Where it all began
This blog is where I will talk about living with fibromyalgia, I was diagnosed after a long 2 and half year battle of fatigue tiredness back ache, muscles and joint pain Bowel problems etc. I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia on the 31st July 2015 I do live with Hyper mobile joints too, when I was told by my consultant I was relieved and not at the same time I didn’t want this I wanted to go back to my normal life but this has taken a bit of getting used to but this is where my fight begins, I will not let it get me down I will continue to fight it but in the way that is best for my body.
I would like to document my story and this journey, I’m hoping to at least get my symptoms under control and manage the bad days along with the good,
Fibromyalgia is a health disorder characterised by widespread, chronic pain in the muscles and soft tissues in the body.
The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. What is clear is that it is unlikely that fibromyalgia has a single cause, but arises as a result of a number of coincident factors coming together this is what doctors term a multi-factorial disorder.
And yes I’ve realised that anyone with fibromyalgia is different to the next which I find so weird we all deal with it our own ways so you cant have one answer suits all.
I recon that for me it all began back in 2009 when I was hit with the loss of my Grandad which we were really close and it was sudden. Then things started spiralling out of control and I was made redundant in 2012 and thats when I just started crumbling apart the tiredness, aches and pain and not sleeping set in and then depression for a while too I’m not ashamed to say it but yes I felt I had hit rock bottom, Which I couldn’t understand why I was so low I have a loving supportive husband who is my Best friend and my children our my world I couldn’t want for anything everything was great but I just couldn’t shift this feeling.
Im still learning more and more and now I’ve started a food diary and I’m on medication and due to have hydrotherapy and acupuncture along with being referred to the pain team. So all positive in the steps forward to manage this and make the most of life, one thing I have learnt you don’t stop living you find another path to go down.
This was one of the quotes by Madeleine herself on her Instagram page which I really like
“You are in control of your life and your happiness. I used to run away from situations, when things got tough I would leave. I’d change jobs, change friends and even change country! I soon realised that a state of peace and completeness could only come from within. It isn’t something we can learn quickly and overnight, but practicing clean thoughts will help you fall back in love with yourself 💚 Why not give gratitude and write down everything that is going well in your life and reflect on the wonders you have?:”
Now it makes you think doesn’t it little steps is all it takes to begin with, Im normally a very private person and never discuss with anyone my personal problems I just felt if I was to speak about it that if there was anyone reading this who was at the lowest and struggling they may be able to take some comfort and hope from my blog post and if I can help others then thats what I will do we all have to stick together.
What is it
Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:
increased sensitivity to pain
fatigue (extreme tiredness)
problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – such as problems with memory and concentration
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating.
This is just a gentle touch on the basics there is lots of help and advice on many websites I will list a few below.
A great place that I’ve found helpful is the fibromyalgia Association