As the years keep going so many of us are too. Have you ever sat down in a restaurant and looked around to see how people react even their smallest movements? I do because sometimes we think well look at them they are happy or mad but you see the way they feel or the way you think they feel. With out thinking sometimes we think that everything is going good for them and that’s sometime not the case. I want to tell you a little bit of living with fibromyalgia, fatigue and more.
I always tell people never judge a book by it’s cover. That is one of the saying that stuck to me one day years ago. I have been with fibromyalgia for over 30 years. I could say I was a experimental to the doctors because at that time no one new about fibromyalgia. I was real young and in so much pain I couldn’t focus on anything. I use to go to school and mentally it kept me occupied most of the days.
Other days it was so bad that I had to miss school and stayed in bed. My parents took me to a whole bunch of doctors that probably thought I was faking it or that I was crazy. My doctor did not find out till I was 18 years old she had a focus on something and sent me to a arthritis doctor that ran some test and found out what it was. I remember that when I went back to a follow up she told me what it was and I was relieve in a way to actually know a name for the pain. I had so many emotions that actually a little depression hit.
But I kept going forward. Because I was not going to let it take over me. After that, the pain was stronger after I had my daughter because I could not take the meds so I had to live with it. Moving forward I have taken many medications and my body got used to them that they stopped working. As of now I learned to live with it. I was almost bed written couldn’t move, a touch from some one stayed on my skin for more then ten minutes and so forth.
All I have to say that no one can say anything unless they went through it or is going though it. Now they have lots of theories on what it could be from inflammation to over active nerves.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.
Definition From The Center of Disease Control
Fibromyalgia (fi·bro·my·al·gi·a) is a condition that causes pain all over the body (also referred to as widespread pain), sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. People with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to pain than people without fibromyalgia. This is called abnormal pain perception processing. Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, about 2% of the adult population. The cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but it can be effectively treated and managed.
Out of all these and other research all I can say is that most is true. If Fibromyalgia had stages It would of been a stage 4 to the point of not being able to walk or even do nothing in life. Sometimes you just want to sit there and not be bother or it maybe that your family think you are whining to much or are lying.
What Are The Signs Or Symptoms
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are
- Pain and stiffness all over the body
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Depression and anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Problems with thinking, memory, and concentration
- Headaches, including migraines
- Pain in all your joints
- Pain in all your pressure points
Other symptoms may include:
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
- Pain in the face or jaw, including disorders of the jaw known as temporomandibular joint syndrome (also known as TMJ)
- Digestive problems, such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and even irritable bowel syndrome (also known as IBS)
- Insomnia ( not being able to sleep)
- Sensitivity to light
- Mood swings
Fibromyalgia fog – also known as “fibro fog” or “brain fog” – is a term some people use to describe the fuzzy feeling they get. Signs of fibro fog include:
- memory lapses
- difficulty concentrating
- trouble staying alert
According to a 2015 studyTrusted Source published in Rheumatology International, some people find mental fogginess from fibromyalgia more upsetting than pain.
Now in some research that I found some of them say it targets middle age woman only, But I have to disagree in that because I started at the age of 9 or 10 years of age. So fibromyalgia targets woman, man and even children.
What Are The Treatments For Fibromyalgia
Let me start by letting you know that not all doctors know a lot about fibromyalgia. There are still more research to be done. There is different treatments and lifestyle changes that can help. Some of these will work and some won’t. Everyone is different so you try all you can but don’t push your self over the limit.
But as treatment goes make sure to:
- Lifestyle changes
- Getting enough sleep ( if you can)
- Getting regular physical activity. If you have not already been active, start slowly and gradually increase how much activity you get. You may want to see a physical therapist, who can help you create a plan that is right for you.
- Learning how to manage stress
- Eating a healthy diet
- Learning to pace yourself. If you do too much, it can make your symptoms worse. So you need to learn to balance being active with your need for rest.
We still have life to try and do want we dream of. Always be positive in life. I have accomplish one of many things that I wanted. Has it been hard? Yes it has. But I strive to make a difference in my life.
Always make sure you talk to your doctor first so they can do all the test necessary. Also write a journal, write how you feeling and how high is the pain level.
*I am not a doctor nor a nurse this is what I have gone through and some research I did. Please Talk with your doctor at all time.*
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