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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
1. Start Preparing …

Where to begin...

So, I've had this blog ready to go for a while now, and had absolutely no idea where to start. It wasn't until this week, a week that I've really struggled through, that I decided to give this a real go, if anything to try and help me deal with the delights that fibromyalgia brings.
here, have a selfie 😛

The first thing I'm going to say is everything I post is based on my life and what I am experiencing. It will be different for everyone else, but this blog will give you a mini insight into the life of someone who lives with fibromyalgia. Also, if you yourself have been diagnosed, I do hope this blog helps you, but I must stress that I have absolutely no medical background, so although I can offer my advice, please don't base your lifestyle/medication on what you read in this blog.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in September 2016. I personally believe that my battle with fibro started when I moved to uni, before this I was a very active and energetic person, the only complaints I had were from my 'clicky hips', which I'd had for as long as I could remember. When I was born, my hips joints were basically just having a mare, and I had to have a cast to keep them in place for a while. I'd been going for X-Rays on my hips pretty regularly since primary school, but nothing was ever visible. It wasn't until my third year of uni that I was sent for an MRI (which was horrendous, I'm so pleased it was focusing on my hips, I'm not sure I could have managed to have my whole body in there!), and I was told I had Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. It was over a year after that I then went on to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

I'd never heard of fibro before, which is surprising as it is a relatively common condition. It's most commonly found in women, more specifically those between the ages of 30 and 50. I won't go too into the symptoms etc of fibro right now, I'll most likely have separate posts about the symptoms that I struggle with in the future. For those who have never heard of it, the easiest way I can describe it right now is basically constant pain, constant fatigue, and concentration/memory problems. There's a whole load of other issues that people with fibro have to deal with, but for now I'll leave it with that. If you want to find out more, give fibromyalgia a search on the internet, there's plenty of information there 😊

In some ways, you could say I have it 'easy'. Many people with fibromyalgia are housebound, maybe even bedbound. I am currently still able to work in my full time job, I'm doing some light exercise, and I'm still able to socialise frequently. But let me just say this: my pain is still real. I understand it may be hard for those who may have it worse than I do to read this blog, but at the end of the day, it's my blog, and it's about me and my life with fibromyalgia. I hope I can help anyone who does have it, but I also do hope I don't upset/offend anyone with my posts.

So here we go, lets see how this personal blogging malarkey goes! Please do feel free to ask me any questions, I'd love to get to get to know you :) and if there's anything you'd like to know about fibro, give me a shout and I'll either write a post on it, or reply privately.
Abbey xx


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