3 Ways to Describe a Fibro Flare

People who don't have fibromyalgia understandably don't know what a fibro flare is, or what it feels like. Sometimes, you'll hear someone say, "Yeah, I am achy, too." Or, "I know, I'm so tired today, too." We with fibromyalgia chuckle to ourselves because we know they're talking about everyday aches and pains, and occasional tiredness -- which is not the same as a fibromyalgia flare-up.

Here are three descriptions you might want to use to explain a fibro-flare to those regular folks:

1.  Have you ever had body aches from the flu?  Then you know what a fibromyalgia flare up feels like. The only difference is, you might get the flu, with body aches, once a year, or once every two years, or three years, or even five years. People with fibromyalgia have body aches that feel just like the flu almost every day.  Say it again:  almost every day. Imagine what that is like.

2.  Do you know what jet lag feels like? Then you might understand the crushing tiredness and exhaustion that slams us during a fibro-flare. This isn't "I'm tired." This is, "I'm so tired I cannot even move; and I feel like this almost every single day, all day, no matter how much rest or activity I get." Remember: fibromyalgia isn't just pain -- it's a collection of chronic symptoms including pain, fatigue, irritable bowel, emotional issues, and more.

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3.  How 'bout a hangover? Almost everybody has had at least one hangover in their lives. Now, imagine that you feel like you have a hangover most of the time, complete with stomach issues (IBS) and you don't even drink, ever! That's what fibromyalgia feels like. 

Have you had success describing your condition to others?  Tell me about it in the comments, and.... 

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  1. These are good responses. Thought you might be interested in my Fibromyalgia questions & answer FB event. I am putting together a panel of fibro bloggers that would be willing to collaberate with me. I will post a common question twice a week. Then bloggers can place replies or a link to a post that pertains to the question in the comments of that question. This is for the sole purpose of helping friends/mates/family understand what we go through. One of the questions will be about Flares, this post would be great to post there. I'm sure you have other great posts as well.
    You can learn more here http://preview.mailerlite.com/m5x3y7
    Then follow my FB page https://www.facebook.com/ggmandy2/ and message me. Thanks

  2. Just for clarification ... I'm part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers groups.

  3. Thanks Amanda, I am interested in collaborating! I will check it out. Thank you so much! Kathy

  4. Hi Kathleen, this article is good at helping others understand Fibromyalgia and I would love you to add it to our Fibro Friday link up to help others understand. Welcome to Fibro Blogger Directory... it's great to have you in the team!

    1. Thank you, Lee! I will add it to the Fibro Friday link asap! Glad to be part of the team! Thanks so much! Kathy


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