©Paul Tracey 2019

Fibromyalgia, M.E., Chronic Fatigue

"Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include tiredness to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems and trouble with memory. Some people also report restless legs syndromebowel or bladder problemsnumbness and tingling and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature."

That's the official line. From my point of view it was an experience I never want to have ever again. Not being able to function properly, either in thought or movement, was a major worry. At one point all I could see was fatigue and pain. Even putting on a pair of socks in the morning took so, so much. That was a dark period in my life.

I've met other Fibro sufferers and indeed those who are living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). My goal now is to help shed some light for folk, to show how they might cope better. I have also met others who have made an incredible journey out of such conditions. Together we are exploring how such journeys worked and how we can teach and facilitate others in the same way.