Hi I’m Chris a male who’s aged 33 and now learning to adapt to life now finally after so many tests coming back clear hearing my doctor say I have Fibromyalgia and the tablets I’m on are the correct thing to help but there is no cure. Having that information given to me a month back or so I think I’m doing rather well. I had to remind myself a lot of times it could of been a worse outcome! Also I had to stop thinking about all the things I couldn’t do anymore and focus on what I can.
I have read a stupid amount of information on the condition and still have much to read and learn, but by all accounts so does the medical sector! I still struggle to understand how this all happened. You see for me I was working full time and going to the gym for a good while and starting to get my life in a better place when all of a sudden I kept being hit with, what seemed like bug after bug, then after a horrific 2 weeks off sick with the worse flu (I guess I’ll call it) I started to wake up feeling super weak and stiff like I’ve never felt before! I actually remember I started to sleep on the floor! Felt like something I needed to do and I remember the next day being more energetic for it and was like what the hell is this! After two weeks I was feeling weak but miles better. I returned to work thinking my god what was that (real flu?) This is where it went horribly wrong! I returned to work on normal hours and did normal duties and few days later I went back to the gym with the mindset I’ll slowly build myself back up,,, ohh how wrong I was! The session actually went great and I returned home feeling tired but great! Later that evening though I was hit hard and went to bed early. Next day I returned to work feeling so bad with headaches like never before and super weak in the legs and burning up (sweating even just standing) I later left work due to it and was off 6 weeks! I never sadly returned to full health and it’s been a up and down battle (in most cases) even daily to this day. I do have my feeling good moments but with stiffness always there (mostly in my right arm, neck on off and lower back (hips) always.
After those 6 dreadful weeks off sick (longest time ever being sick) I returned to work on reduced hours and did a few more hours over few weeks but never returned to full time as just wasn’t possible. I kept doing that from November 5th until last week. For whatever reason my limits to work doing what I was (standing 6 hours a day on the shop floor) was no longer possible. I have up and down energy levels for sure but for whatever reason the last month had me in and out of work as couldn’t simply stand that many hours anymore.
Now to focus on myself plain and simple and adapt to this life long condition. I’ve left my job after many years as put simply standing 6 hours a day isn’t fibromyalgia friendly! I am having some time out to work out what foods help best and what to avoid and getting small walks done daily to keep me as active as possible without pushing myself too far! I over did it today with too much walking and been written off for the day basically as a result. It’s all about the small wins now and fully adapting my lifestyle and getting a new job part time to start with in a much more suitable job role.
Sorry for the long post, I guess I needed to get this all said out and with the hope it helps other people with my horrible condition understand and relate to me.