Nowhere to Hide

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Today has been a terrible pain day. I have chronic inflammation of the soft tissues of the ribcage and sternum, which is where you find the nerves. It hurts to breathe. I can’t find the right way to describe the pain along the bottom of the ribs but the first time I had it I was sure it was a gallbladder attack or some other organ. It was actually musculoskeletal. It’s called costochondritis and bothers me most days, though not this severely. Y usually wear a compression bra, which relieves the problem if you wear it 24/7 for days, but my new one squeezed so tightly that it caused the opposite reaction. I scrambled to get it off like it was on fire, which is what it felt like! My mid back and hip flexors are lit up in response. Just noting a day in the life of fibromyalgia. It’s with me wherever I go.

Published by Sara, short reads

I'm a middle-aged wife and mother of two adult sons. I've been a teacher, counselor, medical transcriptionist, student teacher supervisor, substitute teacher and retail clerk. Staying home now due to fibromyalgia. Seeking purpose.

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