Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2 Risk Factor's For Fibromyalgia

Of course, there's several things that doctor's have tied to developing fibromyalgia, but there were 2 things that my Rheumatologist mentioned to me that I didn't have a clue about upping the chances of getting Fibro.
She asked me if I was premature.  I was.  I was born about 6 weeks early, weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces.  She also asked me if I had bad growing pains growing up.  Boy did I ever!  I remember laying in bed, or on the floor at time, crying and rolling around with the pain in my legs and knees.

Dr. Gota said that the premature birth is looked at as a traumatic experience in life...which we've all heard how fibromyalgia can usually be traced back to a traumatic life event.  I actually found this very interesting.  I never would've thought of being born early, as a traumatic experience.  I guess in a sense, this does make sense though.

I wasn't given the theory of how bad growing pains factor into fibromyalgia.  To be honest, I didn't even think to ask.  I was too busy with my mind turning, trying to process all I was being told.  Is this maybe an indication that I had fibro from an early childhood age?  Maybe since birth?  All my life, I've felt that something was wrong with me.  Even though I was in band, and a cheerleader, I still always felt that I didn't have the energy that I should have.  Even my mother would make comments to me such as "you're too young to be tired all the time, and have all these aches and pains you complain about".  If so, it's definately progressed and gotten worse over the years.  Hmmm....something to ponder, I guess. 


  1. Huh, maybe that is why sports always killed me and I would be hurting the day after practice and never played when I got into Junior High and High School. The once a week in elementary school was enough.

    OMGosh, I bought a cantaloupe, honeydew and a pineapple and cut them up today for the kiddos and I thought that I was going to die before I finished. My back was hurting so bad, I had tears in my eyes. It's not like I am a perfectionist at doing it, I just want to get it cut up and in a bowl. The kiddos don't care what it looks like. This was 2 hours ago and I still hurt like crazy. I just know that there will not be much sleep tonight. UGG!

  2. Boy do I feel for you. That's my biggest complaint too, back pain when I try to do anything. I told both of the rheumy's I've been to, that just standing long enough to fry an egg literally puts me into tears. Then, trying to sleep is nothing but a toss-n-turn fest because I just can't sleep on my back. Sleeping on my stomach has always been my favorite position, but that's totally out due to my shoulder pain. So, I lay on one side til that shoulder hurts too much, then flip to the other side. -All night long. Ugh. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you Tammy!