Dealing With Fibromyalgia and Being A Mother

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There I was, a teenager at a specialty doctor finding out that I have fibromyalgia in my chest.  I was scared, but relieved that there was something to do about it.  You see, I was in ballet for all of my life until after high school.  When I was a teenager, I kept having chest pains. After seeing doctor after doctor, they finally referred me to a specialty doctor.  After the diagnosis, my fibromyalgia never flared up again until I moved to Texas with my husband.  It flared up here and there, but I only had to take Tylenol and POOF! the pain was gone. Then, motherhood came and my fibromyalgia flared up worse.  The doctor I saw decided that I needed to start taking muscle relaxers and those seemed to help.

Now, present day and a move, here I am in more pain than ever.  For the past month, I have been in so much pain that I couldn’t do my regular activities that I do every day such as cleaning, cooking, and playing with my daughter.  I would even be out of breath just walking back and forth from the living room to the kitchen or bathroom.  I would have to lay down or rest to just get relief.  I also couldn’t sleep at night.  I kept waking up with pain even when taking my muscle relaxers.  I was scared because I didn’t want to become so dependent on muscle relaxers and I didn’t want to become a mom that has to take pills just to function.  I want to be present for my daughter and for my husband.

So, I did my research and my research told me that I need to keep active, sleep, and go on a diet.  Naturally, I started walking and that seemed to help a little bit, but it didn’t get relieved.  Sleep wasn’t going to help, but I was dieting a little which didn’t help that much at all.  I was eating more fruits and vegetables plus cutting back soda and adding Crystal Light to my water.  Again, it helped a tiny bit.  I knew that I couldn’t let this fibromyalgia get any worse.  I didn’t know what else to do other than going to see a doctor to find out what my next steps were.

Finally, I did go see a doctor and she told me the same thing as my researching did.  It also turned out that my Vitamin D level was low, which could make an increase for fibromyalgia flare ups.  And, if there is a lot of changes in the weather, that can also increase flare ups, so that is probably why I am having a lot of flare ups.  So, she is starting me on fibromyalgia medication and referred me to a wellness coach to see what I can do for exercise and for dieting, so I am hoping for the best.  I am determined to get this under control, so that I can be the best mom that I can be.  Be the mom that I want to be.

My daughter and husband are my inspiration to be my best self.  I want to be there for my daughter and husband when they need me.  I love being a mother, but this whole motherhood thing can take it’s toll on you sometimes.  Sometimes, you have to learn to take care of yourself in order to be the best you.  That is what I have learned from this experience.  I’m hoping for relief.  I am also hoping that this can help some other mamas out there who have fibromyalgia.  If you have fibromyalgia and want to share your experience, then please comment below.  I would love to hear your stories!  I hope you have a great weekend and a happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Thank you for reading and I will see you in the next post!

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Featured In: Mom Life | Tips, Personal | March 16, 2018
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