 tablets at once and it is better that way.

Summer
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VIT B1-
Posted by: cynthea
Feb 19, 2015
Thanks for sharing, first time I read about thiamine and posted a reply for more info above on another B1 comment :) Please share more or email me :) thanks

 


More possibilites....
Posted by: BevSlake
Feb 18, 2015
I've been sick with Fibromyalgia symptoms since 1981, before there was a name, and when we (there were several of us with the same fevers, pain, exhaustion, etc.) were told drinking coffee would fix us.

I thought it was a combination of a pathogen and toxic exposure. I've learned to change what I eat. Definitely eating a lot of organic saturated fat and meat and lowering carbs and not eating processed "food" helps with brain fog and stamina. Codeine helps too.

I now wonder if actually some of these chronic illnesses are Lyme (which is a fairly recent invention, no matter what the medical industry says -- some of us are old enough to know it did not exist when we were young) and the multiple infections which the Ixodes genera ticks were injected with, such as Babesiosis, Bartonella, Erlichsiosis, etc.

I co-wrote an article 25 years ago about hidden disability and Fibromyalgia that we recently updated to include information about Lyme. (Writing and editing our book also helped clear brain fog.)

https://bevjoradicallesbian.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/chapter-nine-hidden-disability-by-bev-jo-and-linda-strega-2/

The usual tests do not detect Lyme well or at all, so many people are undiagnosed. Lyme is a great imitator like its cousin spirochete, syphilis, and so is similar to many illnesses and might actually be the cause of some cases of MS, ALS, Alzheimer's, Lupus, arthritis, etc. Many of us believe it's chronic and the antibiotics do not work except for a while since the spirochete is never eliminated.
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here's my not so humorous take II (if you have CFS AND Fibro)
Posted by: susanjones
Feb 18, 2015
Susan Jones, Las Vegas, NV.: you haven't put away any Christmas decorations and it is going on July or worse. You haven't had sex in a long time and it isn't a PROBLEM actually. You have to weigh having sex with being laid up (in bed or prone) for the next 2-3 days. Your shopping cart at the grocery store is too heavy to push, but then the trip is sort of up-hill to your vehicle. Should you shop for groceries at all? Is the potty room in your master bedroom the only room painted plum when all the rest of the walls remain white and the paint is on a shelf in the garage. Making appts with doctors is the easy part. Showing up, showered and dressed, is the hard part, so you cancel a lot! Your career is now what you used to do when you were "young" (not sick). You have the explanation of your disease down like a stuck record when you even pass a doctor's office. You know the latin names of your body parts, brain, and your meds. A final thought...oh wait, I knew it a minute ago...etc.for everything you want to tell a loved one to catch up, so you don't let them talk or you talk over them, knowing that what was so important for you to say won't be there if they finish their thoughts. Annoying for them to be sure, but you'll forget until sometime during the next week if you don't get it all out right now. You can score well on the computer tests/puzzles they now give, but you've forgotten your favorite movie, so you watch it over and over again, claiming you've never seen it before. I'll stop there. Yes, I have CFS and Fibro, and no, 5 sleep studies, 5-6 MRI's, and several complete blood tests later, you feel no better than before as everything looks normal according to the doctor/s/!
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Good doctor
Posted by: DianneMarie
Feb 19, 2015
Hi Susan...my name is Dianne I also live in Las Vegas and after 20+ years of looking for GOOD doctors here and across the country, I am very pleased with Doctor Jeffery Brown who is with the Sparks Medical clinic ..they are MD,DO who integrate their practice with Functional medicine....the best part is most physicians or Clinics that specialize in CFS/Fibro generally DO Not take insurance and cost thousands of dollars...They DO take insurance, I have only Medicare and do NOT overcharge ....I was ready to go to Hawaii to see Dr. tTietelbaum when I found Dr. Brown who was trained by Dr. T...best to you. I am a former RN ..".pray that you fall into the hands so a Good Doctor"

 


You Might Have Fibromyalgia if...
Posted by: 56ThunderbirdGirl
Feb 18, 2015
If when you wake up you think you died and are now a zombie because you are so stiff you think you're in the early stages of rigor mortis and can only shuffle along cause your legs won't work.
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Love this article!
Posted by: rt207
Feb 18, 2015
I can't believe people took offence to this article! And asked for it to be removed!! If the person who wrote that comment feels that way, fine, but do NOT try to group us in with you! When you say that Fibro patients want this removed, that sort of thing, it sounds like you are speaking for many of us and you definitely are NOT!

