Saturday, August 1, 2009

It's a Hot Summer!

It's been a week since my last post. We've been on the road, traveling between NW Oregon to NE Oregon. Visited our park hosting friends, Sonny and Mary in Ilwaco, WA. Also our son and family, Adam, Carrie and baby Lyla, who is almost 10 months, in Ridgefield, WA. Very much enjoy our visits and always hate to leave. However, it was 101 and 102 the two days we were in Ridgefield. It was 95 when we arrived in Wallowa, OR. Heat is not my body's friend. Most FM suffers feel better in warm weather. Not I! It not only lugs me down, but my Fibromyalgia pain level increases. Anyone else have more trouble with heat than cold weather?

I have another book to recommend. "The Fibromyalgia Help Book". The authors are I. Jon Russell, MD, Ph.D and Jenny Fransen, RN. This was the first FM book I acquired. I read it before I was diagnosed. When I went to the Rheumatologist, I told him I had read the book, thought I had FM and wanted to be checked for it. Of course, he ruffled a bit. No one likes to be "told" especially a doctor. But sometimes we are so desperate for a diagnosis, our research provides what we think is the answer. In my case, I fit the information. I needed a doctor to confirm my suspicion and help me. Help me he did. Dr. Valentine practiced in Astoria, Oregon. To my sadness, he passed away four months after my diagnosis. He got me on medication and a good start to feeling better. I wish I could have learned more from him.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Debbie,
    I was wondering if you could email me. My name is Leah and I am from Canada. I suspect that I might have FM. I am starting to feel like a hypocondriac. My doctor keeps telling me that I suffer from depression and that my pain and discomfort are related to it. For awhile now I have suspected that there is more to it than just that. I really like the doctor that I have but I just find that I have to self diagnose myself before she will test me for anything. I was wondering if you could help me?
    Please email me at