Fighting Fibromyalgia: One Day at a Time.

My name is Hannah. I have been living with Fibromyalgia for 3 years now. This is my day-to-day life with information about Fibromyalgia to help spread awareness.

I'm was a lifeguard,
I love animals,
I'm going to school to be a Medical lab technician,
I love to draw/write, but I rarely can think of anything,
& I like meeting new people, and knowing I'm not alone in this fight.



Ask me anything you'd like to know :] I'm an open book.
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well, time is flying by. I might be pregnant and the guy won’t be in my life. Child support it is. I’m super upset and hope I’m not, but the odds are against me. I don’t know what I’ll do, but abortion isn’t one of them. I will take full responsibility for my actions. I just hate that things have gone the way they have. Once I said I wouldn’t abort it, he flipped and now just doesn’t want anything to do with me. I feel neglected. I’m super nauseous and my hips and back are killing me. My thanksgiving has turned into hell.

I’ve been away from here for a while now. It’s been a good summer. My pain isn’t as bad as it was and I found a good medication for my Bipolar Disorder. I just hope I don’t gain anymore weight! I have one more quarter of classes left, yay! then I start my internship and externship. So excited to be ¬†done and start my career.

I’ve been doing great. The cymbalta has been working pretty good and I was put on tramadol for the extra pain. I haven’t felt this good in years.

I am in a great mood, and I’m not even sure why lol. I hurt pretty bad and nothing good is really happening… but I’m happy. Maybe this is just a one day thing. Who knows. I finished my antibiotics yesterday and my throat is still swollen, but the white spots are about gone. And, the antibiotics will still be in my system for a few more days. So, hopefully this is the last of the strep! My fish got ick and now I’m down to two fish :/ it’s sad because I spent a good amount of money on these fish, and I actually enjoyed them lol. I guess I’ll wait until this treatment is completely over and get more.¬†

Tomorrow I’ll be going on a date with a guy I’ve seen a couple times. He’s a bit older, but his personality is amazing. We click so well, and things are just going really good. I have no idea what is going to come out of it, but that’s part of the fun.¬†

On Thursday I will be going home for the weekend. Well, I’ll be home and then I’m going to help them move some stuff to the new house 3 hours south of where they are now… So “home” is going to be a 6 hour drive after this weekend :/ kind of sucks because I was at the house for 10 years and that’s the longest I was ever at a house. But, I guess I’m never going back anyway. I’ll just be sleeping on a couch on visits :P

I’m still getting over my strep. For some reason I’m not feeling better, which doesn’t make sense. I’ve been taking my antibiotics as directed about 5 days now. This is¬†ridiculous. I want to feel better.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE….

STREP!

Yeah, I finally found a walk-in clinic and they did a rapid strep test. I definitely have strep. It’s a good thing I didn’t wait it out. That would have ended badly. I’m a little worried because I’ve either had abdominal pain or nauseousness the past two days. Hopefully nothing spread. I really can’t afford anything worse. I’m on Amoxicillin 875 tablets, which I don’t think my pharmacy even carries. But, I went to the one closer to me (not the one I work at). And he put me on Tylenol/codeine #3 since my lymph nodes are so swollen - it’s painful. it could be the tylenol that is making me feel so queasy. I’m not sure. I drove to my class (an hour away) at 7:30 am and ended up leaving my class at 10:30 am because I felt like total crap. Then I slept till 2:30 after I got home. Then went to work. I felt okay then because I was so busy that I don’t have time to be sick. Now I’m back to feeling like total shit. I think I felt better before all the meds lol.

I thought I was getting over whatever I have a couple days ago.. But today my throat has been on fire and my joints are killing me. My right thigh has been cramped up for the past 2 days, and I don’t know why. It hurts so bad, like I pulled it (but I haven’t). I’m going to find a doctor and hopefully get in Thursday before my night class. Maybe I’ll talk to the doc about meds for my fibro. We will see. I’m so tired of being sick!!