Attitude is half the battle! Yes, we all have trouble with it now and then, but in general, you have to want to be happy! Everyone has some type of battle going on, but you can still choose to be happy, or choose to be miserable.

The funniest part to me was the comment about "calling in sick to doctor's appointments"! Omg that is SO true!! I think my family doctors staff has gotten to know what's wrong when I say I just don't feel like I can make it to my appointment. I have a surgeon I see though who has a very snippy staff......who actually thought they could MAKE me come in to the office by being rude and pushy! "You HAVE to get in here today"! Um, nope lol! After speaking with my surgeon about it, the staff is much nicer now when I have to change an appointment! ??

This is a hard time of year, the bitter cold makes me hurt so much......so it was nice seeing a funny upbeat article here......thank you!

Roni :)
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For all my Catholic FibroFriends
Posted by: DianneMarie
Feb 18, 2015
I never read things like this because it hurts too much to sit with the computer but love humor and enjoyed all the "I can relate" comments...I have had Fibro/CFS since 1990 in Las Vegas worked as RN...My faith has helped me much in the darkest moments and as I was reading specifically in regard to the brain fog...I began to laugh out loud at myself because....as soon as I leave the confessional I forget what my penance was!!..Thank you for the LAUGH!
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You might have Fibromyalgia...
Posted by: annalaurina
Feb 18, 2015
You might have Fibromyalgia if you forget you have Fibromyalgia and wonder why you feel so rotten.
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LOL
Posted by: Haversham22
Feb 19, 2015
I went to the doc to do a meds review and to also talk about my memory problems yes dreaded fibro fog. Went through the meds with her and then went home once I got there I then remembered that I was going to ask about my memory!!!! I just sat and laughed at myself for being so silly. I still haven't been to her about it as I keep forgetting to make the darn appointment lol.
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Movies
Posted by: tinaffc
Feb 19, 2015
The comment about falling asleep and re-winding made me LOL. My grown up sons are always teasing me about this, one was sat in the room with me and he said I re-wound one programme 5 times as I kept dozing. He said it was like ground hog day
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You might have fibro if...
Posted by: Cochranfloyd
Feb 24, 2015
You're looking outside thru the window and suddenly think, what was that I just thought? Then take the remote and try to rewind???? Only works for the tv, not the window!

 


This is so me....
Posted by: HettieM
Feb 19, 2015
Haha thank you for this great article. I have fibro now for about 20 years.. and I can see a lot of me in this!! We need to laugh more often, we need to see the funny side of things as well.. otherwise we should turn out to be real sour lemons!
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Reply to Susan Jones in Las Vegas, NV.
Posted by: bj203
Feb 19, 2015
Dear Susan,
The key to understanding why you have become so ill is to understand exactly why you fell ill in the first place.
Was it acute or chronic stress?
Was it lifestyle factors e.g. living predominantly indoors & not supplementing with sufficient Vit D3 for your body's needs?
Was it related to exposure to environmental chemicals in the months or years leading up to your initial illness?
Was it that you have inherited particular genetic polymorphisms (SNPs) in your Phase III detoxification genes (MDR1, MRP1, MRP2, ABCG2)that are involved in eliminating heavy metals & xenobiotic compounds from your body?
Were you low in zinc, magnesium or lithium - such deficiencies are commonly found in patients suffering from ME/CFS?
Were you absorbing all the nutrients required for optimal immune function?
These are just some of the questions you (and many of the readers / contributors to this forum) need to ask and get the correct answers for. Unless you understand what has made you susceptible to this illness in the first place, you will really struggle to fully recover (speaking from 10 years experience with CFS).

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Remembering....
Posted by: nancella
Feb 19, 2015
You know you have Fibro Fog if you stand up and forget why you are standing.

You look out a window and see a car and think wow that's just like my car... and it WAS my car :) LOL

For dr's appts I make my list on my phone app and keep them there so I have a walking record with me... I put the answers to questions there too. I also have a list on my phone with all of my medications and dosages, all of my ailments... stopped "counting" at 21... and any medical procedures I've had because I tend to forget what's been done.

