Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It is believed that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. My symptoms began after I had an injury.
Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
There is no cure for it. It is something that won’t kill me, but it sure can make me miserable. I have pain every day, but the real frustrating thing for me is the fibro fog which affects my memory. Sometimes while I am talking I just lose what I am saying. It drives me crazy.
I have found changing my diet to a paleo one has helped alleviate the pain a bit which in itself is reason enough to stick to eating the paleo way. I do have to take medications which keep it manageable. Weather also affects my symptoms.
At my age I have the luxury of picking and choosing what is worth aggravating my symptoms and increasing the pain, and I can tell you that cleaning my house is low on the list. 🙂 My hobbies come before any housework and spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren, comes before them. I feel that if I am going to hurt, I want it to be over something I love doing, not something that isn’t fun.
Take yesterday for instance. Dottie, Frank and I spent the day at Sea World in Orlando. We met her ex-brother in law who had his grandchildren with him. They are the cutest kids. John 13 and Julia 9. It rained most of the day, but we walked all over the park. Julia wanted to sit down close when we saw the Shamu show. I sat right down there with her and we go soaked. We laughed so hard. I rode the roller coasters with them and we petted the rays together. We got back to the house around 8 o’clock last night and I can tell you I was exhausted and I was hurting. But I was also happy and excited about how I spent the day.
That’s the thing about fibro. You can’t give into it. You have to keep moving and doing what you enjoy. Like I said it’s not a condition that will end my life, so I don’t intend to let it dictate what I can do either.