Fibromyalgia was recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1992. Today, fibromyalgia affects 4% of the population, and almost 90% are women.
Why is Fibromyalgia considered an invisible disease?
Fibromyalgia is considered an invisible disease because it affects all the soft parts of the musculoskeletal system and can not be easily diagnosed through medical tests. Fibromyalgia does not leave marks on the skin and does not produce injuries that others might see. It’s a solitary, hopeless pain.
“It’s not just pain. It’s a complete physical, mental, and emotional assault on your body.” – Jamie Wingo
No truer words have ever been spoken.
What is it like to live with fibromyalgia?
Brushing my teeth standing up was a bit too much for me this morning. This is why I have a bench in the bathroom so that I can manage the smallest of tasks.
Taking a shower and washing my hair when my arms hurt so much. This is another reason why I have a bench int he bathroom, but when my arms hurt so much I can’t even put shampoo in my hair, nothing can truly help.
As ridiculous as it sounds, just making dinner. The extreme fatigue hits and there’s just no way to be able to function. This is why I have a bench in the kitchen, so I can sit down and rest while I’m making dinner.
I’m constantly forgetting the most basic things like certain everyday words or what I walk into the room for or open the cupboards/fridge for. When I’m driving down my street sometimes I zone out and forget where I’m going. I mean I’m still paying attention to the road but when I get to the end of my street I’m like, where am I going again?
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor, Mulan
I know living with chronic pain is so hard. But don’t give up. Do what you can and keep moving. Be kind to yourself.