Same Battle, New General: Restricted by Fibromyalgia and COVID-19

Same Battle, New General: Restricted by Fibromyalgia and COVID-19
Fibromyalgia: Permission to stay at home, sir? COVID-19: Permission granted, soldier. Many consider COVID-19 to be the great disrupter. Those of us with fibromyalgia may see it differently. The only real issue for me is fear. Not only for myself (a previous bout of influenza resulted in hospitalization), but I’m concerned for family, friends, and co-workers — many of whom are vulnerable due to age or health issues. As for having my activities restricted, I’m accustomed to living with little say about what I do and how I do it. My physical issues robbed me of that freedom long ago. After decades of battling the same symptoms repeatedly, I finally arrived at a sense of peace with the situation. Or, perhaps I just tired of fighting. Either way, I adapted.   In short, life for me is much the same during this pandemic as it usually is (minus the face masks, of course). In fact, the daily stress of attempting to live a normal life has lessened. For once, other people are as limited as I have been for years. There’s a freedom in this, a sense of equalization — so much so that some of my symptoms have actually improved. When comparing the various facets of my “normal” fibromyalgia life to my life with COVID-19 restrictions, so far the scoreboard looks about even. Here’s what I mean: Fibromyalgia: No commitments before noon due to IBS symptoms. (Boo!)
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