The 6 stages of Fibromyalgia
You began to experience pain and fatigue more than before, you are not sure what is happening, but it hurts and you are tired. You can keep a job, you can do it through your day, but you know something is not right … so it’s something you’re going to start investigating.
You are in pain a lot, sometimes taking an anti-inflammatory drug or whatever. They do not give you much relief, and you have accepted the fact that this is something that you will have for a while. It feels a lot of pain and they have run out almost every day, but for the most part to keep going and keep a job, you can still go to events, spend time with your friends and loved ones, and have a good time here and there.
You are in a constant pain, which is constantly tired, one wonders if it will always be able to function normally again. You are considering not working, because you no longer have the energy you once had, you come home from work and all you can do is rest. You have to decline invitations, you do not have any energy left and you have to rest just to come back tomorrow. At this stage you begin to feel more alone, and more and more people are beginning to think whining too. This stage can last a long time, maybe years.
You are in relentless pain all the time, good morning are few and far between. That is calling work for sickness more than it does yet. You are in bed a good part of your day. When you have a good day you take advantage of it, and do as much as possible, all the things that you have left in the last few weeks to put in your day, knowing well that tomorrow you will pay for it. Their flames last several days. At that time your friends make plans without you, who already know your excuses and are almost certainly not able to join the hotel. Your family begins to think that you are using fibromyalgia as an excuse for not doing things, because stages 1-3 were able to do a lot of what can not be done now. They think that they are using their disease as an excuse, he feels lonely, isolated, worried, emotional, sad. This stage can last for years.
That you have already been fired or have left your job, you are asking questions about permanent disability and how much time is needed to get it. You have heard horror stories about the people who refused and the process of taking years. You are struggling to make ends meet. Maybe have a person who takes care of you. You spend a lot of your day in bed, although you still take advantage of that one good day from time to time. You are in pain, in a lot of pain, you cry a lot, you feel like a prisoner in your own body. By now he has explained to his friends that it still feels good to be invited, even if he does not leave. You have found that the only people that may be related to you are in a similar situation. You wish that your friends and family could understand.
Stage 6 (The Final Stage)
You may or may not still be waiting for the disability pension. You can not keep a job. Fibromyalgia is now your lifestyle, most of your friends are living with themselves fibromyalgia, everything you do takes all your precious energy, the simple daily tasks that you took for granted in the early stages, going to the bathroom, washing hair, take a shower, get dressed, tie your shoes, take everything you can give. It is irritated by the hair or clothes that touch your skin, that you do not have energy or the desire to put on “the face” before leaving, there is no energy to keep a clean house. With all the medication that is now or has been tried, it is about side effects and constant pain.
You are a human being and continue to enjoy some things, like watching TV. One tries to stay abreast of any novelty regarding fibromyalgia, hoping that they are closer to finding a cure. Most of your old friends are not around anymore, they have things to do. You need to rest a lot. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at this stage, because things pile up around you: bills, laundry, dishes. Do it a little every day, you push yourself so you do not feel like your day is wasted in bed, you feel guilty that you no longer pull your own weight in the house. Your children, spouse or relative to do things that more than ever. They try to do it in a nice way, but that still feels like a burden, can not remember anything, You can not remember names or dates and you lose the middle thread of the sentence. You also know more about fibromyalgia at this stage, then your own