Receiving the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia often takes a long time. Every other illness/condition must be ruled out, or added to, our list of diagnoses. After all, Fibro is rarely a lone diagnosis; it can be the primary or secondary, irregardless, the diagnosis of Fibro is a life changing event.
There are many ways that those with Fibro are treated…antidepressants, pain medications, alternative therapies (like acupuncture), chiropractic care, etc. Some of us have extremely hypersensitive systems that greatly restrict what our medical team can prescribe or do for us.
Fibro does not manifest itself the same in each person; it can range from a slight inconvenience to overwhelming…meaning some can manage Fibro and continue with a normal life, whereas others are forced to quite jobs and become homebound.
There are 100 symptoms of Fibro. Just as some people experience a handful of symptoms, others experience 25 – 50, and still others will experience close to, if not reaching, all 100! These symptoms do not hit all at once…the symptoms of Fibro can change on a daily, weekly, sometimes hourly basis.
When diagnosed with Fibro, we often fight our condition. It is a challenge to learn how to deal with the symptoms, that can be overwhelming….fatigue, burning, numbness, tingling, brain fog, headache, stabbing, throbbing, cramping, muscle weakness, etc.
It also takes time to truly understand that Fibro is a condition that will not go away…there is no cure…the symptoms can improve and then flare at any given time. Sometimes we can understand what we did to cause a flare, other times we can not make any sense of it.
We do eventually come to terms with our condition. We learn to live with Fibro. We accept the life changes it has forced us to make…we learn how to limit our activity and maximize rest in order to minimize our symptoms. We see that we our definition of living has changed to adapt to our condition.