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    Feeling Low

    I definitely understand your situation. I'm dealing with losing one last year, and now his littermate just needed surgery. Thankfully, she got the surgery, but I have no idea how I'm going to pay this bill, on top of my own recent surgery bills. I have another that needs care and I'm wondering...
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    Coffee & Fibromyalgia Fatigue

    I used to drink about 6 cups of coffee per day just to cope with the fatigue. I learned over the years that the caffeine tends to exacerbate my other symptoms/conditions, so I cut caffeine out at one point, as much as possible, although even decaffeinated tea and coffee still have some caffeine...
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    Arm pain

    I have a lot of pain in my arms, particularly my left one on a fairly regular basis. I have been diagnosed over the years with both golf and tennis elbow, as well as similar ailments in the wrists, hand joints and shoulders. Is your pain in the joints, or elsewhere? My bones hurt from the...
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    Explaining Fibromyalgia

    I've tried just about everything possible to explain the experience to those in my life (and many more who used to be in my life but no longer are, but as @Trellum mentioned, if they don't experience it for themselves, many often will never understand. Thankfully, some are more understanding...
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    In A Flare

    For the past several years, my Fibromyalgia has been somewhat stable, with everyday symptoms that I've learned to cope with, and about 2 flares per year. Once I fall into a pattern, I find it easier to manage life, my pain, and my other symptoms, because although the symptoms are miserable, they...
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    Does depression go with Fibro?

    That's a good point, @Cynthia. Being in pain and depressed definitely can take a toll on how social someone is. It's often difficult to maintain the same lifestyle we had prior to having this condition. I often find it difficult to schedule plans, and when I do, I often end up breaking them...
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    Sometimes Moving Helps

    Moving your body, that is. I've had chronic inflammation and pain my whole life, but when I was injured on top of that, I went through a period where I tried to move as little as possible, because even tiny movements hurt a great deal. I seemed to develop a philosophy that it was best not to...
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    Pain management

    I haven't tried ice baths, but I do often tell a friend that if money was no object, I would have a hot tub and a tub filled with ice next to one another, so I could alternate the two on my worst days. Some days it seems nothing would help other than to numb myself physically, which of course...
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    Tendinits

    I have tendinitis and also tendinosis and carpal tunnel and osteoarthritis. I have tried many of the braces on the market, and the ones that help me the most, especially with the inflammation associated with the arthritis and tendinitis/tendinosis, is what are called thumb splints. They are...
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    Baking Soda

    I often have the issue of my system being too acidic, and I will mix together some baking soda and water and drink it. It helps with my other issues, such as the Interstitial Cystitis, but I've never thought to see if it would affect other issues, especially those associated with conditions...
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