I can remember some of the same back pains when I was as young as 7. I had to practice piano 30 minutes each day and I would get this burning sensation next to my shoulder blades. Mom said I was faking to get out of practice but it was real pain and intense too. I loved the piano too.
But I also remember when the fibro symptoms really started. The first inklings were after I'd gotten through a nasty divorce and still lived in fear of that creep. My leg muscles would hurt when they shouldn't have. I attributed it to being out of shape since I had returned to college. Then as I got into my senior year college work I began to notice my mind just wasn't working like it used to. There was always tons to read but if it was a topic that wasn't too familiar to me or I wasn't interested in I found it exceptionally difficult to comprehend what the words meant. I would start a paragraph and by the time I got to the end I had no idea what the beginning said. It got so bad at times I couldn't make it through a sentence. By the end of the sentence I had forgotten the beginning.
So, how did I ever graduate?...lol I just had to work harder than others to remember things. It was a horrid struggle I kept to myself. This was in the early 90's when my youngest kids were in their teens. It wasn't until a few months ago that I even revealed this to my hubby and doctor. From there on it was down hill fairly rapidly with increasing pain. But in 2000 I lost my oldest son very unexpectedly and that ramped up the pain over the next 2 years. I was stubborn and refused help from our wonderful family doctor. But when the pain got so bad I couldn't function I gave in and admitted I couldn't fight it any more. I'm stubborn like that but am sure glad I was able to have such a great medical team on my side.
So that's about
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Post Edited (Chutz) : 4/26/2010 11:38:37 PM (GMT-6)