Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

10 Day Fibromyalgia Flare

I have just been through an awful ten days of pain and a seemingly never-ending flare-up from Fibromyalgia.

When a flare starts, it may end in an hour, it may end in a day, but sometimes it goes on for over a week.

When you suffer from Fibromyalgia you NEVER KNOW how long a flare will last.

This one started (unexpectedly) days before my cycle began and lasted through an overlap of a strong headcold which knocked me off my feet and even gave me a low-grade temperature. The aches from the cold were quadrupled from the Fibro and then multiplied to where I could barely function because of it.

I curled up on my couch with a comfy pillow and soft blanket and could not move for two whole days. (Except to constantly blow my never-ending runny nose…)

When one is in the middle of a flare like this, it is hard to see through the pain. You know it will eventually end, but at that time you cannot see it, and that can be quite overwhelming.

Add emotional anxiety to the mix and you may be a candidate for the funny farm.

Feeling this way is not funny. But when you have Fibromyalgia this is all a part of a flare-up.

Pain in the bones. Aches in the muscles. Joint pain mirroring arthritis…in every joint.

Ugh! Do you know how many joints we have?????

It’s enough to drive you bonkers!

And then…one morning, or at one point in the day, it stops.

You realize the flare is over and with some hope in your mind, you expect all the pain to leave with it.

But is doesn’t. It is still there…only milder, duller, like it’s been “shelved ” for later. You can almost feel it hovering.

But the “flare” is gone…for now.

Don’t bother racking your brain for what caused it. Fibro-fog won’t let you remember, anyway.

Ah…such is the life of a Fibromyalgia sufferer.

Yesterday I saw no end to the flare. Today, I felt the flare leave. How will I feel tomorrow? Ask me tomorrow!

For now, I will do my best to sleep.

God Bless!

~The Fibro Momma of Ten

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