Many people, and recently me, also, experience nausea, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. No fun! I can’t eat much other than Campbell’s chicken noodle soup (the kind in a package). Doesn’t give my much energy, and I feel awfully hollow much of the day, but at least I’m not tossing my cookies all day long.
The rest of the time, I’m keeping close to the “little house behind the house.”
Some of the other symptoms people have with fibro can include:
- stiffness – muscles rather than joints, although joints may be involved – makes it difficult to tell the difference between arthritis and fibro!
- restless legs
- hypersensitivity to light, noise, odors, and weather patterns is common
- headaches or facial pains
- sleep disturbances
- urinary frequency (not infection)
- numbness and/or tingling of hands and feet
- temperature sensitivity – both to warm and to cold
- itchy, dry, blotchy skin
- dry eyes; and dry mouth
- thoracic pain (pain in the muscles around and between the ribs)
- lightheadedness and balance problems
- fibro-fog – a type of cognitive dysfunction – when it’s bad, I worry that I’m getting Alzheimer’s
- hypersensitivity to light, noise, odors
- depression and anxiety may accompany fibromyalgia
The last few days have been mainly characterized by GI problems, but temperature sensitivity and dry skin have been problems, too.
So, it’s been a nasty few days. Just hoping it’s better tomorrow. I need to take Emmy to the vet, see an insurance person, and (hopefully) get my hair done.
How to cope? Sometimes it’s just sit very still and hope everything I’ve eaten stays in place. But mostly I try to move around every 30 minutes or so. Just moving around helps reduce the muscle stiffness and pain.
For the fibrofog, I keep lists of the stuff I need to do. I avoid talking on the phone or to people other than the family because I lose my train of thought so frequently. I don’t have a real coping mechanism for the forgotten words. I’ve always had problems with nouns and adjectives, even as a child. But now I’m losing some of my verbs and adverbs from time to time. There just doesn’t seem to be a coping mechanism except to keep some word-lists on the computer. Now if I can just find them in this so-called file structure…