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Literally!!! Life can be a real pain in the neck, back, arms, head, shoulders, hips and more when you are living like me, with Fibromyalgia. A daily pain, that never goes away. Yes, there are days that are better, but then there are days that are worse. When I open my eyes every morning I just never know what the day holds for me but within minutes of being awake I know because my body tells me. Living with fibromyalgia syndrome is something I wish on no one.
I was diagnosed with chronic fibromyalgia in about 2005 and have to say it was one of those bitter sweet days. My Mom had been living with fibromyalgia for years and years and there were issues I was having that I saw she had and she had mentioned many times she thought I too had it. Well, I fought it and finally couldn’t take it anymore and needed to know why I was always tired, in pain, couldn’t sleep, depressed, etc. Going to the Dr. was not easy for me because I didn’t want to know. But, finding out that I had fibro was finally an answer for me, but also a life sentence. Knowing that what I had was not going to go away or be fixed, ever, was hard to swallow. Now, 8 years later I am glad that I can help others by teaching them how to find treatments for fibromyalgia by blogging about things I find out.
I am 41 years old and am living with my fibro, drug free. At this point in my life I am choosing alternative things to manage my fibro. I eat healthy, exercise, do lots of stretching or yoga, try to sleep by using natural things like melatonin, take very good vitamins and supplements, get massages a couple times a month, and try not to over do certain things. But, with that said…there are things I do push myself on. My fitness is one of those things. I do enjoy working out, and I refuse to be a flabby 40 year old so I do tend to push hard with my exercising. But, the way I see it is this ~ My body hurts regardless of if I exercise or not.. so.. I will exercise and keep my body in shape and flexible as long as I can. And, since I spend many hours a day sitting due to being a professional blogger I need to get my blood flowing daily with some exercise. Taking care of your body is key no matter what your condition is.
I have really started to pay close attention to the things I eat as well. I eat a lot of fish, chicken, veggies, and fruits. I stay away from any boxed meals, high sodium foods, msg, gluten, fake sugar, whites (white rice, potatoes, flour), fast food places, etc. I find that if you eat clean you feel better.
Finding good support for fibromyalgia is also key in dealing day to day. A friend, an online group, a local group, etc. Having a good doctor helps too because you need someone to talk to that knows your medical history and is not afraid to help you manage your condition. Me, I don’t really have a good doctor since there are no doctors close to me that will see someone with fibro. My primary doctor relocated and I have yet to find one I can see.
The hardest part for me is that on the outside I look fine, and nobody knows how much pain I am in by just looking at me. I get looked at funny many times when people want me to do things and I say I can’t. I try to explain why I can’t and always feel like that charity case or something.. people just don’t get it. Take a look at me… I don’t look sick.. do I?
If you only knew how much my body hurts every single day. Some days, it is hard to even wear a bra, or anything tight. Every single day I feel like I am that “Princess and the Pea”. Remember that story. The princess who slept on many mattresses and still could feel the pea under the very bottom one. Every little thing irritates me. A tiny hair in my shirt, one little bug bite, a belt to tight, a seat belt rubbing, a hoodie bunched up when I lean against my chair, my elastic in my socks and underwear, the wrong pillow, … I could go on and on.
Lifescript’s Fibromyalgia Health Center has been a great resource and tool for me when dealing with my fibro. I visit often and soak in all I can and share with others online that I know deal with fibro as well. I am pretty up on all things fibro but do learn new things from Lifescript.com . I am pretty up on all the vitamins ones should take to help fibro, but just read about Brown Seaweed Extract and had never heard of that before. So, it is on my list of vitamins to grab. It is supposed to help joint pain. So, when simple things like going up my steps or cleaning the house, or hauling out the trash cause me pain it is nice to know that there are things that can help.
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