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Fibro Feelings – Feeling Old

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While running errands today I had a moment like many I’ve had before – one where I felt like I have such an old body! It started at the grocery store. While carrying my purse and empty reusable bags to the grocery carts I must have stepped on my right ankle wrong. I typically know right when I tweak my ankle, but I have no clue how/when it happened. All I knew is that all of a sudden my right ankle was really hurting and I was walking with a limp. While checking out, for the first time in my life when purchasing alcohol, I was not carded for a six-pack of beer. While I realize this isn’t really a big deal, it stood out in my mind.

After grocery shopping my next stop was to pick up refills of some of my medicine. While walking inside (still with a limp) I found myself following a white haired, ~65 year old lady, walking slowly, also with a limp! All I could do was smile and have a little laugh in my head. We had such similar movements, yet we were born decades apart! Then, I was waiting for my turn at the pharmacy and the person in front of my was asking a question about shingles. I instantly took a trip down memory lane, remembering what it was like when I had shingles. Shingles is yet another medical condition that isn’t so common to get before you turn 25!

Many times I feel like I have the body of a 60 year old – achy, slow moving, multiple medical issues, mental blips, low on energy, etc… I wonder what I’ll feel like at 60? Another aspect that can make me feel “older” is that at every fibromyalgia discussion, lecture and support group I’ve gone to I have been the youngest attendee. Over the last decade I have been lucky enough to meet three 20-30 year olds who have fibromyalgia though. I don’t ever feel depressed about feeling like I have an old body, but it is something that is sometimes in the back of my mind. I let myself chuckle about it.


The 6-pack I wasn't carded for


Comment from Jamie Soileau
Time September 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Hi Felicia,
I just came across your blog and I can totally relate to everything that you have written. Very informitive also for people who don’t have fibromyalgia. I am 30 years old but was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 21 years old. I have two sons, ages 4 and 6, and it can be very difficult trying to raise them when I am in constant pain and work a 40 hour/week job. I am also very luck to have a very helpful husband. Glad to hear that I am not the only young person out there with fibromyalgia. Both my mother and grandmother also have it, but they didn’t start having symtoms until much later in life. Anyway, it’s very nice to read about someone who experiences the same things that I feel.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks Jamie! My goal was to write everything in a way that a relative, care-giver, or friend of someone with fibromyalgia could read it and gain some insight. I’m glad I can help you feel like you’re not the only young person with fibromyalgia! There are many of us out there, just no pharmaceutical ads that represent us! =)

If you don’t mind me asking, how was your fibromyalgia effected during your pregnancies? Everything I’ve read seems to say people feel much better or much worse.


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