Fibromyalgia is a terrible affliction which can cause decentralized pain. Recently the Huffington Post published a first-person account of living with fibromyalgia, including some harrowing descriptions of what it was like to endure this disease before it had a name:
“I would get a lot of pain, and try not to do things that would make the pain worse. People would yell at me and say, ‘Oh, come on, you can do it.’ So I tried playing tennis, and sooner or later, I pulled something in my shoulder and my elbow.
The pain got worse and worse, and in 1978, I had my first operation on my elbow.
Then the other elbow went. Then the other shoulder. And then the groin.
After each surgery, I did nothing. No movement, no physical therapy. So during ‘recovery’, my condition just got worse.
It is a worthy article to read if you want to recognize yourself or a loved one in these accounts. And it is also a strong message in favor of seeking early diagnosis, and not being satisfied with useless diagnoses until you actually see results. As the author emphasizes:
One tip Marshall has for people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia is that they understand this is probably for the rest of their lives. And so, putting off getting to it isn’t going to buy you anything.
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