Every time my fibromyalgia is acting up worse than usual, I think to myself that this is what the princess from “The Princess and the Pea” had. After all, I could sit down on my sofa and feel if my son “lost” a potato chip crumb under it. I don’t know how you can lose a chip under a sofa cushion, but I know I can feel that it’s there.
Now that nasty Queen in the story probably didn’t know that the princess had fibromyalgia, because if she did, she would have tripled up on those mattresses. If she had maybe the princess would not have felt that teeny tiny pea, but then again if it was a bad day she might have.
I also think that the princess’ “brain fog” must have been acting up when she didn’t say anything about having to climb to the top of all those mattresses. I know that I can forget what hand I use to hold my fork with sometimes, and that’s frustrating when you’re hungry. Her Fibromyalgia “brain fog” must have had the princess from the “Princess and the Pea confused and she didn’t remember that beds are usually a bit lower down.
All kidding aside, when you are hurting all of the time, and you begin to forget things when you are in your mid thirties, (some years ago for me) do not let anyone tell you that you are just getting old.
I excelled at my career and was at the top of my game as a plant office manager for a large printing company, when I started to feel well, different. Things didn’t come as easily as they used.
I was great at multi-tasking in my job and at home, I had to be, I had a four year old son, a husband who worked hard and couldn’t help out around the house (or didn’t want to). I could pick up my son on my way home from work, start dinner, pop a load of clothes in the wash, another in the dryer, race back up the stairs to check on dinner, feed our cats, get my son something to drink, all with a child on one hip and in 10 minutes.
Then, if I remember correctly, my manager noticed that I wasn’t moving as fast as I used to, I wasn’t remembering every job that was running on 18 presses and what stage they were in. I was walking slower and I began to complain about odd pains. It was my husband who said I was getting old and it just happens, he is 7 years older than me, so I thought well maybe he was right, it was my manager in work who said I should see a doctor, and take some time off.
After a series of tests, I was sent to a rheumatologist, and when he pressed on certain areas of my neck, arms and legs I swear I saw stars. I had all 18 out of 18 trigger points for Fibromyalgia, I never even heard of it before, and it wasn’t even considered a real condition at the time. Now when I see the commercials for Lyrica where the woman says that, “you want a hug, but sometimes it hurts too much” I sympathize with her.
I am on Lyrica now, and it really does help me with Fibromyalgia, I guess in the end it’s a good thing that it wasn’t around for the Princess from the Princess and the Pea, or she never would have married her prince.