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  1. SierraTrout

    In Need of a Diagnosis...

    I'm so sorry it's taking you so long to get a diagnosis. It can be an agonizing process as our suffering is real and relentless, but I also understand why our doctors have to rule out other diseases because, as 1sweed mentioned, there are many other illnesses which mimic our symptoms. I don't...
  2. SierraTrout

    Apparently it never gets better. You just learn to deal with it.

    I got a laugh out of your OCD comment as I have a bad case myself. I keep adding more and more columns to my symptom/activity log so I can track more things. Very interesting that you sometimes tried to make yourself feel worse -- I hadn't thought of that but can see the value in it. And you're...
  3. SierraTrout

    Thyroid and Fibromyalgia

    About six months ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's). My TSH was only a little elevated so I was put on a very low dose of Levothyroxine. My doctor was pretty sure this was the cause of my chronic fatigue and joint pain which were my major complaints at the time. The...
  4. SierraTrout

    Help me

    Willow, your suggestions are always so sound and I'm learning so much from you, and I also appreciate your compassionate. Just wanted to thank you.
  5. SierraTrout

    Apparently it never gets better. You just learn to deal with it.

    Welcome Julia! You've come to the right place as you'll find a lot of support on this forum. My first friendly suggestion would be to re-post your post as a new thread under this same category of "Newly Diagnosed"; that way, more people will see your post and be able to help you. Please don't...
  6. SierraTrout

    Scared about getting orthodontics

    Thanks everyone. I decided to go for it and have set up two consultations this week. I'm not concerned about the cosmetics, just the pain, as pain is magnified for most of us. But it sounds like the pain occurs just when the teeth are moving, not the whole time the braces are in place, and...
  7. SierraTrout

    Hello!

    Welcome Becca! I was diagnosed last month so am still trying to learn as much as I can. I'm glad you're getting some pain relief. The topics of poor sleep and fatigue come up a lot on this forum with lots of suggestions posted. You can poke around the site or maybe use the "search" feature to...
  8. SierraTrout

    What do you do for vacation? Yes, I am being serious.

    Forgetmenot, those holidays sound perfect for you and your daughter. I really admire those who are suffering from FM and having to take care of and meet the needs of others. I can barely take care of myself. The pool, beach and disco sound lovely. I hear the word "pace" used a lot in this forum...
  9. SierraTrout

    Shoulder Pain Fibromyalgia

    About a month ago my rheumatologist ordered a cervical x-ray. He said that neck/shoulder pain is a common symptom of people with FM; however, he thought the range of motion in my neck was more limited than what he typically sees. The x-ray showed moderate cervical spondylosis (osteoarthritis)...
  10. SierraTrout

    Apparently it never gets better. You just learn to deal with it.

    I admire your persistence in figuring out what works for you. Even though I have tried to keep a daily log of symptoms and any new "remedy" I'm trying, I often make the mistake of implementing too many new remedies at the same time. In the past two weeks I've had noticeably less pain but don't...
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