It’s Hard to Explain Fibromyalgia to a Healthy Person

It’s Hard to Explain Fibromyalgia to a Healthy Person
Fibromyalgia is such a complex disorder that trying to explain it to a healthy person can be challenging. I want people to get it without some kind of explanation, but that's never going to happen.  Because fibromyalgia affects the brain and nervous system, pain and other symptoms can come and go, move around, and change in intensity. When we overdo things, we enter the arena known as a flare. It's our body's ingenious way of letting us know we need to slow down and back off. When you're trying to communicate this to a healthy person, it sometimes makes sense to compare what you're going through to something the other person has experienced and can relate to. Some examples might be:
  • Remember how exhausted and achy you were when you had the flu? I feel like that almost every day.
  • I know how sleep-deprived you felt when you had a newborn and were being woken up several times a night. I experience that same thing, but without the sweet baby in the mix.
  • You know how sluggish and out of it you feel when anesthesia is wearing off? I call that brain fog, and it can last for hours or days at a time.
  • How about pulling those all-nighters in college and feeling totally useless the next day? That is my almost-daily experience.
  • How about the jet lag from that 16-hour flight you took? It was days before you felt ”normal” again. I feel jet-lagged most days.
  • Isn't it frustrating when you go into the next room and forget what you were going
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