Monday, May 10, 2010

Fibromyalgia/bipolar 3

It was very difficult explaining fibromyalgia since you can not see it, just like bipolar. I joined an online support group and found many people having both disorders. I always wondered if there was a link to each one. As most of you know I was diagnosed (w/fibromyalgia) when I was nineteen and bipolar when I was thirty three years old.

 Having fibromyalgia and dating was complicated. If anyone is reading this and is wondering when to tell about the disorders, I would wait a few months. If they end the relationship, well, as my friend always says, that is one way to wean out the bad ones.

I am on an antidepressant to help with my cognitive skills but the pain each day was still there. I finally found a medication that relieved some of that pain called Lyrica. I am very sensitive to medication and had to go slow on the medicine.  I am now on 200mg and only have pain in my shoulders and it is bearable.

Some books for both disorders that helped me and hope they help you:

ISBN #: 1-57224-12-7 The Fibromyalgia Advocate by Devin J. Starlanyl, M.D.

ISBN #: 0-553-56072-7  A Brilliant Madness living with Manic Depressive illness
Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, What on earth am I here for? A must read. This book helped me through the acceptance of my disorders.

To be honest it was difficult for some friends and family members to accept both disorders. I am blessed to have my sister,and husband wanting to understand the disorders. My Mom and Dad are still in a bit of denial but trying. Thank you for taking the time in reading my blog and God Bless


  1. Catching up on my reading today and I'm glad I stopped by your relevant and important! I wish I'd had this information when I was in my twenties and going through such a bad time! Keep writing...I know you are helping people...((Hugs))

  2. Hi Emiela. I've nominated you for the "life is Good" award, so feel free to drop by my blog to pick it up. Liana.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I know what it is like to have a dual diagnosis along with bipolar. As if one wasn't enough to deal with, right? lol Hang in there, sounds like you've found something that is working. Thanks for the guts of sharing. Midnight.