Hi I'm Lauren,
I am 56 and my fibro began about 20 years ago. I am at this moment fogging and exhausted, so even this is hard to write. The first 3 years were unspeakable hell, as I went through almost every pain pill that could be used, and muscle relaxants. Now I take nothing, and use exercise, meditation and rest, diet - to help myself as much as possible. My body and liver cannot take the pain meds. I also was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease and from all my research and my holistic doctor - there is a tangible connection there. Things have been much worse lately, and I am seeking help - (once again) - as I own a home and it is over-whelming me. I need to feel like someone out there cares. Not factual coaching as I think most of us could write a book on the subject, but moral support, and just being able to drop the shields (I put up for folks who wouldn't get it anyway) and commiserate with others who "GET" it. I am very proactive and currently searching for an active in person support group in my area, plus a chat time to meet on-line. Thanks for reading.
Welcome Lauren! Glad you found us! As a new member to the site, I have already found it to be a valuable resource and a fellowship of wonderful people. Here we can make friends, discuss life, and just enjoy our life even through our pain!
Glad you're here! :-)
Lauren, Welcome. I wanted to mention we have a terrific, well-informed Lyme community. There is alot of valuable information there as well I know you will find useful.
You have obviously been through a lot, but you still sound so positive, and rightly so! We can deal with this, we can find ways that help us, and you will find a lot of support on here. It is good to chat, so keep on chatting!
Take care, Anne
I hope so. I was once a strong Maple, 4 feet around reaching for the sky wide branches filled with beautiful leaves that spread their wings and flew by shuddering in the wind, but held strong.
Fibro was the axe, I, yes I had to wield, each branch being cut away, a part of my life I loved so passionately. Until my life was/is as manageable as I could get it.
I am a much smaller tree now, far less leaves, 2 feet round, many many branches - dropped and removed. Horse back riding, 5 day rehearsals, regular singing gigs, even - doing any more than one thing a day........
My roots still run deep as they ever did, I simply had to let go of so much that made me feel alive and purposeful.