Well, I’ve been sick for over a week now. It’s just some crappy cold. I got some sudafed and that didn’t work so I got some advil cold and sinus. It has helped a little bit. The main symptom is a major sinus headache and painfully swollen lymphnodes. Ugh. Hopefully I get over this soon. Having a weak immune system sucks…

So, I’m a pharmacy tech and this is about my 2nd week. I’m still getting used to everything… it is such a stressful job!! My knees and lower back are killing me right now! And, I have lost 6 pounds since i started because I can only fit in one meal a day. I rarely can eat in the mornings because i get nauseous and then I don’t get to eat until i get out of my 8 hour shifts. So, one meal it is… when I’m working. Then i barely eat anymore anyway. I just haven’t felt too great or I’m just too lazy lol.

AHH MY LEGS ARE THROBBING!!

There are three main men in my life. Two are exes and one is my current boyfriend. The two exes actually rank higher in my heart. That is probably a bad sign. Ex#1 was my first everything. And, I will always love him. He was amazing. There were a couple things that split us up. And a big pushy problem on his part.. I wasn’t ready for him. Thinking of it now, I feel like if we dated now we’d be perfect for each other. He has gotten more driven and serious and I have gotten to be a little more laid back and happy. Ex#2 is my ex-fiance. You all probably know enough about him. I don’t know where I stand with him. Oh, and both ex#1 and ex#2 have girlfriends… awesome right?! nope.¬†

Now there’s my current boyfriend… He’s sweet and driven. He does great in school and already has his associates degree. He’s very quiet and I’m finding a good connection is kind of hard. Things are great but then they fade. I’m not sure how I’m feeling right now. We’ll see.¬†

Guy drama is the worst drama, by the way!

Fibromyalgia: 

I have a horrible knot in my neck, or whatever it is. I slept weird and now I’m paying for it. I can barely move my neck!! And I’m super stressed from work. UGH! Oh, and classes start up next week!!

My boyfriend stayed the past two nights. It was nice to have him around. He’s been more open and talkative so I’ve started liking him more. I started talking to my ex without wanting to hurt myself or him. It’s nice and I really miss him. I wish things could have gone as planned.. before I met my new boyfriend. Things could have been so much different and maybe I’d be happy. That is one thing I am not right now: Happy. I haven’t been paying much attention to myself.. just what needs to be done and what I can do to make others happy. And this new job has stressed me out enough so that I don’t have time to think about myself. But when I’m sitting here alone, I get to thinking. I have nothing that I’m looking forward to. But, when I talk to my ex I’m already a lot happier. I look forward to maybe seeing him again. This is sick. I shouldn’t be thinking that way. I have seen how my boyfriend looks at me and I can tell he has a lot of feelings for me. But I can’t love him, not yet. And that isn’t right.

On the other hand, I’m in a lot of pain. I have a major migraine right now. The pain is going down by neck :/ everything is very tender and I could feel it coming on yesterday. I think my boyfriend is scared of my “illness” and doesn’t know how to deal with it. He knows what I have because I discussed it in our class that we shared, but I don’t think he realizes how bad it can get. The day I’m having a bad day, he leaves to go back home. Even though I don’t work until tomorrow so we’d have another day together before classes start up and he leaves for school 3 hours away. This kind of stinks. My ex understood and took care of me. I feel like I take care of my boyfriend.¬†

  • Dad (RIP March 16 2012)
  • Mom¬†
  • My Ex, Brian
  • My old life
  • Illinois
  • Muskegon
  • My boyfriend
  • A man lying next to me in bed at night
  • a hand to hold…
  • Pain-free days
  • Stress/anxiety-free days

Dad:
I miss you so much, and I can’t believe you are gone. Your daughter wants to contact me, the one I never met and didn’t even know about up until a year or two ago. I wish you never chose to leave forever. And, I wish you would have left something, a note… anything. I wish you could have been around more before you left everyone. You were my idol and I learned so many great things from you. To love life and not materials and appreciate the small things. I love you.

Mom:
We didn’t get along until the past year. I hated you at times. I was dealing with depression since the fifth grade and you didn’t accept it until my senior year in high school. Do you remember yelling at me for being depressed in eighth grade? I do. But, now we see eye to eye a little better and I think of you as my friend. I love talking to you on the phone almost every day and hearing about things going on back home. You can be hilarious. I love you.

