I have decided to… well, rather TRY something different here on my blog. I want to devote Sunday to writing about Fibromyalgia.
Sometimes, especially when I am in a flare, I need to vent. And I feel as though I may possibly be pushing my luck by complaining to family and friends.
And I figure there might be a few of you out there that are feeling the same way.
So here goes!
I was diagnosed with fibro about 5 years ago. I used to go to the gym about 4 times a week but suddenly I was finding it difficult to do any of the weight machines. And I couldn’t do the time, speed or incline on the treadmill. And I was exhausted.
I decided to give myself a break, thinking that some depression over my parent’s death was creeping into my life since I never really had the chance to grieve. Instead I had to deal with the estate.
But then the pain started. And I blamed menopause.
The pain got worse and I was convinced I had cancer. So I went to my doctor. And as I sat there and told him everything, he walked over to me, put his hand on my shoulder and just simply told me that he was sure it was fibromyalgia. He sent me to a Rheumatologist. She did a lot of tests and confirmed the diagnosis.
I was in tears. I was always healthy and active, how the hell did this happen!!!
Then I realized I was lucky. I didn’t have it as bad as some people and I didn’t have cancer. So I moved on.
I went to physical therapy which helped get some movement back. And even though I already made sure I was eating healthy and not eating processed foods, I cracked down a little harder to make sure I was doing all that I could.
And I read. A lot! I have read so many articles on fibro, and I have tried different vitamins, different diets, and massage. Nothing has made a difference. A few times I felt that maybe something was working and I was feeling better and then BAM! I am in a flare!
That just happened too! I started taking a magnesium supplement and after several months, I noticed I was almost pain free for about 2 months. Then the pain was back and with a vengeance!!
I have also found that I have the most pain at work. In fact, sometimes I sit at my desk in so much pain that I begin to cry waiting for the pain pill to kick in. So far, I have been lucky enough that no one has walked in my office during that time!!! I also use a heating pad at my desk. It really helps, anywhere I have pain I just put the pad. The back of chair for my back, wrapped around my hip for hip pain, under my thigh for leg pain. Hey it works!!!
I have pain at home too, but its just not usually as bad. Usually. When I am home and have pain I can rest and recover. At work I cannot. Plus, I think sitting in a chair just aggravates the pain.
I do get up and stretch and move around but it is just not the same as being at home!
So, stay tuned for next Sunday and I will pick it back up with some things I have come to accept and how I deal with it all!
Live and love well!