My name is Paula Jean. My parents, especially mom called me "ladyjane" that's where I get my "profile name". I think I have had Fibro a lot longer than I once thought. I suffered with major depression in grade school and bottomed out when parents split at age 11. I was always in stressful situations. I couldn't always keep up with the others in physical things only "sometimes". I always took naps, even when I came home from high school. I love to sleep. Can we say FATIGUE? I finally got counseling for more depression and therapy for Fibro and Myofascial Pain at 37. I can't handle stress.
I started to get some horrible pain in my elbows and that is when the testing and physical therapy started. A friend said I should see a Rhuematologist for possible rhuematoid arthritis. He (the doctor) found fibro pretty quick!! I couldn't beleive the hidden spots of PAIN. I thought most of them just meant I was getting old. If I had to put a number on the age I felt, I always said I felt One thousand years old as if my body parts were beginning to rust. In my mind I feel like I am 20 - 30. I have had some pretty stressful conditions growing up. I always told myself I would be a stronger person but, it all came out in my physical condition. My family isn't too (three daughters and husband) supportive. My husband does try at times but dosen't understand, You can't put a quick fix to Fibro. My daughters think I am a fake or addict. HAH!, I can't believe it!! I have always been sensitive to their needs and research things about them. That REALLY hurts. If that wasn't enough aggravation, we found out our youngest daughter of 26 years has Hodgkins Lymphoma and after 2 stem cell transplants and 3 years of chemo, she still has this Damned Cancer. Needless to say, I find myself indulging in Steriod Shots a lot more frequently. It really helps. My husband wants me to get "a six pack or case" to keep at home to cut costs and stay up to snuff with coping and pain management. Lovely. That is how he supports me. How can I get fixed up in pinch. I must say that I am "concerned" about long term use of steriods. I try to only use them when I find my pain meds are not working as well. I try to keep some what of a balance and not depend on one or the other for to long. I don't want to try new drugs. I already take an antidepressant (Effexor). I don't want to have to take something else everyday. I can decide when I want to use pain medication. There are so many recalls now. Hoping to get into a routine of light exercise and food plan (diet).