Top 4 Ways Fibromyalgia Affects Your Life
Many people say that fibromyalgia has “taken their lives away”.
What does that mean? What exactly has it taken away?
To understand further, I wanted to take a look at the different human needs that all of us require to function: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Fibromyalgia affects all of these human need factors in some sort of way.
The physical pain that fibromyalgia sufferers experience can be excruciating in some cases — fibromyalgia affects the need, as a human, to have physical contact. Everything hurts! Why would you want people touching you when you are experiencing numerous types of bodily pain?
The mental fatigue and exhaustion suffered by those with fibromyalgia are often said to the worst symptoms. Commonly referred to as fibro-fog, loss of memory and clarity can ruin anyone’s day. Forgetting special dates, work notes, your keys, and short-term memory loss have all been recorded as common occurrences.
I recently spoke with a follower who told me that she was newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She said that she had forgotten her husband’s birthday (mental) because she has had intense widespread pain throughout her body for the past couple of days (physical). She forgot about the cake she ordered, the gift she had handmade for him, and she forgot to tell him “happy birthday” upon waking when he went to work. Now, this may not seem like that big of a deal for us out here that have been married for a while (6 years this past month for me!) but for a young newlywed, I could tell it was very important to her.
She was devasted! She had this whole plan, and he was tired of working overtime so she wanted to do something really special for him. She had an enormous breakdown when he left on a business trip. She couldn’t stop crying because she was so sick and tired of forgetting everything since she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia may affect your hormones, making you incredibly emotional. Fibromyalgia may also affect the other human needs so intensely (I.E. intense widespread body pain) that it makes you emotional.
For many, the word “spiritual” directly correlates to religion. This is true in many cases. Many people rely heavily on their religious faith. However, spiritual can mean that you are very close to yourself and others. It can mean that you are synonymous with all people, animals, and the planet.
How would fibromyalgia affect this human need?
In the religious sense, you may not be able to get out of the house to go to church, remember where you left a religious text or remembered what day it is.
In the non-religious spiritual sense, it can mean that you are bedridden, it can mean that you are now quite irritable due to your emotions acting like roller coasters or it could mean forgetting to do something really important for someone.
As fibromyalgia becomes a major influence on what you do daily, remember these human factors — you may recognize how to combat the stressors that need causes when it is lacking. I encourage you to read our blogs here on the FTG website, as there is a plethora of valuable information there.