Living with Pain and Coping with Fibromyalgia

A girl was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 16 years old so living with pain is not the issue, it is how much pain can I live with. Since then she has also been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, and fibromyalgia. Now, how much pain can a body endure on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and function in life, that is the question?

Fibromyalgia is characterized by extreme muscle painWhen we were young no one believed I even had any pain at all, my parents assumed it was a ploy to skip high school. With all the test results in and arthritis confirmed, medication was prescribed to no avail and my suffering began. I learned at that young age you either live with it, or you continue to search every day for help with it. My mother never gave up the search while I did the living with it. Every day was a challenge just to get out of bed and get to high school.

Managing Pain

My first task was to get my feet on the floor, next walk the floor until my pain subsided enough to shower and dress for school. If the pain was too much and did not subside, I missed school that day. By my senior year, my mother had found me some help with a chiropractor who was into nutrition supplements. He took me off all white sugar, put me on a stretching regime and adjusted me three times a week. Within months I was down 15 pounds and feeling well enough to go to school every day and work part-time for his office. This began my career with solving the mysteries behind my ailments and living with pain.

Depression & Anxiety of Having Fibromyalgia

During my life first teens, twenties and thirties, I had several tragedies that caused great depression and anxiety to set in me. In reaching my thirties and going through a divorce, I noticed more pain spreading into different areas of my body. I also noticed heavy fatigue would envelop me so fiercely that I could not overcome it some days. It would seem as if my entire body would be one great pain, so intense that I was back walking the floor as I did in my high school years. No pain reliever seemed to touch the severe aches in my legs. I blamed my rheumatoid arthritis and went to see a rheumatologist.

After a series of blood work, X-rays and even more intense blood work she could not find the RA factor in my blood that determines rheumatoid arthritis. I had told her the story of my childhood, the tests; blood work is done, the X-rays and finally the diagnosis and pain. She prescribed methotrexate which is a low dose pill form of chemotherapy.