So, you went to the doctor and she/he said you have fibromyalgia. I’m sure your heart sunk. You probably, like me, thought what now. My life is over. I’ll never be the same again. There goes my quality of life. You probably did your research online before being diagnosed. Everyone does. We usually go in to our doctor’s office with the information and present the disease to them. I hope that you were given a battery of tests, before slapping a diagnosis on you. This is a disease of exclusion (the ONE thing I WANT EVERYONE to know and learn). The doctor should run a battery of tests to exclude anything and everything. They should be looking for several things like (but not limited too) Lyme’s disease, thyroid issues, arthritis, candida, hormonal issues, etc. There’s so much that should be ruled out.
So now that diagnosis is made. For some, it’s relief and some it’s depressing. Let me assure you that your life is not over because of this diagnosis. This is just a new way of life. You are not going to die from this disease. It is just a shift in the way your going to be living the rest of your life. It will change how you plan your life from here on out. Your daily, weekly and monthly activities will change. You will learn to manage your time and energy. Some days you will have a ton of energy and pain. Other days, it will be less. Please do not use all your energy in one day. You will pay for it the next. Spread out activities, like household chores. Instead of doing all of your housework in one day spread the chores throughout the week. When planning a family activity, don’t do anything the day before. Save your energy for friends and family. It’s a matter of learning to manage energy levels. Managing energy can help manage the amount of pain you will be in and vice versa.