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Melanie M.

"Find ways to fight the pain from Fibromyalgia"

Dayton, OH, USA
female, age 57
divorced, 2 children
Speaks: English. It is America
Joined Apr 5, 2008
What I Want to Do: be me as before my illness

The Personal Cost of Fibromyalgia
     Fibromyalgia is a whole body group of symptoms of pain, brain fogginess, irritable bowel, urinary symptoms, insomnia,depression, flu-like feeling and extreme tiredness. The financial cost as high as obvious. Numerous doctor appointments, medications, therapies. But that is not the topic of my writing
     I am here today to express my personal losses. Not just "my" personal losses, but every person with fibromyalgia, every productive, fun loving individual that has been diagnosed with this. Our losses are tremendous.
     In 1983 I graduated from nursing school. At that time fibromyalgia was something that was used in place of "it's a virus". It was a nothing diagnosis. So when my own doctor told me I had it in 2005, I was furious. I knew I had something wrong with me, I hurt all the time and a bad, unrelieved pain.
     By this point is my unrelenting illness I have already lost. My apartment was gone and my furniture in storage. My daughter and I moved with my mother. I had not relied on anyone to take care of me since 1994, when I had an unplanned c-section. I was the caregiver, the nurse, the nurturer.
     The flu hit me, it wasn't flu season and I had a flu shot anyway. My body was aching so bad and no fever. My doctor told me "Melanie, I told you that you have fibromyalgia"
     My feelings were hurt. My long standing physician thought I was making this up, that it was all in my head. I went home and looked up fibromyalgia on the computer. Spelled out in front of me was my illness. It was real.
     Time passed and the pain continued. I was losing me. I was a nurse, a homemaker, head of household. Now I am a person in pain and my depression grew worse. I have been battling depression for over 10 years in 2005 and this just worsened it. I had no job, my car got repossessed, I lived with my mother. My daughter had lost her once active mother.
     I was taking a medium strong opiate for the pain with very little relief, my doctor sent me to a pain management specialist. Methadone was prescribed eventually after a trial of other medicines. It helps relieve the pain but it is  still there. My days and nights have been mixed up many years, I have treated insomnia with over the counter medications for a long time. Now that I am thinking, maybe I have had this fibro for a long time, that the pain just became too much.
     My rocky relationship with my boyfriend went completely under. Now that I see, it was a good thing. The losses I have experienced have trickeled out to other family members. My sister is mad at my mother because I am here. My daughter has severe adjustment and opposition issues. Even my brother became distant to all of us for a while.
     I don't ever expect to regain the losses I have experienced, but I have learned to live with them. My daughter needs me. My mother needs me. I cannot change this illness, just the way I deal with the "changes".
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Joined Apr 5, 2008 Activist Aspirations Casual 
Here for Meeting Friends, Dating, Professional Connections, Support a Cause 
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Groups Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Forum
Hometown Dayton, OH 
Birthday Nov 28, 1961  
Languages English. It is America  
About Me 46.F.Div.1son & 1daughter.Not employed, have fibromyalgia disability.Nice.Kind hearted.Intelligent.Want to go back to school, was a nurse for 20yrs.
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Pets 2 Cats  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Depends
Religions My own beliefs, Just ask me, No organized religion  
Eating Habits lot of food allergies, frosted Mini-Wheats, No beef or pork  
Wild Fact About Me I have tried to think of one, and can't. Have I been that boring?
My Philosophy Try not to worry about what I can't change.
What Gives Me Hope My children.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Remove guns and drugs.
What/who changed my life and why Sylvia Browne. If you know of her, you know why.
What Bugs Me To say a few...., WAR!, John McCain, George Bush, People that won't pick up after themself, People whom do harm unto others, people who WON'T use their minds!, People who steal, people who rape, liars  
Passions injustice in any shape or form  
Inspirations my daughter, my son, My mother, My own mind  
What Scares Me Barak Obama being president, John McCain, This USELESS so called WAR, current USA administration, Heights, Close confines, crowds, insects, The moral direction of our society!, Disrespect for others, Religious Extremism, Is how cruel the people of the world are, Losi  
Role Models Mother and Grandmother  
Quotation "I'm too old to be young and too young to be old". Fried Green Tomatoes
Interests maps, text messaging my out of town son, sewing, road trips, reading, my children, intelligent conversation, internet surfing, good movies, beading, arts and crafts, Health Care for everyone, Fibromyalgia Support, Computering, My mother, News, Jewelry making, my kids  
Books Some biographies, True Crime  
Music All kinds except heavy metal/rap  
Movies Dramas, love stories and true crime movies, comedies, action  
TV Shows Crime and Forensics (real), Jeopardy, Dog-The Bounty Hunter, Dog Whisperer with Ceasar Millan, National Geographic Channels, TLC programs, Little People Big World, Super Nanny, jon and kate plus 8, Roseanne reruns, Scrubs, Everybody Loves Raymond, Discovery Channel  
Favorite Foods fruit, a lot of things. chocolate lol, cheese cake, cheese, broccoli, chicken  
Favorite Places I want to take a cruise in the near futu, I haven't been anywhere else, Home!!!!  
Can't Live Without my mother who helps me a lot, my children, An artistic outlet, My cat, computer, sweets, Frosted mini wheats and 2% milk  
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