Over the past year I have been to so many doctors, specialists, homeopaths and whatever else you can think of, in search of answers to my symptoms. I know my body very well, and I knew that there was something seriously wrong. It bothered me that I wasn't progressively getting better or worse, but rather have very good and very bad days randomly. I feared that people might think I am being a hypochondriac and friends couldn't understand if I had to cancel plans just because I was too exhausted to get up. Unwilling to accept this inexplainable illness and the feeble excuses I got, I kept on researching until I could find some answers that would make sense, until I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder causing widespread pain, fatigue and other types of discomfort, and vary in intensity and symptoms from person to person. Common symptoms include cognitive difficulties, joint pain, brain fog, depression or anxiety, migraines, pelvic pain, cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, light or sound irritability, deteriorating eyesight and insomnia to name a few. Fibromyalgia patients often lack the restorative levels of deep, non-REM sleep. It is during these deepest levels of sleep that the body restores and refreshes itself, and that is why insomnia is such a big problem.
The most common test is to check for 18 tender points on the body when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia. The College of Rheumatology guidelines suggest that people with fibromyalgia have pain in at least 11 of these tender points when a doctor applies a certain amount of pressure. Approximately 10 million Americans (according to NFA) suffer from this illness.
The most common reaction to this illness is that people don't believe or understand you. Just because you don't look sick, doesn't mean you aren't putting in every effort to carry out your daily tasks.