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    Fibro Newbie
    allcritters posted:
    Hello! I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after a 3 year battle of the doctors. The hardest thing I have had to deal with is the incredible fatigue that overwhelms me. My Doc finally listened to me and prescribed a different meds regimen which I start tonight. Yeah! My question is this; what are your tips for motivation to move when you just can't seem to lift a finger? I have tried having family members come in and bully me out of bed and they are too soft. I own my own business and thanks to my wonderful employees, they have been picking up my slack since this has set in really hard in the last year. But I have to find a trick to take that first step in the "rise and shine" process. Any suggestions are appreciated. I look forward to learning from you all. Thanks!
    lthouse301 responded:
    also am newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia and also own my own business. i too have the overwhelming feeling that i can't get out of bed b/c of the fatigue and pain. my rheumatologist suggested trying to set a schedule of trying to get out of bed the same time everyday. i have tried that for the last week and it has helped some. i set my alarm and try to get out of bed within 30 mins. i do have to take an afternoon break/rest period or i just can't continue. on gabapentin but haven't felt any significant relief yet . hope you get some relief
    luckymom17 responded:
    Hi Allcritters!

    I am newly diagnosed with Fibro as well. I strongly relate with your 3 year battle of doctors. My symptoms started about 3 years ago as well. I am on gabapentin and an anti-depressant. My mom who is a Nurse Practitioner had suggested some time ago I try going gluten free but I really didn't want to hassle with that when I was already not feeling well. Then I had a flare up and knew I couldn't go back to feeling the way I had been when my symptoms first all started. So I decided to try gluten free (couldn't hurt right?). It made a significant difference for me! I feel much better. And if I do get off track and starting introducing gluten back into my diet, my body reacts. I had significant numbness and tingling in my hands, feet and face. If I eat gluten, these symptoms quickly flare up.

    I also find that massages are very helpful (I'm lucky to have a spouse who will do this for me so I don't have to spend a small fortune on massages). I am also trying yoga and meditation and itThe biggest thing for me is delegating house chores between my family. I tend to over do it on days I feel good. So even on days I feel well, I'm careful not to over do it, still get my rest and eat right.

    I hope you find this helpful! Best of luck to you. I hope you find some relief.

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