Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today is National Fibromyalgia Day

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day aims to increase awareness of FM and provide support to those coping with the illness.
May 12 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, a time to increase awareness of this chronic and life-altering disorder by educating the general public, healthcare professionals, government officials, and legislative bodies.

About Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be sometimes be relieved or eased through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management, and other fibromyalgia treatment.

For me, I absolutely dread mornings.  The pain is horrible.  The headache, muscle aches and stiffness that makes me just want to roll over and go back to sleep to avoid having to deal with the pain.  Most mornings I lay in bed and wonder why?  Why do I have to be in so much pain?  Why can't I just have 1 morning where there is no pain? Then I roll out of bed and start my day one step at a time. 

It would be easy to say "forget it, I'm not getting up" but what would that do to help me?  I get up and start my day whether it be going to work or doing some housework. I take it slower then I used to and take breaks throughout the day just to sit and let my body rest.  I've been finding my left knee and hips are feeling the brunt of things right now and the pain in those 2 areas by the end of the day leave me exhausted and non-motivated.  I usually end up back in bed by 7pm resting and knitting or on the laptop.

Do you know anyone who has Fibromyalgia?  Are you supportive and try to learn as much about Fibro so you can support them?  There are some great websites out there explaining Fibro and how you can help support those who do have it.  Here are just a few!

supporting your friend or loved one

Do what you can to learn more about Fibromyalgia. 

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