Good morning Jan, and also hi to Hazel and all you newbies on here too.
Like Jan i used to post on here a while ago but pop in from time to time as this was the first board i found that helped me come to terms with this illness and for that i shall be eternally grateful.
About nerve endings Jan.
You sound like me, i cannot bare to be touched anywhere as Fm affects most of my body now especially my upper body. I always suffer exteme nerve pain around my ribs, upper back shoulder and neck which sometimes drived me to distraction. This morning my shoulders are puffy and so sore to touch so i am sat with 2 small wheat bags on them for a while to ease it a bit.
I have copied this down but am sure alot of you know this anyway.
All of us with Fms have 3 times the normal amount of Substance P in our spinal fluid. This substance tells the body how much pain it feels.
That is why we feel an abnormal amount of pain from the slightest touch.
Yes even a bedsheet can cause horendous nerve pains as it brushes past.
Fibro is also associated with Psycological stress and brain chemical disturbances affecting our sensory nerve endings.
Psycological stress maybe caused when the subconcious mind is overwhelmed by repressed emotions, such as anger, anxiety, fear, guilt etc.
Chronic pain may also be induced by involuntary muscle tightness, poor diet and hormone inbalance.
My Gp told me to stop using any caffiene based products, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products and sugar. also white bread.
Instead eat lots of fresh fruit and veg, grains and fish and drink lots of water to flush out all the toxins.
I keep trying this but sorry folks like my food to much.
About Depression Jan.
I too was treated for years with depression before diagnosis. No wonder is there when suffering for years with an illness you know you have and being told constantly there is nothing wrong with you and its all in the mind.
I did become very depressed over 3 years ago when a viral infection triggered Fm on a big scale. I did'nt want to be here anymore and felt suicidal to the point of a breakdown later that year.
I know take Prozac to lift my mood if only for a few hours in the day as it works for me.
Sorry just written an essay.
Now hands hanging off.
Lastly before i go i have a friend Sue, who attends hydrotherapy with me and the hospital have said she is one of the worst cases of Fibro they have seen.
Her whole body is locked in spasm and suffers so much pain they have to have her in the pool early before us all as anything passing will trigger nerve pains for her.
She is one hec of a brave lady and will not give in to this and like me promotes this illness too.
Better go and do something.
Lovely chatting with you all .
Will pop back later on.
Hope you all have a good day today.