May is Fibromyalgia Awareness month! So to put a little spin on information and awareness, we will learn today what it feels like to have fibromyalgia using everyday scenarios!
Here are two possible explanations. Which one fits you best? Which one would you use to explain to someone how it feels to have fibromyalgia?
The flu example;
It is getting the flu, and never getting over it! You are on, let’s say… day three. The throwing up has pretty much stopped, and your fever broke. Your body feels like you’ve been hit by a truck and you are sore from just being in bed for so long. You are weak. Every movement takes effort. You are incredibly stiff, even your hair hurts! Just taking a shower is exhausting. Getting dressed feels like some gigantic mystery to solve! (What goes on first? Socks?) The bathroom is still not your friend! You would be relieved if you never have to use the toilet again in your lifetime.
The athlete example;
You had your first practice for the year. (Think of whatever team sport you played or play.) It is the next day… you are sore in muscles you never knew you had! Just taking a shower, hurts. The water feels like it is beating on your body! You think you can walk, but your legs may give out at a moments notice. Just pulling on your jeans feels like your arms may come out of their sockets. Going to the bathroom is literally a painful and exhausting major feat. Carrying a book bag if you are going to class, or a briefcase to work, feels like some modern day torture device. You know you can read and write but retaining information, when you are in this much pain, seems unlikely.
Next Wednesday we will reveal another fibromyalgia mystery! This month only. Please join me for the next installment of Fibromyalgia Awareness (kinda).
What would you like to know about fibromyalgia? I just may answer your question next Wednesday (kinda)!
Live your best life!