I have had Fibromyalgia for years. In November of 2014 I was officially diagnosed. Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a series of symptoms based off of the failure of the nervous system to function in a healthy manner. Trauma both physical as well as emotional seem to be a common factor in people who develop this chronic illness. Within the general population only around 4% of the population have FMS and the overwhelming majority of that figure are women.
It can be a frustrating issue for many reasons. It is known as an ‘invisible’ illness. In other words, you may never know someone has FMS unless they tell you. We become very good at masking the pain. If we were to let what we feel on the inside show, believe me, you wouldn’t hang around us for long. Everyone’s brain produces a chemical that is associated with pain called Chemical P. People with FMS produce more Chem P than everyone else. Hence we feel pain for no reason, have an exaggerated pain response to stimuli, and experience a heightened ‘fight or flight’ response.
Now, I’m telling you none of this to garner any sympathy. I share this only to bring about understanding. It is hard to understand why that person you know with FMS is always tired, or never seems to feel good when they look fine, or why they gasp in pain when all you did was take their hand. It’s a Bitch. For those who have it and for those who have to deal with us. But, there are some fairly fundamental things we can do to help manage the symptoms. Please be aware, what works for one FMS patient does not work for another, these are just the things that help me:
~Creating and surrounding myself with a beautiful and peaceful environment. I planted a very humble vegetable garden in the fall (yes I know, but I live in Arizona).
My lovely zucchini~
Mi pequeno jardin~