Welcome to my page of quotations about fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue. Fibromyalgia still carries a social stigma in America, as do CFS, mental health issues, and some other medical areas that can be difficult to understand if you’re not personally affected. However, these disorders are very real and can destroy lives. We need better education and support, as well as more focus on preventive medicine and holistic healthcare. Here are some quotes and sayings I’ve collected to help sufferers get through their days and hopefully feel a little less alone in their anguish.
There are nearly forty-six miles of nerves in the human body, and fibromyalgia, you get on every single inch of them. ~Author unknown
People think those with fibromyalgia are just faking it. Actually, they’ve got it backwards — we’re faking being well. ~Author unknown
I only get one life, and I will not let fibromyalgia take the joy from living it. ~Morgan Freeman
Not only is it normal, but it is also healthy to mourn the loss of the old life that Fibromyalgia took from you while rejoicing that you still have a life. ~Troy Wagstaff, CallahanWriter.com
Fibromyalgia is a pain in the neck — and my shoulders, head, elbows, knees, back… ~Author unknown
How the hell did I survive any year? You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you just refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way. ~Elizabeth Taylor, quoted in J. Randy Taraborrelli, Elizabeth, 2006 [Taylor suffered multiple health issues.
I’m so tired, my tired is tired. ~Internet meme
I wake up tired
I stay up tired
I go to bed tired.
I wake up in pain
I stay up in pain
I go to bed in pain.
I wake up with hope
I stay up with hope
I go to bed with hope.
Fibromyalgia, you slow me down but you ain’t stoppin’ me! ~Author unknown
Lady Gaga struggled with unnamed chronic pain for many years before going public with her fibromyalgia diagnosis. In a September 2017 press conference she said, “There is an element and a very strong piece of me that believes pain is a microphone. My pain really does me no good unless I transform it into something that is. I hope that people [who] struggle with chronic pain know they are not alone.” ~Variety.com (R. Setoodeh) & Today.com (J. Curley)
Sometimes “I’m fine” just means “I have the strength to carry on.” ~Author unknown
Chronic pain sufferers tend to minimize their pain to try to seem as normal as possible. We don’t want to be perceived as complainers so we keep much of our pain experiences to ourselves. ~Author unknown
With fibro, getting lucky means walking into a room and remembering what I came in for. ~Author unknown
Paingry: A state of anger caused by long-term pain. ~Author unknown
Fibromyalgia Cat in the Hat:
I cannot sleep
I hurt like [bleep]
My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
Keen sense of smell
I feel like hell
My mood is bad
I feel so sad
My body aches
My leg it shakes
We need a cure
That is for sure!
~Author unknown [a little modified from an anonymous poem I found on the Web