Pics & Memes that visualize fibromyalgia and other invisible chronic pain illnesses

The Prince / Princess and the Pea (syndrome)

#24 - I like the phrase "adding insult to injury"

#25 - Gender Discrimination here, what about us Princes?!

Apparently there is a story The Prince and the Pea, probably adapted, but no meme connecting it to fibro. But then fibro seems to discriminate, altho the ratio assumed varies greatly from 1:10 to 1:2.

#26 - my pea is THIS BIG!

#27 - mattresses made of peas

#28 - this is how my wife sees me…

In case you can’t read it:
What was the thread count of those sheets? Like twelve?
“100% polyester too, I bet.”
“AND, if you think I didn’t notice that generic-brand CANNED PEA, you’re sadly mistaken.”
(Oops, I originally thought it said genetically modified… - that’d be more my take on it).


Unfortunately, number 24 is all too true. :cry: I have many friends, neighbors and family that feel this way, including one daughter and my mom. I’m making “mountains out of molehills”, we all have aches and pains, we are all tired, getting old is *ell - all things I have been told recently.

The last one is one of my favorites though because I can usually get a pretty good shock factor :open_mouth: out of people when I reply that getting old sure is *ell - who would of guessed though that it begins before you turned 30 and that by 46 you would routinely be offered and given senior discounts! :rofl:



LOLOLOL Yep - I can totally relate to the “what doesn’t kill you…” pic! Tooooo funny :rofl:

Okay, Struggling, this is probably WAY off topic, but I LOVE chocolate. I’ve never had a chocolate orange, though. Are they wonderful??? Should I get some??? (Not for smacking around so much as for eating…LOL!)

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JSC! I’d always heard that a traumatic physical event can be the start of FMS, but after reading your post, I looked online and saw that prolonged psychological stress can also be the culprit. I always blamed it on my surgeries and arthritis pain, but I’m starting to rethink this… Thank you for your post, my friend. :purple_heart:


I would say - YES! But it does depend some on if you like a subtle flavor to your chocolate. They have orange and raspberry flavored “oranges” but I much prefer the orange.


hehe, I’ve collected quite some reasons over my lifetime… Worked on all my traumas, got them down, but swine flu and prolonged psychological stress (incl. having to work on the traumas) may be parts, yep… :roll_eyes:

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I would maybe lean towards the prolonged psychological stress being the major trigger for me too.

I have had traumatic physical events, including a skull fracture at 6-weeks of age (a infant seat collapsed, dropping me off a counter to the floor) and a couple of car accidents. Growing up with my mom left me with prolonged verbal/mental abuse (and a stretch of sexual abuse when she remarried for a time); the verbal/mental abuse continues still, but I finally have learned to set some boundaries. Add in 2 marriages and the divorces that followed, a miscarriage and 3 pregnancies that ended in C-sections and you have plenty of trauma and stress material. Now whether or not any of it was enough to have triggered things I don’t know or if maybe it was more of a “straw that broke the camels back” type thing.

My 2nd husband and I separated in late 2003 and after a very contentious year the divorce was finalized in late 2004. He slung about everything at me that he could, including accusations that I wasn’t a fit mother and was not mentally stable and I was physically abusive (this was because I would spank if needed). We had another 18 months or so of traumatic visits as they had to spend every other weekend with him and 2 or 3 2-week extended visits each summer (depending on our school schedule). Those ended in 2006 when the courts terminated his visitation rights till he could prove his home was safe. He could still call, write and exchange presents, instead he choose to drop off the face of the earth until about 3 years ago. It was somewhere in this 2 1/2 year stretch that I was in my 2nd car accident too. I was stopped for a red light and the driver behind me wasn’t paying attention - he hit me going 40, never braked. Thankfully, no injuries other than whiplash.

It was during that 2 1/2 year stretch that I really started dealing with all the health issues.


