I guess you could call me a veteran, next wk. on my 56th birthday it will be 52 yrs. that I have dealt with fibro, among other things. No, it is not all doom and gloom. However, many things have to fall into place if you want to lead a fullfilled life. I don't let anything stop me. With the right attitude, right combo of meds and supplements, getting a good nights sleep on a consistant basis and support from friends and family, anything is possible.
The longer you have fibro the easier it is to automatically adjust the way you do things. You can't let it control your life or be on your mind constantly. I'm in a wheelchair, black out from absense seizures and don't drive. Boo Hoo! Poor Me. Bologna! I am one of the busiest people I know. My husband has a hard time keeping up with me. I have hobbies, cut the grass, work in my yard, take care of 2 large dogs, cook, clean, do dishes and laundry and dozens of other things. I am never embarrassed to have someone in my home, which makes me proud. I never leave the house without looking like a million bucks, I won't go out in public and have people tell me how awful I look, I don't want or need their sympathy. I'm not a religious person, but I believe the Lord helps those who help themselves.
So, I guess what I'm saying is have a good attitude, believe in yourself, exercise, rest and get out there and live life like each day is the most important one yet.
Ive had CFS for 13yrs- diagnosed at 15. the Fibro came after.
I have not had a single day of feeling well in 13 years, minimum.
I do not remember what good, 'normal' health feels like.
Some days are far better than others.
The show goes on
I was only dx a year ago, and I am SO fed up feeling this way. I know I had fibro long before I was dx and I cannot remember a DAY when I have not been in pain for a very long time. This week has been absolutely terrible, so bad that I have been having panic attacks, have not slept more than 3 or 4 hours a night, and since I have dry eye, my immune system is shot and developed a bacterial infection in my eyes. I hate these days and nights, just cant seem to cope. Sorry for rambling, but I am exhausted and fed up.
hope you all have a better day
lIvy, I always have some level of pain and fatigue but, when I'm in a flare, I really notice a difference in the pain and fatigue. I've had flares last several months! I do always pace myself though. I have enough pain without creating more.
I have had a great life in spite of fibro though. That's where the positive attitude, sense of humor, and just keeping on living your life comes in. I can't do as much as I used to but I do get everything done eventually. My perfectionism has been cast to the wayside. But, I am having a lovely life!