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    How common is eye pain and blurry vision in fibromyalgia? What are your experiences?

    I had intermittent double vision with one image below and slightly to the right of the original. After the testing for myasthemia gravis was negative, my neuro-ophthalmologist sent me to an optist (a physical therapist for eyes!) who gave me exercises to do at home. Things were better as far...
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    Hi to all

    Dolphin 500, fatigue is the other half of the coin with fibromyalgia. There will be days when it is worse than the pain. There will be other days when it's just there in the background. I have found that on those days when the fatigue is manageable I do better if I get in a good walk. This...
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    Clothing sensitivity

    Buster Brown still makes socks that rely on the knit pattern (knit and purl) to stay up instead of elastic. I have a friend who wears silk long underwear under her clothing. She's found that it protects her from any little irritation that even the most "comfortable" outerwear might have. She...
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    Is fhis common fatigue?

    The two main symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic widespread pain and fatigue. The trick with fatigue is to learn when to rest. If you do this, you may avoid the overwhelming fatigue that just keeps you from enjoying life. When your body tells you to sit down or to lie down do it. NOW. If...
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    Newly diagnosed and feeling lost

    Kim, having fibromyalgia is a lot like owning a house. Your body and your house both need routine maintenance. Sometimes they need extra time and attention. If your roof leaks, you fix it. If your body aches, you do physical therapy, take your medications, have warm baths, heating pads...
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    Muscle Twitching

    Whatever the final diagnosis, this is something that might benefit from a little self-care. Try tennis ball pressure on the known trigger points for your area. It hurts. But it can often stop something that is fairly localized and of relatively short duration. It's worth a try.
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    Experience w/ Duloxetine?

    It did nothing for me, but my diabetic husband is on it. It has made a slight improvement in his neuropathy. I'm glad it is helping you. Wonderful!
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    Check it out. Here in the US, we have to pay co-pays when we do physical therapy--depending on our insurance. The co-pay for aquatic therapy is the same as land based therapy. For some of us those co-pays are more than we can afford. That's why I suggested classes at the Y. A lot of them...
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    Jay, I'm sorry you cannot enjoy these simple pleasures. Fibromyalgia is a thief. It robs us of this activity, that pleasure, the other joy. They pile up. I love to walk. But sometimes it brings on sciatic pain. That makes me afraid to walk any farther than I am willing to walk home from in...
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    Sitting cross legged. That's a goal. Mine is to actually in and out of a tub bath. You guys may not get it, but us gals really appreciate a nice warm soak. Showers may get you clean, but where's the joy in just getting clean?
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    My sister lives in Dover, DE. Her Y has a cooler lap pool and a warm on that has exercise classes almost all day long. They've got a lot of retirees. I'm sure other cities have this too. Check with the arthritis foundation. They sponsor classes that are fun!
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    Rainbow, it is hard. But it's scary how fast our muscles can lose tone. It hurts to move, so we don't. Then we go from fibro-sore muscles to muscles that are no longer used to moving. And that can put you into a position where your muscles are so bad it's like you have polio or another...
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    With fibromyalgia, you're constantly patching up the things your body just isn't doing the way it once did. Aquatic therapy can help head off some of the bigger problems and help you ease out of any current aches. And, just for a bonus, you'll probably sleep better at night. (The connection...
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    Exercise? It hurts too much! But maybe not. Many hospitals and Y's have a warm water pool for aquatic therapy or aquatic exercise class.

    The warm water is soothing. It helps support you, so you're not putting a lot of pressure on painful joints and muscles. But you can still get in lots of stretches to keep you limber. You can even get a cardio-boosting aerobic workout. I needed to keep working for 2 more years after my...
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    Sex

    It's been 25 sexless years. Between the pain and the fatigue, I just couldn't. There are muscles and nerves all over your body. Considering that your sexual organs are designed to have lots of feeling, it's no wonder that you hurt after orgasm. The physical therapists tell us that our...
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