Let’s look at this:
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
The flu tends to last like a week for most people and for some people it can be very severe but let’s focus on the symptoms. Those who have had the flu know those symptoms above don’t totally describe that ‘I feel like death’ feeling one gets. After the week of the flu and you gain your health back, you are grateful, totally grateful it’s over BUT imagine those flu symptoms NEVER going away. The muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue CONSTANTLY. That is just a little taste of fibromyalgia.
Most people just assume the pain is what makes fibromyalgia. Pain got nothing on lethargy and fatigue. Everything is a flat line. Even having a conversation can be tasking. It takes everything out of you just to be. This part people rarely understand but I need you to picture the flu, that feeling when you had the flu at its worst where you had to use reserve energy to just get up from the bed. Well, someone is having that flu every single day. Think about that.
Sometimes it’s a battle each day. All I’m saying is, be considerate.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and often psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as
- Morning stiffness.
- Tingling or numbness in hands and feet.
- Headaches, including migraines.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Cognitive problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”).
- Painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes.