You started to feel pain and fatigue more than before, you are not sure what is going on, but it hurts and you are tired. You can keep a job, you can get through the day, but you know something is not right … then it is something that you will start to investigate.
You have a lot of pain, sometimes you take an anti-inflammatory or anything else. He does not receive much relief and has accepted the fact that this is something he will have for a while. You feel a lot of pain and you’re exhausted almost every day, but most of you go ahead and keep a job, you can go to events, spend time with your friends and loved ones, and have a good time here and there.
You are in constant pain, you are constantly tired, you wonder if you can function normally again. He is thinking of not working because he no longer has the energy he once had, he comes home from work and all he can do is rest. You have to refuse invitations, you have no more energy and you have to rest just to come back tomorrow. At this stage, you begin to feel lonelier and more and more people begin to think you’re groaning too much. This stage can last for long, maybe years.
You are in constant pain all the time, good days are few and far between. You are calling sick work more than it earns. You’re in bed a good part of your day. When you have a good day, you enjoy and do everything you can, whatever you have left in the last few weeks takes you into your day, knowing that tomorrow you will pay for it. Their flames last for days. At this point your friends make plans without you, they already know your apologies and are almost certain that you will not be able to participate. Your family begins to think that you are using fibromyalgia as an excuse not to do things because in stages 1-3 you could do so much that you can not do now. They think you are using your illness as an excuse, you feel lonely, isolated, worried, emotional, sad.
He has already been fired or fired from his job, is asking questions about permanent disability and how long it takes to get it. You’ve heard horror stories about people being denied and the process takes years. You’re struggling to survive. Maybe I have a person to take care of you. You spend most of your day in bed, although you still enjoy this good day from time to time. You are sore, very sore, cry a lot, feel trapped in your own body. Until then, you’ve explained to your friends that it still makes you feel good to be invited even if you do not go. You have discovered that the only people who can relate to you are in a similar situation. You want your friends and family to understand.
You may or may not be waiting for the disability pension. You can not keep a job. Fibromyalgia is now your lifestyle, most of your friends live with fibromyalgia, everything you do takes all your precious energy, simple daily chores that you took for granted in previous steps, use the bathroom, wash your hair, take one shower, get a dress, tie your shoes, take everything you can. You get irritated with hair or clothes touching your skin, you do not have the energy or desire to get “face” before you leave, you do not have the power to keep a house in order. With all the medications you are taking or tried, you are dealing with constant side effects and pain.
You’re human and still like some things, like watching television. Try to follow the news about fibromyalgia, hoping they are closer to finding a cure. Most of your old friends are gone, they have things to do. You need to rest a lot. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at this stage, because things pile up around you: bills, clothes, dinnerware. You do a little every day, you make an effort so that you do not feel that your day was wasted in bed, you feel guilty for not being able to sustain your own weight in the house. Your children, spouse or family members do things for you more than ever. They try to do it in a cool way, but you still feel it’s a burden, you can not remember anything, you can not remember names or dates and you lose your line of thought in the middle of the sentence. He also knows more about fibromyalgia at this stage than his own doctor and basically laughs when he tries a new drug. You are hopeless, the same exercise as before, the same results, nothing helps much.
Stage 7 (the final stage)
Anger and rejection
It’s something like most of us. We do not believe that I will yield to this horror and will continue to seek answers for reasons. all you can do I refuse to believe that this horror of an illness simply happens.