Headaches, sniffles, dry cough, watery eyes, aches all over, sometimes lack of concentration: Covid19? Fibromyalgia? Have you ever seen the advertisements for medications that cite side effects? I usually have them all even if I don’t take the medication. The question: how would I have known if I had Covid19 ? Perhaps if I had had a fever? That is the only symptom which I haven’t had that I could attribute to fibromyalgia.
Several people have told me that having fibromyalgia and imposing self isolation has not been all that difficult as that has been a long time habit. Feeling like an introvert has become a way of life in order to avoid excitement and too much stimulation. Anxiety and depression are part of our everyday lives with or without the worry about Covid19. Cold or hot weather in this pandemic, both of which increase fibromyalgia symptoms, have not affected us as much when we are in lockdown. We can watch the constant bad news on TV most of which seems to affect others, but not us directly, as we shut our doors along with hundreds of others. The general public has something in common with us now. We stay quietly in our homes, go out only for necessary items, avoid large gatherings, read, watch TV, search for information on the internet, see a few who are in our own ‘bubble’. Is this fibromyalgia or Covid19?