Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Sunday, November 28, 2010

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...

I'm no Jeff Foxworthy, but if you recognize yourself or a loved one in many of these situations, you or your loved one might have fibromyalgia.

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...
  • You sleep 8 to 10 hours and wake up more tired than when you went to bed
  • A short walk around the block leaves you completely exhausted
  • While recovering from your walk around the block, your leg muscles twitch like crazy
  • You're so exhausted from grocery shopping that you put away only the perishables and leave the dry goods on the counter until after you can take a long nap
  • You need to take a nap after a hot shower or bath

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...
  • A cloud of fog descends around your head and follows you where ever you go
  • Radio static is playing inside your head and you can't change the station
  • You read a recipe over and over because you can't remember how many teaspoons of salt you need between reading the list of ingredients and actually measuring it out
  • In the middle of a conversation, you can't recall the specific word you want to say and every one stares at you like you're a complete idiot

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...
  • Your whole body aches so badly that it even hurts to blink your eyelids
  • While doing dishes, you want to shrink yourself down to fit in the sink so you can soak your aching body in the hot water
  • Going up and down the stairs is like running a marathon
  • No matter what chronological age you are, you feel like you're 85
  • You're experiencing so much pain that brushing your hair hurts

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...
  • Your PMS is on steroids and your symptoms are 100 times stronger than ever before
  • You develop all kinds of food sensitivities like dairy and wheat then realize everything has wheat in it
  • You take so many supplements that your medicine cabinet looks like a pharmacy
  • Your immune system is shot and it takes 10 times longer to recover from every cold, flu or virus
  • One day your plumbing is all clogged up and the next day it's running like crazy

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...
  • You're so depressed that you can't tell if you're depressed because you feel so bad or if you got depressed which makes you feel bad
  • You feel anxious at any point during the day or night for no particular reason
  • You cry at anything, including sappy Hallmark commercials
  • You crave chocolate so badly that a Hershey bar is better than sex
  • Your hands and feet are cold even in 90 degree weather

You Might Have Fibromyalgia If...

For a complete list of symptoms, check out the Fibromyalgia Symptoms Checklist

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