Have you ever thought how much easier it would be if your friends and family could understand a little better what you go through with fibromyalgia? I think one of the best ways to help them is to come up with analogies to which they can relate. Let's bring our symptoms into their spheres of understanding. Perhaps you'll find these examples and info an easy way to share.
Let's say you decided to have a barbecue and you invited about 25 people. Four of your friends said they would come and help. On the day of the barbecue, your friends don't show up to help. Not only that, but 100 people show up to eat. Talk about overwhelming! That's what happens when our cells send out too many pain signals (all the people we didn't invite). We don't have enough serotonin
in our brains to properly process the pain signals that our cells are sending to all parts of our body, where no sign of damage exists. Those are misinterpreted sensations that our nerves and brains turn into actual
pain. It's frustrating that there's no physical evidence of injury, so people often automatically assume it's all in our heads.
Good days and bad
Just like our blood pressure or weight can fluctuate during the day or week, we can sometimes do something today that tomorrow is completely impossible. If your sister saw you out to lunch today with a friend, but then you had to cancel a coffee date wit