Last night hit me like a ton of bricks. My body hurt. It hurt to sit, walk, and lay down. I woke up at 2:30am hurting so bad. My neck, hip, and feet were killing me. So I went to the kitchen and ended up taking a muscle relaxer and had yogurt to help with any upset stomach that might arise.

It’s been a little over a month now since I’ve had medicine for my fibromyalgia. I had to switch rheumatologist because the one I had been seeing for a couple years was no longer on my insurance plan. So I’ve had to start this whole process over. Blood work has been done and reviewed by doctor and X-rays were completed yesterday. My follow up appointment for those results aren’t till the end of September.

I’ve been doing great on my eating healthier and exercise but when I have a flare up it stops me in my tracks. I did email the doctors office last week with hopes they’d give me something for the inflammation and pain. Of course I was told they don’t give pain meds (not looking for narcotic types of pain meds) and I’d have to wait till my follow up.

The past few weeks there’s been an increase in pain and swelling in my right foot too. So I decided to do exercises that were low impact. Well apparently low impact for me means NO EXERCISE AT ALL. Ugh. That’s probably why my hip and lower back hurt so bad today. I mean it hurts to even walk today. I refuse to give up though.

August 26th swelling in my right hand.

I took today off work to try and clean the house and finish the bathroom project I started the other day. I didn’t get much accomplished at all.

August 26th – swelling in my left hand.

I do not believe I have lupus like my mom and cousin but firmly believe something’s going on more than just fibromyalgia. I told my mom today if the doctor comes back and says nothing is wrong with me I was going to jump off a bridge. 🤪

Honestly I just pray for answers and I pray for others that suffer from inflammation and autoimmune disorders. People on the outside really have no clue how painful it is. Even to do just the simple tasks it’s hard.

Stay tuned for updates on my condition.

Dry Skin

With all that’s going on medically it seems every part of my body was dry. Hands, feet, face, and everywhere in between. 🤪

I was messaging back in forth with my friend Christina about why I wasn’t able to meet up for lunch one day, giving her the low down on the major sinus infection causing major dizziness. We then got on the subject of getting old and we’re comparing our symptoms.

Before collagen-right hand. August 18th

Before collagen – left hand! August 18th

Christina then told me about the liquid collagen she had been using and spoke highly of it. She stated that it absorbs so much quicker and is medical grade.

Left hand – August 18th

My finger nails were so brittle as well! Just touching something they would break and they weren’t growing. I took pride in my naturally long fingers nails and now they weren’t growing at all.

Length of my hair! August 21st

My hair had stopped growing even though I was using the powder collagen in my coffee on a daily basis and every other day or so adding a collagen chew. By this point I felt as though my body was attacking itself. Getting old sucks. 🤪

Right foot – August 18th

My feet have been try for over a year now and in March this year after a biopsy I was diagnosed with eczema. I would get water filled pockets on both my hands and feet. The dermatologist stated that it was called Dyshidrosis. What was weird it would only disappear when I was sick and if I was feeling great they would appear.

Left foot – August 18th

So I ordered my liquid collagen from Amazon and started taking that the day I received it, August 18th. Christina did not tell me much about it. Only that’s it’s been working for her. 🤣 So I’m going to warn you now…sweet mango for me tastes like crap. I had to hold back from vomiting. It’s super thick, you can take it by the tablespoon or mix it with a drink of your choice. I messaged Christina “OMG you didn’t tell me it was nasty!” 🤪

Stay tuned and I will update progress photos in September.

B12 Deficiency

It all makes sense now on why I’m so tired all the time and probably the reason why I was constantly reaching for Dr. Pepper. This I believe has contributed to a lot of my weight gain.

Since my results last week I’ve been trying to eat healthier, exercise more, and cut out the Dr. Peppers. I’ve not been 100% successful in it cutting out the Dr. Peppers because I realize that was my “coffee” during the day. I’d say I’ve cut my Dr. Peppers down drastically and went to Dr. Pepper Zero for the most part. However my body is still screaming for the caffeine because the B12 deficiency has me tired tired.

Has anyone else dealt with B12 deficiency?