Saturday, May 6, 2017
Fibromyalgia and Me
As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia some months ago after suffering for years with pain and fatigue and not knowing what it was. It took me forever to get a doctor to take me serious and send me to a specialist, but it finally happened.
I'm linking this article from Chatelaine magazine because I think it's excellent in telling what it's like to have this disease: link
The way I feel varies from day to day, but usually I feel the best in the mornings and by two in the evening it starts to go downhill as the pain sets in along with the fatigue. At that time on days off I usually end up in bed for the rest of the day and night only getting up to use the bathroom or eat and drink.
The pain is a constant thing at that point. All my muscles and joints along with my skin feels tender and it actually hurts to move or be touched when it's really bad. At this point my face and scalp hurts and I find it hard to bend my fingers.
I do take Cymbalta for the pain, but it's touch and go though I do think it helps at times.
I think there is a stigma that comes along with having this. People look at you like you're crazy and they seem to think it can't be as bad as you say it is. So that's really annoying.
I do manage to work full-time. I get through the days the best I can. I wouldn't want to stop working. It really does keep me going along with writing when I can. Though my productivity writing wise has been way down.
If you are a sufferer, you are not alone. Remember that.