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Fibromyalgia
 
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in December of 2000, but I think I may have had it for quite a while before then.  And, since so little is known about this condition, it's still not 100% clear that my problem is, indeed, Fibromyalgia.  So, the focus of this page may change if my condition, diagnosis, or progress changes.
 
When I got my diagnosis, my second child was just over a year old.  I suffered with postpartum depression after having him, although not as severely as I did with my first child.  At this point, I felt my depression was lifting, but physically I felt horrible.  I would wake up hurting each day, and the pain would often "travel", meaning that one day my neck might hurt, and another day my legs would hurt.  I was experiencing problems with memory and focus.  My sleep patterns were completely out of whack.  I would be exhausted every day, only to find myself unable to sleep once I finally got into bed.  The list goes on, but I've bored you enough. 
 
My older sister had been dealing with similar, although more severe, problems for quite some time.  I started to entertain the thought that I might have what she did, so I asked my doctor about seeing a specialist.  I was sent to a rheumatologist who works with a lot of fibro cases.  After leaving her office, I felt a sense of relief.  At last I knew I wasn't just lazy, this wasn't in my head.
 
At this point I'm going to the gym and working out in the pool, which is one of the recommended treatments for fibromyalgia.  Tai Chi and Yoga are also thought to alleviate some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
 
I hope to add more to this page very soon.  Thanks for your patience, and please email me if you have any useful links you'd like to share on the subject.