4 Questions I Asked Myself After I Was Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia

I had undiagnosed pain for a long time. The doctors did many tests and eventually referred me to a specialist. More tests were done, and when I sat down with the specialist, he looked me in the eye and said, “You have fibromyalgia.

I had never really heard much about the condition, and my mind started buzzing with questions.

1. What does this diagnosis actually mean for me?

I had to ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research to find out what the condition actually meant for me. The fact that it was unknown to me was challenging.

2. Do I really have another chronic condition to deal with?

I also have bipolar disorder, and I was upset with the world that I had another chronic condition to deal with on top of everything I already go through on a daily basis.

3. Does this mean the pain will never go away?

The thought of my pain never going away worried me. I’m currently waiting to see the specialist again to discuss a treatment plan, although I’m still uncertain as to what this will involve and whether it can help ease my pain.

4. Does this mean I won’t be able to do the things I want to do in life?

There are many things I want to do in my life, including losing weight, getting fit, having a baby and being able to function daily on a much better level. When I heard the word “fibromyalgia,” I was worried these things would be impossible for me. Now I know that they won’t be impossible. I can still do them, but I might just have to do them a little differently than I had planned.

After all these questions flooded through my head, I went through and am still and going through a great deal of emotions and confusion. My doctors have been very helpful, and I feel blessed to have them. And thanks to my support system, I have the determination that I will be able to cope with this new diagnosis and make my life what I want it to me.

Lead photo source: Thinkstock Images

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Fibromyalgia

brunette long hair woman lies on white bed linen in soft morning light

Why I Push Myself to Make More 'Spoons' When I Don't Have the Energy

We only get so many. And I am a restless person, left ever-searching for more spoons. My mind reminds me of all the things I set to accomplish while my body says no. You’ve run out of spoons. For anyone new to fibromyalgia and the story of the spoons, here’s the quick version: “…when you are [...]
sketch of woman with colorful patterned hair

The 'Sickness' in Society That Makes Chronic Illness Feel Shameful

No one sees themselves getting older. It creeps up on you. Slow and constantly shifting, just as life is. Until eventually the world shifts from novelty to nostalgia. Becoming sick is much the same feeling. Suddenly I find myself 18 years into a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and realize I should say something about it. So, allow [...]
silhouette of woman looking through curtain over window

The Hardest Hour of the Day With Fibromyalgia

I’ve struggled with chronic illness in various forms for the last 20 years, and I’m 31 years old. I’ve had migraines for as long as I can remember, and my fibromyalgia developed eight years ago.  I like to think that, after all these years, I’m pretty good at managing my pain. In fact, you might [...]
Rear view of young man sitting on unmade bed and looking at dawn city scenery in window after waking up.

The Mental Strategy Meeting That Begins a Day With Fibromyalgia

At-ten-tion! Time for the daily battle strategy meeting! As always, we must attempt to best spread our units of energy to hold firm against our enemies: Chronic Pain and its cowardly ally, Fatigue! First mission: energy troops will be sent to the battle of Getting Dressed. We must employ a careful strategy, otherwise we might [...]