Focusing on the Present with Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia

I am hopeful that a cure will be found for my Fibromyalgia myofascial pain symptoms but my Doctor just wrote on my CPP Disability application that it is incurable. I am not even sure that I have Fibromyalgia but after seeing 20 Doctors in the past 3 years, this is the latest diagnosis I have received.

My pain started in my wrists and hands which I thought was due to a heavy scanner device I was using at my warehouse job. So my Manager switched me to an area that didn’t require a scanner but did involve heavy lifting of boxes up to 16 kg / 35 pounds. Then I felt a pop in my back and the pain has been worsening and spreading throughout my body ever since this happened 3 years ago. I have worked in the warehouse industry for 30 years with no issues before so was surprised by this sudden onset of severe pain.  

I have tried various prescription medications but most seem to give me bizarre nightmares so have gone a whole year without using any prescription medications. The only thing that has helped alleviate some pain and help me sleep is CBD Oil with THC which has become legal in Canada as of 2020. The most difficult aspect of dealing with Fibromyalgia is the WSBC Board as they keep cutting off my funds. I have tried to return to work 3 times after various WSBC approved treatments but my Company kept sending me home as my evident pain made my Managers uncomfortable. The good news is that I have been able to spend a lot more time with my wife and children aged 10 and 13.

I love reading books and watching movies with my children. I used to ride my Mountain bicycle to work every day but can no longer ride a bike. However, I really enjoy swimming with my family – especially in our warm river last Summer. Floating down the river on my back alleviated some of my pain and I found my mind drifting to a future of fun-filled water activities. Scientists are finding cures for diseases all the time at a faster rate and there is always hope that one will be found soon. So, I focus on the present and try not to dwell on the past as I look forward to a better future.