Friday, May 20, 2005

Fed up

Not because of not drinking but because of...

Pain.... sciatica like in right hip so have to roll out of bed, tendonitis like pain in right shoulder again with manky, weak arm to hot needles into elbows and knees.

Fatigue... have absolutly had to go back to bed the past two afternoons and slept both times but still fell asleep early downstairs watching TV with P ...woke both following mornings about 6am so small consolation is that sleep pattern is not totally buggered again.

Can the above really be due to past drinking habits? Fibromyalgia seems a much closer fit....

Fibromyalgia: "Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a condition where pain occurs in muscles and surrounding structures without any obvious tissue damage. The pain is usually widespread and people often experience fatigue. Fibromyalgia affects mostly women, between the ages of 35 to 60 years, from all nationalities and culture groups. It can also affect children.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can go up and down. Many people find the symptoms are at their worst first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. There may be extended periods of time - perhaps even years - when symptoms disappear. Other people have pain every day. Or there may be variations between these two extremes. It is thought that around three to five per cent of Australians suffer from fibromyalgia.

Symptoms - commonThe symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary widely from mild, moderate to severe. The most common symptoms include any of the following:
Fatigue and exhaustion.
Pain - which may present in a variety of ways (such as aching, burning, throbbing or stabbing). The pain may be generalised or localised.
Sleep disturbance.
Stiffness, usually worse in the morning.
Symptoms - other
Some people with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as irritable bowel syndrome, cystitis, and swelling and numbness or tingling in the arms and legs. These symptoms tend to be worse first thing in the morning and last thing at night. The symptoms may be present every day, or recur in bouts lasting days, weeks or months, or any variation in between."

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