fibromyalgia: it explains all

February 8, 2008

Today, as my mum advised, I went to the doctor who specializes in orthopaedia and arthritis to have him check my back. Fortunately, I was allowed to go go on a half day for the check up, since the doctor is only available MWF from 4 to 7pm.

Ever since high school, I’ve been cracking my back every time it hurts. In high school, it was no big deal – I could live with the pain. But as soon as I started college and experienced more stress than fun, the pain came. Then as I graduated and worked and went on a lifestyle that requires sitting in front of the computer for 8 hours minimum per day, I experienced really bad backaches.

I never told anyone about this because it was just minor shit – I could live with it, and definitely other people could live without knowing it. Everytime I go to the comfort room, I stretch a lot to relieve the pain. But it never goes away.

And so the doctor looked at my back and diagnosed me with fibromyalgia – which, explains all the hassle that I’ve been experiencing practically my whole life. I never thought that what I term as simple backaches cause a lot of different non-backpains.

And I quote medicinenet.com:

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function. Fibromyalgia was formerly known as fibrositis.”

Furthermore:

” Also, patients with fibromyalgia have impaired non-Rapid-Eye-Movement, or non-REM, sleep phase (which likely explains the common feature of waking up fatigued and unrefreshed in these patients). The onset of fibromyalgia has been associated with psychological distress, trauma, and infection.”

So that explains why I’ve always been feeling tired when I wake up in the morning. It’s not necessarily oversleeping since I feel so tired and I feel still sleepy when I wake up with eight hours of ‘good’ sleep. It also explains why I wake up easily when someone opens the door, steps into my room, or simply make sounds outside my door. Definitely, I haven’t been getting deep sleeps.

And yet another true point:

“Mental and/or emotional disturbances occur in over half of fibromyalgia patients. These symptoms include poor concentration, forgetfulness, mood changes, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Since a firm diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult, and no confirmatory laboratory tests are available, patients with fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed as having depression as their primary underlying problem.”

And it’s true. I’ve had short term memory ever since high school. Depression is true as well – I often get depressed about stuffs that I shouldn’t really get depressed with. Same with concentration. lol I guess everyone has a problem with concentration. 😛

What’s funny though that the pains exhibited in medicinenet.com of those who suffer fibromyalgia are exactly what I feel on my body (pardon my terrible English, am not in the mood to write today XD). And I quote:

“Pain usually affects the neck, buttocks, shoulders, arms, the upper back, and the chest. “Tender points” are localized tender areas of the body that can bring on widespread pain and muscle spasm when touched. Tender points are commonly found around the elbows, shoulders, knees, hips, back of the head, and the sides of the breast bone.”

When I go for a massage, those parts hurt the most when it’s massaged. Especially the upper back.

I also have a mild scoliosis, which is not really serious at all.

Anyway, it’s just good that I know what has been causing all these shits that I have been experiencing. Now, I’m drinking some drugs again to ‘cure’ the pain together with therapy sessions every Saturday. Actually I can’t wait for it to start since I’d be getting really nice massages, perhaps. Heehee

Another downside is: I got to spend the money for drugs instead of spending it for the blouse I want. D:

Sighness. I need more money! Boohoo.

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