What is Fibromyalgia?

I ask this because I really don’t know.

My mother has been fighting against a seemingly unidentifiable immune disorder for many years.  She is unable to eat sugar in almost all it’s forms which for a fruit lover is torture.  It was scary growing up having to be her “babysitter”; having to make sure she didn’t eat something that she and the rest of us would regret.  We’ve had to take her to the emergency room a number of times in anaphylactic shock due to the severity of the allergic reaction.  Sometimes the reactions were milder like vertigo, slight tightness in the chest, irregular heartbeat and blurred vision or numbness in various areas of her body, mainly the face, hands and feet.

In later years the condition has progressed beyond what she can reasonably control with diet restrictions alone.  The mere act of eating sends her into a spell of weakness, pain and lack of mental clarity.  One doctor gave her a diagnosis of fibromyalgia which explains her constant muscular pain, but even he said it did not necessarily cover all of her other symptoms.  The bad thing now is that both my parents are nearing retirement age and my father is in a job that offers NO benefits.  He has been looking for over 2 years for something better, but even with age discrimination laws in place he’s told that he’s “over qualified” for the positions employers are looking to fill.
Even though my mother has no health insurance and it would be a strain for my parents’ to pay out of pocket should something catastrophic happen to her you can’t seem to stop her.  She gets depressed sometimes because her constant weakness makes her unable to drive.  She feels like a prisoner in her own house.  I feel bad for her and pray daily that she is able to care for herself one more day and that she not lose hope.  I wish I had the funds to help them pay for medical care for her.  The $12 I have in my bank account wouldn’t even cover a copayment if they did have insurance.

Longevity does not run in my family.  At least the last generation was short lived due to disease.  I hope my mother can live long enough to see my brother get married.  Or at least to see her second grandbaby born.  I love my mother so much.  She has always been my friend and confidant.  The thought of losing her turns me to mush. I hope my babies get to know her so they can remember what a wonderful woman she is.

Lucero De La Tierra (1071 Posts)

I'm a mom of two beautiful little girls, stay-at-home mom and blogger. I write about things that affect the everyday life of a stay-at-home parent or any parent for that matter such as parenting, relationships, discipline, the media, product reviews, giveaways, social media, food, cooking, gardening and anything else that might come my way.


2 comments for “What is Fibromyalgia?

  1. Shantelle Morosco
    February 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Anaphylaxis is a serious type of allergy that usually happens when a person takes a triggering substance that is often called allergen. The exposure and its resulting reaction, anaphylaxis, occurs when the person become sensitized to that substance.Sometimes even if the person is exposed to allergens, even how little the allergens are and the time of exposure, the resulting allergy can really be serious and life-threatening.Anaphylaxis attacks can happen after the substance is inhaled, injected or ingested. Physical or skin contact to the substance can sometimes also lead to anaphylaxis attacks.*

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  2. Ara Perfetti
    March 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.*

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