Everyday Tasks and Fibromyalgia
Many sufferers of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) find that their lives are turned upside down when they fall foul to these unseen ailments. It becomes almost impossible in the most severe and chronic levels of these illnesses to carry out the most rudimentary tasks like washing, cooking and cleaning and holding down a job.
Fibromyalgia and Everyday TasksFor suffers of Fibromyalgia who have the most severe form of the condition everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea can be an arduous task. The main problems faced by suffers of Fibromyalgia are muscle and joint stiffness which make it difficult to move arms and legs in the same way they would have done before the illness struck.
Changing clothes can also be a difficult task and some sufferers are so prone to pain and muscle stiffness that they become reliant on family members and loved ones to help them with such tasks.
Sleeping and Getting Enough RestSufferers of Fibromyalgia may sleep long hours and awake to find they are still very tired; almost to the point where it feels as if they have not slept at all. This is also indicative of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which is also known as M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Sufferers may appear to be wide awake one minute and the next be on the verge of sleep right in front of you and whilst in the upright position. This is something that many non-sufferers find disconcerting and difficult to acclimatise to.
The reverse is also true – sufferers of both conditions can be tired but suffer from bouts of Insomnia which may last so long that their doctor has no choice but to medicate in order for them to sleep. It should be noted at this point that if your doctor prescribes medication to aid with your sleep he or she will only do so on a short term basis and any further prescriptions may only be sought after consultation with them.
WalkingMany sufferers of both conditions – especially those suffering the most chronic forms – will find it difficult if not impossible to walk. They may also find it very difficult to get from the seated or lying down position into a position where they can stand, this is because the muscles and joints stiffen.
A great number of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferers find that they can only walk if aided by a stick or frame and again this is something that should only be done under the advisement of your doctor.