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    Does Stress Increase Pain for You?

    Stress definitely does increase my pain level a great deal. I think we often forget how detrimental stress can be to our health. I know a lot of people who are showing signs of depression, also show signs of aches and pains. I bet that is sort of a similar issue. What we feel emotionally and...
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    Are you or have been overweight in the past?

    I used to be overweight, actually morbidly obese! I was almost 260 lbs at five foot six. I got down to 117, but evened out at about 140-150. I'm not pregnant, so I don't really notice a change in the pain, but when I was smaller I did! It definitely does less damage on your joints. I think it...
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    Harder in the morning?

    I definitely notice that it's worse in the mornings. I notice it mostly in my lower back. I also notice that when I'm sleeping, I have to switch positions a lot more than the average person because my legs start to cramp up really bad and it runs up my side. It's definitely a hassle, but I'm...
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    I need a nap!

    I hear you sister! I'm 9 months pregnant and my fiance always feels the need to wake up at the crack of dawn for absolutely no reason at all since we both work from home now. Plus, we have such a huge family that if you plan on sleeping past a certain time, you'd better get some earplugs and a...
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    Dancing with fibro

    I absolutely love to dance. I come from a very musical family, so it's one of my favorite things to just let loose to a good beat. I was being really cautious with dancing when I started to feel the aches and pains, but I've actually noticed that when I dance, I feel a lot better the next day...
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    Did you receive disability without much struggle

    I honestly don't think getting SSI or SSDI is easy or without struggle for anyone! The only people I've seen get it faster, are those who already had it before, or those who contact people higher up in order to advocate for them. For most people I know, it takes a year, and the earliest is 6...
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    fm etc and caregiver

    I have not been a caretaker for adults, but I tip my hat to you. I had a friend in high school who had fibro, and seeing her go through everything was so rough at a young age. When you have to watch someone you love go through so much pain, it can be so hard to watch. I have been a caregiver to...
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    Anxiety

    I suffer from pretty bad anxiety as well, and I have a very close family member who has almost debilitating OCD. For me, positive talk works a great deal. I try talking to myself calmly, and it helps me get out of that blur of anxiety that can take over sometimes. For my family member, they...
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    Does any particular food help?

    I've noticed that eating healthy overall has helped my symptoms due to weight going down. Once I lost all of my weight, my symptoms went away a great deal. I still have some pain and fatigue, but it's improved so much that I definitely think changing my eating habits made a significant...
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    Epidurals and Fibro

    Hey everyone. I'm 36 weeks pregnant, so I'm very close to giving birth soon. I've been thinking about getting an epidural to deal with the pain (only if it becomes too much), but I was wondering how it interacts with fibro? Do you think it has the potential to amplify my symptoms after birth? I...
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