Fibromyalgia

When Your Entire Body is in Pain

Fibromyalgia is a disease that creates horrific pain, continuous fatigue and regular sleep interruptions. This pain has a way of affecting all the soft fibrous tissues in your body (the tendons, muscles, and ligaments).

Living with fibromyalgia is a daily challenge and an uphill battle because it is an incapacitating disease. You have trouble sitting; standing; sleeping; and lying on one side for long periods without experiencing extreme pain. Even some exercises can make the pain worse but mild exercise is recommended. Also Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which includes diarrhea constipation, abdominal pain and gas, bloating, and queasiness) seems to affect people living with this condition.

When every muscle in your body hurts, all movement is restricted and extreme fatigue becomes a major part of daily living. Cramping and twitching of the muscles seem to be worst in the mornings with a throbbing burning pain in all parts of your body. Sometimes changes in the weather can cause stress, anxiety and constant over-exertion. Being unable to perform regular daily activities is a main cause of depression. Symptoms for fibromyalgia are similar to a very bad case of the flu in which your entire body aches and there is immense fatigue with lack of memory or poor memory and trouble concentrating.

Other symptoms associated with this disease can include chest pain or heart palpitations, shortness of breath, numbness and tingling sensations, bladder problems, chronic headaches, dry mouth and sometimes dry eyes, sharp pains in the neck and shoulder, feeling faint, excessive sweating, muscle weakness and dizziness. Also bright lights, strong odors, any type of noise, various foods and some medications can affect people living with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia occurs in people of all ages and affects even children. Although more women are affected by this disease, men can also develop fibromyalgia. There are current treatments available and more treatments are being developed to help people living with this excruciating disease.

For more information about fibromyalgia, please talk to your doctor.

What is Fibromyalgia?

How I Discovered I Had Fibromyalgia

The first thing you need to understand is that the symptoms varies from person to person. In my case it all started about fifteen years ago. I am a hairdresser by profession and I was working anywhere from 50 to 60 hours a weeks. I always thought that the more you work the more money you bring in the more successful you where. I worked for about ten to twelve years, without ever taking any vacations or time off, and my business was booming. Sense I was located in a rural community I set my prices lower to attract as many customers as I could. Working long hours, and having as many as fifteen clients in one day. Then one day everything came to a stop. I did not have any children back then so my goal was making money, saving money and live well, and I got stuck in a vicious cycle.

I would have hack and paints from time to time but it was always dismissed as a “I done to much today”, then all of a sudden I woke up one morning and one side of my scalp felt as if someone was following me and applying the pressured of their fist on the top of my head. So that was ok for a while until days went by, weeks went by and it was always there. So by this time I was getting concerned and scared, and didn’t know what to make of it. At this point you start to imagine the worst. So I visited the doctor and got some test done even a C T scan and nothing. This pain lasted almost a year, and then one morning one. Then I started having pains in the my left leg, it got to be so painful that for weeks I couldn’t apply any pressure from walking on my leg, I was limping and having to only apply pressure to my the tip of my toes to walk, I even had to get a “rolling bench” to use to be able to work. I had all kind of test done and they could see anything again. This pain stay for about three months, and then one day…gone.

By this time you think your going insane. One day your arm would hurt, then you had a sore back, then you foot hurts and that would disappear and something else would hurt. Whatever was going on didn’t make any sense. My husband started to say “where do you hurt, today?” like in a mocking way? He started to call me a hipocondriacand then I started to cry and I just couldn’t take it anymore. At this point he took it seriously. Afterward he made me an appointment at the doctors and was genuinely concerned, and at this point I was hurting from head to toe, 24/7. My doctor got me in for a wide rage of test and by the process of elimination he concluded that it was fibromyalgia. So he got a appointment with an “arthritis” specialist to confirm his diagnosis. And started giving me more information and explain to me what to do next.