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I ran a Half Marathon and I hope to do it again!!!

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So it has been a while since I posted anything besides outfits. Medically, things seem to be getting worse. I decided to run the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon on May 18th and it was awesome. The race started out very well until mile 10, my left hip began to hurt and I walked parts of the last 3.1 miles. I had a great goal for that race but being in pain made it very difficult. I did however, ran this race a few minutes faster than the last time I ran.

After the race, my family and I came home and took an epic nap before showering and going out to celebrate. Looking back now I am more than happy that I did the race. My oldest daughter pulled me aside after the race and told me that she was very proud of me. She made a point of telling me that she was glad that I fought through the pain and ran despite it all. I obviously almost cried after she told me. I am now more dedicated to getting stronger medically so I can keep on running. My kids make my life worth living and knowing that I am setting a good example keeps me going.

The fibromyalgia diagnoses has been sort of a relief but it still sucks. The last few weeks have been rough, I have had several flare ups and that he made I harder for me to get anything done. My left hip hurts so much that I now limp but that didn’t stop me from going to the gym. I spent some time on the elliptical and treadmill. I am going to start getting weekly full body massages because I know that are needed. I also take some medications to help with the flare ups but they don’t always work that well.

A friend recently referred me to an organization that works on helping people with chronic pain. I am going to contact them next to see how they can help me get things under control because I hate not being able to work, play or sleep…yes, I rarely get a full night’s sleep. Last night was especially bad, I laid in bed and tried several positions to get comfortable but nothing worked. I finally fell asleep around 4:30 just to be woken up my little diva at about 8. Did I try to go back to sleep? Yes, I did but it didn’t work. I am just so tired of it all, I have been dealing with all this for over 7 years and it appears to be getting progressively worse and that’s not good at all.

I truly hope that my weekly massages, and involvement with the pain management group will bring me some relief. Well, I need to get going. I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, don’t forgot to thank a veteran because we were once willing to give our lives so that we can all enjoy our many freedoms.

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Trying to make sweet lemonade with these sour lemons.

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I have been meaning to write more but this past week was one of those weeks that just seemed to go on forever. First on Monday, my family doctor diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. This is sort of a relief because I suggested this to my former doctor but he laughed at me and then referred me to several specialists. All those specialists ordered tests and gave me prescriptions that did nothing to reduce my symptoms.

This whole journey started almost seven years ago, my son was just six months old and I was trying to lose the baby weight. So I came up with a workout and healthy eating routine. I would go run after my husband gets home from work…I was a stay at home mom at the time. I lived about ten minutes away from my alma mater (Mary Baldwin College) at the time. I loved running on campus so it made sense that I went there after hours to run on the track. It was one nice cool evening when it all began. I stretched before the run and then I ran the first mile effortlessly. The second mile felt off and so I slowed down, hoping that it would help. it obviously did not help so I stopped and walked the last couple of laps before heading home.

I got home just in time to get my little munchkins ready for bed. After they went to bed I took my shower, iced my aching ankle and drank some pain medication. This was apparently just the beginning of what has turned out to be a very long and painful journey. I have seen a cardiologist who at one point thought that I may have PAD. I have also seen a Gastroenterologist who prescribed a series of medications that he thought would help. He also advised me to change my eating habits. I have seen a neurologist for my severe headaches and they found a small aneurysm on the right side of my brain. Fast forward a few years later that aneurysm is no longer visible on any MRI. I am not even sure that there ever was one, one doctor said they it and another years later didn’t see one. I just hope that the last neurologist was correct.

Let’s see, I have also seen a psychologist because a friend and I talked and she encouraged me to see one because we were both concerned that my symptoms could be psychosomatic but that was not very helpful. I have seen an Orthopaedic and have been to physical therapy and none of it worked.

Hearing my new doctor say that she finally has a diagnoses and that she has a plan on how to handle my pain almost made me cry. I am still in pain but knowing the source of my pain is a great feeling. I know the process to finding the best treatment isn’t going to be easy either. I am very excited to know that I have finally found a doctor who actually listens and pays attention to all the symptoms because that was not the case with one of my former doctors. I might write some more about how treatment is going.

List of symptoms
Chronic pain (ankle/ right leg)
insomnia
Irritable
Anxiety
Random pain in different body parts (abdomen/lower pain)
Feminine symptoms(I rather not get too detailed about this part)
Low iron count (I take iron supplements and it is still low)
Weight fluctuates
Severe headaches
Fatigue

These are just some of the symptoms that I can recall at the moment. I have been dealing with some of them since I was in high school. Some of them became progressively worse over the years and I actually failed a class in college due to poor attendance. I would shy away from people for days at a time due to pain and some people called me lazy and anti-social. They did not know me nor did they bothered to ask about what was going on. I did not see a doctor about any of it until after my ankle began hurting. Looking back now, I know that I should done something about the pain sooner. You can’t change the past so I am hoping that my future is going be less painful.

No I have not stopped training for my half marathon. I did take a whole week off due to pain and other stressful family matters. I do plan on going back out there and train. The plan is to run no matter what. I love running and I will never give it up…it is after all my first love.

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