Sometimes the individual threads that weave together our personal lives cross with another’s and create a ‘like mindedness’. I had been thinking of writing specifically about pain when I came across this weeks prompt at Fibro Bloggers, and guess what? Great minds were thinking alike and my topic for this post was confirmed.
Remission and FMS is an interesting phenomena. This summer has actually been very mild symptomatically. (Up until yesterday when the tell tale flu-like symptoms and aches returned, but for the sake of the continuity of this post, let’s suspend disbelief and pretend I’m still asymptomatic for the most part.) Compared to last winter I would call it practically a remission, except for one thing that never quite goes away. That would be the fairly constant pain in my hips.
Now, the difference with hip pain in FMS vs. hip pain in RA (rheumatoid arthritis), is that with FMS the problem is not so much the actual joint as the soft tissue structures supporting the hip region. In other words, ‘trigger points’. Which is actually good news for FMS patients in that there usually is no degenerating of bone/joint structure that is common in RA. There also is typically no inflammation with FMS as there is with arthritis. Unfortunately this also helps to perpetuate the myth that Fibromyalgia is a ‘made up’/ ‘in the mind’ condition due to the fact that as of right now, there are still no biomarkers in Fibromyalgia. I assure you, as do the approximate 5 million Fibro sufferers in the United States that this is not the case.
I do not take medication for FMS. The drugs offered at this time come with a long scary list of side effects, and from what I have heard in many testimonies, they don’t really help that much. Self care, good nutrition, and movement are the things that help me the most. As well as the knowledge that things can always be worse, if this is all I’m asked to contend with, I’m very thankful indeed!
~Recipe of the week~