Sooooo... hi to everyone. I've been reading this forum since I found and downloaded this app a few days ago. It has taken me days to decide to actually attempt to post, as I've a mindset of "no one gets it; why try"😕
As I've read however, I've discovered several of you who actively participate in one another's question/statements, and I've yet to see even one person judge or use the suck-it-up lecture. Thank you for that. Sincerely.
By way of introduction, I am a 45 yr old Mom of two beautiful boys. The love of my life/Hubby is an OTR truck driver, gone 5 days out of seven. I believe it acceptable to say I'm a single Mom of twelve yrs. In addition to the many other "hats" I wear, as a class A, yes-woman, who is a care-giver in every sense of the word.☺
Dx'd at age twelve with RA, later to find that I also have FM, I began to really look at my life, which previously I'd attempted to avoid. I began to hear of the role that severe trauma could play in both RA and FM. At the tender age of 4yr old began a succession of sexual abuse in my life that lasted for 25 yrs. Threw back my shoulders, bore up and pushed thru, though with repercussions, naturally. I had my first child at 32; traumatic labor and delivery. Second child the same. This is when my Doc and I began to see a decline in my health, and an incline in the FM symptoms.
My question is this: is there truth to the finding of trauma being a prerequisite to this disease? Also, I'm unable to walk or stand very long without aid. Is there anything besides meds to help this?