Hi Snowberry...love your name! I am 63 years old and have friends that still ski, power walk through malls and think nothing of sitting for 12 hours in a car for a road trip. The truth is...they have just stopped asking me to join them. Fibromyalgia is still a disorder than can get the old 'eye roll' and so many of us on this forum can't even get their doctors to admit it exists. I had a wonderful two weeks of remission this summer and climbed a mountain...5 miles. Of course, when the pain returned a week later this accomplishment was diminshed with comments like 'You looked great last week...what happened?"
As you know, the pain, fog and fatigue come and go, which is why it is so hard for friends and family to 'get it'. I really don't try to explain it anymore. If someone asks why I am gimping, I just say I have an arthritic condition. THAT, they get. I also have a 67 year old friend that pushes through activites that cause her obvious pain. She has severe pain in her hands and wrists and has to wear those carpal tunnel wrist supports 24/7. She can't feel the bottoms of her feet and wears a knee brace from a ski accident. She has two herniated discs in her neck, and sleeps on a heating pad. Yet she keeps on, keeps on, and is in Hilton Head right now, golfing. Yeah...I feel like a big baby.
You have tons of fibro friends on this forum that do 'get it'. Sometimes a cyber vent takes the edge off!
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ Meds: Lexapro and valium