I had to go into treatment last week because the medication I was on was causing me to have vision loss, panic attacks and sucidal thoughts.. While I was there I was finally properly diagnosed and medicated, and also, I was diagnosed with pretty severe Fibromyalgia. Yeah, I'm only 20, and I've been in pain, pretty much all over my body, since I was a teenager. I have 13 of the 15 points I think. But it's not really the pain that gets to me as much as the IBS, sensitivity to light and sounds, and depression.
Anyway, I was told by my sister, who is a doctor at John Hopkins, that Fibromyalgia is a pretty broad diagnosis for people with chronic pain, but all I can say is it is nice to finally have a medical diagnosis for my years of pain. One with which I can use in employment situations, etc. to receive aid.
I was told during my treatment that many people who have been physically or sexually abused as children, or for an extended period of time in their lives, often develop and struggle from Fibromyalgia. Sadly, I am one of those cases as were many of the women that were in the treatment facility alongside me. It's just so sad how we internalize our pain to survive the abuse, then have to work all our lives to relieve that pain.
As part of my treatment plan I've made a commitment to stretch daily and to receive regular massages. So far they really have been helping me. But I still can't, and never have been able to, many of the physical activites I'd love to like run, do yoga, etc. I can't even do some of the easy yoga stuff without folding over in pain. Swimming has helped me, but sometimes that even can be too much for me.