My Symptoms and experience with fibromyalgia
Oh my god fibromyalgia is terrible, when will it end? Ok I’m sure you get that lol, I just wanted to lighten the mood on this grim subject. This causes me pain all over and causes me to be uncomfortable along with some very inconvenient things to happen.
I can’t sleep good and one reason isn’t even pain, its temperature. You see I’ll have just gotten into bed to sleep and I throw the covers off. My husband says “what’s wrong”? ” I say it’s
hot in here even though the fan is on”. So what’s the big deal?
Everyone has gotten hot before. Well it’s not that simple. I roll over and try to sleep, still burning even though the room isn’t really hot.
Then I realize hey I’m still hot, “ugh”. I’m getting frustrated now so I take my nightgown off and roll over. My husband says “are you ok” asking me again because I won’t stay still.
I tell him I was hot so I took my nightgown off and he has already recovered his half of the bed up because he’s not hot. So I lay down and that should be the end of it right? Nope, not by a long shot. So here I lay trying to sleep, then I realize I have another issue and it hasn’t even been 5 minutes or it doesn’t seem like it anyways.
The issue is I’m cold now, in fact I’m shivering. I then sit up and fumble around to feel where I tossed my nightgown in the dark so I don’t wake my now sleeping husband. I put it on and cover up hoping to warm up. I leave the fan alone so my husband stays asleep.
I lay there shivering till I feel hot again. I’m just not happy. On top of all this, my hips, back, wrists, and feet are hurting too and I can’t get comfy so I toss and turn a lot. I usually end up doing this over and over until I fall asleep. This stuff is all day long too. I get tired when I shouldn’t be, which is known as fatigue, hot and cold flashes, pain all over all the time.
I get headaches and have IBS which is irritable bowel syndrome. When I get these headaches I also get nausea. It also has been a pain getting diagnosed too. I mean for years I kept getting either I don’t know answers for pain or other diagnoses which is part of having fibromyalgia but it’s just so frustrating not having a diagnosis or any clue what to do about it since you don’t know what you have.
I ended up getting diagnosed 10 years after all this pain started at a rheumatologist office after getting blood work to see if I had Rheumatoid Arthritis which I don’t. My podiatrist referred me there which was about time one of my doctors did something right.
However I have found relief for this and my other chronic pain issues too which I will share with you in another section so don’t throw the towel in yet lol. Relax this isn’t the end but this is the end of this section of this page. If you scroll you’ll see more so please stay with me here, I hope that wasn’t too boring.
What is fibromyalgia and what causes it?
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a musculoskeletal condition and it’s the most common one after osteoarthritis. Fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome because it has a set of symptoms and when they exist together they imply that you have a specific disease or an increased chance of getting it.
Over 15 million americans have fibromyalgia and most of them are women between 25 and 60 years of age. What causes fibromyalgia remains a mystery to doctors however genetics, infections and post traumatic stress disorder have been linked to fibromyalgia.
I hope this helps to answer your question and I will update this if doctors ever figure out the cause.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Here is your fibromyalgia symptoms checklist in various categories below:
Main Signs of Fibromyalgia
- Painful Tender Points
- Deep Muscle Pain
- Morning Stiffness
Other Major Signs of Fibromyalgia
- Sleep Problems
10 Most Common Signs Fibromyalgia
- Fibro Fog – Memory and Concentration Problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS
- Numbness with Tingling in Legs, Feet, Arms and Hands
- Painful Menstrual Cramps
- Urinary Symptoms Including Frequency or Pain While Urinating
- Tender Points
What is the treatment for fibromyalgia?
Here are 4 drug free ways you can relieve your fibromyalgia pain.
- Deep Water Aerobics – Deep Water Aerobics consists of several exercises that help with range of motion and burn calories so you’re not stiff but if you want a more in depth explanation then please visit my Deep Water Aerobics page.
- Massage Therapy
If you would like more detailed information about treatments then will you please check out my Remedies For Fibromyalgia page.
How have you found relief for your fibromyalgia?
Well at first I didn’t do anything at all. I didn’t want to move. All I felt like doing was being a couch potato or staying in bed in agony. Doing nothing wasn’t helping one little bit. In fact I felt worse until finally I decided that I needed to follow my doctor’s advice which I didn’t put much stock into.
Dr Agnew my podiatrist suggested I go to deep water aerobics classes along with some strength training for the rest of my life. He was telling me to exercise which is the exact opposite of what I felt like doing. I know right?
I love exercise though because I used to do it, but with all the pain I had no desire to do so. So I really and truly understand how you feel right now. I did some reading about Deep Water Aerobics and looked up Aqua belts which is what you need to do Deep Water Aerobics.
I ended up ordering Aqua Jogger Classic Belt-Blue on amazon and I also bought some Water Shoes called Speedo Women’s Hydro Comfort 4.0 Water Shoe. I’ve also started taking Source Naturals Fibro-
Response which has helped me immensely. All of these things combined is what has helped me with my fibromyalgia symptoms. If you would like to know about the Aqua Jogger then please click here to read my review.
If you would like to know more about how deep water aerobics can help you then please check out my Deep Water Aerobics Page or if you’d like to know about other exercises you can do then please check out my page about exercises for fibromyalgia. Please keep in mind that you should always ask your doctor before starting any new supplements and or exercise program and that not all products work the same for everyone but you won’t know until you try, also natural products won’t hurt you but still ask your doctor anyways. I hope you find some relief soon like I have.