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    Hump Day ****10/3/2012 ****
    dollbug posted:
    Morning FMily....MiMi in NC...where it is cloudy here and really damp...I am sick of rain and cool temps already....OMG...I guess I had better get use to this...looks like there will be more rain headed here in a few days again...I did sleep better last night...and I have found using the heating pad on my back has improved my least for a while...the therapist thinks I have a problem with my SI joint...she said it could be a nerve...I go to the doctor today so I guess I will find out what is next...I think he might send me to another specialist...I guess I will know soon.

    Welcome to the new members who have joined our unique FM support group recently....I am sure that soon each of you will find something that will help you cope better...

    To the new members...I would like to encourage each of you to be sure and speak to your doctor about checking your Vitamin D level....which seems to be important for a lot of people these days...I continue to wonder IF there is something else going on making our Vitamin D level lower than what it should be...I do know that low Vitamin D made a BIG difference in my pain level...and I also know it took me a very long time to get the level back to where it was considered to be within the *normal range*...

    I would also like to say that new members will also find some good tools under the *tips* and *resources* that you will find to the right of this page. What works for one may or may not help you....but only you will know when you have found the right *combination of tools* that has helped you cope better.

    I know that there are some of you who have had health issues as well as other issues going on...Here is hoping that things are better with each of you. I know that it always makes a BIG difference in how I cope if something else is going on with my hang in there and remember that as your issues improve you will probably improve...everything takes time for most of us FMers....everything is a process...and sometimes it is a long process to get back to where we are feeling a difference...

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

    Have a good day...I do hope the sun will be shining somewhere today....if you have some try to enjoy it...and send it my way.



    My personal exchanges are Vitamin D and Pain and Wrath of the Dragon....if you care to visit..
    angelswife responded:
    Good Morning, Mimi!
    It's gray and rainy here again too, and will be that way tomorrow and part of Saturday also. They actually talked about the possibility of a few SNOW FLURRIES next week, omg. It's supposed to turn much colder, with frost at night. I am really not ready for this.

    I've been off the Percocet completely for three days now, and I don't miss it one bit. The Melatonin is working fine for sleeping. If the pain does wake me up, I can fall asleep again right away. I couldn't even do that with the Percocet.

    And the hangovers---wow. I didn't realize how foggy my thinking had gotten and how slow I was until I stopped the meds. Now I wake up in the morning and I can THINK. I actually want to get up, and it doesn't take half the day to start feeling alert. I can't remember the last time I felt like this. It's been such a long time.

    I found a beautiful pattern for a holiday throw yesterday. It's a very complex pattern that combines Cables, Arrow, Weave and Ridge stitches. I am drooling! It needed 8 skeins of yarn, so I went prowling; and I managed to find 8 skeins of Paddy Green. I don't know how I ended up with so many, but that's okay. It will make a gorgeous holiday throw for someone. Now that my head is starting to clear, I actually feel like taking on something complex.

    Today I will be getting a haircut, for the first time since the beginning of June. I can't wait! I don't think I've ever looked this shaggy. When Husband was taking me to PT yesterday, he remarked, "Why didn't you comb your hair?" I actually HAD combed it, lol, but it made no difference at all. I will look much better after today's appointment.

    Time to get back to the crocheting---my new pattern is calling me. Hope everyone has a good day!
    sp2001 responded:
    Good Morning

    It's about 62? right now, overcast and very damp here too (Western NY). Not that we need to look outside to know the weather, but I'm feeling it today. Not looking forward to winter. Since FM dx, I'm realizing how the weather effects me. I'm glad I know this now, but doesn't make it any better

    My heating pad is my best buddy right now lol

    Hope everyone is doing well today *hugs*
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'Holy sht! What a ride!' ~Hunter S. Thompson
    katmandulou responded:
    Happy Hump Day!

    Cold & raining here too. ugh I hate this weather. I've been wearing a fleece jacket/ sweater/ covering for the past four days.

    So far, I've lost 29 lbs, and I'm so happy! I'm feeling better, but not 100%. FM really kicks the c?@p out of us, doesn't it? My reward at 30 lbs is a hot fudge sundae! I haven't been totally depriving myself, and I know that a kid's-size cone is better for me and I get the flavor. I'm not following anyone's diet but my own - it's all in portion control and moving more.

    The yoga class last night was more rigerous than usual, and my lower back and hips hurt. I'm going to a small business trade show this afternoon, and I hope I make it.

    Mimi, I wish you sleep, full restful sleep. When you start feeling icky, this weather doesn't help. Plus we don't get out natural Vitamin D!

    angelswife, I'm glad you're doing better. I'm jealous of the throw - all I've been knitting this year are mittens and one sleeveless shell. I'll be starting a cardi this weekend. A lot of my sweaters don't fit will since I've been losing weight.

    sp2001, I love the emoticon! I have something warm in every room for an easy grab. It's not fun, but what can you do?

    I hope you all have the best day possible,
    rudyandirmouse responded:
    Good morning MiMi, angelswife,sp2001 and everyone. I hope your yesterday was a good one with few fibro symptoms or pain to deal with.

    It was foggy here this a.m. and cool. Will be sunny and warmer the rest of the day. Mid 80's.. I like that. Will be nice and warm again tomorrow, but will cool down a lot by the weekend with rain chances.

    I only have plans to go to the market and it's pharmacy today. DH gets off early today so will head out with him to get a few things at our market's 10% discount for seniors ( 55- on ) once a month day. I still have to go thru my coupons to add to the savings. I also have to pick up two scripts at the pharmacy. My Rheumy sent over one for Gabapentin and one for Flexeril. Really would rather not take either of these but know that in a few month I will be in a World of fibro pain.

    I have been bringing down the warmer/ thicker clothes and sweaters. I hate to put away the lighter / short sleeve/ tank tops away, but when it gets down to 55 for day time highs they really will be no use for them. I have a few of the lighter jackets on the coat rack with is out of the closet and in it's spot for the winter. I will get DH to bring down his things in a few week is as he usually wants warmer clothes in November.

    angelswife, am so glad your getting out again so much now and getting your hair cut. I know how good that feels after a long time between hair cuts. I am due to get mine trimmed but have put it off because each time I set up going because of these, outta no where, headaches.
    The throw sounds lovely hope you share a picture of it on fb. I have been keeping an eye on the mail for my package from you, but so far it hasn't arrived here. I might even need to use a scarf since the temps are heading down so quickly.

    MiMi, am glad you have been able to sleep better. The heating pad sounds like a good way to ward off the pain. I hope your doctor pin points the reason for the pain in the first place.

    I guess I should get my day going so will close this here with gentle hugs to each of you. Have a great day, Linda R

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