I’m Not ‘Sick.’ I Have Fibromyalgia.

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By Becca Luna

The struggle with fibromyalgia is that every day it’s something new. My everyday is a constant battle on an all-terrain track; full of dangers, no idea where I’m going or what I’ll hit next. I’m in an infinity roundabout of symptoms. Every obstacle is calculated to avoid risk but the outcome is never predictable no matter how hard I try. The variables don’t matter.

There are many symptoms of fibromyalgia, including:

  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness
  • Chronic severe fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”)
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation with no reportable gastrointestinal issue
  • Chronic tension or migraine headaches
  • Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet
  • Jaw and facial tenderness
  • Costochondritis, inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone
  • It keeps going. They get even better. Like, allodynia, a heightened sensitivity to touch, which results in pain from things that normally would not cause discomfort, like wearing clothes.

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