Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome where the brain does not process pain properly. The result is feeling pain and tenderness all over the body when you shouldn’t, as well as fatigue, anxiety and depression. For the last 15 years, I have suffered from Fibromyalgia as well as chronic pain (mostly in my neck, shoulders and back).
However, there are days where the pain spreads throughout my entire body. For days, sometimes even months at a time, my whole body feels like it was run over by a truck. Throughout the last five years or so, the physical pain I felt started to get more intense everywhere. Honestly, I thought it was just me over-exerting myself at my job and daily activities. I thought the pain was normal.
I started noticing all these other symptoms. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Chronic Fatigue, Restless leg syndrome and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint pain and stiffness) to name a few. It was then that I knew that something more was going on. No one could be suffering from all these symptoms daily and not have something wrong with them. In August 2008, my doctor put me off work permanently. Since then, I have been on disability.
After going through many exams, tests and trying various methods for pain relief over the years that were doing absolutely nothing for me, my family doctor of 30 years made an initial diagnosis of Fibromyalgia in December 2011. January 2013, after being referred to a Rheumatologist. Officially I was diagnosed with Chronic Fibromyalgia.
200+ Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Did you know there are 200+ symptoms of Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is classified as a syndrome, so people will have many of these symptoms, while others may only experience some of them. No two people will be the same (this can cause a lot of confusion).
Because I am relatively new to learning all about this “invisible illness” I have called Fibromyalgia, it’s wonderful knowing there is a great deal of support for Fibromyalgia and valuable resources out there where I can get actual answers to my questions, and not just opinions. That’s where Lifescript’s Fibromyalgia Health Center has come in and has taken a lot of stress away.
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Since discovering the Lifescript website, I’ve learned so much about Fibromyalgia. There is a ton of information (medical and statistical) but what I appreciate the most is the treatments of Fibromyalgia. I was able to find information on medication, alternative therapies (Magnesium Massage, Balneotherapy Spa Therapy, etc.), and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes are essential, but not always enough. I love that Lifescript encourages healthy living. There is even help on how to manage your condition with nutrition and exercise.
The Lifescript Fibromyalgia Health Center features tips, quizzes, recipes, articles, all by professional health writers, experts and physicians covering new Fibromyalgia research. Not to mention the best foods to fight Fibromyalgia, how to get a correct diagnosis, management tips for moms and more.
Want to find more posts relating to Fibromyalgia? Don’t miss the articles below:
- Is Fibromyalgia a Real Disease?
- Frequently Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia
- 10 Fibromyalgia Myths & Facts
- 6 Ways to Feel Better With Fibromyalgia
Have you heard of Fibromyalgia? Do you or anyone you know struggle with Fibromyalgia?
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