FibroMyalgia Talks To You Hi, My name is Fibromyalgia and I am YOUR invisible chronic illness. I am now velcro’d to you for life. Others around you can’t see me or hear me but YOUR body feels me. I can attack you anywhere and anyhow I please. I can cause you severe pain or, if I’m in a good mood, I can just cause you to ache all over. Remember when you and energy ran around together and had fun? I took energy from you and gave you exhaustion. Try and have fun now! I also took good sleep from you and in its place, gave you brain fog. I can make you tremble internally or make you feel hot or cold when everyone else feels normal. Oh yeah, I can make you feel anxious or depressed too. If you have something planned, or are looking forward to a great day, I can take that away too. You didn’t ask for me. I chose you for various reasons and I am here to stay! I hear you’re going to see a doctor who can get rid of me. I’m rolling on the floor laughing. Just try. You will have to go to many many doctors before you even find one who believes I exist. You will put on pain pills, sleeping pills and anti depressants. You will be told you are suffering from anxiety or depression and told that if you just sleep and exercise more that I will go away. You will be told to think positive, poked, prodded, and most of all, laughed at when you say I am debilitating. Your family, friends and colleagues will all listen to you at first until they get tired and bored of hearing how ill I make you feel and that I am a real disease. Some of them will tell you that “you are just having a bad day”. Some will just talk behind your back while you slowly feel that you are losing your dignity and the control over your life, especially when you are in the middle of a conversation with a ‘normal’ person, and can’t remember what you were going to say next! Eventually, most of them will probably think that it’s all in your head. In closing, (I was hoping to keep this part a secret, but I guess you already found out) The only place you will get any real support and real understanding in dealing with me is with OTHER PEOPLE WITH FIBROMYALGIA.