I had managable FM for 7 years before I was in a car accident that left me with 5 bulging discs (in all 3 areas of my back), a bad shoulder, and a tilted pelvis. My FM symptoms became severe almost immediately after the accident and 6 years later continue to be severe. I have a severe inflammatory type of FM, I am told. I am swollen almost constantly; muscle, and joint & nerve pain (to different degrees) constantly;moderate cold intolerance, but severe heat intolerance. My muscles can become very painful and lock up in temp. as low as 70 degrees. I feel like I have had the flu for 6 years
I continue to work as a dental hygienist, but don't know how much longer I will be able to do this. I used to take it "one day at a time", but most days, I get through the day "one hour at a time". I go to the grocery store over my 1-hr. lunch break at work, or I would not be able to go, because when I get home from work I cannot do anything but sit around. I am either too tired or too sick and in pain. I cannot go anywhere to stay overnight because I have to sleep in my tempurpedic bed. I cannot travel in a car for more than 1/2 hour or I cannot walk well. I cannot do any type of exercise, or I would be sick for 2 days and miss work. I have a very hard time keeping my home clean. I cannot hold my arms up for more than 2 or 3 min. to fix my hair, fold laundry, etc. My job allows me to sit, stand, or walk alternately, but is very hard on my spine, shoulders, etc. Sometimes I try to get the simple things done on the weekends, and make myself sick for work on Monday. I can get "bruised" from wrinkles on my sheets or my pjs. This typing is making my arm muscles pretty sore just from use. I have fallen on a few occasions because my legs get so swollen they go numb. I have a numb toe, my heel is numb and the entire skin on my back is numb. I could go on and on for days with symptoms, but these are just a few of my worse ones. I am a single mother of an 18 year old. I have missed a lot with him because I cannot be outside, or walk far, or travel far, and I am usually always too tired and sick to go anywhere besides work. It is an awful disease, and it really messes with your sanity.