Fibromyalgia is an illness that is becoming more common, however, you would still be surprised at the amount of people who actually don’t have any clue what it is. For those of you who don’t know, it is categorized by unexplained all over pain and tender points on certain areas of the body. Those of you who do have Fibro will know that the pain and sensitivity is not restricted to these certain points however, and it is widespread.
Usually, to be given a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, you will have had repeat visits to your GP with a varying range of different problems and eventually referred to a Rheumatologist to make the diagnosis. This could take years in some cases, despite you suspecting it for a long time. You may feel that you are imagining it all! Unfortunately, that can be the nature of the beast.
IS IT TRIGGERED BY CHILDBIRTH?
I wonder this myself. With my third delivery it was a prolonged delivery due to scarred cervical tissue from a previous cone biopsy. I was advised that this could be the case, however, didn’t pay it much thought. I was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night and was in painful labour for three days. And I mean extremely fucking painful labour. I was in so much pain and so exhausted when it was getting to the end of these three days that I begged for an epidural. As some of you may know, getting an epidural can take hours whilst you wait for the anesthetist and sign paperwork. It felt like forever.
I remember lying on the hospital bed, staring out of the window. Nobody was listening to me when I was telling them that I was in extreme pain. I’d given birth before! I knew the drill! This was something completely different. The midwife was middle aged, clearly a very experienced midwife, however, her bedside manner was very abrupt and not very reassuring whatsoever. Which made it worse.
I’d had a bath, I’d been on the birthing ball. I’d been in the birthing pool with the gas and