For three straight days now, I've been dealing with numbness in my left hand and little finger. I've read from multiple sources that fibromyalgia effects 3-5% of the population. Out of that 3-5% that's effected, roughly a quarter of people suffer from fibromyalgia numbness. Just my luck, to be in that quarter, out of the 3-5% of the fibro population.
Everything I've read states that Fibromyalgia Numbness can affect any part of your body, including your face, but the most common areas for it to strike is the arms or hands and fingers. Everything also states that it can last only a short while, or it can last forever. There's nothing that can be done about it. No medication to relieve this symptom. Of course, they don't know "why" this happens. Just that it's neurological. One theory is that muscles that are tense and knotted, put pressure on a nerve to cause the numbness sensation.
The other day, it was just annoying. Now, I'm past that annoying stage and I really don't like it one bit. It interferes with my typing. It feels weird. I want it gone. Even rubbing lotion on my hands a bit ago felt weird!
In 2008 the National Institutes of Health was expected to award $393 million dollars to study hypertension, while only awarding $9 million dollars to research fibromyalgia. Based on a financial report from the NIH's website, U.S. government funding for fibromyalgia research ranks in the bottom 10%. This saddens me, and pretty much assures me that I'll be living with fibromyalgia for the rest of my life. I'm not hopeful for a cure to be found in my lifetime. I am hopeful though of getting the symptoms into remission, and maximizing that time that I have with it in remission.
For now I'll keep on with the muscular and tendon pain, the sleep disturbances, the fibro fog, and the numbness along with everything else. I'll keep my head up and keep hoping for a miracle breakthrough in private research. What I want to know though, is that if I'm "lucky" enough with the numbness to hit 1/4 of the 3-5% that has fibro, why can't I hit the lottery??!