Share What It Is Like to Live with an Invisible Illness

Melody Bartels: Share What It Is Like to Live with an Invisible Illness
HEALTHJOURNEYS

Fibromyalgia has a lot of misconceptions attached to it. What do you wish people understood about fibromyalgia?

I wish people realized just because we may do yard work or housework that we must feel better, well I have to clean so in about 1 hour's time I can make my house presentable, but at that point I'm done for 3 days. The more I push myself the higher the pain level. So as my grandma used to say, sweep the dirt off your own front porch and go to church on Sunday morning.

Has any one told you that "you don't look sick?"

No one ever came out to myself and said I don't look sick, however my daughter said if I was in that much pain they would be giving me the big drugs.

Tell us, who is your biggest support system while coping with fibromyalgia?

My youngest son has been there for me he takes care of me and keeps me safe, my daughter does help me out financially. My medication is not covered on insurance so she pays for it.