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.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Will This Year Be Better?

It's hard to believe we are living in 2011.  I can remember watching science fictions shows as a kid and 2011 seemed like it would never really happen.  It was just too far into the future and I couldn't imagine people being able to talk on their phones and actually see the other person; or having phones that weren't attached to the wall in some way.  Of course, I also expected people to be hovering around in space vehicles similar to what you might have seen in the cartoon "The Jetsons".

I have to say I am expecting great things this year as I certainly had my share of difficult times in 2010. The fibromyalgia was a big part of it but certainly not all.

I recently figured something out that amazes me a bit and I am sure when I mention it to my doctor she will look at me like I have 3 heads, but I am positive my depression periods as well as my lack of focus and lethargy come more from sinus infections rather than the fibromyalgia.

When you have a chronic illness that have symptoms such as lethargy, foggy headiness, and depression you begin to play detective to figure out what is going on when you just don't feel well.

I have to say I haven't felt "well" much at all over the last 12 months or so.  I can just about count the days that I woke up focused, alert and ready to tackle something.  Most days I wake up and grab my pain pills and wait for them to take affect before doing anything.  After that I usually get on my computer and check my online stores and try to promote a little bit.  I may get some laundry done or manage to get to the grocery store, but by the time that's all over I am tired and uninterested in doing much else.

At this very moment I am on "Amoxicillin" for a sinus infection and I feel great; alert, upbeat,  focused and have no need for the regular afternoon nap.  Now why is that? Hmmm... have to play detective again as I am pretty sure my doctor won't have the answers.

What I have discovered is that something takes place in my brain that alters the way I think when I have severe allergies or am coming down with a sinus infection.  I don't know if the chemicals change or possible the inflammation puts pressure in the wrong places, I am convinced it plays a heavy role in my overall health.

Just about 4 weeks ago I could feel my head getting stuffy and foggy (not unusual). Then I started losing my focus on my mosaics, which is my business.  When I say "lose my focus" I mean that I lack interest, creativity and passion for anything.  Eventually I feel depressed because it's a scary place to feel like nothing matters or that you just don't care about anything. Not suicidal, mind you, just removed from normal thinking.

After a few weeks of this I started to get migraine headaches and slight fevers so I knew I had a full blown sinus infection and headed to the doctor.  Two days into the meds mind cleared and I feel like a human again.  It's like day and night. I still have the aches and pains of the fibro, but my mind feels normal. That's huge for me.

So, my conclusion is that a severe allergic reaction to substances that ultimately cause a sinus infection has a huge impact on the brain and how you think.  I am beginning to realize that the powders produced from the dish tiles I cut for my mosaics are contributing to having this chronic problem and now I wear a mask all the time when working.  I hope this will help as I have no desire to stop making my mosaics.

I hope for each of you a healthy, happy and less painful New Year.

God bless
Chris

2 comments:

Dominique said...

I think the mask is a great idea. I don't doubt that they might indeed by the culprit to the infections.!

Christine Burgess said...

Just my luck!