My fibromyalgia has been kicking my butt lately. Lots of achiness, pain and overwhelming fatigue.
The other evening, I was lying on the sofa feeling lousy when I got a text. It was my neighbor asking me to come outside to see her new car. I went to stand up and was hit by a wave of “OUCH”. I told her I was in too much pain and would check it out the following day. About an hour later, I struggled walking up the stairs to use the bathroom. I had to crawl up the last few steps. It was time for my medication, so I took it and hoped for relief. Unfortunately, I didn’t take it with food and got really nauseous. I literally poured myself into bed. The nausea woke me up around midnight. I stumbled into the bathroom and noticed my face was seriously flushed. I grabbed the thermometer and to my utter shock, I had a 102° fever! I was sick! I had no idea! The body aches, fever and chills lasted for days. I’m still not sure if it was a stomach virus or the actual flu. I had symptoms of both. It delayed biologic injection by a week (2nd time that has happened due to being sick this winter). I was out of work for days and don’t think I have slept that much in years. It really knocked me off my feet…..but for the first 5 or 6 hours, I just assumed one of my diseases was flaring. I was dumbstruck that I didn’t realize I was pretty ill. It made me wonder if people who don’t live with chronic illness ever “not realize” they have the flu? Or has brain fog taken away my perspective when it comes to my body?
One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. The flu causes similar discomfort. Having both at the same time is akin to having a tractor trailer run you over, then it backs up to finish the job. It was hideous, but I’m lucky mine passed relatively quickly. Now I am back to just feeling regular fibromyalgia pain, along with the joint pain from autoimmune arthritis…. lucky, lucky me.