A Story About A Girl

How fibromyalgia affects other illnesses and injuries

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Fibromyalgia & Oseoarthritis

One thing I have noticed over the years since being diagnosed in my early 20’s with fibromyalgia is that it tends to intensify everything else that is going on. Whether it is a psych issue such as anxiety or depression, a physical issue such as osteoarthritis or a disease such as type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia seems to make dealing with them so much harder. I have learned a lot over the years about my chronic illnesses but there are times when they still take me by surprise and times when I wish things could go back to the days before any of this started affecting me. If there ever really was such days. Honestly, I can’t really remember a time that I didn’t get sick easily or injured easily. Even as a child I had strep throat and ear infections constantly. I caught everything going around from rubella as a baby to chickenpox to scarlet fever mumps, measles, and hand, foot, and mouth among others. I’m surprised I didn’t have the plague to be absolutely honest.

I am very prone to injury. I am not sure if this is just because I am clumsy or if it is more related to the fact that people with fibromyalgia seem to be more prone to falls. One study mentioned on WebMD suggests that this is because people with fibromyalgia tend to have balance issues. We apparently score worse on balance tests than people who don’t have fibromyalgia. It also mentions that the number of medications had no relationship with the scores but as we take more medications typically it can’t be ruled out. Not sure how they came up with that one… [...]  READ MORE

Is it denial or living life to the fullest?

I have to sometimes wonder that. I decided recently that I refuse to give in to Fibromyalgia. I refuse to give up and stop doing things and going anywhere. I am determined to keep active and continue to do the things I love even if they are a struggle a lot of the time. Is that denial that I have a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, cognitive issues, fatigue and balance issues among other things? Or is it just refusing to give up and live life to the fullest?

I am determined that for as long as I can I am going to continue to walk, hike, drive (as long as it’s safe), and do all the things I took for granted before being diagnosed. I’ve done this for the last 15 years off an on. Sometimes I did let it get the best of me and I stopped working, stopped living and hid away. My life is much different now though. I have a job I can work from home at my own pace. I have a loving and supportive husband who though sometimes likely annoyed never lets it show.

Encouragement and determination are my friends. I refuse to slow down unless I need to. I understand sometimes my body is overwhelmed with pain and fatigue and I just need to rest. So I plan to rest and then get right back up and keep going. I am not letting Fibromyalgia stop me from accomplishing my dreams. I am not letting it stop my husband and I from accomplishing our dreams together. I am not letting it take control. I have control. I have options. I have support. I have everything I need to live life to the fullest and I fully plan to do so! [...] 

Pain, Hospitals & TMI

I’m going to apologize in advance as this post may contain a little too much information. I admit sometimes I feel a little bit embarrassed or hesitant to talk about certain things, however that being said I feel it’s important to talk about women’s issues and health and it’s my blog and my life and what I’m going through so if you’re a bit squeamish, don’t like talking/reading about women’s health issues this post might not be for you.  So don’t say I didn’t warn you

This is also going to be really long! So, I’m going to jump right in.  As a teen, I had heavy, uncomfortable, painful periods that happened more often and lasted longer than most other girls my age. At 15, I suffered from numerous cysts on my ovaries that ruptured leaving me doubled over in pain, throwing up, feeling clammy with a high heart rate. I had numerous trips to the ER but luckily no surgery was ever needed. I was never diagnosed with PCOS but it was mentioned when I was younger.

Maybe that should have been a clue but I was always told that despite that it was normal and that as I got older it would even out. The cycle would get longer between, the periods lighter and less painful and shorter and this actually did happen and the cysts stopped, and for about 23 years things were pretty normal other than moderate cramping and headaches and maybe some mild to moderate PMS symptoms. [...]  READ MORE