Life with fibromyalgia is far from easy. Everything takes a little longer to do. Some days I feel as though I can't accomplish anything, while other days I feel as if I can conquer the world. Of course, those days are few and far between. Living with fibromyalgia has taught me patience and understanding. This illness is difficult, frustrating, nerve-wracking. Getting out of bed in the morning is a chore in itself. Joints and muscles are stiff. It feels as though if I can only have oil injected into my joints and muscles, I would be able to move easier. Unfortunately, that is not an option. I have found that doing a few stretches in the morning while still in bed, helps. It doesn't take the stiffness or soreness away, but it does help loosen the joints and muscles.
Today is Tuesday, November 24, 2020. I feel like I have been hit by a train. The typical feeling when I first get up in the morning. Almost every person with fibromyalgia or chronic pain feels like this when they first wake up. Sleeping is a relief since I don't feel pain, don't think. Sleep does not come easy for me at all. I will be so exhausted that I can barely keep my eyes open, but trying to fall asleep is another thing. You see, on top of fibromyalgia, I also have 2 herniated discs in my neck, 4 herniated discs in my low back, spinal degeneration, spinal stenosis, arthritis in my back, arthritis in my hands, knees & feet. I have a hard time falling asleep to different types of pain. It makes getting comfortable far from easy. I usually have to have a heating pad under my low back and a body pillow for my right side. I also have 2 pillows I use between my knees. This helps keep my spine aligned properly. When I do finally get comfortable, I sleep for a couple of hours at a time. Very frustrating! Some nights, I only manage a half-hour of sleep. This sleep pattern does not help with chronic pain. I feel like a permanently exhausted pigeon.
I am NOT a doctor at all & this not meant to diagnose anyone. I am writing this in hopes of helping anyone else who is going through this.