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Fibro Questions & Anxiety
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I am new to the group......I have both severe fibro and severe anxiety. I have become pretty much totally disabled and I was a competitive athlete and my husband and I did 100 mile bike races and marathons. Before this all started in 2007 I lived in the gym or in outdoor activities. Now I hardly leave the house.

I am new here so a couple of questions: do others with fibro also have severe anxiety

Does fibro cause stiff muscles - when I stand up I can hardly move, I am all bent over like a 90 year old woman and so stiff.

Do you ever feel really sick with fibro - like the worst case of flu. Some days I am so sick I can hardly walk room to room
Posted on 05/21/12, 09:30 am
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Reply #1 - 05/21/12  9:54am
" Hi! I got thrown into fibro after a bad hysterectomy! And yes you muscles tighten up. and you get stabbing pains and spazms for absolutel no reason. And I for one have thesevere anxiety, because I've been on SSDI since 2004. Put on it by the doctors that did the 2 repairs from the hysterectomy. NOT MY OWN CHOICE!! Hang in ther and do some reading. There is alot of help on this site. "
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Reply #2 - 05/21/12  10:23am
" Welcome to the group Oregon,

While some people have anxiety with fibro, it is not common to everyone with fibro. I can not remember the specific term, but basically anxiety can be a companion to fibro, but not a definite cause or result of fibro

Yes many feel as though they have a severe flu. This can come and go from time to time

Fibro can cause stiff muscles like you said, so I would suggest stretching and keep moving. The more you move the more you will be able to move

Good luck "
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Reply #3 - 05/21/12  10:44am
" Yes, I have problems with anxiety which sometimes goes into a full blown panic attack. Anxiety and Fibromyalgia is not uncommon.

Yes, Fibromyalgia (FMS) causes stiff muscles. I find that I am worse in the morning when I first get up or in the evening. God forbid I should take a nap because I'll be stiff after that too. The important thing is to keep moving.

The flu-like feeling that you describe is also a common complaint. I have days like you describe too.

I'd like to suggest that you consider purchasing a book called "Fibromyalgia for Dummies." Like all of the dummies series, it contains easy to understand information. It will give you a comphrensive overview of this nasty syndrome and how to manage it. You can purchase the book online at Amazon. Knowledge is power.

I hope that my comments are helpful to you so you don't feel so alone. Welcome to the group! "
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Reply #4 - 05/21/12  1:14pm
" Hi,

Oh yes the flu like symptoms can be terrible. I get it like the worst body aches/flu ever. Which makes me want to lay down with my heating pads, which makes me super stiff when I move. For awhile I had to use a cane, that was awful, it really deepened my depression. It did get better though. I just move as much as I can.

Yes I have anxiety too, I hardly go out either and it's getting harder and harder to leave the house. I'm working on it though.

Hang in there "
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Reply #5 - 05/21/12  1:17pm
" Hi and welcome,

Like the others, Anxiety is a tag a long to fibro for me and stiffness is just a part of my life. I don't get much of the flu like feeling, but welcome and read on!!! You'll find great people and a wealth of info here. "
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Reply #6 - 05/21/12  1:23pm
" I totally have anxiety with fibro. I have hashimotos (thyroid disease and it can cause anxiety, too)...Maybe I have double the anxiety?! I had to start taking meds for this. "
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Reply #7 - 05/21/12  2:29pm
" Welcome to the group Oregon!
I hope you find friends,information and support here!I do have anxiety and take valium for it and for severe muscle spasms.It's crazy because I use to work with the public in a very social way and it is so strange to deal with this.As D said,it can be a symptom but not for everyone.Remember Tim Conway of the Carrol Burnrtte Show?When he played the old guy shuffeling across the room calling his secretary Mrs.Wiggins??Well I look like him in the mornings,LOL!I also get the waves of hot and cold,like a fever.Sometime it helps to just lay down for an hour.So sorry you have to deal with Fibro but you've come to a good place!(((HUGS))) Tori "
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Reply #8 - 05/21/12  5:07pm
" Welcome, and if you do gentle stretches of all body parts it helps some physio say do it in the shower as it helps loosen you up. If you have a warm pool near you do gentle aerobic stretches for arthritis in a group it helps too! Get a good Doc who can prescribe the right meds or ask for a Pain Clinic referral. xxxoo's Get informed and read some books on it plus there are fm info sites on the internet too. "
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Reply #9 - 05/21/12  6:47pm
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Reply #10 - 05/21/12  7:00pm
" Xanax can be addicting and dangerous, how can you live on it?

x "

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