Thursday, April 7, 2011

F=Fybromyalgia

For years, Fibromyalgia has been a term for "you have pain all over and we don't know why." It is finally beginning to be understood and treated as a disease that affects the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc) and can cause excruciating chronic pain.

I was diagnosed with Fibro in 2009, and I thought "this can't be right... I have back pain!" My doctor and physical therapist agreed that my treatment for pain relief wouldn't change, whether or not I actually had Fibromyalgia. I think that my "all over" pain problem was more related to inflammation. Although I think I've consumed more than my share of ibuprofen (I laughed with a friend once that enough ibuprofen didn't exist in the world), it was not enough to handle the inflammation in my body. Dr. Watkins tested especially for CRP (C-Reactive Protein) which is an indicator of inflammation; normal level should be below 1.0 - mine was 15.16. Yikes! No wonder everything hurt! When he supplied me with a strong anti-inflammatory, I began to feel better almost immediately.

However, I have developed a new understanding of those who suffer from Fibro and other all-over pain disorders. I swim with some ladies who deal with this pain every day. No longer can we tell these folks "Sorry, it's all in your head!" I'm grateful that doctors and researchers are taking these debilitating illnesses seriously, so that there might be relief.

What I've learned:  I won't belittle anyone's struggle to live with pain.

6 comments:

  1. Although I've had very little pain in my life, I try to understand and respect other's pain. Good F choice that many can relate to.
    Manzanita
    Wanna buy a duck

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  2. There's nothing glamorous about chronic pain. Those of us who live without it need to count our blessings.

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  3. Pain is difficult, short or long-term. And we all have different tolerance levels for it. I am sorry for yours.
    Karen

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  4. When the subject of Fybromyalgia comes up, I start thinking about those TV commercials hawking products that are said to help people cope with it and such, so that is the extent of my knowledge on the condition.

    I wish you must success in getting relief from the pain. I wonder if massages work for those suffering from Fybromyalgia.

    The Madlab Post

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  5. I have fibro too and it's no fun. Good luck to ya

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