What is Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is muscle pain, fatigue, and tenderness in the muscles. The condition is caused by an over active nervous system. Some conditions caused by this disease are moods swings, loss of memory, and sleeplessness. As of today there is no known cure for fibromyalgia.
After going through numerous xrays, cat scans, physio, massages, acupuncture nothing seemed to help. Some medications made me sick, some gave me mood swings and some made me lose weight. Finally I was sent to a pain specialist and was diagnosed with musculoskkeletal pain( fibromyalgia).
Living with this disease is an everyday battle working, sitting, bending, stretching, the pain just never goes away. Even writing this post is hard on my neck muscles as I have to look down to write, so I need to take breaks to continue to write. The pain shoots down my spine and across my shoulders and affects my left side more than the right side. There are days when I am very moody because you hope to have a better day but it never happens and the pain takes over. I feel bad at times because you take you frustrations out on you spouse knowing it’s not their fault. It does cause a lot of stress in families and depression starts to set in.
Myself I suffer from fibromyalgia, it is very difficult at times to make it through the day. Then comes the nights, sleeping use to be peaceful, now my body pains all through the night, can’t get comfortable your body just aches and throbs all night long. On many occasions I have to literally get out of bed and walk around the house to try and alleivate the pain. I also have restless leg syndrome which causes sensations in my legs and you get a irresitable urge to move your legs around. So nights for me are sleepless most of the time.
There is no known cure for this disease so doctors try to manage you pain the best they can at the time. Some medications work for some people, some they don’t as with my case. After a days work, I work in a nursing home, I come home and get my husband to either get Voltaren, A535, blue-ice or Minards linament to try to ease the pain a bit it don’t last long before it hits again. Most pain medications work for a few months easing the pain but not completely taking it away, then it seems the pills does’t work anymore. My doctor then will try another kind of pill and sometimes the side effects are worse than the pill itself. I’ve even tried home remedies with no success, anything that I think might ease the pain.
How It Has Affected My Life
Having fibromyalgia has changed my life dramatically. I use to love playing with my grandkids when they came to visit, as traveling myself is very hard on me. Now it takes a lot to try to keep up with them. Going for nature walks and taking photos was something I’ve loved doing now I go in a car and can’t walk to far before I start to hurt. Housework is even harder than it use to be, my husband does most of the hard part of it. Now I’m limited every day in what I can and can’t do. My day job pretty well takes the good out of me and by the end of it I hurt so much I can hardly move when I get home. Even though, this disease wears me down I will not let it get the better of me.
Knowing I have fibromyalgia I did research on it, trying to understand it more and how I could continue doing the things I love to do. I had to actually give up on some of my favorite hobbies, like gardening, my husband does most of it now on the days that I does’t fell up to it. time with the grandkids are cut short as I’m not as active as I use to be. I still like my walks but not as far now. While taking pictures of nature and animals I mostly drive to do it. Am I going to let this disease get the better of me NO!!!! I will continue on with my lifestyle as long as I can and do the things I love doing until I can’t do them anymore. I feel if you let it get the best of you, then you life will be slowly drained out of you. My motto is live life to the fullest because you never know what tomorrow will bring.
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