A life-sucking, soul-killing disease. You feel sick enough to cancel dinner with your friends, but not sick enough to miss work. Symptoms are similar to the flu: fatigue, body aches, fevers (they come and go) and major brain fog. The symptoms can flair up without warning, which makes planning ahead impossible. No known cures. Pain medication can help, so can yoga, swimming and meditation.
There are several theories as to fibromyalgia's cause, including pollution, aspertame, sick buildings and more. There are several snake-oil "cures" out there; it pays to be cautious.
Last year I was going to the gym five days a week, working all day, attending graduate school at night and taking care of my husband and house. Today I count myself blessed if I can make it through work without a pain pill--all because of fibromyalgia, a disease most people don't believe exists (such as in the prior entry here).
1) Some vague, "disease syndrome" of sorts, also known as FMS (fibromyaglia syndrome) that is based on having pain on at least 9 or so "trigger points" on both sides of the body with resulting fatigue, muscle and joint pain, with specific SUBJECTIVE criteria defined by the American College of Rheumatology; often along with episodes accompanying fatigue, depression and/or anxiety, muscle soreness, headaches, confusion or spells of difficulty concentrating.
2) a "catch-all" name to give as a label to women only, mostly over 35 and allege symptoms that cannot be verified by any objective tests, so some doctors go along with the trend (until they have reached their informal "quota"; at that point, they tell the patient that it is "all in their head" until the patient reads more about fibromyalgia at the library and doctor-shops to find a sympathetic doctor.
3) an excuse for complaining, aching, middle-aged women to get narcotics of all kinds (eventually), along with muscle relaxants and benzos, along with antidepressants.
My 19-year-old brother jokingly decided to ask whether he had fibromyalgia at his routine check-up appointment yesterday, and the wise doctor said, "That's impossible. You're boobs are too small and you're under 35."
Basically, muscle pain. Commonly experienced by every living thing on the planet. When muscle pain doesn't diminish or go away within six weeks or so, you can call it "fibromyalgia."
There are tremendous benefits to acquiring fibromyalgia, and one of the greatest benefits is discovering people who are "just like you."
There seems to be some exclusivity attached to declaring that you have fibromyalgia, or "fibro" when you become a member of the club. Women have claimed an almost 95% ownership of the "disease" and proudly profess, proclaim, and contribute their own horror stories on a multitude of websites that help perpetuate the nightmare of the affliction. Since there are no scientific tests that are able to determine if you have the problem, it is, therefore, a disease of proclamation.
Subjectively, I myself have the disease at times. My "pressure points" are telling me so, conclusively, however subjective they may be.
And my time off from work is granted without much fanfare as my co-workers gladly share the same problems as I.
Thank you for the gift of "fibro." It's changed my life.
"I'm on FMLA for "fibromyalgia" today. See ya' next week."
A real disease that way too few people believe exist, especially by the drunk dicks who have nothing better to do than belittle people through this site. I'm 19, I was diagnosed at 17. Every single day I struggle with depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, extreme fatigue, 'fibro fog' and so many other symptoms. I used to be a straight A student and planned to go into neuroscience. Now, my goal more days than not is to be able to actually get up on time for my classes. My grades are now C's when I'm working 10x as hard. This isn't some excuse so that people can just be lazy and do nothing all day, it's real, it's painful, and each day with it is a struggle. So unless you know what it's like to wish you were dead more days than not, don't say that it's just all in my head. Remember karma's a fucking bitch.
Lily: Hey, want to do this thing that you absolutely love?
Sam: I would love to, but I can't even think straight right now because of my Fibromyalgia. Fuck my life.
someone who is in pain all the time, it never stops. that someone gets lack of sleep deprivation and has brain fog and depression, and has to deal with a bunch of assholes that say you're disease is fake, but you try not to mind those fucking cunts. so people that dont believe in it...GO FUCK A DUCK ASSHOLE.
Kaitlyn; Im sorry i can't , my Fibromyalgia is worse today.
bobby: OH yeah right.
Kaitlyn; YOU KNOW WHAT MOTHERFUCKER. GO DRIVE INTO THE OCEAN SO THE LITTLE SHARKS CAN CHOMP ON YOUR LIMBS.
an excuse lazy people use to get strung out on narcotics all day, every day. They also get a $1000 check from the government every month.
Joey just doesn't feel like working and now he has fibromyalgia so that he can sit on his lazy ass every day.
Fibromyalgia is a secret code amongst health care workers meaning "you're a worthless sack of shit, please go away."
You have Fibromyalgia. You're a worhless sack of shit. Please go away.