Hi there Jules,
Seems like you've gotten some great advice so far and forgive me if I repeat what the others have said.
I know how you feel when it comes to the "forever" thing. I've had fibro for at least 11 years and at most.. just about all of my life. I've never really been able to pinpoint when this rotten syndrome started. I was dx'd with CFS after my last bout of Lyme (11 yrs ago) but the doctor dx'd me with Fibro back in Jan. after my last barrash (sp?) of tests. Anyway, in my mind I've known that this is forever, but when you have a year or so when you're feeling pretty good it's easy to think, Hey, I'm ok, this isn't so bad, maybe it went away, maybe I was misdiagnosed, maybe maybe maybe.. and then Fibro rears its ugly head again and you have to go back to the realitization that this is forever. This horrible syndrome really messes with your head with it's comings and goings.
Last night was horrible for me. My family was celebrating St "Patti's" Day and I had overdone it. I could barely move by dinner time. My mom was so worried about me and I hate for her to see me when I'm hurting, because I know it hurts her to see it. No mother wants to see their child hurt.. even if their child is 51 years old. Fortunately my family understands better than most. If you're having a problem with your family expecting too much, I agree that you should read the "letter to normals" and the "Spoon Theory" and decide if making your family aware of them.
I sure do hope you feel better, but remember, we're always here for you and hope you'll continue to keep in touch!
Hugs for now,
Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis.
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
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