Today marks the start of Fibromyalgia awareness week and it runs until the 10th of September. It’s thought that 1 in 25 people suffer from Fibromyalgia (Arthritis Research UK) and I know all too well what it’s like living with it.
As I write this, I’m currently fighting a fibro flare-up which has caused headaches, widespread pain, IBS, fatigue and tingling sensations throughout my body. I can only describe the tingling as a shock wave running throughout my body.
I woke up yesterday morning feeling out of sorts and in agony. I lay in bed for a few minutes and tried not to panic as I lay there unable to move. I woke up feeling like a dark cloud was looming over my head and I knew a wave of depression was creeping in with my low mood.
In the past, I would have stayed in bed or at least stayed in the house but I know from experience that only makes me worse. I found the energy to get up and once I got moving I knew it was important to keep moving.
Keep moving, I remind myself. Push through it. You’ve got this.
It’s tough having to get up and get on with life when every part of your body hurts. It tests my strength daily living in constant pain but flare-ups knock me off my feet.
This week I hope to raise awareness of living with Fibromyalgia and shed some light on what it’s like living with an invisible illness.
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