For any class sessions/group appts I have a binder with all of my information so I can review it any time. My goal is to scan it all to PDF so that I can view on my eReader.

Oh and you know you have Fibromyalgia when you read a book and can't hold it for long enough to read more than a page or two and it takes forever to finish and have to re-read sections to remember what you've already read... which is why I got the eReader which is so much easier for my hands.

Thanks! :) Nancy
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You wonder
Posted by: JHyers2
Feb 19, 2015
....if the effort and satisfaction is worth the exhaustion to be intimate with you significant other"
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…if…?
Posted by: realneet
Feb 19, 2015
You point out to your husband that the man in the field is throwing a ball for his sheep - you actually meant dog. And that was after saying you had a wireless grapefruit for breakfast - you later remembered it was seedless not wireless…

Totally agree with the intimacy thingy, I've been wiped out all day after last night with hubby… ??

 

 
he knows..
Posted by: JHyers2
Feb 19, 2015
my hubby knows and understands he has the thinking that that isn't an essential for him. he knows I feel bad if hes been in the mood for days and I just cant, he never gets mad or upset all he cares about is how im doing and tells our daughter to "cuddle mommy she needs it" to which I end with our 3 year old snuggled next to me nose deep in her tablet playing word games lol

 

 
…if…?
Posted by: realneet
Feb 19, 2015
You point out to your husband that the man in the field is throwing a ball for his sheep - you actually meant dog. And that was after saying you had a wireless grapefruit for breakfast - you later remembered it was seedless not wireless…

Totally agree with the intimacy thingy, I've been wiped out all day after last night with hubby… ??

 


…and if!
Posted by: realneet
Feb 19, 2015
Haha, and you post a comment twice!
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revovling
Posted by: donsaliman
Feb 19, 2015
I feel like I am walking through a revolving door and keep revolving with the door.

Maybe it is not funny but I laughed when I first thought of it
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re: vit B1
Posted by: cynthea
Feb 19, 2015
This is the first I heard of thiamine, immediately googled, read the research, etc. My question is do you split up your daily dose, how many times during day do you take etc. I read quickly and may have missed this, but read the article (and saved) with the protocol of starting with 600 mg daily, increasing by 300mg every 3 days etc. since it is water soluble it seems like splitting up dose would be good idea? but maybe not necessary? Have you written an article on your experience? thanks so much
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Thiamine/B-1
Posted by: ProHealth-Editor
Feb 20, 2015
Hi cynthea,
I've tried taking thiamine both ways – in divided doses and all at once. For me it works much better if I take it all at once. I take it at night but you could experiment with taking it at different times of the day to see what works best for you.
Karen

 


Weak as a kitten
Posted by: Pussypaws
Feb 19, 2015
Husband asks why I'm using two hands to brush my teeth. Answer - because I don't have enough strength to do it with one hand.
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fog
Posted by: grandmalynda
Feb 20, 2015
wanted to tell my grandson to use his fluoride after he brushed his teeth..said "did you rinse with Thyroid?"
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You might have c.f.s. if..
Posted by: L.G.
Feb 21, 2015
If you're 80 years old neighbours can do more in afternoon gardening,
than you could do in a month.
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Some more c.f.s. humor
Posted by: L.G.
Feb 21, 2015
Ginkgo is a well known herb that improves ones memory.
But you do have to remember to take it.!!!

an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
As long as you have the strength to throw it at him.

c.f.s. An instant cure for alcoholism. !
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re: B1
Posted by: justsassy
Feb 24, 2015
In using B1, What amount is most effective? How does it help with our fibro symptoms?
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FM
Posted by: tprince95
Feb 24, 2015
Hey! I resemble that list! Thanks for the laughs.
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FibroFunnies
Posted by: Debonator
Feb 24, 2015
you're searching for something that's right in your hand
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You might have FM if...
Posted by: YearoftheHorse
Feb 24, 2015
- the pharmacy staff all know you by name
- you have more Drs on your cell phone than friends
- you spend more money on meds and co-pays than dresses and shoes
- you want to snarl at people who offer "advice" on how to get better if only you did ...
- you forget what your name is when signing something
- you know kn one believes you're not lazy, getting old, or the best one, they "might have it too" when you need a friend to listen and vent to...
- you want a hug so badly but it hurts to have one!
- forget milk moustaches, how about falling asleep into your plate of spaghetti (been there and done that!)
- sometimes you forget to laugh, but it helps oh so much to enjoy what we do have ;-) Roller coaster days..and nights.
- You forget , sometimes, that tomorrow IS another day!

