Monday, May 12, 2008

It's Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!!!!

In case you didn't see last year's post, check it out. There is a plethora of helpful links to assist you in managing your fake disease.

After working my ass off for the last 3 nights, I'm going to take my exhausted and sore feet, neck, back, arms and legs outside into the sunshine to work in the yard for a few hours. Then I'm going to come inside and take some *gasp* Motrin, and relax for the evening. I'll prolly even drink a beer or two. It's not the same as going to the ER for narcotics, but it'll have to do.

What are YOU doing to celebrate Fibromyalgia Awareness Day?

41 comments:

jlo in md said...

I think I'll take a nap and have my 5 year old cook dinner for the 4 and 1 year olds after she rubs my feet for me. Then I might run into the ER around midnight with all three of them and look for someone to pity me and give me something for this horrible pain that just won't seem to go away. No, not the children, the other one. The imaginary one in my head. And back. And hands. And entire body.... Aren't you working tonight? I could use another foot rub.

erica said...

I've noticed the interesting comorbidity of fibromyalgia with acute text-wallitis. I wonder if I could get federal funding to conduct an important and life-saving study on this phenomenon.

Babs said...

Troll count starts in ..Five...four...three...two...

Jaws said...

I plan on taking it easy at home this time around since last year on Fibromyalgia Awareness Day I got super crazy and walked around block very slowly.

But my excitement was short-lived as my IDS (Imminent Death Syndrome) flared up like a pack of hemorrhoids. I was rushed to the ER, where the doctor told me to be very careful bc my IDS was just as potent as ever, and that I could die in 5 seconds or that it could be another 50 years, but he was damn sure IDS was going to get me.

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day hasn't been the same for me since.

Nap time.

Monkey's Favorite(next to Tina) said...

I think I will take my scrubs off, since they are covered in welfare cooties..examine my paycheck to see how little money I have left after I have paid for the millions on medicaid, empty my pockets to ensure I have no leftover Dilaudid hanging around that I gave all day to fibromyalgia and migraine patients, and if I do, put my clothes back on, head back into work (gas being 4 dollars a gallon) and take it back for fear I will lose my job and cause a chain reaction of thousands of parents not being able then to afford the Motrin to give their children, which will cause seizures, then enomorous ER bills, which leads to me having less money cause millions on state insurance depend on me...Then I will come back home, feed my children Taco Bell, tell them I cannot afford the Nike's due to the above mentioned problems, and have a drink, raise a toast, salute and say Happy Frikkin' Fibromyalgia Day!!!! Now, kids, put on your Wal-mart Light up shoes and go to bed, Mommy has to get some sleep, and I think I now have a migraine...Where's my dark glasses?

Joeymom said...

I think I'll have a beer and a couple of Oreos. Works for PMS cramps, bet it does great for the stress body aches.

Aaron said...

I'm going to have a pin the tail on the trigger point party.

Chris said...

Here's another one that you guys might get a kick out of:
Nancy Bratt, battling with "terminal anorexia" who is always asking for donations for things such as the rent, a vacation, and...a wii.


http://www.myspace.com/nancybratt
http://www.xanga.com/Nancybratt
http://kellycountry2002.homestead.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQFX5X5Xpxw

She's had "six months to live" for 5-6 years now. Her "terminal diagnoses" include: Gastreoparasis, Severe Gerd, Prolonged QT Syndrome, Benign Essential Tremor, Malabsorption, failure to thrive and severe potassium Deficiency.

Tory said...

Hey Monkeygirl..how you doing? I'm afraid that I can't quite see the humour in all of the above comments, as for over a year now I have absolutely lost my life over fibrmyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Where once I was a funtioning member of society, raised 2 children, worked and played hard, I am just a shell of my old self. My life has become very small and I'm of no damn use to anyone, including my children. But if you were to look at me, I look just fine and dandy. I had never heard of these two diseases until a dr diagnosed me. Some days I even consider suicide (except I'm too tired and sore!) Seriously, It may seem like a pretend disease to those who don't have it, but the one thing I can tell you is that I don't even have the energy to do the things I used to love. I am not on welfare, we are struggling on my husbands wage, and I'd give anything to be able to get out there and help him. Thanks for listening and I hope you might understand just a little bit more about this. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
Take care
Tory

keepbreathing said...

I was going to celebrate Fibromyalgia Awareness Day by throwing a huge awareness spaghetti dinner at the town hall, but then I got tired and had to go and lie down. And then I was thinking of taking some aspirin or something but I think I'm allergic to everything except Demerol. I'd drive myself to the ER but I guess I should call an ambulance because this pain really is unbearable.

