I’ve had fibromyalgia, arthritis, degenerative disc dis., anxiety, etc…for many years. I’ve had surgeries to replace my thumb joints (I was a pianist all my life - the operative word being "was’), 2 neck surgeries (from front & back -4 discs fused with plate & rods), & more surgeries to come for feet & possibly shoulders. Also, many meds for pain & constant injections. At times, it is overwhelming. I try to focus on the immediate (or most painful) problem, and take care of that first (e.g., I will deal with my feet asap, and then do the necessary PT for my shoulders & lower back).
I still work full time, and will until my hands finally give out. It is good to have a purpose in life, and I feel like fibromyalgia has stripped away so many things that I used to love to do, and sapped me of my energy. I try to explain to my husband that I only have so much energy, and then it’s gone. Thankfully, he really is a wonderful man - but how on earth can people, that don’t have this condition, really understand? That’s why I’m here. I wanted to meet folks that are going through this. I wanted to know I’m not alone.
I have a precious toy aussie that is like a therapy dog to me (I’ll be working from home at least another 2 months) and a beautiful 4-year old granddaughter that is, at times, the only thing that makes me glad to be alive.
Sorry to be a downer, but it does help to say these things that are usually bottled up inside.
Anyway - Hi, everyone! I’ve been reading on the site a little and I’m glad to meet you all. Believe it or not, I still see myself as an optimistic person. But, for the life of me, I don’t know why!