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Postby karenlw » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:10 am

My name is Karen, I am 39, am married with 2 sons aged 21 and 19, 2 dogs and a grandson aged 21 months. :crazy:
I was diagnosed with FM 18 months ago but was not aware of this website until this week when I came across it on Facebook.
I was involved in a fatal road traffic collision in November 2006. The other party lost his life at the scene, and although I received treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the time, I believe that karma has proclaimed FM to be my payback for surviving the incident. :(
I am a nurse with the NHS and am currently off sick with depression and anxiety, which I have been plagued with since 2003 on and off.
This episode has seen me off work since August this year and I cannot see the way forward at present. The thought of returning to work fills me with dread, I have to say. :?
I have noticed during the past few weeks that I am suffering from alot of pain in my wrist and ankles and am wondering if anyone else suffers from these problems as I am aware that they are not trigger points for FM, and have actually had bloods taken today to see if there are any other problems highlighted. I ordinarily find that I stiffen up when sat for any length of time and I have been continually plagued by confusion, loss of concentration and inability to find the correct words for things during this period of depression, although I do suffer from fibro fog at other times. :dunno:
I must say that I feel relieved to have found a source of information which is directed by other sufferers, where support towards a common goal is the target, as I am aware that there is strength in numbers, and that a problem shared is hopefully a problem halved. :grouphug:
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. :hugs:
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Re: Hello

Postby disco dancing kar » Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:06 pm

Hi karen welcome from another karen been on here a few months.sorry about things you have had to deal with,hope you get sorted with things. :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Hello

Postby denys » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:16 pm

Hi Karen and :welcome: to the forum, I suffer from pain in the wrists and ankles and have at one time or another thought Id chipped a bone somehow :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: but logic kicks in and when you know you havent injured yourself then it has to be FM

I'm glad you have finally found us and hope we can offer you the support you need :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:
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Re: Hello

Postby ribbons » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:13 pm

hello and welcome x my pain started in my neck..that seems to have improved but my arms and wrists are sore and weak, im aqlso a nurse and have a bit of a battle going on with work at the mo, I have been off sick since June x
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Re: Hello

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:30 pm

:welcome: to the forum karen :wave: :wave:

There is a lot of info and advice on here, hopefully you'll find some helpful things in amongst it all. We also try to help and support each other thru the wonders that come with FM :facepalm: :facepalm:

I have problems with my wrists and ankles, which isn't what I want and need when out being walked by the daft dog :facepalm: :facepalm: My knees are also trying to join in as well :? :? :? ............not a good mix at the best of times, let alone when things are flaring up :facepalm: :facepalm:

Glad you've found it, anything you want to know, just ask about it and we'll see how we can help you with it :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Re: Hello

Postby karenlw » Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:02 pm

Thanks so much for the supportive messages I have received today. :D I am glad to have found other people in similar situations and it's nice to know that other people understand what can be a lonely place to be in at times. :needhug:
I take amitriptyline at present for pain relief, in addition to paroxetine for my depression, and have got to say I don't find it to be very effective in relieving my pain, but having said that, I know about it if I don't take it for a few days! I am debating whether to discuss this with my GP when I next see him but am not sure what he may suggest to keep pain under control. I was wondering what others find effective for pain so that I can be armed with suggestions when I see him. :dunno:
Also, I am presently only under the care of my GP, after I was diagnosed by a Rheumatology consultant who I saw only the once. Is this the way of things for other people? :dunno:
I would be grateful for any input. Thanks, Karen x :wine:
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Re: Hello

Postby ribbons » Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:12 pm

I only saw the rheum registrar once then was discharged back to my gp. I was referred to a specialist physio who was great and advised me on pain relief...on ami 20mg night (helps you get a normal level of sleep), naproxen which is a non opiod and gabapentin which works on your cns to try and stop the muddled pain messages get through x
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Re: Hello

Postby shelleydwales » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:18 pm

Hi karen :hugs: :welcome:
I also suffer with ankle pain,get weakness and fall over to :crazy:
No wrist pain but hands are awfully bad at the mo
Nice to meet you! :flowers:
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Re: Hello

Postby fibro-lu » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:38 pm

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Re: Hello

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:48 pm

Linky to info about meds that tend to be used for FM karen http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyalgia/Pages/Treatment.aspx Have a look at what is on there to give you an idea of the possibilities, then see what your GP thinks may be suitable for you to try :wave: :wave: :wave:
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Re: Hello

Postby ribbons » Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:16 am

whoops meant nefopam which is a non opiod..... :oops: :roll: :crazy:
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Re: Hello

Postby karenlw » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:06 am

Thanks so much to everyone who answered my questions re pain relief. Karen x : :twodrinking2:
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Re: Hello

Postby efrem » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:48 pm

hello karen,welcome to the forum.i to suffer with pain in my ankles,knees,leg muscles and now in my arm and wrists.like many others i also take several tablets and have to manage.you should find the forum to be good.take care,ef :D :penguin:
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Re: Hello

Postby sharon28 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:20 pm

Awwww Karen i really feel for you. I believe i have become more unwell recently due to a very sad, traumatic event at work. I work in mental health in the community. My client, whom i'd grown very attached to and knew so well, including her family. Well, her dear son, only 24 suddenly passed away in August. I had to support her without showing too much emotion. I had to stay proffessional. Inside it has killed me and i'm still so very sad about his passing as he was an amazing young lad (24). He helped me understand his mum so well and i found him an amazing inspiration (how he coped with his mothers enduring mental illness and the impact on him from a little boy). I can't get over him leaving and my heart breaks for his mum. He was all she had. I just put myself continuously in her shoes and it has had a profound effect on me and my health. I have a child near the same age. The only way i could go there to imagine what my client was going through was to think of my life without my son. Going to stop now as i'm crying x
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Re: Hello

Postby *Hope* » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:07 pm

Hi Karen and welcome to the board from another (fairly) newbie. I was on ami's but they stopped having a benifical effect so my rheumy put me on nortryptaline which have worked really well combined with tramadol and pregabalin....I have tried a few other cocktails but this one works really well for me. Please don't feel like having fm is payback......it may well have been triggered due to the accident, but payback sounds so harsh. Big hugs xx
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