Woo-hoo! I have fibromyalgia.
Exhausted, confused, and in pain
But isn’t my blanket nice!
Fibro’s been my suspicion since April. I also have a problem with my knees I didn’t know about, and am awaiting more blood test results because of a potential inflammatory problem that showed up on the initial tests (I wasn’t processing information by the end, but Mr. Elephant knows).
I am so proud of myself. Not to brag, but I have a real talent for developing nasty, chronic conditions that no one takes seriously: depression, asthma, and now, fibromyalgia. Of course, people who know what bipolar disorder is tend to sit up and take notice when that is mentioned. But otherwise, I’m the queen of the “I think you’re malingering” or “Oh, get over it already!” illnesses.
The fun part is that all the meds they want to put me on are contraindicated for people with bipolar disorder, and given my recent bout with the crazies, I’m very reluctant to go on any medication. There are meds for pain and meds for fatigue. When I asked about clearing up the cognitive problems (the worst symptom of all), the doctor just smiled at me and said nothing. Or maybe he did, I can’t remember.
I can’t remember. That’s pretty funny.
I’m going back to this doctor (who was not an asshole, although very strange) next week. Between the rheumatologist and the psychiatrist, maybe a treatment plan will be worked out. I hope so, because as of right now, there is no plan. I have one prescription for a non-narcotic pain pill, but don’t know if I can take it yet (has to be approved by my shrink). Theoretically, with fibromyalgia, one can get from disability to normal functioning, but no one has told me how that’s supposed to happen.
Anyone out there with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome? I’d really appreciate any feedback or advice you can give me: firstname.lastname@example.org