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yawn...
Posted by: cohls
Feb 24, 2015
You can wake up more tired and in more pain than when you went to bed
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Your constantly in pain
Posted by: Luliloves
Feb 25, 2015
My family doesn't know or understand what I go through day in an day out all they think is that I am trying to get attention. They think that I am a hypochondriac that is in all in my mind. How can I make them understand I am at my wits end just don't know what to do or say anymore. I am so very frustrated
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Frustration
Posted by: 1954pugs@gmail.com
Jan 5, 2016
I feel the same way. my husband does not understand about FM. He calls me a drug addict. Plus he thinks I am lazy. I should be keeping the house clean and grocery shop as well as cook. First off we just leased a new car and refuses for me to drive anymore because last year, twice I came home with the side mirror broken off our old car. I do not remember what happened one time. the second time I hit a patch of ice which made me hit the mail box and I knocked off the other side mirror. Then in November , he was out of town and I decided to run out for ice creme and took a back road and hit a patch of oil (it had been raining) and could not stop and hit the curb across the street and totaled the car. I did not even get a bruise. So now I am not allowed to drive. I do get fibro fog when driving sometimes and have trouble driving, so I gave in. Now, except for doctor appts I never leave my PJ's. problem is that may be for a week.

 


You might have fibromyalgia if.....
Posted by: Momov3
Feb 25, 2015
...if you fall UPstairs or walk into your sliding glass door. Ouch! ...or....if you think you just passed your spouse driving the car, but then realize YOU'RE the one driving the car today(he has the truck). Oops! -- just a few of my talents since Fibro. #itsnotasthinkyasyoufogitis
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if...
Posted by: georgina1957
Feb 25, 2015
You're driving your car and you can't remember if the green light means go or stop. I took myself off the road that day and got my friend to drive me to my doctors' after that day. It's not a funny story, but a serious one about memory loss.
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Love this ?
Posted by: Jenny1973
Feb 26, 2015
Loved reading the list. Soooo very true. And a nice lighthearted way of looking at it!
I have one more... You wake up more exhausted then when you went to bed!
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HUMOR IN FIBROMYALGIA
Posted by: dinnels1
Feb 28, 2015
I agree with all of the above, except for the person who doesn't like us laughing about fibro. It helps me to lift others up rather than tearing them down, so thanks for your humor. I'd like to add one more and this is truly how I feel because I'm the only child out of 14 who was born in a hospital -- I WAS BORN A PAIN AND I'LL DIE A PAIN!! :-)
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fibro fog.....
Posted by: ladydihuey44
Mar 6, 2015
I can relate to so many of these comments. you know u have fibro fog when u say hey guess what and then ur quessing too bc u already forgot what u had to say. I too reschedual appts over and over. Ppl don't understand and esp my husband. Never in the mood and it does take days to recoop after. The next morning it feels like u have a broken hip and it wasn't anything wild. Who has energy for wild...lol I Dred having to leave the house but I can't stand being here in this mess I don't have the energy to clean. I love to read and yes I fall asleep frequently n loose my place. Try marking with a pencil after a few sentences to be able to find ur place. It helps. plus I move my bookmark after each page. try using the magnetic ones, when u fall asleep n drop ur book, they stay in place. I could go on n on.
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OOPS!
Posted by: emt03576
Mar 18, 2015
You press the button for a cup of coffee and notice way too late that you didn't put a cup under it...
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I might have fibromyalgia if...
Posted by: Kariantara
Dec 30, 2015
If my get up and go has got up and went!
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I can definitely relate to these,
Posted by: Enoch58
Dec 30, 2015
The only thing I didn't relate to is knowing what is on at 3:00 a.m. The medication I take for fibro and IBS-C make me VERY sleepy. Fortunately, I sleep through most nights - except for those extremely painful ones, but, I am also very sleepy during the day and MUST nap for about an hour or two.

