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, September 9, 2010

The Daily Grind

I haven't posted in a while because, frankly, I have been too worn out.

I am wondering how much fibromyalgia affects other functions of your body such as allergies.

I have read that people who suffer from this illness also have a heightened sense of smell, which I can attest is true.

I smell everything from the sawdust in the air at the Home Depot to the more obvious odors coming from a candle shop.  It gets into your sinuses and lodges itself there until you become foggy-headed and so very tired that you just want to find somewhere (anywhere) to go to sleep.

This season with all the summer storms has truly been a difficult one for me. I don't know if it's something in the air or the pressure changing but  I find myself looking for a place to lie down at least a two, if not three, times a day.  I can barely function when I get like this and it is so darn frustrating.

I know it's allergies because I have that metallic taste in my mouth and sometimes it gets so bad that it  starts to affect my gums.  My sinus passages aren't necessarily clogged, but the sensitivity is there.

I have also mentioned in previous posts that I am certain the fibromyalgia is playing a large role in the healing of my foot that I fractured 6 months ago.  I wonder if someone who did not have this disease but had the same fracture would more than likely be completely healed and fully functioning at this point.

I, on the other hand, continue to have some odd pain that keeps changing locations depending on what shoes I wear or how much I have walked, etc. 

One day the pain is in my ankle and another day it's on the underside of my toes.  I am pretty sure that the shoes I wore to the grocery store may have had something to do with it.
They have a small heal and may have placed additional pressure on the front part of my foot whereas my regular walking shoes do not.  I hope this is a temporary issue as I have a closet full of shoes I would like to wear some day. :)

I would be curious to know if others have these same problems.
Until next time :)


T @ Poppy Place said...

Yep, I think it is definitely a possibility that the illness does mask or exacerbate other things happening with our bodies.

It is a crappy illness!

Hope you foot heals soon, regards, T. :)

Mindy said...

Yep - me too. I have the transient foot pain. Even some days when I haven't worn shoes. Thought I was crazy since no fibro books mentioned it, until a friend with fibro said he got it too.

And I do think the heightened sense of smell, which I definitely have, makes the sinus problems worse. Making me more tired etc.

You are not alone!

Christine Burgess said...

Thanks so much for your comments. It's really great to know others feel like you do and that you aren't alone in this.
God Bless to all of you.

the PaperCraftLady said...

When I read your profile on Chris's Comments, I thought I was reading about ME!! Except I have only 1 gradndchild.

Then, when I saw you suffered from Fibro, I flipped!! We must be soul mates!! I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I think I suffer more from that than the Fibro. However, I also have transient pain but not just in my feet. The other night, for example, all of a sudden my right arm just above my elbow was so painful it brought tears to my eyes. That was a new pain for me.

Well, I have an eye appointment I have to go to now but I will check back to this and your other blog (I think I was going to enter a contest!) later.

It has been my pleasure to "meet" you, Christine!


Robin said...

Heightened sensitivity to smells is a definite issue for me too. I think I was a drug dog in my previous life! One tip for indoor air quality is the Ausin Air purifier. I love it and has really helped me thru a home improvement situation. It isn't cheap but did help. Of course as you know what works for one person may not for another. So happy to have found your blog. Relating to someone that you haven't even met is very helpful.