Tomorrow (May 12)is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. When I was diagnosed with 'fibro' thirteen years ago, I had never heard of it but recent TV pharmaceutical ads have made the syndrome more reognizable. Unfortunately none of these new drugs offer a cure.
Fibro feels like the day before you come down with the flu -- everything aches -- your neck, back, legs and shoulders. It's called wide-spread achiness and is caused by a malfunction of the central nervous system. Lots of things help -- heating pads, medications, massage, guided imagery tapes and the support of family, doctors and friends.
Initially I thought if I just ignore this illness it will go away. That strategy didn't work. In fact it brought me to a crashing halt and left me almost bedridden. So now I work with it. I use all the tools I can to relieve the fibro symptoms and rest when I need to. It's frustrating to not be able to accomplish as much as I used to. But on the plus side I know I've grown more understanding, less judgmental and met some wonderful people along the way.