Seen this one and thought I would share
Fibro like many other long illness can hit us hard, it is life changing and its something we can not control. Fibro is a disability and you will grief for your old life just like the stages you would grief the loss of a loved one.
Shock- This is the initial paralysis, as our life as we knew it has now gone.
This stage is short-lived and should pass quickly.
Anger- Lashing out, mood swings.I think we all go through this stage, we get angry at ourselves for our bodies letting us down, at our partners because they dont understand, at our friends because they get fed up with us complaining we are always ill. Anger at your Gp for not being able to cure us. This stage is not good for us as it brings on stress. Stress is a known trigger to bring on a flare so try to stay as stress free as possible.
Denial- Trying to deny we have fibro. I think we all try to deny we have a long-term syndrome, no one wants to be told they have a disability, it's a normal reaction for us. Some people can cope better than others but the sooner we deal with it the better.
Looking for answers- Almost out of desperation we will try anything in the hope it will just go away, medications, tests. We will try anything to make ourselves better, go to our GP`S ask for all the latest drugs & tests, troll the net to to find the latest "cure", rush to the chemist to buy up the vitamins, look through the health magazines. Sadly there is no answer and no cure, we just have to keep living in hope that one day they will find us a cure.
Depression -When it hits you this is for real and it's not going to go away.
It`s normal to feel depressed for a long while, you have to mourn the loss of your old life and learn how to live with your new life. Your body has gone through so many changes, what you took for granted last week is now going to be more of a challenge for you this week. Depression is a serious illness and you should always seek your GP`s advice as with help you can get past this by meds or counselling or both dont isolate or withdraw yourself, there is help out there.
Acceptance- we have no choice this is our life and we have to make the most of it. We can learn more about fibro, find out what will and wont help us, gather as much info on fibro as you can. Make many changes that will give us an easier life.Try to stay positive. With the help and support from family/friends/forums we can make this happen.