Brian:
I tend to miss you the most. I learned so many things from you. And, you taught me to live my life. I was able to let loose and love myself again. You made me so happy. I wasn’t so stressed out and I felt that I would be okay someday - as long as I had you. I am more confident. But, I am also more afraid at the same time. I’m scared to love and I’m scared to trust. I don’t know what to do anymore now that you are not in my life, now that you are no longer mine. You cheated and our whole relationship was a game to you. We were engaged and it was all a lie. Some days I get so angry and I cry. I get back into my old destructive ways. And I tend to hate myself. I tend to hate that I couldn’t be the one for you. That I wasn’t good enough. but I need to stop thinking that way. Because… I love you.

Old Me:
You were strong. And, you knew what you wanted. New me is strong too, but fading slowly. My depression is suffocating me. I wish you would have made different decisions. Maybe not stayed with Jake for three years after the rape. Maybe not dated Jimmi. Maybe not been so self-conscious. You should have loved yourself. You were skinny enough. You were good enough. And you were beautiful.

Illinois:
There isn’t much to miss, but I miss the privacy and quiet life. I kind of miss driving far to get anywhere.

Muskegon:
Where my independence truly started. Where I started my college career. Where I met Brian and where my life changed the most. I loved it there.

My boyfriend, Tyler:
Things are new, and I’m still wondering how I feel. Yes, you are perfect for me, I guess. You know what you want and you are doing well in school. You’re quiet - something I am not used to. You have a car and a wonderful mom. And you’re pretty damn attractive. I wonder why my feelings aren’t stronger. Shouldn’t they be? I stop myself from saying “I love you” because I think I would just be saying it out of habit. At this point, I’m usually saying that by now. But, I’m not feeling it. I’m scared that I will say it and not mean it. I don’t want to do that so someone because it hurts more than any pain.¬†

The man next to me in bed:
This was Brian for a while. It felt perfect. I regret tearing myself away after getting hot because I miss the cuddling. Tyler turns away right away, so I feel closed off. And, when he’s not here I have no one. It is scary being alone. I hate sleeping here all alone. Brian was supposed to be there because this is our apartment still.

A hand to hold:
The best feeling ever. It’s funny how you can say that a person’s hand feels perfect… but I haven’t felt a hand in mine that felt weird.. they always feel like a perfect fit! So, I won’t be making that observation ever again.

Pain-free days:
Every Fibro Fighter understand this one. I barely remember these days… but every once and a while I feel pretty good. Never take these days for granted.

Stress/anxiety-free days:
My stress and anxiety feel debilitating. They rule my world. And, I hate it. I want to feel in control of my feelings and fears. Just once I want to be completely confident and happy.  

I will now be a pharmacy tech for Walgreens. And not the Walgreens I was talking about yesterday. It’s a nicer one across town. I am so excited. A job I actually WANTED, and I GOT IT! I was freaking out all night last night about the fact that it had been almost a week and I had heard nothing back from them. PHEW! That’s one less thing to stress about.

On a Fibromyalgia note:

My whole body aches. Usually there is some type of lame reason for the aches and pains, but there isn’t. Fun thing about Fibromyalgia: it’s unpredictable!

So, I’ve been taking Zoloft 50 mg for about a year now. For a week, my doctor said I should take two a day to see if it helps with my fibro. Well, it only caused problems so he told me to just go back to the normal dosage. Well, that was like six months ago or more. I had to call the doctor for a refill and they didn’t seem to realize that I was still taking 50 mg and prescribed me 100 mg tablets. This caused a stir at the Walgreen’s pharmacy, after they took 15 minutes to find everything in the system. Then I had to call the doctor to see what was up, and they explained it and said I’d just have to break them in half; awesome. So then I go back to the pharmacy (an hour later, for pick-up). Of course it wasn’t ready. This pharmacy was off its rocker today. Watching all the people come up to the window and have problems was a bit ridiculous.. it seemed like everything was wrong. Then my prescription was finally ready, an hour and a half later.

I got the Depo Shot for birth control yesterday, and now I’m in pain EVERYWHERE! Ugh. Must have triggered a Fibro Flare. It’s expected to hurt at the injection site, but everywhere? Oh well. At least in 6 days time I can’t get pregnant for a while :D