You started experiencing pain and fatigue more than before, you’re not sure what is going on but you hurt and you are tired. You can hold a job, you can make it through your day, but you know something isn’t right… so it’s something you’re going to start researching.
You are in pain a lot, sometimes taking an anti-inflammatory drug or what have you. You do not get much relief, and you have accepted the fact this is something you are going to have for a while. you feel a lot of pain and you are exhausted almost every day, but for the most part you keep going and hold down a job, can still go to events, spend time with your friends and loved ones, and have some good time here and there.
You are in constant pain, you are constantly tired, you wonder whether you will be ever able to function normally again. You are considering not working, because you no longer have the energy you once had, you come home from work and all you can do is rest. You have to turn down invitations, you have no energy left and you have to rest up just to go back tomorrow. In this stage you start to feel more alone, and more and more people are beginning to think you whine too much. This stage can last a long time, perhaps years.
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But i would like to add an 7th stage
It is called the ‘I Quit’ stage because you have tried every treatment there is, seen every doctor and specialist you can and everyone around you thinks you are faking it and you can’t really prove otherwise and so the only thing left to do is Quit.
Quit living up to other people’s expectations. Quit pretending you can cope. Quit trying to explain it all to others, as there is nothing to show them anyway. Quit taking the ‘shit’ load of medications that don’t help anyway and get rid of most of them. Quit denying that you are broken. Quit expecting people to understand or to help you – it’s not that people won’t or don’t, but you quit expecting anything from others. You begin looking after yourself, what you need and you get rid of what you don’t need, one layer at a time. Then you begin to find JOY in being who you are, it’s not an easy life, but it is your life.