Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Fibro Fog

I have been in the midst of "fibro fog" since Sunday - and believe me, it's not fun. I have a condition called fibromyalgia, and I get episodes on a sporadic basis. They seem to coincide with either really cold weather, or humid weather. Well, it seems like all of us have been in the midst of a tropical heat wave - and thus, I've had a few episodes over the past two months. They usually last a day or two, and sometimes longer. This one hasn't really lasted all that long, but it's a pretty ferocious attack.

It begins with neck pain, then it becomes a tension headache, then my shoulder gets stabbing pains. I do take some medicine (makes me really tired) and ibuprofen or acetominophen - but there are times even that doesn't touch the pain. This is one of those times.

I do exercise and walk to help keep myself flexible, and I get massages to help my muscles from hardening. I went to one support group when I was first diagnosed, and saw some ladies in wheelchairs. I decided then and there that I would do all I could to not allow that to happen to me. I mentioned it to my doctor, and he bluntly told me that if I didn't exercise and walk, then I would become incapacitated. That scared me!

This episode shall pass. But for now, I am laying low until it subsides.


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Paul said...

My sister has that and so far, she is up and around, fighting it like you. She had gone to several doctor's before it was properly diagnosed.
It's now a known condition, accepted by the medical profession and work is being done to solve it, that's a plus. Like other problems, cures or better management is almost here. I have growm to hate reading in the paper about successes in research and you always read that "Of course, actual help for people is still several years away."
I hate that or similar phrase, it makes one want to scream.

At 2:41 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Thanks for your comment, Paul. I was diagnosed right away, but it had bothered me for quite awhile before going to the doctor. I was just relieved that it wasn't a "terminal" illness. I would much rather have the medical profession find a cure for Lupus, which is afflicting my oldest daughter. I hate the thought of her having to deal with it the rest of her life!

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Hope the episode subsides quickly and you soon feel better.

Thinking of you

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Lord please be with Valerie and touch her with your healing hands. Let this episode pass quickly. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Hope you feel better soon! I can relate, I feel like I have chronic fatique at times, and that's rough. Wish I lived close and could bring you dinner.

Your Sister In Christ,

At 5:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Thank you, Barbara and Paula! Today has been a better day - I am about halfway back to normal. By tomorrow, I should be much better. Barbara - if you read this, can you tell me where your blog is? Are you the same Barbara I am thinking about who lives in England? Blessings to both of you!

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Terminal is Bad, I will agree with that, MKM. Then I will hope with you that Lupus can be totally cured, I don't read or watch news a lot but what I see seems to always hold much promise for many problems. It's as if breakthroughs are almost being made daily. I want that to be true for you and your daughter.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Thanks, Paul - I appreciate your kindness! Two of my daughter's specialists are actually leading researchers for lupus nephritis, so we are blessed to be right on the edge of all the new treatments! Thirty years ago, her prognosis would have been very, very bleak.

At 3:45 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

Valerie - yes sorry - this is me - in Wales UK - I think I must be the same one!!!!

Because you only allow blogger comments, it takes you to my old blog when I sign in to make a comment - but I am now at
Sorry for any confusion!!!!!

I am glad to read further up that you are feeling better now. I pray that God keep you that way!


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