Hi I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia inFebruary. I have been suffering from different types of pain for a few years but just got on with it. 2 years ago my back began to go into spasm on a regular basis - leaving me unable to even pick up a cup and struggling to swallow at times. I had lots of physio and learned relaxation techniques which helped immensely and which I still use. I was told that my body had developed pain sensitivity due to the length of time I had been suffering and that my brain was sending pain signals as a protection method - even though there was nothing physically wrong.
I accepted this to an extent but I began to go into spasm for no reason whatsoever. I did learn to recognise certain feelings and pain spots before it got to spasm and have learned to manage this.
I often used to get sudden bouts of complete exhaustion and put that down to being tired because I was always in pain. I just used to go straight to bed from work and sleep on my days off.
This was all fine until last December when I suddenly felt as though I couldn't walk, it was too painful to sit, too painful to stand, I felt sick, completely exhausted, very weak, my memory was non existant, I was doing the weirdest things. I had actally being feeling off for a couple of months but this suddenly overwhelmed me.
I had numerous blood tests and a positive rheumatiod factor so went to the rheumatologist who gave me the diagnosis. 3 years ago I was ice climbing, mountaineering, going on rock climbing trips abroad and now I have to put the dogs in the car to take them for a walk cos I can't get up the hill.
Is this it? Will I ever have my life back? I even struggle to open my coffee jar - gotta leave the lid half open!
I am really struggling to continue to work but I am not giving up. Can anybody offer any advice to make things easier? I just get so tired and I ache everywhere - losing the use of my left arm too. The pain is unbearable and I struggle to change the gears in the car - still do it but it is getting harder and harder.
How does this "illness" progress, regress, anything - please guys - I am reaching the end of my tether