Fibromyalgia is a mysterious disease and its diagnosis is also in the same category. Mostly, people who have fibromyalgia are not diagnosed until middle age, many can trace their symptoms until childhood.
You feel more exhausted and tired in your class, PE seems to be torture for you or, often, you experience what your doctor calls “growing pains” or Mono. But if this is your “normal” growth, it can take many years to recognize that pain, fatigue, brain fog or touch sensitivity to which you have become accustomed is actually indicative of an underlying health condition.
We asked our community a question “Living with fibromyalgia and chronic disease” to share some of the signs that they grew up with fibromyalgia, which they now recognize in retrospect. The following may return some memories of your own childhood, and you can also relate it.
Here is what the community shares with us:
1. When I was 11 I suffered a terrible pain in my legs. I could not walk and was hospitalized for a couple of months. They couldn’t find out what was wrong. The pain subsided and I was able to walk again.
2. I was always getting sick, I was missing school and I was very clumsy. I had monkey when I was a teenager. I fell several times and had broken bones and sprains.
3. Always sick when he was young, insomnia, migraines, endometriosis, always had cold hands and feet.
4. I never had resistance like all my friends, I always slept all weekend while my friends were outside playing. I had migraines, leg and arm aches. My mother said she was depressed by an abusive alcoholic stepfather and a biological father who was only nearby when it was convenient for him. It would overheat me so much that others were fine. I constantly had ear and UTI infections that Dr. could not understand.
5. If the leg pains on the server at night always said they were growing pains, just like my sister, we both have fibromyalgia to the point of needing a wheelchair and other immune problems as an adult. Another member added that yes, me too … as a child, I would cry all night because my legs hurt … I would take a hot bath … Dr. said that they hurt more and more. d
6. I knew nothing but fear. He knew fear and humiliation. My mind was constantly running with ideas of how I could hide. I got up at night and went to my brother’s room to sleep. Very tired. Waking up in the morning I am a bear. I felt like getting high, fatigue all the time. I had a little headache. I have a lot of pneumonia. A lot if this could have been depression. Barbaric home, sexually abusive. Terrible anxiety.
7. When I was a child, I had terrible pain in my legs and the doctors called the growing pains and gave me great “horse pills.” None of my 6 brothers suffered with this. Also, I could never sleep like everyone else and I started having extreme insomnia at 14.
8. Sensitivity to light and sound as far as you can possibly remember.
9. Depression, anxiety, always hurt or sick, unable to keep up with the school (when I was smart enough), I slept like a dead man as a teenager, fatigue and pain that could not be explained, stress would induce disease, Missing of emotional regulation, early onset of puberty. I am sure the list continues.
10. My first symptom was a very intense pain in the front of both legs, from the knees down. It started at age 15. I also had very heavy and painful periods. I had growth pains in my legs since I was 5 years old. I suffered from sunstroke and migraines from an early age.
11. Horrible leg pains. My sister and I sometimes rolled on the bed in pain. They told us it was a growing pain. I only have 5 ‘. My sister, although I know, does not have fibromyalgia. But I do. I was also sick often. Endless sinusoidal infections, horrible headaches, diagnosed with TMJ at 15 and signs of ibs as well. I was also very clumsy and often hurt myself. They told me it was a hypochondriac. I often had to put a clamp on my wrist, ankle or even the knee.
Sound sensitivity too. The fireworks were unbearable. It was like an electric shock. Physically painful! My dad was so angry that he had to take me home. Everyone thought I was scared and I didn’t understand when I said that the boom hurt me. Again they told me that I was hypochondriac or that I just wanted attention. I’ve had horrible sleep patterns all my life. Even as a baby. I also had colic and read somewhere nerve related cramps.
12. With terrible chronic pain everywhere, they found scoliosis at 14 and blamed all of that. My legs always got tired much faster than my friends (what happens to me, I ride and ride my bike and I am in good shape like my friends, why do I need a nap?) Chronic migraines, I could never develop the strength of the upper body, no matter how difficult it is. tried. To this day, I have never been able to push or lift.
13. Back pain, I always thought it was normal to have pain, I thought everyone had pain. It turns out that I was wrong, also sensitive to cold, I have always hated winter and I could never explain why now I realize that it increases my pain and my symptoms.
14. Definitely muscle spasms. On my legs, feet, neck, back, ribs and arms. I had problems with my swallow. Headaches . TMJ. I was almost always nauseous. I vomited every day. I still do. Depressed and stressed. Our home life was traumatic.
15. Very painful legs from birth, then began to have painful feet around 6, irritable bladder problems began in early adolescence, general body aches and pains before 5 years. Then, at the beginning of the 30s, terrible migraines began that disturbed me until I was 40 years old. The painful ones ended after a pneumoencepholgram, now I only have the migraine optic problem. My life now never ends pain, fatigue and frustration.
sixteen. Having itchy attacks during the night; Mom would bathe me in camphor to help him stop. Often, while sitting at my desk in grades 3-5, I felt a non-existent error crawling on my arm or leg
17. Chronic leg pain just before my period and just when I was getting sick, and also when it was cold outside. I always attributed it to my cerebral palsy, but now I don’t know. I also had back pain when I raised my arms for a while, such as washing dishes for example.
18. I would get this horrible flu symptoms… I would have to go to bed… When I woke up the next morning, I was ready to go. This would happen at least 2 or 3 times a week. I thought I was tired … ugh
19. Bad “growing pains”, horrible stomach and sensitivity to sounds / textures (I had to put the bands on the seams of my socks, cut all the labels on my shirts and pants, hate the turtlenecks, make me hair hurts, etc.). I had serious ear infections as a child and needed tubes, but I don’t think that was related
20. Painful joints. Heavy menstrual cycles with pain. Waking up sweaty. Migraines Being tired (exhausted). Pain in the back, neck, shoulders (could not massage due to fear of pain) Related article:
21. When I was 6 years old and an EEG and a scanner, I discovered that I had a prenatal stroke that caused learning and stuttering problems and motor skills problems. Because of the teasing at school, I was diagnosed with depression. Also the anxiety to have to speak in front of people. At the age of 10 I was diagnosed with ADD. I had no depth perception. He was always hurting me. Besides, I would be walking and with my feet I would turn around and twist my ankles. At the age of 12, I discovered that I had a high arch that caused the heel to be at the wrong angle. At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with misaligned knee pads due to my foot problems. At 20 I was diagnosed with arthritis in my knees and back. He was diagnosed last year with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
22. Many ear infections, tubes were placed in the ears and horrible hips and sore legs…. He was always told that it was growing pains. He always had weak hip flexors too.
23. I had unexplained fevers when I was a child, many stomach problems, back surgery at age 19, monkey at age 18 and then again at age 28. I was diagnosed at thirty-something, I went to a rheumatologist when my swelling was swollen. hand knuckles without reason.
24. I didn’t socialize much when I was a child. My back always hurts. I had knee problems. I slept more than other children. I remember the pain from the sixth grade. They were harassing me and I got depressed and killed myself. I started medicine that year. My mother took me to doctors in several states, trying to find out why I felt so much pain. At 13, I went to chiropractors 2x week.
25. The flu hurts without being sick, with hair loss and exhaustion.