Reciprocating Kindness Can Help With Fibromyalgia Woes

Reciprocating Kindness Can Help With Fibromyalgia Woes
I always look forward to the last five minutes of the evening news, which usually feature a feel-good story emphasizing the basic goodness in each of us. My husband often is surprised at the stories he sees. Having once partaken of the bread of human kindness, I see nothing unusual in the selfless acts I see portrayed. I only wish more of them were routinely televised. Many years ago, I developed a stubborn infection. When the first round of antibiotics proved ineffective, a course of sulfa drugs was prescribed. These drugs quickly produced an itchy rash and shortness of breath, for which I was hospitalized. Both symptoms are commonly seen with anaphylaxis. However, I also was completely paralyzed — I couldn't move anything but my head. This was not common at all! After a couple of injections and some oxygen, my breathing normalized, and the itching subsided. However, my arms and legs still refused to move. Days of neurological testing revealed nothing abnormal. Specialists were consulted, and they all shook their heads. With help, I could take a couple of steps. The rheumatologist’s best guess was that fibromyalgia was responsible for my body's unusual reaction to anaphylaxis. In time, my strength returned. Despite my tearful protests of living alone in a multilevel house, I was discharged from the hospital the next morning with visits fr
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