I was diagnosed with Mild Fibromyalgia in 2008, and symptoms were controlled with exercise and relaxation. This worked well and allowed me to live my normal fast paced life.
I am a RN/Paramedic and had been working as a mine resuce officer in a large iron ore mine in the far north of Western Australia.
I was also able to complete 2 tours as a health provider in Haiti back in 2010-2012.
That all changed in September 2012 when I contracted Glangular fever. It changed my once quiet fibro symptoms into a monstrous swarm of stinging, burning, pounding pain machine, and don't even get me started on the fatigue.
My schedules of light exercise and relaxation no longer worked and I found that I couldn't due any level or form of exercise due to pain and fatigue.
Almost instantly my world fell apart. I had been medically discharged from my job, which meant that I also lost my greatest friend base as most of my friends were from work.
Fortunately for me I had married a wonderful, understanding and loving man who dropped everything, took leave and concentrated me and helping me through.
I gained 20 kg in the space of 3 months due to medication, and before I knew it I was sinking deeper and deeper into depression. All I wanted to know was where had my life gone and how do I get it back.
I have finally come to terms with the fact that fibro will be with me for the rest of my lofe so I have to stop looking behind me to recapture my old life, and look forward to creating a new life where I stop to smell the roses and listen to the birds.
Fibro has definitely stopped me in my tracts, but by doing so, it has made me see everything in my life that I WAS missing. Now I spend my time experiencing and appreciating everything.
I may have Fibromyalgia, but it doesn't have me!