What do mornings feel like when you wake up with a chronic pain disease like fibromyalgia? I was stumped when people would ask me how it “felt” to have fibromyalgia. “Not good?” Seriously, it is hard to explain. Some say like the flu, others like the flu with a sunburn. Some say it’s like being held under water while you have the flu… do you see a running theme here? I finally figured out three examples I can use to explain what it feels like to have fibromyalgia.
-Ever had the flu and been in bed for an entire week, getting up only to throw-up? Your body hurts! It feels like the day after you get over the flu. Knowing it could get worse, could get better… you are just unsure and still hurting from a week in bed.
-Ever ran track? It feels like the day after the first practice of the season.
-Ever played basketball, football, or volleyball? It feels like the day after the first practice of the season.
Fibromyalgia is basically a nerve disorder. Overactive pain signals are coursing through your body, and your brain’s response alerts you to feel pain. You are in pain, every minute of every day, only the degree of pain changes. Along with the pain are fibromyalgia’s little pain pals that show up uninvited. Backaches, headaches, vertigo, fatigue, nausea, restless legs, depression, and oh so much more! It’s like a fierce fibro gang hell-bent on reminding you that you are a member!!
Here are a few of fibro’s pain pals:
So, a day with fibro begins in pain… as you wake up you feel like you’ve spent all night not sleeping but thoroughly planning and cleaning your house for a fancy dinner party that you will be hosting! The invitations have gone out, the RSVP’s have rolled in, and you have a three-course meal to prepare for twelve people. You are beyond exhausted and yet, you have to put on your party clothes and host this shin-ding! Hence, your day begins with you feeling like the party guests will be arriving any minute and you are too exhausted to even shower. Now, get out of bed…
Good Morning… Feelin’ fibro?
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