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Sever weakness causing immobility
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HetherM - August 16

Hi. This is my first time ever discussing anything on a forum, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I am a 36 year old female and I have had fibro for 20 years. I have been through just about every drug known to the military (active duty Navy for the past 18 years). I've tried using the drugs, not using the drugs, nothing has ever completely gotten rid of the pain, the sleeplessness, the forgetfulness, or any of the other lovely symptoms that come with this problem.

BUT, the reason I am writing is because last week, for the first time in 20 years, I had such extreme weekness in my arms and legs that I could not get up the stairs in my house or get into my own bed with assistance. This lasted for 2 1/2 days!

I have always exercised and enjoy doing so. I've ran many 5K's, 10K's, and even a half marathon. So not being able to walk up my own stairs or get into my own bed has got to be the most embarrassing, depressing, and scary thing ever!

Has anyone else suffered from this type of weakness? If so, is this something I should expect to happen again? Do you know of any way to prevent it or make it more bearable?

I would really appreciate any input anyone might have. Thank you!


islandguy - August 16

Hi HetherM. You are quite right about the scary, embarrassing and depressing moments in the life of fibro.
I too have experienced the weakness in my arms and legs throughout this ordeal. I find that I will drop things more often when I am having a flare and am at times afraid to hold my newborn grandson for that particular reason.
There are times that I think that some sort of crutch or cane is almost a necessity to get from room to room but I haven't reached that plateau yet.
Other times all my strength is there and I require no assistance. It is a mystery but I just wanted to share my experiences with you... Take care..



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