I know they say that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but that isn’t always the case. Not having a good childhood to look back on really does something to a person. I’ve had lots of trauma in my adult life, but, for the most part, I had a great childhood with loving and protective parents. Verbal/mental/sexual abuse as a child? I’m so sorry you went through this. I understand better now why it is so difficult for you to stand up to your grandmother. You’ve had people controlling you - in terrible ways - since you were young. I can’t remember if you’ve said - Have you seen a good therapist to help with the emotional trauma you suffered?
I know that you’ve made some difficult decisions, in order to take back your life, and that your own children look down on you for leaving their “church,” but, when I think of you, StrugglinginKs, I see a loving, caring, strong & courageous lady who has taken steps to make her life better and healthier! You are an inspiration to us all! :purple_heart:

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Sadly I had very little contact with my grandparents growing up as my mom was usually mad at them. And keeping us apart was a great way to get even, if you will. Dad’s family was cut off nearly completely when he and mom divorced when I was 4 or so. Her parents faired little better. When we did have contact it was always on her terms, with her present and a visit could and did end suddenly if she got mad and it could be months before we would be allowed to see them again.

My inability to stand up to my grandma doesn’t so much have anything to do with her, but just my inability to stand up to anyone - that desire to keep the peace, to keep someone happy is so intense and so ingrained.

I have seen a therapist on occasion but haven’t had much success with it. I think probably because I just haven’t found one I can make a good connection with.


Dear “whatever doesn’t kill me”, I’m strong enough now. Thanks…



@gramybear’s asked about the childhood issues here:

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When chocolate is involved it’s NEVER off topic :smile:

Are they wonderful??? Ohh YES!!!
I’m a little bit partial to a ‘Terry’s Chocolate Orange’
They’re often available from Target or Walmart Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange Ball, 6.17 Oz. - -
It can also be purchased as a bar rather than a ball (p.s. There’s just not enough of it in a bar :smile: )
Terry’s : Chocolate Candy : Target

Merl from the Modsupport Team

I could SO use one of these tonight! However the ONLY chocolate I have in the house tonight is semi-sweet chocolate chips and at the rate I am going through them the bag doesn’t look like it will survive till morning. :rofl:


Hi, Struggling & Merl,
It is very good to know that I’m not alone in my pursuit of good chocolate… :chocolate_bar: :yum:

@JayCS, where is #31? Time for more inspiration on this wonderful thread!!! (We umm just had a slight commercial break for chocolate seekers…LOL)!

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Hehe, couldn't find a chocolate ball being smashed....

Did find one on fa€ebk, but not going to support that platform anywhere… On yt a few pinata ball smashes, no sry can’t help you out with a pic there. Then I remembered someone having an “anger ball”. A very soft ball which you could throw and made the sound of breaking glass. Can’t find that anywhere either. But I found another nice Christmas-ized pop song with puppets, for next year…

I’m counting all pics anyone else posts here too,
and not counting the pics illustrating the “2nd guardian angel” I hid here:

so this is pic

#35 - inspired by @AussieMom’s description of feeling run over

(You know it’s going to be one of those flare days when you feel like you’ve experienced a plane crash or you were run over by a train or truck and you haven’t even got out of bed yet!)

(Feeling Run Over By a Bus)

BTW I’m writing the memes down for people who can’t see the pics, for technical or esp. disability reasons. Also to make it come up in site searches.
And BTW @AussieMom / Question for all if you can answer plus quotes - #3 by AussieMom - Thanks for the kudos :star_struck:, but far from needing only 3 secs. - I’ve never ever tried making a meme-pic myself, not sure if I should; but I’m pretty expert at finding things on the web, so I’m just

standing on the shoulders of giants...

in using this phrase, Newton was standing on the shoulders of Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th C, and Greek Mythology…
Standing on the Shoulders - Newton-version

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JayCS!!! Wow! Incredible! Both funny and sad. I’m going for funny today because I was also in a plane crash, got run over by a bus and hit the wall several times before waking up today! In fact, in my last dream this morning before I got up, I was dreaming that I was in pain, I was rubbing my hands and fingers trying to figure out if I had rheumatoid arthritis. I was trying to figure out why all my joints and muscles were aching and throbbing. Then I woke up and have been in pain all day, mostly laying on the couch trying to get comfortable.


You are AMAZING at finding the perfect pics, JCS! But, don’t sell yourself short - As creative as you are, you could easily make one, if you don’t find what you’re looking for! I’m sure of it! :blush:
Thank you SO much for these - You made my day!!! :purple_heart:

@Freedom, I’m so sorry life as been painful and rough for you lately! Saying prayers that you will find relief, my friend. In answer to one of your questions on another thread, those of us who “work” with FMS, give up a lot in life b/c our energy is often completely drained by our jobs. It is sad, but it is what it is. Hang in there!!! :purple_heart:

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