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    Fibro questions
    famouspoet1999 posted:
    13 minutes ago Fibromyalgia concerns famouspoet1999 posted: For several years now I have had chronic pain all over my body. Especially in my back. I broke my back several years prior to the pain and I have developed overly large breasts due to pregnancies. i have an appointment with a specialist because my family doctor believes I have Fibromyalgia. Since the pain become severe almost 6 years ago I have been on 2 dozen different medications, 6 different diets, 4 different exercise routines and had 7 different forms of physical therapy. Also I have gained 35 lbs since the pain started. I was told by my doctor that my overly large breasts (36E) is contributing to the amount of pain I am having. He suggested I have them reduced. However my insurance says they won't approve the surgery until I lose 30 lbs. Unfortunately over the last 6 yeas the most I have been able to lose was 15 and it took me over a year to lose that due to the amount of pain I am in constantly. Is there anything I can do to push this surgery through or push my weight loss faster without causing more pain.?
    trgonzalez responded:
    Depends on how much money you want to spend... The hcg diet is very effective at dropping weight with an average loss of 1-2 lbs per day. You are quite effectively hungry for the duration but the weight melts off.
    gloria72777 replied to trgonzalez's response:
    I have had friend do the HCG "diet" and they gained all the weight back plus more. I have fibro and I have gained a lot of weight with it as well. I started a diet in March of last year and so far I have lost 30lbs. I did slack during the holidays and I do need to get back to it but, It has made a huge improvement with my fibro symptoms. It was so bad at one point that I didn't want to leave the couch and forget doing anything when it rained!! Anyway, The product I have been using is Herbalife. I LOVE it and I honestly believe that is why I am able to do things with my kids. It was able to bring my symptoms down to a level to where I can function on a more normal basis!
    restandbehappy1 responded:
    Hi, Sorry for what you are going thru.
    One: get a second opinion from a rhumatologist that is cheif of staff at a major hospital. His recommendation will carry more clout with the insurance and the brest spec.
    Two :Get a second opinion from a breast specalist that the cheif of staff for rhumatology recommends.
    Fibro. is a funny autoimmune disorder. It will have times of peaks and better times. A shower everynight before bed helps relax the muscles and nerves. Accupuncture relieves the pain in some and relaxation cd's . Massage helps but may be more painful the first 24 hrs. Tens machines help to break the nerve signals that are causing the most pain. Magnesium with calcium and zinc seems to help.Indoor swimming pools help because the weight is taken off your muscles by the water and allows for free movement,stretching and relaxation.
    gloria72777 replied to restandbehappy1's response:
    What is a Tens machine??
    foggyflair replied to gloria72777's response:
    A tens machine is a small personal machine that when attached to the painful areas of your body, emits electrical pulsations that are suppose to decrease your pain. For some it work, but not everyone. When I tried it, it was like the pain was competing with the electrical impulses and it was just pretty annoying, but I have heard from some people that this has worked for them.

    Search "tens unit for pain" on Google to get a description of what it looks like and what it does.

    As far as your weight loss. No matter what, you should be doing some kind of exercise at least 3 times a week if you have fibro. Exercise is the most effective pain reliever for fibro.
    I have had fibro. since 1997. Have been on disability since 2005. If I didn't exercise daily, I wouldn't be able to move, I would be more unsteady and way more painful.

    You will lose weight if you just cut down on what you eat, cut out the junk and exercise. That's what I have sone because I gained 30 pounds 1 year ago, and I have lost 26 pounds since last winter. I am going to go ahead and lose 10 more to get down to where I want to be. It takes longer to lose weight the right way, but you are more likely to keep the weight off.

    I have started a blog for people with fibromyalgia. I would like to meet people with fibro. I, like others, am fairly homebound and lost my friends because of this painful condition. So, I am trying to build sone oneline friendships through my blog. I am also a nurse, or was before I was taken off work. I love to help people. My blog is also there to help people understand fibro and everything that goes with it too. I just started it, so there isn't much on it yet, but there will be. Stop by and leave a message, a question or your email, etc, and I will try to help, converse, make friends.

    crankylady replied to foggyflair's response:
    Hi I have been diagnosed with FM for about a year. I have had a hard time getting my pain under control. I also have Interstitial Cystitis ( a bladder disease ). I have ran into a block the medications that will help me with my FM pain cause my bladder to flare up and have severe pain. They seem to not want to work together. I have tried to see if i could get one better if it would be livable. It didn't work the pain is about the same for both of them.I have just been so frustrated and being a single mom is hard. I have more health issues that are not helping matters. If you have any new ideas I would love to hear about them.
    hbajaj replied to foggyflair's response:
    I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I am a nurse as well. I am still learning about the effects of Fibromyalgia on my body. I stopped by and viewed your blog. You have a lot of interesting posts and ideas. Thank you for putting this together.
    patsyann64 replied to restandbehappy1's response:
    restandbehappy1 I applaud you! I also find long walks help. I either walk or go on the treadmill everyday. Exercise really helps. Most of the time it gets your mind off your pain. I have a disable husband too. Not with Dimentia but with a stomach tube, who cannot take anything by mouth. My advise for everyone is to find something that will help your mindset. You will still hurt but your life will be more enjoyable.

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