Saturday, March 12, 2011
Another change that I am still learning about and mentally trying to fit it into my brain is a more personal and life-changing one. I went to the doctor for my back, which had gotten so bad I could barely move. As he was looking at where I hurt, and I tell him the whole story he starts playing the "Does this hurt?" game. To my surprise everywhere he put a little bit of pressure hurt; my arms, my back, my calves, my shoulders, everywhere. The red spots in the picture are where he pressed his finger, everyone of them hurt. I guess I knew that I was tender because I don't let my kids climb on me because of the pain, but I never thought much about it. He said that I had fibromyaglia and that was why I kept having such bad hip and back pain even though I was doing the right exercises and hadn't injured it.
To say that I was surprised would be an understatement. I came home and started researching and discovered that I have almost every symptom associated with this disease/syndrome/whatever. I am hypersensitive to cold, have various digestive problems, fatigue and such. This was also a surprise. None of these things were the type of problem you would mention to a doctor but they all go along with the pain.
So I am coming to terms with the idea that my life is going to change. With dietary changes and the right kind of exercise and medication I can still do all the things I want to (hopefully). But the basic idea that I have a chronic disease is troubling. I have so much to learn. I guess that is ok, I like learning.