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    Thursday - 7/28/2016 *****
    dollbug posted:
    Hello FMily....and any new members who might be lurking or perhaps trying to figure out what is going on with this site. Please do not hesitate to join and someone will be checking in to see your post. (Please read the message above - as there are changes which are in the process of being made-we do not know what or when as indicated above).

    We have experienced all sorts of problems recently and finally someone did provide the note above.

    FM is a mean and ugly illness to deal with and there are lots of good tools which will help you cope better. Please check out the info here under *tips* and *resources*. I am sure you will find something that perhaps you have not thought of trying which just might make a BIG difference in the way you feel.

    Keeping a daily journal of sorts might provide yourself with some good info as to what is exactly going on with your body. Keep track of your pain levels, your activity, what you eat and drink and perhaps this will answer some questions about what you can do to improve the way you feel. It seems that a lot of us FMers cross our lines often which does NOT do us any good in the long run. We have to figure out when to STOP before we get to this point. Anytime you over do you will surely pay for this. It is kind of like taking one step forward and then several backward. It is important to learn how to pace in *everything*.

    Drinking plenty of water is also a good *tool* to put into place, along with watching what you eat. (again your daily journal might reveal more of this for you to understand)

    Doing gentle stretching and/or exercising is also good as well.

    Taking a hot shower at night using lavender bath salts might also help relax you so that you can sleep better. Sleep is really important for us.

    A mattress topper for your bed might also improve your sleep as well.

    OK...this is just a few *tips* to help you get started. Welcome and I hope you will find something that will help you cope better soon.

    Have a great day.


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