My Journey in life living with a chronic illness.... Fibromyalgia.

Hello, and welcome to my Blog! I hope this page helps everyone understand Fibromyalgia and what it's like to live with this chronic illness. I'm not looking for sympathy and I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me, I just want people to understand this illness. I hope that you learn something from my Blog. All I ask for is a little understanding and kindness... and from those who Pray... a little prayer for strength maybe? Thanks for following my Blog! Loves, Tab

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Off the Charts!

I'm blogging a little early today.... not sure how the rest of my day is going to go. I woke up with a migraine in full rage, and my body is as stiff as a board... Hurting horribly and the pain is insane and off the charts today (From 1 to 10, I'm a 15!). Top it all off my eyes are hurting like crazy today, and I broke my only pair of glasses! Ugh! I want off this crazy Fibromyalgia Train... I want off now! I know I should just be resting, but I can't help but write... Like I said "Writing is my therapy". I promised I'd write a list of FMS Symptoms for those of you who do not have it, But today I'm going to list all of the symptoms that I have thanks to FMS.  Are you ready? Here's My FMS symptoms list that I personally deal with. (Love me the way I am or Leave me. Lol)

1. Headaches/Migraines
2. Skin sensitivity including my Scalp Feeling of it being "Sunburned" and not wanting to be touched
3. IBS 
4. TMJ
5. Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears) Which leads to some hearing loss
6. Mood Swings
7. Depression
8. Muscle spasms (Twitching)
9. Muscle cramps (Charlie horses that are widespread... the worst I get is in my neck!!!)
10. Widespread muscle pain (Can be severe)
11. Swelling in feet and hands
12. Joint pain (Mostly in my hands and Feet)
13. Numbness and tingling (hands and feet)
14. Vision problems (Blurred, dry eyes at times, and trouble focusing
15. Fatigue/CFS (Not always caused by insomnia, I can sleep 9 hours sometimes and wake up feeling like I never slept)
16. PMS symptoms are magnified and even worse than the average symptoms (Told you I'd be totally open with my personal journey ;) Lol )
17. Cognitive function problems: Short term memory loss, confusion, forgetfulness, Sometimes can't "Think quickly" For example math problems or remembering someones name Etc.
18. Anxiety/social anxiety
19. Sensitive to sound... If I'm in a noisy place it sometimes nips at my sensory system (Just like Autistm sensory issues)
20. Sensitive to light
21. Muscle stiffness
22. Dizziness and problems with balance
23. Enhancement of medication side effects
24. Body temp runs a degree to 2 degrees higher than normal
25. Nausea
26. Insomnia (at times, even if I feel horribly exhausted, I can't sleep)
27. Weight gain (Due to inactivity... getting up and moving is not as easy as you think for people with FMS, exercise is very limited to what we are able to do... We can't go and do Zumba, or pilates... So if you think that we just need to get up and go take a Zumba class... LMAO! Think again!)
28. Non cardiac chest pain
29. Night Sweats (Sometimes)
30. Restless Legs
31. Burning/Gnawing muscle pain... Feels like someone is twisting/wringing out your muscles... makes me want to scream.
32. Low immune system, I catch colds so easy it's insane. Thinking I should really buy stock in the company that makes Purell hand sanitizer! becoming a germaphobe! lol
33. Brittle nails (This is why I get acrylics)
34. Sciatica
35. Muscle weakness
36. Burning foot pain

Well, thats all that I can think of for now. I think I've pretty much covered most of my symptoms from FMS. I ask my friends and family (who do not have FMS) to please take 10mins and go to the National Fibromyalgia Foundations website and check out the symptoms... Espcially if you are familty, you need to watch for the symptoms because Fibromyalgia IS Hereditary. My sister Linda was also diagnosed with it... she was diagnosed a week before I was. Just sayin' please check it out... because I love ya! <3 Loves -Tab


  1. You literally sound just like my mother! I told her about your blog and I am hoping she will get her own blog. She feels like she is the only one out there with all these problems. I'll have to remind her to join! :)

  2. Please have her follow me... Let her know shes not alone. When I was first diagnosed I felt so alone, until I joined a few groups of wonderful ladies, I didn't feel that horribly lonely feeling anymore. If she needs someone to talk to I am here. :)

  3. Great! I'll remind her about starting a blog. :)