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    Change in symptoms
    sparkyar posted:
    Hello I have had FM for thirteen years now, I have pretty much tolerated it over the years I have worked full time for 6 of those years as CNA/activity director for assisted livings.. Right before Christmas I (and my whole household) came down sick with an upper respiratory virus/bronchitis sickness I was put on some heavy duty antibiotics 2000 mg a day.I took them all and it helped me get better.. I felt pretty good for Christmas (thankful because all my children was home and I got to spend it with them).
    I went back to work right after Christmas to a part time/full time hours. I am on my feet all but thirty minutes of my shift.. Which is a good thing because once I set down I am done for the day.. This last week I have has some MAJOR (to the point I come home in tears) stressors at work and have felt exhausted ( probably worn myself out being with my kids at Christmas).
    My pain started out in the beginning when I first became sick on the right side and has always been on that side for the most part. This last week I have the pain from severe headache, down the left side of my neck and both sides of my spine ALL the way down.. To the point in the morning I find myself hunched over in the mornings, and it takes about an hour or more to stand strait.. I said all this to ask is that a "normal" thing for it to switch sides of the body and will it get worse? Has anyone else experienced anything like this????
    dollbug responded:
    Hello....MiMi in NC....sorry that you are dealing with so much right now...actually I can not say that I have ever had only one side affected in dealing with the wrath of the dragon, aka FM...and when doing my own research I have found that the pain can be in the neck, shoulders, back and hips...on both sides or on the top half or bottom half and it can actually move around....I know that when I first got sick, I woke up one morning and I thought that I was coming down with the flu...with the aches and pains that normally feel like the flu...and the feelings actually never cleared up....some days are better than others....but I never know where I might hurt from time to time.

    I do know that I had multiple health issues in the beginning....I had lots of headaches for a while....before I had cervical (neck) surgery...I was talking to my DH recently telling him that I hardly ever have the bad headaches that I once had. I now have low back pain. I first thought that this was kidney stone problems...and I do have several in both kidneys but the specialist told me that he does not think my low back pain is from them. The only way I can get relief from this is using a heating pad...which I use often. I also use the Stopain Spray after I shower.

    I have been sleeping in a recliner now since 2005...but not by choice....I have found that in a reclining position I have less pain than I have laying flat. I also though use pillows under me in the recliner. I also do not get stopped up sleeping in the recliner....I do stop up when I lay down for a short period of time. I have no idea why this is either.

    Have you tried taking a hot shower when you get up in the mornings? Or using the heating pad? You do not say what you are taking for your FM pain.

    I would encourage you to be sure and ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level, if you have not already done so....low Vitamin D can cause some people to have additional pain and it can also affect other illnesses as well.

    I am not sure what *normal* is anymore. I will say that if you have been able to work full time for 6 weeks-that is a good thing. I suffer from the chronic fatigue along with FM...there are days when I have little to no energy at all. This is not good for the mind or the body.

    I hope you will find something that will help you cope better.

    Take care.


    My personal exchanges are Vitamin D and Pain and Wrath of the Dragon....if you care to visit..
    booch007 responded:
    I am wondering if the virus you had and the coughing associated with it has triggered the muscles on that side to get festered....

    I swear once I have a festered muscle it talks to another and another and soon I am in trouble.....

    It can affect my legs and walking is too much, the energy level is lost as the muscle being tense are using so much energy....there is little left for me.

    I will at times get massages to break up the muscle dispair, maybe this could be useful for you? get the neck done for sure as those headaches can coem from the back of the neck area.

    I sure hope you figure this out and feel better. you have alot going on for the holidays...the holidays are hard enough without getting sick too............

    Good luck, nancy B

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