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Introducing Foggy Frog and Friends

04 Nov 13
Megan
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Let me tell you about these creatures that have come to visit me. These are the ones that are causing all the problems and won’t go away.

We’ll start with their leader, Foggy Frog.

Foggy Frog is the one that’s always on my shoulder. He’s weighing me down and makes it feel like I’m pushing through mud whenever I’m trying to do anything. Somehow, he’s also managed to get into my head and muddle everything up. Because of this I have trouble remembering things and can’t focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time without zoning out.

His constant companions are the Gnawing Gnats.

These guys have completely taken over my body. They are constantly running around nibbling here and there, causing my whole body to ache. Occasionally they bite harder causing my muscle to twitch and shake.

Although Foggy Frog and his Gnawing Gnats  have become permanent residents in my body, they are not the ones that cause me the most pain. That award goes to their friends who come to visit quite regularly; almost daily in fact…

  • The Stabbing Spiders; who have taken a strong liking to visiting my chest, stomach and joints and using their razor sharp blades at the worst possible times (like when I’m trying to sleep;
  • The Burning Bats: who tend to join the Gnats everywhere and make the pain radiate through the muscles; and
  • The Needle Nematodes*; who cause the excruciating pain and numbness of pins and needles.

All in all, Foggy Frog and his pain gang are a hard group of creatures to deal with on a daily basis.

* Needle Nematodes evolved into Needling Numbats January 2014

I’ve found that by creating these characters, to describe each of the main types of pain and the overwhelming fatigue and brain fog I deal with on a daily basis at this stage, I’m better able to understand what affect each of them are having on my body.

Do you ever get visits from Foggy Frog or any of the members of his pain gang?

If so, do you have any useful techniques or helpers to deal with them?

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  1. Lessie-Lou November 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh gosh, can I ever relate! I love the fact that you’ve given them names! 😀

    Foggy Frog is always with me. Until a few months ago, I couldn’t actually read books without having to re-read the same line about a hundred times before I’d give up. What helped me was listening to audio books; I could listen and relax at the same time and it actually helped me to keep my consciousness together.

    The Gnawing Gnats, oh how I could do without you! All over with no relief…ugh.

    The Stabbing Spiders I don’t think actually visit me.

    The Burning Bats, however, are a constant friend and are especially happy during the evening hours. They like to live in my knees, upper arms, and thighs.

    The Needle Nematodes like my legs especially.

    It’s interesting to see how the FM pain affects each and every one of us. Can you describe the Stabbing Spiders a bit more? I’m curious about that one. 🙂

    • Megan S November 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Lessie-Lou. I found it easier to remember the different types of pains by giving them names.

      The Stabbing Spiders kind of feel like someone is sticking a knife into you that is extremely sharp and maybe even a bit hot. The pain doesn’t radiate quite as much as the Burning Bats but it’s definitely painful. It’s this kind of pain in my stomach that started off all my symptoms 6 months ago and since then they seem to have spread into my chest (like someone is stabbing through my rib cage) and occasionally my hips and other joints (although they mainly get the bats).
      Hope this helps explain it a bit better!

      • Celeste November 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        It does! I definitely get that then. Sadly. 🙁 Only in my hips.

        • Megan S November 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

          Sorry to hear that 🙁
          These creatures definitely no how to interfere with our lives don’t they?

  2. Lessie-Lou November 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Baking, Butter, & Happiness and commented:
    Oh gosh, can I ever relate! I love the fact that you’ve given them names! 😀

    Foggy Frog is always with me. Until a few months ago, I couldn’t actually read books without having to re-read the same line about a hundred times before I’d give up. What helped me was listening to audio books; I could listen and relax at the same time and it actually helped me to keep my consciousness together.

    The Gnawing Gnats, oh how I could do without you! All over with no relief…ugh.

    The Stabbing Spiders I don’t think actually visit me.

    The Burning Bats, however, are a constant friend and are especially happy during the evening hours. They like to live in my knees, upper arms, and thighs.

    The Needle Nematodes like my legs especially.

    How does your pain equate? Are you visited by spiders or gnats? Let me know!

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