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1. Your brain fog sometimes makes you talk not grood.
2. The simplest physical activity can make you feel like you just summited Mount Kilimanjaro.
3. You show up to work, grossly overdressed, because the AC feels like it’s been set to Ice Age.
4. Flare ups make you feel extremely achey. Similar to how your body feels when you have the flu.
5. FM pain can also be sharp and dull. It isn’t picky.
6. Sometimes your meds give you a kinda out of body experience, like you’re a zombie leading your zombie body.
7. You know exercising helps, but you’re too busy being achey to exercise.
8. When you do go to the gym, your workout routine is the easiest compared to other gym-goers, yet somehow, you’re the sweatiest one there.
9. Your brain fog is so bad, sometimes you mix up the steps in your daily routine.
10. You do your best to remain calm since stress is a major trigger for a flare up.
11. Even though you’re tired all the time, your sleeping patterns are ridiculously erratic.
12. When you do get sleep, you rarely feel rested.
13. Getting diagnosed correctly for Fibromyalgia is like taking a quest in a Tolkien novel. It’s suuuuuper drawn out.
14. Mapping out your trigger points on your body is like drawing a painful Chakra chart.
15. Your body is So. Sensitive. To. Everything.
16. Hold on a second…is that poison ivy on your back? Nope! It’s a goddamn shirt tag.
17. Regardless of your FM sensitivities, you have a high tolerance for other types of pain from all those years of doctors telling you it’s “all in your head.”
18. If you have fibromyalgia, there’s a high chance you also have an auto-immune issue as well.
19. And finally, you tend to lean on everything, like an angsty teenager. Not because you’re cool, but because you’re so dang tired all the time.
But regardless of all these issues, there have been several advances in doctor’s attitudes, as well as treatments, for fibromyalgia in the past 20 years. Here’s hoping they continue to grow!
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