Every DayI have suffered with pain since probably my early teens.
I have always had muscle pain, tension, chronic nausea and abdominal pain, and general tenderness in my body. For a long time, I just thought it was because of stress and anxiety. I started to make healthy lifestyle changes, like becoming a vegetarian, taking up running, yoga and other exercises, and after discovering a gluten allergy, I stopped eating flour products as well.
It helped, but the pain and soreness was still there. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2004, which explained much of my vaginal, uterine, ovarian, and abdominal pain. I also suffer from Endometriosis, which makes certain exercises and even sexual activity extremely painful.
About 2 weeks ago, I was struck with a sudden bout of extreme fatigue and exhaustion that completely debilitated me. It was as though I'd been hit by a truck, and I could do nothing except sleep and move very slowly due to all the pain in my muscles and bones. I now have moderate-to-severe headaches every day, and my muscles are throbbing almost every second I am awake. It literally came to me overnight!
I am unable to do anything I used to do- haven't been able to exercise in 2 weeks, going out is a huge chore because I get extremely fatigued after about an hour, and all I have the energy to do is sleep.
I have a suspicion that I have Fibromyalgia, as it is common in my family on my father's side. I have a doctor's appointment next week and will find out then.
This pain and fatigue every day has had negative effects in my life already. Several people in my life think I am over-reacting or making up the pain. Some think I am pretending to be tired all the time so I can get out of previous engagements. A few even think I am just lazy.
It bothers me that no one takes this seriously, but if they don't believe me there's nothing I can really do. I have to take care of myself- it's no one else's responsibility.
SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 3 Responses 4 Aug 12, 2012