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By Christine Livingston

Imagine never feeling good, when you know of no reason not to feel good.

Imagine feeling pain in multiple areas of your body for no apparent reason.

Imagine feeling like your verbal and motor skills are impaired when they were fine a minute ago.

Imagine feeling like you have missed sleep for a week when you have just gotten out of bed.

Imagine something going wrong with your body everyday, when you have done nothing out of the ordinary.

Imagine having uncontrollable shakes and tremors and shocks of pain run through you, and disappear as quickly as they came; leaving you awaiting their return.

Imaging having to live a "normal" life in society, yet knowing your abnormalities will mess that up for you anytime of any day.

Imagine striving to be the best Mother and Wife you could be and being left to feel useless many times over awaiting to feel normal again.

You have now imagined what it is like to be me. I live with Fibromyalgia.

 NOTE FROM DOMINIE:   This is a good article to share with people who don't understand what it's like to have fibromyalgia! You can read my personal FMS story at

I RECEIVED THIS ENCOURAGING UPDATE FROM CHRISTINE ON 7/15/04: "I have gotten off of most of my meds, and have been taking vitamin/mineral supplements in replacement of. I am lucky enough to work in an office that I can do my "stretching exercises" throughout the day as I need them, and when things get really bad my coworkers are pretty good about dealing with it. All of this combined with watching what I eat (certain foods are deffinitely bad for my fibro attacks!) and keeping myself moving and resting when necessary has helped me greatly. My previous doctor had me so drugged up on meds that I just could not function to maintain my job, my husband, and my son (he is 2 now!). I have read books on self hypnosis and utilize that at night - and I'll tell you what, I am surprised but it has helped. I do not promote the drinking of alchol, but a glass of wine at night works much better for me than all those chemicals I was taking. Of course conversing with the Big Man Upstairs :) and other fibro sufferers helps also." [NOTE FROM DOMINIE: See my 100 tips for coping with fibromyalgia and insomnia at].

100 Tips for Coping with Fibromyalgia & Insomnia

  My Fibromyalgia Story

  My Chronic Fatigue Story

  My Insomnia Story

  What I Use

II Corinthians 1: 4 - "[God] Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."  Visit Dominie's FMS/CFIDS Homepage at for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers and their families.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor. I am a fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue syndrome survivor. The purpose of this website is not to diagnose or cure any disease or malady, but is presented as food for thought.  This information cannot take the place of professional medical advice. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should come under the direction of a physician. No guarantees are made regarding any of the information in this website.