Hello everyone! Thank you for all the welcome messages so far- it was a nice and welcome surprise. I'm still trying to navigate myself around on this site, but have read some of the discussion posts. I wanted to share a bit of my history and would love any feedback you guys have.
I am 34 years old, and I just received the Fibro diagnosis when I was investigating other health issues- mainly B12 deficiency, low Vit D, low Free T3 (thyroid), and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am a bit surprised by all of this- as I eat a very B12 rich diet, I have been gluten free for nearly 3 years- as well as off of all sweeteners since that time. I follow a Paleo diet, although now (since my diagnosis 1 week ago) I am eliminating Fodmap's and nightshades and focusing on eating mostly hearty veggie/meat soups. I don't eat any dairy either.
I have a feeling that I have had Fibro, and probably CFS since my first child was born 9 years ago. I never regained my energy and have been persistently tired, and w/constant brain fog since then. I attributed it to having babies (I have 3 children now). Although, now my youngest is 5 and I still walk around in a daze. I remember feeling stiff in the mornings and sore/tired at the end of the day at least since my babies were born- again, attributed it to a bad mattress and sleepless nights b/c of nursing babies.
I am a bit overwhelmed by the diagnosis, but it does make a lot of sense- and I am glad that it isn't "all in my head"! I have felt lazy for the longest time, and now I know why. Thank G-d, my husband is understanding- I encouraged him to read up on Fibro so he can know where I am coming from.
I was practicing hot yoga (vinyasa flow mostly) 2-3 times a week (with great difficulty) until my diagnosis. My Dr wants me to cut back to once a week, and focus on restorative and gentle yoga's and walking. I'm wondering what else I can do to improve my symptoms- besides medication. I focus on getting 8 hours of sleep a night- but that is often interrupted and it is hard to sleep comfortably- I often fidget and need to switch positions often during the night (i guess common w/fibro?). My diet is about as good as it can get. My kids have been off of school on vacation all week, so I look forward to delving more into gentle yoga's starting next week, as well as walking when it warms up around here.
I feel that my symptoms now are the worse that they have ever been, which aren't that severe- thank G-d. I mostly suffer from fogginess, fatigue, stiffness, soreness (particularly in my back in the mornings and calves and feet in the p.m.), I also have fairly knee pain (partly structural and partly fibro I imagine). I can't stay in the same position for longer than a few minutes either.
My Dr. recommended a book called "From Fatigued to Fantastic" by Dr. Teitlebaum, I think it is about Fibro (maybe CFS?). Has anyone on here heard of it/read it? Thoughts?
I appreciate this site and the support that you guys offer- definitely something I need right now as I don't feel comfortable telling a lot of my friends about my diagnosis. I look forward to getting to know you guys!