I've been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia... actually I was diagnosed about
a year ago. It took me about
a year to get used to the idea. *sigh*
Fibromyalgia is the latest in a long list of ailments my stupid body has. The doctor I saw last year (when I briefly had insurance to pay for one) believes that I developed the fibro because of my car accident from two years ago - which fits because that's when my body stopped working quite right and started hurting more than usual.
Let's see... I also have a degenerative disc in my lower back since my early twenties.
I have arthritis in both my knees - since my early thirties. I also have arthritis in my hands - but that's a recent development.
I have tendinitis in my right wrist from the same car accident.
I suffer from migraines, since my teenage years.
I have asthma - since my late twenties.
I have acid reflux - fresh veggies are a no-no and my diet is quite restrictive to keep the heartburn at bay.
Oh, and I suffer from bipolar disorder - diagnosed at age nineteen.
My lovely body has decided to make life interesting by gifting me with all of this and then giving me a wonderful brain chemistry that makes it impossible for me to take pain medication. Opiates do not work on me at all, nor do muscle relaxers. NSAIDs cause me to walk around as though I *were* on drugs - I become disoriented and forgetful. Steroids are out because of the bipolar and the reflux.
So, I have a laundry list of nice pain-causing malfunctions, and cannot take anything for them... Luckily for me, most of the stuff that's wrong with me are one the lower end of the spectrum - however, taken together they add up to one big ball of pain. I have good days, and I have days where I wonder how I ever made it out of bed. A phenomenon I'm sure everyone here is familiar with.
Oh, I guess I should tell y'all something personal... ^_^ I'm 42, mother of four grown kids - three girls, one boy. They've all flown the nest (well, the youngest is still around here somewhere). I'm in college now, attempting to finish my BA in English. I move around a lot - I've lived in eight states in the last fifteen years, I've lost count of how many addresses I've had though.
There isn't much more to me right now. I lead both an exciting and mundane life. It all depends on the moment. At this moment, it's pretty mundane. Give me a while, it'll get exciting again.
Sorry for the novel... I'm up past my bedtime an I tend to ramble when I'm tired.