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What It’s Like to Live with Fibromyalgia 0/10 would not recommend. What Is Fibromyalgia? For those who don’t know, fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder that causes chronic pain, fatigue, memory issues, and heightened pain response, among other things. Not everybody has the same symptoms and could be in conjunction with other diseases. The causes for FM could be from a variety of things, such as physical trauma, emotional stress, or an accumulation of events with no single triggering point. FM symptoms can always fluctuate in degrees of severity, and can also be aggravated by outside causes. Thankfully it isn’t fatal, but there is no definite cure. Depending on its severity, it can also be chronic or episodic. Events Leading Up to Seeking Help Before my diagnosis, I was under the impression that my symptoms were because my diet was lacking potassium. After all, potassium deficiency symptoms are quite similar to the FM symptoms I have – numbness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and so on. For months after that, I increased my potassium intake but nothing changed. I still had the mysterious body pains, but I was assumed it to be because I was unathletic. I blamed my fatigue on lack of sleep, which was a much better excuse than the one aforementioned. To say the least, I was definitely in denial that there might be something wrong. Little did I know, my mother was keeping tabs.

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