I was told about four years ago that I had fibromyalgia. Not long after a motorcycle accident my body began to hurt. I thought it was from the accident so it took me several months to report to my PCP how I was feeling. I started having memory loss, forgetting where I put things, but the worse part was the new on set of all over generalized pain. Pain to the point my hair hurt. My husband and grandchildren would want to hug me but I would retract at their touch because it hurt so much. My feet began to hurt so bad that just standing on them would hurt. Last year I had weight loss surgery because I thought if I could get some of the weight off, my feet and joints would not hurt so much. I was right, the loss of 100 lbs reduced the foot pain and walking is no longer painful. I take Cymbalta and when the pain becomes unbearable I take Lyrica and sometimes Norco. I always take a hot bath when I get up to help with the stiffness and when my body gets too cold to ease the pain. I currently work 12 hours a night as an RN but will be moving to a day position because the nights have become too difficult and it just adds to the sleeping issues. As I lay here now the restless legs are driving me crazy, so I have to go for now so I can get in that hot tub.
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