- Mar 14, 2021
- DX FIBRO
My name is Erin. I'm 45 years young, married to a wonderful man, and have five children. I was diagnosed about 18 months ago after a positive ANA blood test sent me to a rheumatologist. Since my diagnosis I have been rather lazy in learning about this condition. I assumed it was just about the pain and stiffness I constantly feel - wrong! I am realizing that the majority of my other symptoms can be attributed to FM. While I am still on the radar for auto-immune disease, I am on a journey to learn more about my FM. I believe my FM kicked in while I was going through a terrible divorce from an abusive man. I believe stress is my #1 trigger. When flare ups happen I feel like I have the flu - everything hurts, my muscles feel so stiff that it is difficult to walk or move too much. The fatigue and brain fog make it difficult to just think. I just feel awful. The good thing is that the flare ups only last a day or two. My ongoing symptoms are: minor muscle soreness and stiffness, trouble sleeping, night sweats, some depression, and low motivation. I have been prescribed cymbalta which has greatly helped. I also use essential oils. My biggest struggle is educating my family and loved ones about it. Does anyone have any pointers? Thank you for reading this.