Hi people my 1st post on this site. I was told many many years ago that I had cat only to be told that nope it's fibromyalgia. My problems started in my left leg which I was given hydro physio unfortunately it didn't work now I am getting terrible pains in my left arm. Both my hands are becoming really stiff and painful. Does physio help. Due to a recent op I have not been very mobile. Plus sleep has become a joke I feel tired most of the day, I started to swim again but due to no sleep this week I haven't gone. My mind feels great but my body is telling me ouch. I can go a week copping with the latest aches and pains then bam I can't move. like today and yesterday everything is a struggle. I think after 14 years on the samedge meds it's time for a change.

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  • Hi Blonde1959, welcome to the site which hope you find helpful. Excuse my ignorance but what is cat? I'm sorry that you have been diagnosed with fibro now its a horrid condition and one that many on here are familiar with. Body pains are a reality with this condition I am afraid. I can only speak for myself... I have ME and fibro and have a pain almost everywhere. My fibro diagnosis is recent although I suspect I have had it for a long time. You might find it helpful to ask your gp to refer you to a pain specialist. I have just seen one for the first time and he is putting me on Gabapentin for nerve pain and will be changing my antii depressant from citalopram to duloxetine in due course. He referred to this concoction as the fibro protocol. Like you in my head I feel ok apart from getting depressed with the limitations on my life, not least losing my beloved job but my body is that of a wreck! Ii don't know what meds you are on but as you say it may be time for a change. Good luck and again welcome.

    Jo x

  • Morning. Thanks for the welcome. I know that feeling of loosing you job. I worked all my life and I worked for local government and I loved it. It was hard going to work and bring up 2 young children but I stuck it out. Then slowly my body started to say SOD OFF. And because I didn't understand what the hell was going on, I lost my job in 2000. The worst was yet to come I hit the drink I was a mess. But I got through it. Also I don't know what your thoughts are but I don't look physically disabled. I have been teased a lot by people even my children say that I don't look ill. And because of their attitude I get very depressed but I don't want to go back to taking antidepressants. I am going to the pain clinic this week and hope to discuss my meds. I have been told that I have got something wrong with my spine now. Chin up love.

  • Hey sorry to hear about your awful situation but admiration goes to you for getting through it. I used to work for local government until ten years ago and had a good friend who's marriage dissolved. In her darkest days she started drinking too but sadly could not stop and passed away aged 44. So well done to you for finding your inner strength. Like you I don't look ill on the outside and on odd occasion I put my slap on I look pretty ok! So many people have said ooh you're obviously better you look so well. What they can't see is the effort it took to look like that and what I feel like on the inside. But now after seeing people's comments and advice on here I don't let it upset me. It's not really their fault they don't understand.

    Big hugs my day at a time eh?

    Jo x

  • Yep sometimes I think it's nice to put the slap on it kinda gives you a boster. But today I am not having a good day. Felt as goods as it's gets so I thought I would go for a swim. Next minute wow this pain just went into my spine. This will be the 3rd time I can't move for the pain. I soooooooo need to shed 2 stone but exercise just kicks off the pain. Anyway sorry for the moan. I hope that you are having a great day. Take care. X

  • Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I sincerely hope that you find the forum useful, informative and loads of fun! I am genuinely sorry to read of the suffering and struggling that you have experienced and I sincerely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to these issues.

    I have undertaken daily physiotherapy for about 2 years now and I always think that it helps me a great deal. I undertake my exercises in the comfort of my own home everyday and have made them apart of my life. I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


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