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 sleep problems, trouble with memory and tiredness to a degree that normal activities are affected. Some people also report restless legs syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness 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 extreme fatigue and pain. Even putting on a pair of socks in the morning took so, so much. That was a such a tough time.
An invisible condition has an added complication. Along the way, I met other Fibro sufferers and some of those living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). It's tough for folks. Not only have they to deal with their ongoing painful and life limiting condition they must also field the questions and sometimes hurtful comments from those who simply do not understand.
A significant HealthierSelf goal then is to help shed some light for folk whose lives are made difficult by these conditions. That light is in the form of approaches and techniques that we believe give people even just a little more control.
Those techniques include Pain Relief Without Pills. This approach teaches you how to manage pain when you can't have more medication.
In our Facets of Fatigue section we help you explore how you might find ways to better control what can be such a life-limiting component of these conditions.