Thursday, May 26, 2011

fibromywhaaa?

on sunday morning i woke up in an extreme amount of pain. my shoulders and back were unbelievably sore for no reason. i felt like someone beat the crap out of me or i spent all day saturday helping someone move a 5 story house. throughout the day all of the rest of my muscles began to ache in the same way until i was absolutely miserable and have been ever since. 

the term fibromyalgia came up and, it kind of makes sense. i'm not saying that i have it, but i'm not saying that i don't have it. i have a lot of the symptoms and it all just sort of adds up. i need to go in and get the 18 point tender test done which i already know i'm tender in at least 12 of them. fibromyalgia is kind of difficult to diagnose but they say if you're tender in at least 11 of these 18 spots then you pretty much have it. here is a basic list of symptoms of fibromyalgia:

Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, weakness in the limbs, and leg cramps
Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”)
Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
Tension or migraine headaches
Jaw and facial tenderness
Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
Feeling anxious or depressed
Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise
A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet
Painful menstrual periods
Dizziness

i have, like, most of those symptoms, not even exaggerating. 

top 7 food items that someone with fibromyalgia should avoid:

1. Aspartame
2. Food additives (including MSG) and nitrates
3. Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates
4. Caffeine
5. Yeast and gluten
6. Dairy
7. Nightshade plants: tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplants

3-7 make me very, very sad. especially #7. i could do without all the other nightshade plants but potatoes. omg potatoes :( 

so, while i obviously don't want this disorder, it would explain basically everything that has ever been wrong with me. but potatoes? why does it have to be potatoes? 

1 comment:

Leiah said...

Guess who also has discovered she has these same symptoms and is going to see the doctor if she also has the "F"word? Really. This is sooo not in my plans.