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  Posted: October 31, 2020      Views: 63
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Barb works at the local food bank volunteering her time at the country market. Barb has lived just about every profession there is to do. She has had a wild ride in her lifetime and uses poetry to tell everything. She is a cancer survivor. She hates - more...

She is an accomplished poet and is currently at the #24 spot on this years rankings.

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Chapter 61 of the book 2020-5
just because
"What Do They Know?" by Barb Hensongispsaca
My doctors say my pain is fake,
it's all inside my head.
But, when it really starts to rake
are times I truly dread.

It hurts to even hold my kids;
my skin, it feels on fire.
My forehead ached, it truly did.
My spine's a burning pyre.

Sometimes it hurts when I am touched,
the sheets will weigh a ton.
I miss my walking very much,
this malady has won.

I'm treated with so many pills,
my brain's on overload,
and still they say my pain is nil
advice so freely flowed.

I'm not so crazy as they say,
I know just what I feel.
It hurts to sit, it hurts to lay,
I know this pain is real.

It's now called 'Fibro' and it gives
a lot of hidden pain.
It's everyday and while it lives,
life's never whole again.

The nerve ends are on overdrive,
each touch is agony.
I feel I'm dead 'though still alive
'cause I am never free.


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Doctors refused to listen to me for over 20 years as I tried to explain pain where there should be no pain for any reason. Eight years ago, my problem was finally given a name and I had something to work with. There is no cure. There are drugs that mask the symptoms and create a brainfog, as I call it. But there is no real cure. I found solace in a book - From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

Fibromyalgia is classed as a disorder of pain processing due to abnormalities in how pain signals are processed in the central nervous system.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include tiredness to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems and troubles with memory. Some people also report restless legs syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. Other types of chronic pain are also frequently present.

The diagnosis is fairly new and a lot of doctors refuse to believe symptoms and refer patients for mental help.
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