Fibromyalgia, it’s a pain!!

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Are you all tired of winter? I hate when winter hangs on this long. I am so ready for Spring and the warm weather. One good thing is that it is February and soon the weather will warm up and we can put all this snow and cold behind us. Until then, we have to endure all the cold and snow.

Along with all the cold, not only are there flu and colds to contend with, there are other ailments that seem to pop up with the changing of the weather. Things like arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and other diseases.

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 10 years ago. It started out with just the pressure point pain in the shoulders, knees, elbows and hips. There were days when I could hardly get out of the chair. I went to a specialist and he prescribed Cymbalta, which was a blessing! I actually was able to get a job and enjoy life again.

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I thought that was all there was to the disease since the Dr. never filled me in on what was to be expected. Over the years, I thought I was just getting old or that my symptoms were just in my head. I have been doing a little research and I found out that I’m not going crazy!!

For years, I have had a terrible time driving at night. The glare from the street lights and car lights almost blind me. I have been to the eye doctor, there is nothing that should cause my night blindness. Research shows this is a symptom.

Fibo fog is a REAL problem for me! I thought I was getting Alzheimer’s disease. No one can imagine the embarrassment you feel when you look at a co-worker and can’t remember their name! Or when you are at a meeting and start talking and suddenly, you find yourself searching for words. Then, there are times when I try to say something or even order a meal and the words come out completely different than what I mean!! Thank goodness my husband was with me when I ordered my food or I would have had something I didn’t like!

Over the years, I would get a stabbing pain in my foot. It felt as if someone lit a match and put the flame on my toes. I would start stomping my foot as to put the fire out but it didn’t help. My husband would look at me as it I were from Mars! I couldn’t figure out why I had this pain. And as for wearing shoes, forget it! I have a closet full of new dress shoes that I can’t wear. I even have different brands of tennis shoes that hurt my feet. Luckily, I found a pair of shoes that I wear with everything. Not the most glamorous shoe, but, you do what you have to do!

Most of the time I go barefoot, but, that can be like the princess and the pea. If I happen to step on a pebble or even some piece of a crumb the dogs brought in, the pain can bring me down. This is coming from a kid that lived on a farm and could cross hot gravel to get to the barn 10 times a day without flinching!

Then there is the pain and stiffness in your hands. Somedays, I drop everything I pick up! I get so frustrated! Or, when I go to write something down, I always hope my fingers will work. There are times, I have perfect handwriting, other days, it looks like chicken scratches! I have been known to make up grocery lists and when I get to the store, I can’t read my own writing!

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I have come across a new symptom recently. That is ear trouble. Yes, I’m retirement age and hearing loss is normal, right? Well, after doing my research, I discovered, fibromyalgia can affect your ears. I use to LOVE listening to music, but, now it just sounds like a bunch of screaming to me. There also seems to be one note especially that sends me running to turn off the radio. I’m not a musician, so, I can’t tell you what note, but, it’s in most songs! That leads me to T.V., most commercials have the loud music. My family has a hard time understanding why I sit in silence most of the time.

Oh, and if you are like me, you suffer from low energy. With all these cold fronts moving in, there are times when it takes all my strength just to get out of bed in the mornings. Some days getting dressed is about all I can do. But, on a good day, I can get more done than a normal person!

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If you happen to have any of these symptoms, do your own research. I’ve been to several doctors and a specialist and none of them had any answers. They look at me funny and just say Hmmmm. Like I said, I have been doing the research and have found out that I’m not crazy, these symptoms are real! Now, to get family and friends to realize you have a problem is something else!!

Good luck to all you sufferers. I definitely feel your pain! If you have any comments on dealing with your pain, I’d like to hear from you!!

Take care

Laura

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