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…Fibro….Flu…Knitting

The main themes of my weekend and week so far.  Feeing a bit ‘flu-ey just now, either that or it’s just a stinker of a cold coming on.   Either way I don’t want it so would appreciate if the yuck would just move on to the next person and leave me be.
The worst thing about having a cold or ‘flu is that with fibromyalgia it’s magnified a fair bit, so it’s like having a double dose of ‘flu. 
Fibromyalgia or FMS is a musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder coupled with so many symptoms including, but not limited to:

  • poor circulation – tingling, numbness or swelling in your hands and feet
  • headaches
  • irritability or feeling a bit down
  • forgetfulness or poor concentration
  • feeling an urgent need to urinate, especially at night
  • irritable or uncomfortable bowels (diarrhoea or constipation and abdominal pain)

FMS is also linked to numerous other conditions:

  • chronic tiredness 
  • headaches
  • joint pain in various parts of their body
  • restless leg syndrome, which causes spasms in either one or both legs (sometimes affects arms too)
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), which causes problems with the joint connecting the jawbone to their skull, resulting in pain in their jaw and areas nearby
  • hypothyroidism

The easist way to describe it to non-sufferers is….”think of the worst case of ‘flu you’ve ever had, and then multiply it by 100 and have that on a daily basis”
This “Letter to Normals” is a good descripton of a sufferer explaining to a non-sufferer Letter To Normals

This is the bit that gets me “Fibromyalgia doesn’t usually have any outward signs, so you may look well even when you’re in a lot of pain. As a result, other people may not appreciate the pain and tiredness you’re feeling.” Arthritis Research UK – Fibromyalgia
It can be quite upsetting when people think it’s psychosomatic, made up, all in your head.  I sometimes think that’s my Husband’s feelings about it, until he sees me lose grip of a bowl of soup and it scalds all down my front, or that I can’t open a bottle of juice, or pop my tablets out of the blister pack. 

Something I find that helps with the FMS is knitting……it gives me something to focus on, something to look forward to and something else to worry about.  It almost makes me forget for a while that I’m sore, that I’m stiff, tired and grumpy as hell.  
Trying to decide what to knit next……knitted some handwarmers for my mother in law yesterday, need to post mam’s hat to her, but I fancy making something for me……

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