1. Have any of you been diagnosed with fibro and continued working? If so, how did you cope? By about the middle of my shift, my groin muscles are so contracted I cannot walk upright. I need to work of course. I have a son in college and 2 daughters and a grandbaby living with me. I have gone to working agency so that I can take a day off if I have a flair. I have applied for a teaching position at Western Business College teaching in the Medical Assistant program, but it doesn't pay very well. My doc has told be that I am going to have to leave the bedside

    I need some suggestions. At first they thought I might have MS but my MRI was negative and my neurologist said that I am having way too much pain for MS even though I am loosing muscle strength and getting the contractures.

    I am just very frustrated because I had a really good job working L&D, loved it, and now I am working pediatrics, (Shriners, Providence Child Center, etc.) and love my kids. I guess I am just really down right now. I had my life all planned out, but like John Lennon says "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans".

    Thanks for letting me vent..

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  3. by   VickyRN
    Don't give up! Keep searching, there is bound to be a workable answer out there. Heard on the news recently a very interesting piece about fibromyalgia. It turns out this medical doctor is "curing" some of his fibromyalgia patients by putting them on a special diet. The diet consists of STRICTLY avoiding all aspartame products and MSG. They interviewed one female patient who had suffered from severe fibromyalgia for 10 years and was now symptom-free! She was SO happy and grateful to have her life back.
  4. by   Jenny P
    Pammie, I have 2 co-workers with fibromyalgia and we work CV-ICU. I'll ask them next time I see them what they do for flare ups and what works for them. I have worked charge before and had one of them call and ask for a lighter assignment for their shift because of pain. And I know that the other ones' pain is worse when she has too much stress going on.