The cycles in fibromyalgia

Photo by Alan Cleaver
Photo by Alan Cleaver

I sometimes feel like fibromyalgia can throw us into some destructive cycles.

Take for instance the issue with weight gain facing many of us.

A lot of the medications that we use to manage this chronic condition cause us to gain weight. Weight gain can also be attributed to lack of exercise due to the debilitating levels of fatigue, pain and lack of sleep.

Additionally, research suggests that certain hormone deficiencies in fibromyalgia might lower the body’s metabolism, thereby causing us to gain weight.

The more weight I gain, the more exhausted I feel. The harder it is to move, the weaker my knees feel and I get more shortness of breath. It lowers my mood and I am more inclined to comfort eat. And of course the cycle goes on, so consequently, I gain more weight. And so it goes on.

It’s like battling a multi-talented monster. As if the pain, exhaustion, lack of sleep and the whole she-bang wasn’t enough to deal with.


Keep plodding on. We hope for a cure one day.

Gentle hugs 🙂 x

2 Replies to “The cycles in fibromyalgia”

  1. So very with you here!
    I went on Gabapentin last year and it’s helping my pain, so I’m am NOT going to go off it, but it’s contributed to about 100 pounds of weight gain and the struggle to lose weight seems near impossible! Yet another frustration, whooppee!

    1. Thanks for your comment Moonbeam. It’s really frustrating. I told my GP the same thing. Pregabalin helps my pain and anxiety so I’m not coming off even though it’s contributed to about 30 pounds in weight gain! It’s really tough but we have to do what we think is best for us. Hugs x

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