Fibromyalgia, the Invisible Illness

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004. A lot of people think Fibromyalgia is a “made up” disease, because you can’t tell someone has it just by looking at them. If you know someone who has Fibromyalgia, I can assure you, it is not “made up” or “in his or her head.” Over the years I have read everything I can get my hands on to figure out what it is and how I ended up with it. I have seen several doctors who have different opinions. Some believe that it’s a nerve disease, while others believe it’s brought on by trauma. One thing they all agree on is that there’s no cure. I can honestly say that I have no idea how I got it or why I have it, but I do know that it affects everyone differently. There are many symptoms, but not every person has every symptom. While some medications work for some people, they don’t work for all people. I will post about this often, as it affects me every day. I will share things that have worked for me, as well as things that haven’t. Just keep in mind that just because something worked for me, doesn’t mean you will have the same results.

There is no magic pill for treating Fibromyalgia. Currently, I take Gabapentin, which helps with pain. I’ve tried several different medications, but Gabapentin has been the most effective one I’ve taken so far. It helps, but I can’t say that I’m pain-free. I used to take Cymbalta with the Gabapentin, until I realized that it wasn’t doing anything for me, so I weaned myself off of it successfully. (NOTE: It’s best to speak to your doctor before weaning off any medication.)

I’ve been told that exercise helps with Fibromyalgia pain. Unfortunately, it is difficult for me to exercise much, due to surgeries I’ve had on my spine and right foot, which I will talk about in another blog. I’ve also heard that eliminating foods that cause inflammation from your diet may help with pain. I’m now working on making changes to my diet, so I will update you on my results. In the meantime, I try to stay positive and keep my mind busy.

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