Living with Fibromyalgia

Hey,

It’s been a while since I started to blog again, I have missed it. I kind of went into a shell to be honest and put my heart and sole into something that well backfired because they took advantage. So I find writing helps, I find since being diagnosed with a mental illness, I like to keep my mind busy.

So Fibromyalgia;

Fibromyalgia is an awful illness that many people have heard of, but it’s one of those invisible illnesses that people say ‘ Anyone would think your legs hanging off’ well I have news for you, it may not look like it’s hanging off, but it damn well feels like it!

  • Full body pain and stiffness
  • Extreme tiredness/fatigue
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Issues with thinking, memory, and concentration
  • Chronic headaches, including migraines

Other symptoms might include:

  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • Pain in the face or jaw
    • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Digestive issues
    • stomach pain
    • bloating
    • constipation
    • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Nerve pain and migraines

Some days the pain is unbearable, you really wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy. There is no cure just pain management and well let’s just say some days, no matter what you do or take, the pain just takes over.

Fibromyalgia can be caused by trauma, chemical changes in the brain, it is not clear. The worst part is it takes a long time to diagnose, in my case it did. Many trips to the GP, crying in pain.

I had a very traumatic birth, resulting in being hospitalised for nearly two months and I had to learn to walk again. I was in a bad way, both physically and mentally. I was later diagnosed with having PTSD.

The Chronic fatigue, muscle and nerve pain are the worst for me. I have it daily and if I take a trip to town or go food shopping. I pay for it. I can’t Carry Heavy items as I end up with elbow, wrist, arm, shoulder and back pain for days. I feel like I’m trapped in an 80 year olds body.

I see the chiropractor to help ease the nerve pain, but it doesn’t last long. I don’t like taking pain killers too often because it does your body no good. Neither does the fibro, but I weighed the options. So I take them when I have a bad flare up. Heat helps me, it sounds crazy but when I’m really bad I use the hair dryer and just fan my body, it really does ease the pain and makes it bearable. Crazy I know! But if it helps, sod it!

I guess I wrote this because just like a mental illness, fibromyalgia is an invisible illness and I guess I want you to bare that in mind if your friend says ‘I can’t tonight’ cut them some slack because we would love to not have to live with this and I imagine many would do anything not too.

Mummy Thomas x

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Thank you for reading I appreciate it.

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