When I first started dealing with fibromyalgia, it started as migraines. Migraines that no matter what, would not go away. A headache all day, every day-the only difference is the severity would fluctuate.
I had pain that started in my neck and went down my back. A flick to the skin could leave me flinching for minutes. When I finally said enough is enough and started researching for myself, I remember going to my primary care at the time and asking if we should look at fibromyalgia as the cause of all the issues I was having. It made sense to myself and the friends that have stood with me.
“You’re so young, you don’t want that in your medical history yet.”
I pressed on, knowing I wanted answers, even if there are very little answers when it comes to fibromyalgia.
I was sent to a rheumatologist that immediately said yes, you have fibro. While no one wishes for such, it was finally an answer of WHY.
This battle has been a confusing and long one. Despite ongoing research into fibromyalgia, unfortunately, there are still medical providers out there that shrug fibromyalgia off.
Sometimes, we just have to take a step back. Don’t be afraid to research. Print off articles, take them to your doctor, and ask questions. We are our best care providers.
You are sure to encounter people that don’t understand, individuals that are less than supportive. You have to remember, they are not living in your life. Fibromyalgia is REAL.
While fibromyalgia is always a struggle and mine isn’t controlled, I’ve made it this far. Sometimes, we just have to take it one day at a time.