Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Is Fibromyalgia Causing This?

Most of the time I can deal with the pain that I get from having fibromyalgia.  I don't like it.  It has certainly affected how I live my life, but I am beginning to get a handle on what will make it worse.  Or so I thought.

I have been dealing with the after affects of fracturing my foot for nearly 4 months now.  I still can't walk and beginning to wonder if I ever will again.

My doctor told me that the tendons may need to be stretched after wearing the boot for 3 weeks, but even he thought there was no way I could have that much of a problem in such a short amount of time.

Now I am wondering if the fibromyalgia is causing this horrific pain.  I don't say that lightly either as I have worked every day on stretching out the tendons on the top of my foot as well as the one running up the back of my knee.  I used to be able to sit on my legs and now I can't as the pain sears through me.

The pain is so intense that if I work on my foot for too long I actually get physically sick.  I have had lots of pain in my life, but nothing that compares to this and no matter how much I work at it I still can't walk.  It feels like the tendon is so tight that it's going to snap in half.

I went to my chiropractor the other day and he did adjust my ankle and told me the tendon was very rigid.  I felt instantly better for about 10 minutes then it tightened back up again.

I believe that there is a very good chance that the pain is increased considerably because of fibromyalgia.  There is no other explanation for it that I can see.  Who has this much pain from wearing a "boot" for 3 weeks?  I hope to find out when I see my doctor on Tuesday.

I don't know what I can do differently and the pain is still very real to me even if it might be magnified by my illness.  I would like to think I might walk again.

Until next time :)


rlee8235 said...

I am so sorry that this is happening to you! Since all of our weight ends up with our feet, I can understand why you have the pain. I do think that Fibro intensifies a normally manageable episode. I went to the dentist and normally no biggie. Now? It's a HUGE deal. I do think the Fibro has something to do with the extreme pain. Are you taking anything for it?


Christine Burgess said...

I take tramadol regularly just to survive, but it doesn't do anything for the foot pain. I am thinking of asking the dr. for pain patches or something so I can walk this out.
Hugs back

Crafty Debbee: Deb's Divine Doings said...

It's the darn fibromyalgia. I hurt my foot last summer. I could have sworn it was broke. I went to the doctor and they said "not broken" but I could not walk on it. I had broke the top of my foot in the early 90's so I knew what that felt like and it was the same. I sent 2 weeks in excruciating pain before I went to a specialist. He also said it was not broken and could not tell me why. After 4 months it started to feel better but by that time I was in a full blown fibro flare. By the time December came I was so bad that I had to take off work. Please take care of yourself and don't let the pain go.

Christine Burgess said...

Thanks so much for letting me know what happened to you, Crafty Deb. I have an appt. on Tuesday and hoping he will give me a pain shot or patch or something so I can walk again.