This is all really too bad because I was going to go to work tomorrow, but I think I'll be too sick to go in. Maybe I need some short-term disability or something.

Anonymous said...

You idiots really need to read up on the research!
I can tell you that there is a difference between a Fibromyalgia flare and a regular body ache.
I know no matter what I say that I can't change your opinion on this matter, but I can't wait for the day there is physical evidence that this exists and it is coming!
Well you drunks have a wonderful Fibromyalgia awareness day!
Oh and don't forget to make sure your kids put their Wal-Mart light up shoes on before they get into bed.

911DOC said...

i'm going to get tatoos over all my trigger points to show everyone where they are.

Nurse K said...

I celebrated by listening to someone bitch about it over So-Cos and Diet Cokes. She's too tired to do housework, but not to tired to get wasted until 0400, apparently.

Devorrah said...

I'm going to multitask by thinking about Breast Awareness Month and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day at the same time.

EE said...

God, I love yall.

Mom In Scrubs said...

I celebrated by visiting your blog, MG!! It was all I needed....=)

asthepumpturns said...

lol, I kind of love you all and your snark.

-Kim

Evil Lunch Lady said...

Well to the above Fibro patient, sorry for your pain. How many narcs do you take?? My kid was dx with Fibro, I laughed in the docs face, she had 2x the many pain areas firbro people had. She has EDS, look it up, then whine. BTW that "kid" takes no meds. None.

Oh and I'll celebrate Fibro day by staying clear of drug stores...they'll be packed.

Tex said...

I wish I had know it was fibro day. Instead I laid around and watched TV.
Was there a parade?

Amy said...

me, i'm going to celebrate FAD by diagnosing myself with it! I naively assumed that my overall fatigue and body aches and pains were from aging, working, and being the parent of 3 teenagers, but thanks to you and some snazzy ads I've seen lately for amazing new medications, I think I have Fibromyalgia! I look forward to some of the great narcotics I understand will be prescribed for me as I describe my pain levels as "at least an 11 or 12 on a scale of 1-10".

RxMomma said...

"pin the tail on the trigger point party", just about lost my diet coke thru my nose on that one. you guys are hilarious today!

Elizabeth Bryant Alexander said...

I didn't know suicidal ideations also came with Fibro. Sounds like depression to me. But dealing with finding the right antidepressant and all those side effects are so draining. It's so much easier to feel better from high doses of narcotics.

NCRN said...

you are the nurse i strive to be.... you crack me up!!

kvegas911 said...

can't celebrate, will be too busy going to the ER and taking up a bed, then bitching and moaning to my whole family, then I have to be useless....

Intubate Em!!! said...

I wanted to go to the er for a nice diluadid high, but realized I'd have to wait for 8 hrs with the 25 other drug seekers. Oh wait, I think I have chest pain. Do you think I'll get moved to the front of the line?

Simian said...

Anyone else notice the acronym here? FAD. Lets hope it passes quickly.

CountyRat said...

"I'll probablly even drink a beer or two. It's not the same as going to the ER for narcotics, but it'll have to do." Now, MonkeyGirl, let's have a little therapeutic optimism here. How many beers do you have in your fridge, and what, exactly do you have to wash down with them . . . . . ?

PS: You can trust me. I have a license from the government!

911DOC said...

every shift i am painfully aware of fibromyalgia. nothing high speed transcortical lead therapy can't cure though.

Busymom345 said...

Wow. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about and that is incredibly funny to me. I have had a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and mixed connective tissue disease for many years. I am glad you can laugh about it. I have been defending the medical community to my friends for years, thinking they had to be wrong. Nurses and doctors would not treat you like that, I scoffed, as I take my vitamins and try to get through each day.I am not depressed. I have a great life, except for the unrelenting pain. I am such a busy person. I can't sleep due to pain. I hurt all the time. I refuse to give up. I take non narcotic drugs per doctors advice.I am in intense pain, I am not on narcotics or disability. I have no desire for either. My real job is to see that you get paid. Seriously. Treat people with dignity they deserve simply for being human or leave the field. We don't want you. Oh and by the way, why don't you make fun of diabetics? It has only been in the last 150 years or so that diabetes has been treated as an actual disease. Before that it was "all in their head." Grow up. Don't pidgen hole people.

muffinrn said...

