Sunday, November 2, 2008

Oh Bugger! Now it's Fibromyalgia

Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the water Fibromyalgia rears it's ugly head.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome (FMS) with multiple symptoms that commonly occur together, including widespread pain, decreased pain threshold or trigger points, incapacitating fatigue, and anxiety or depression.
I had often wondered why I was hyper sensitive to pressure on certain areas of my body and felt like knocking the chiropractors lights out when he adjusted my lower back. Or why a massage never relaxed me like other people because it was always so painful. Doctors and other health care providers would always comment on the high level of inflammation I seemed to have but because nothing showed up in blood tests or x-rays then it was recommended that I go see my friendly local shrink. Here's the kicker - after coming off antidepressants, Zoloft, the pain got worse and then my doctor diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. Zoloft is one of the medications use to reduce the symptoms of FM. So I guess it was helping all these years because now I know what it is like without the Zoloft. I am on St. John's Wort (Elezac) which might take another couple of weeks to show signs of it working. I guess I have to be patient. In the meantime I will overwork every method I know to cope. Listening to music, singing, light gardening, polymer clay play and blogging. Anything to keep my mind occupied. The other thing the doctor put me on was a muscle relaxant which I take at night but doesn't seem to kick in until mid morning and then I want to go back to sleep. Life is full of surprises.


squash said...

I am so sorry to read this, your life seem very hard to handle right now. Keep on claying though, you are making such beautiful things!

JF said...

Thank you Squash for your comments. I suppose life is what it is. Fibromyalgia is a set back but not insurmountable. My hands still work well so I will keep making beautiful things which always lifts my spirit.

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Jan its me, Elizabeth from Mackay.
I have my blog up a bit better now and will start posting more reg.
I am so sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia My D in Maroochy has it too so I know what it is all about and how bad it makes you feel.
I feel for anyone with this and hope they can find a cure one day.
She like you is a very talented person and it gets in her way .
I hope that the alternative things you take will give you some releif.
She doesnt like the orthodox medicines and is under a Naturapath. I hope you will be doing some of your lovely work in spite of it.
Work on the days you can and rest when you need to.
I have you on my blog so that I can catch up with you more regularly.