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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    star earnedstar not earnedstar not earned LeahLemonade lost a star

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Shopping

    • Started: ?
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated her weight

    About a year in bed with no ability to shop or cook leads to lots of fast food and takeout emoticon sad But I know its only temporary and it could be much worse. Besides it's mostly muscle emoticon wink

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    The pain is dull, I feel awake and I'm going shopping emoticon biggrin

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Pets

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: daily
    • Purpose: Relaxation
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated the treatment Walking

    • Changed Dosage
      • Dosage: m,w,f
      • Apr 06, 2012
    • Added
      • Started: Apr 06, 2011
      • Dosage: daily
      • Purpose: exercise
      • Apr 06, 2011
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Ice or Cold Packs

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: 30minutes as needed
    • Purpose: Tendon and ligament pain and Muscle tension
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Heating Pad-Hot Packs

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: 30minutes as needed
    • Purpose: Joint pain
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Heating Pad-Hot Packs

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: 30minutes as needed
    • Purpose: Joint pain
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Ice or Cold Packs

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: 30minutes as needed
    • Purpose: Tendon and ligament pain and Muscle tension
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated the treatment Walking

    • Changed Dosage
      • Dosage: m,w,f
      • Apr 06, 2012
    • Added
      • Started: Apr 06, 2011
      • Dosage: daily
      • Purpose: exercise
      • Apr 06, 2011
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade added the treatment Pets

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: daily
    • Purpose: Relaxation
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated the treatment Corticosteroids

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: 50 g every other week
    • Purpose: Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches)
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated the treatment Corticosteroids

    • Started:
    • Current Dosage: 50 g every other week
    • Purpose: Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches)
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    star earnedstar earnedstar not earned LeahLemonade earned a star!

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated the condition Psoriatic Arthritis

    • First symptom:
    • Diagnosis:

    Symptoms of this started when I was about 14-years-old. A small spot of psoriasis on my elbow. It stayed that way until I was pregnant with my son in 1999 and the aches and pains were a little more intense than usual.

    In 2002, I moved from California to Canada and the stress and shock on my body was beyond what it could handle and I had a massive flare - the first. The doctor ran the tests and gave me a diagnosis quickly, but no treatment was given until 2010.

    During that 8 years without treatment, I dropped out of college (twice) and lost numerous jobs due to flares or overwhelming exhaustion. Now that I know I also have fibromyalgia, its difficult to know what caused what at that time, I just know I was incapable of sticking with anything because I was like a walking symptom everyday.

    I lost the use of my hands, my ability to walk more than a few steps (and they were excruciating) and basically my will to live in 2010. I was the mother of a 10-year-old (thankfully) and had a fiance that helped me carry on. They delivered everything I needed to my bed, dressed me, bathed me and cuddled with me so I wouldn't feel so alone. Thank God for the people who love us.

    At that time I went to my Rheumatologist and started taking methotrexate. It helped enough that I was back on my feet and had most use of my hands. When my liver started failing I was pulled off and that's where I am now. Lost most of the use of my hands, still able to walk - but not for long periods of time and wondering how I'm going to do it without my loving fiance who left a few weeks ago. July is when I see the specialist again to try another treatment.

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade updated the condition Fibromyalgia

    • First symptom:
    • Diagnosis:

    Part of the reason I'm here is to learn to talk about this stuff. It seems for as long as I can remember I have had pain; it's only been the past few years that I can't deal with it. Recently, I started taking oxycontin to deal with the pain, but it didn't give me my hands back or help me rest at night. The exhaustion I feel is so bone deep that I isolate from people because I don't like explaining why I have become so boring or why I don't want to join you on a long walk in the park.

    I lost a relationship with a man I was deeply in love with because of it. But in reality if I didn't have these conditions, I never would have lowered my standards so much. I have started a new one and am watching it go down the tubes because I don't have the energy to participate in it.

    I do have wonderful supports though. My 12-year-old son, my best friend, and my mother are there for me in ways I never dreamed I would need them to be. They keep my head on straight and never make me feel bad when I don't have the ability to be anything more than I am. My advice to anyone struggling with a friend, family member or even a spouse to understand what its like is to set them in front of youtube for a few minutes. If that doesn't work - drop them from your life. You don't need anyone to put you down - ever.

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade joined PatientsLikeMe

    I'm here to learn how to manage my conditions better and see how others do it. I would love to hear about succeses and talk with others that have found ways to stay positive. My relationships seem to suffer the most, so I guess that is what I would most like to get feedback on.

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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade completed the QOL survey

    • severe Social
    • moderate Mental
    • moderate Physical
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    LeahLemonade
    Sex: F
    Data Quality: 1 star
    Pain: Most
    Fatigue: All
    Sleep: All
    Stiffness: All
    function: Little
    external_stress: Some
    Stickman: all
    Description:F33y
    FM:4y Dx
    I am: g
    I have:
    Fibromyalgia

    LeahLemonade completed the DLQI survey

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