I agree busymom. I too have fibromyalgia, and continue to lead a normal life, without narcotics. I can see why people think its "all in your head", I wish it were, and for many I think it is. There are people who LOVE to be "sick" so they have an excuse to lay around and take drugs. Thats not me or any of the people I have met with true fibro. The people who do use narcs and go to the ER and are on disability would use any disease they could think of as a means to an end. People who know me have no idea until I tell them that I have it. I am NOT a whiner, I don't mention it even to my husband unless its a really bad day. I feel the frustration on both sides, being a nurse I see the drug seekers, and having fibromyalgia, I get angry with the drug seekers for making all people with true pain from any source be doubted a little more.

Anonymous said...

What a fool you are...its sad really. So much arrogance to think that people actually want to give up their productive happy lives to be in pain every second? (actual pain by the way)I would say I hope you feel how bad I do someday but I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Not even an ignoramus like you.

MonkeyGirl said...

I was wondering when the trolls would show up.

Welcome, trolls.

I'm sorry that you are in pain, but your disease still doesn't exist.

And I will continue to ridicule all drug seekers. Even the ones with fake diseases.

And if you're not a drug seeker, why do you care if I believe in your disease? Is it like freakin' Tinkerbell or something?

Go away.

CrankyProf said...

But I neeeeeed to be validated by you and other medical professionals, MonkeyGirl! You neeeeeeed to believe how much pain I am in....I can barely type comments because I feeeeeeellllll soooooo baaaaaaaad.

Just because I take enough narcs to kill a pony, and whine to all and sundry about how bad I feel doesn't mean I don't feeeeeelllll baaaaaaad.

I think a fibro diagnosis should be treated the way bariatric surgery or gender-reassignment is -- the "sufferer" should have to have a minimum of 1 years' worth of intense therapy before anything is diagnosed. I say this because the three fibromyalgiaeurs I know are basically depressed and just want someone to listen to them, and to take drucs so they feeeeeel better.

MonkeySister said...

I'm so disappointed. I don't think your post was snarky enough. You only got up to 33 comments and there were hardly any trolls. Can you please try harder next time. I would like you to get up to at least 50 comments and at least 1/2 of them being the "Tinkerbell" believers you are ridiculing.

Oh, and this post only made it four days and fizzled. Next time, let's aim for a week of fun and frivolity, eh? :รพ

Busymom345 said...

I was directed to this website when I searched for fibromyalgia.

I won't post here after this. I am completely disgusted with all of you. Do you really act like this with people? Are you really so uneducated about the disorder you complain about? No wonder we have such problems with medical treatment.

Intubate Em!!! said...

Not leaving comments here but starting a blog to talk about you...some people... Keep it up monkey girl, after dealing with sick & dying people all day, its nice to read your blog & laugh.

Jenn said...

I know someone that was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I try to talk to her when I can because I've been there in constant pain with no light at the end of the tunnel.

She only ends up in the ER when she's got other complications. This year it was double pneumonia which required intubation and a weeks worth of coma inducing drugs to recover.

So I'm honestly torn. While she doesn't fit your drug seeking profile, I think there's underlying psychological issues that may be compounding her pain. Since I've been through pain, I feel an obligation to relate to people that describe living with that pain.

anhedonia said...

I, too suffer with pain every day. It's called WORK and RUNNING UP AND DOWN HALLS fetching Dilaudid and Demerol and Morphine for women half my age who get this medication, immediately head off the floor to the smoking area (yes you can still smoke on the grounds of our hospital, all you drug seekers out there) and stay there visiting with all the other druggies until time for their next dose. Then they return to the floor hauling their IV poles and their butts flapping in the breeze with a 10+/10 pain level. All you nurses out there- I have a question for you: Do you make it a big deal in report when you actually have a REAL sick person?
Just wondering.

Garrett said...

Doesn't exist? Come on. There's a ton of basic science research for central pain syndromes. There's fair clinical evidence as well.

Sure, 9 out of 10 people who say they have a central pain syndrome simply have no defense mechanisms for the world. They need psychotherapy and some tough love.

Vitum Medicinus said...

Wow.

*shakes head*

My conscience is SO mad at me for finding this whole thread amusing!

Unfortunately for those with FM... I've also been taught in medical school that it's a fake disease.

I just don't have the balls to write that on a flag and wave it, though... kudos, MonkeyGirl!

okto said...

Lawl. I wonder if anyone has done any research to correlate the incidence of FM with psychological disturbance/trauma.
If I'm not ENTIRELY mistaken, "chronic fatigue and widespread body pain" are symptoms of _depression_. Oh, but you don't feel sad. Right, because procreating made you a brilliant psychologist in addition to a child-care expert.
That's the other thing. Why do so many of these people have and make a point of telling you about multiple offspring, as if it's a symptom? Is parenting really so traumatic that your mind can't survive without creating a psychosomatic pain disorder?