Fibro’s Unwelcome Friends

Fibro’s Unwelcome Friends
Through the Fog I know that I'm not alone in the fact that FMS is not the only thing I deal with. How about you? Let's look at some of those unwelcome friends and how they impact our journey, shall we? Irritable Bowel Syndrome, aka IBS. This can result in various symptoms: diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping, sweating, and nausea. The symptoms are intermittent and can be brought on by stress or certain foods. Anyway you look at it … it's no fun! Debilitating chronic fatigue. This is the most difficult symptom for me to deal with, and the most frustrating! I have to plan my day and activities outside the home very carefully. Even a two-hour dentist appointment will do me in for days. Thanks to this unwelcome friend, I spend most of my time in bed. Even sitting for a couple of hours will cause me to hit the proverbial wall, and I HAVE TO lie down. Costochondritis. Initially, when I first experienced this, I thought I was having a heart attack. The cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone becomes inflamed and causes a lot of pain. It often resolves itself in a few hours or days, but if you've never experienced it before, it can be really scary. If you think you might be having a heart attack, go to the ER. Better to be safe. Muscle weakness. My thigh muscles are weak and keep me from walking longer than five minutes at a time, unless I have a shopping cart to help support me. It gets much worse if I push myself and
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