Sunday, January 6, 2008

I am in a fibro fog

Lately i have had several people close to me ask about Fibromyalgia. I have explained it before in my blog, but thought i would do so again. I pretty much experience it all. Winter months are harder for me, mainly because of all the weather pressure changes. Some days are worse then others,. Most days though are pain days in one way or another. It seems to be never ending.

Today I have had another bad day dealing with headaches, pain all over, light and noise bother me, throat hurting, jaw pain, and i feel like i am in a fog. (what i call fibro fog) I am pretty emotional. Everything seems to set me off into tears, or irritates me. I have tried hard to stay away from people because i do not want to say or do something i will later regret. I am tired, irritable and flat out exhausted.

I hope the below info helps those that do not understand Fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia


The primary symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread musculoskeletal pain, severe fatigue, and disturbed sleep. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the soft fibrous tissues in the body.

* Pain - The pain of fibromyalgia has no boundaries. People describe the pain as deep muscular aching, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing. Intense burning may also be present. Quite often, the pain and stiffness are worse in the morning and you may hurt more in muscle groups that are used repetitively.

* Fatigue - This symptom can be mild in some fibromyalgia patients and yet incapacitating in others. The fatigue has been described as "brain fatigue" in which patients feel totally drained of energy. Many patients depict this situation by saying that they feel as though their arms and legs are tied to concrete blocks, and they have difficulty concentrating, e.g., brain fog.

* Sleep disorder - Most fibromyalgia patients have an associated sleep disorder called the alpha-EEG anomaly. This condition was uncovered in a sleep lab with the aid of a machine that recorded the brain waves of patients during sleep. Researchers found that the majority of fibromyalgia patients could fall asleep without much trouble, but their deep level (or stage 4) sleep was constantly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity. Patients appeared to spend the night with one foot in sleep and the other one out of it.

* Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain, abdominal gas, and nausea represent symptoms frequently found in roughly 40 to 70% of fibromyalgia patients. Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also occurs with the same high frequency.

* Chronic headaches - Recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches are seen in about 70% of fibromyalgia patients and can pose a major problem in coping for this patient group.

* Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome - This syndrome, sometimes referred to as TMJ or TMD, causes tremendous jaw-related face and head pain in one-quarter of fibromyalgia patients. However, a 1997 published report indicated that close to 75% of fibromyalgia patients have a varying degree of jaw discomfort. Typically, the problems are related to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the jaw joint and not necessarily the joint itself.

* Other common symptoms - Premenstrual syndrome and painful periods, chest pain, morning stiffness, cognitive or memory impairment, numbness and tingling sensations, muscle twitching, irritable bladder, the feeling of swollen extremities, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, dizziness, and impaired coordination can occur. Fibromyalgia patients are often sensitive to odors, loud noises, bright lights, and sometimes even the medications they are prescribed.

* Aggravating factors - Changes in weather, cold or drafty environments, infections, allergies, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), stress, depression, anxiety and over-exertion may all contribute to fibromyalgia symptom flare-ups.


wolfbaby said...

I used to get you look just fine and healthy from my sister alot till she was dx with the fibro then all of the sudden she's like oohh it's so hard... *raises brow* gee gotta love how people do that..

take care

Raine said...


'Tart said...

I don't know WHY you have this, and I can understand why this is 'chronic illness.' As you know, much like bipolar, its not so easy for people to pinpoint by sight. A 'disabled' person has a cane or wheelchair, right??!! So what do you do when people only believe what they see?

I don't care because people are judgemental and horrible. There's no understanding it, and it's why I'm a damn hermit. I've worked, while receiving disability, and there's no point trying to explain to an employer. Even to the kindest person who wants my friendship, so few and far between, these hells are difficult to explain and people are not getting them, many times. That is so true. This is not a shockeroo, sadly enough.

BUT you have every right, nay you should be encouraged, to work it out, on blog, in conversation with others, etc., thinking of who you want to be REGARDLESS of your illnesses. When a good day will allow.

Think of who you Want to be, (when you are not in the throes of feeling terrible) even if it seems impossible. Then you are already moving yourself in that direction. Know that your ability to participate in the world as much as you do makes you a hero to some of us.
:) :) :)

MYSTI said...

:):):) Hugs you tart, thank you for the encouraging words.

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