F words that describe what it is like to live with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a painful, confusing, and wretched chronic illness. I often use a slew of F words when describing it!

#Fibromyalgia is one F word after another!

Here is how I describe living with it!

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My faux disease

I refer to fibromyalgia as my faux disease since not all doctors accept this diagnosis as a real one. However, there is nothing fake or fictitious about the pain and symptoms I experience.

It is felonious! #Fibromyalgia stole my identity, independence, and mobility.


Fibromyalgia flares

Symptoms and pain vary and fluctuate. I never know how I will feel from one day to the next, let alone hour to hour or minute to minute.

#Fibromyalgia ferociously attacks my body whenever and wherever it pleases.

I struggle with balance and dizziness, if not careful I accrue more injuries from falling.

#Fibromyalgia brings unwanted attention to my faults.

With fibro fog, also known as brain fog, simple tasks become increasingly difficult which often results in my rushing to get things done, which then leads to errors.

I may feel feverish, yet not run a fever.

#Fatigue consumes my body and mind without notice.

Muscles freakishly ache for no reason.


Nobody is immune from #fibromyalgia. Famous people like Morgan Freeman, Sinead O’Connor, Susan Flannery, Jeaneane Gorafalo, and Lady Gaga are all fighting the same battle as I am.

It is often assumed that fibromyalgia is more of a female disease since that is who we often hear about having it. But as you and I know, fibromyalgia doesn’t discriminate!



Knowing that there is no cure for #fibromyalgia doesn’t diminish my desire to be fixed.

When not managed in a way that addressed my needs, fibromyalgia often made me feel frumpy, fat, and fuzzy.

#Fibromyalgia makes me feel foolish for forgetting simple words.

Living with fibromyalgia for so long has taught me the importance of forgiving my body for not functioning like it did before, myself when I do more than I should have, and others for not understanding a disease that even I don’t get.

Depression wasn’t the cause of fibromyalgia, but the sadness, loneliness, and relentless pain experienced before figuring out what triggered many of my symptoms fed the dark beast that lies deep inside of me.

Fighting fibromyalgia

To live with #fibromyalgia is to spend the rest of my life fighting!

I fight for pain relief, the right to address pain how I desire, for doctors to take unrelated symptoms and health issues seriously, and for my own sanity!

Lack of relief and progress from pharmaceutical companies inspired me to try a different approach known as functional medicine.

While there is no foolproof way to treat fibromyalgia, there are many different avenues to explore.


I must be frugal with money in order to afford the things that make living with #fibromyalgia less physically and emotionally painful.

To an outsider, some of my purchases or treatments may seem frivolous, but there is nothing foolhardy about what makes my life easier and more enjoyable.

Future with fibromyalgia

Without a pain management plan that addressed my individual needs, symptoms, the thought of living the rest of my life with this illness used to fill my head with fear.

Unmanaged pain frightened me, it fed my anxiety and depression and created desperation for pain relief that only those who live with daily pain could ever understand.


Final thoughts

For the first decade spent living with this chronic illness, I lost all hope of ever enjoying life like I did before fibromyalgia entered my life.

Seven years ago, that hope was renewed!

Find out why and how in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life!

Thanks to my fervid desire to learn more about my body and open-mindedness to try new things, I am living a life I love despite my diagnosis.

Instead of fibromyalgia f*cking up my life, I am the one telling it to f*ck off!

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Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

2 thoughts on “F words that describe what it is like to live with Fibromyalgia

  1. I am a man who has Fibromyalgia. I just had a terrible flare up last week. I describe feeling good and having days that my pain is a 3 or 4 out 10. It is hard to explain how a flare up feels to my friends. I try by saying- imagine having the flu with the weakness and body aches and headache only no fever and none of the respiratory symptoms.

    Thank you for sharing your post 🙂

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