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fibo fog
Posted by: Morganuk
Dec 30, 2015
Being told that you have already said that, but you forget about about it, drives me nuts
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Signs of Fibromyalgia
Posted by: cbuch
Dec 30, 2015
Yes, had to laugh out loud (I think) because the only think I wanted for Christmas was a new pair of PJ's! It's funny but not. Thanks for the laugh.
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YOU MIGHT HAVE FIBROMYALGIA IF....
Posted by: maxineq
Dec 30, 2015
Wow! I do not remember meeting you. How did you know all of these things about me?
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Here's one
Posted by: Enoch58
Dec 30, 2015
You know you have fibromyalgia when you are drinking a mug of Starbuck's Espresso Roast coffee, and you fall asleep while drinking it!! Seriously, this happens to me! hahaha.

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FIBROMYALGIA and people's response reply to fibro22
Posted by: MERALGO
Dec 30, 2015
I have both Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Fibromyalgia so am often in constant pain BUT I try to just get on with my life as best I can. Although I find it difficult to get up and down when gardening I refuse to stop and will crawl around when I do the weeding. Sitting in a chair all day is not an option for me. I have a life and I get on with it. OK I can't run a marathon but then I couldn't do that BEFORE I had these conditions. It's true some days I do need to go back to bed or just sit in a chair but not doing anything only makes it worse. I don't suffer greatly from memory loss. Short term appointments yes, but reading a book no. If I took a larger dose of steroid I would be relatively pain free but having finally managed to drop my dosage to only 5 mg per day has resulted in losing 70lbs and I'm hoping that the diabetes that was triggered by the steroids will revert if I can lose even more weight. You have to fight and NOT GIVE IN
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Thanks!
Posted by: garnetgirl15
Dec 31, 2015
Thanks for the belly laugh! I needed that!
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Movies
Posted by: KW66
Jan 5, 2016
If you've ever walked out of a movie theatre and noticed a poster for a movie and said "Wow, that looks good we should go see that sometime". To which your whole family replies, at the same time,"Mom, we just did!"
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stop in mid sentence and don't have a clue what you was talking about!
Posted by: KraZyDI
Feb 24, 2016
I am constantly talking and during the conversation,I stop in Mid-Sentence and have no clue about what I was talking about! I talk so much,that people rarely pay attention, so they can't tell me what I was talking about either!

Occasionally, I will pick up the conversation completely out of the blue.

YOU MIGHT HAVE FIBROMYALGIA IF...
Someone asks your age and you need a calendar and a calculator!
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You Might have F....... If addition?!
Posted by: VintageCat
Sep 17, 2016
"...Your phone....contains only Doctors..." AND...your ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contacts! " Sad, but true!!!
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Fibromyalgia
Posted by: Mpaulson
Apr 21, 2017
I have just joined the group and I cannot believe how much I have learnt. I have not been diagnosed with Firbromyalgia but I have all the symptoms that have been talked about here. I thought I was getting dementia, and I have been getting so angry with myself as I do not feel like doing any housework or anything to be honest.

I am off work at the moment with depression but have been turned down for Long Term Disability. I cannot stay awake more than a few hours without feeling exhausted. I am so frustrated as I have not had an income for over 4months.

Thanks for all your posts they have made me feel less frustrated in knowing what is wrong with me. I also do not feel so guilty. After my last last visit with my doctor he is now referring me to a specialist.
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First I laughed, then I cried.
Posted by: annr
Apr 26, 2017
This is a really funny list. Laughing is good medicine and I appreciate the post.

I cried because they're funny, but TRUE and all that laughing wore me out! :)
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First I laughed, then I cried.
Posted by: annr
Apr 26, 2017
This is a really funny list. Laughing is good medicine and I appreciate the post.

I cried because they're funny, but TRUE and all that laughing wore me out! :)
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Oh, yeah...
Posted by: annr
Apr 26, 2017
You know you have fibro when you post the same comment twice, because you didn't remember hitting the SUBMIT button. (Head slapping myself, but gently.)

 


You might have fibro if
Posted by: 2catsnadog
May 29, 2017
You forget the word fibro when someone asks what you've got
Or
You forget which season it is
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