What is your version of *Normal* ?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by severina, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. severina

    severina New Member

    After reading someones post on another thread, they said they were returned to what they consider *normal*. Im just wondering what everyone heres version of their own normal is. I know that mine isnt very good - I dont have any good days anymore, cant even remember what they feel like.

    The only thing I know is that I am flaring more than ever this past year or so and even after being ill for so long, Im not getting remotely better, which of course makes for more depression and pain.
    Any imput appreciated.
  2. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    My definition of normal for me would be: pain free, fatigue free. I will never be normal again. Like everyone else, I just make the best of it. I flare often, like you do. I can not stand it some days, but just go through it.
  3. Wasabi

    Wasabi New Member

    I know the frustrations and seemingly endlessness of this illness without any reprieve, but I don't think we should lose hope and simply accept that things will not and cannot get better.

    For starters, it's possible that a comprehensive and effective treatment specific to FM/CFS--or even a cure--will be discovered in our lifetime.

    Second, I think there *are* people who indeed "recover" from these illnesses. The specialist I'm seeing uses a combination of supplements, antibiotics, medications, and lifestyle changes in an approximately one-year treatment program. He says the majority of his patients return to normal lives after completion of the program.

    By "normal," I mean completely off of painkillers and sleeping pills. He has 75 former patients on record who say they have gotten their lives back and have returned to the quality of life they knew before illness. As long as they are able to avoid wearing their bodies down to the point that they could have a recurrence of the illness, they are well enough to not come back to him.

    I know there are many paths to coping with these illnesses, and I don't know that it's possible for every single one of us to recover. However, I think it is possible for some to do so, and so let's not give up on ourselves and think that this is it. I think the best thing we can do is support each other, share information and support, toward the possibility that we *can* recover.
  4. jarjar

    jarjar New Member

    Normal to me is a position on the washing machine.....
    Sorry I had to inject a little humor into the discussion.

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