When you have fibromyalgia, or trigeminal neuralgia, an injury is never “just” an injury.
Three weeks ago a door viciously attacked my little toe. It was … well it wasn’t broken, and that’s the only positive thing I can say about it! So the next day my fibromyalgia goes “HAH, PETTY TOE, LET ME SHOW YOU THE TRUE MEANING OF PAIN” and everything from my waist down felt swollen and heavy and on fire. My joints all the way up to my hips were stiff. I lay in bed and read trashy fanfiction to distract myself from the pain. The day after that the burning heavy stiff sensation was only in the leg with the bung toe, and after that it went away completely.
So fibromyalgia is a real asshole when you get hurt. But to top that off, whenever my fibromyalgia does a flareup, my trigeminal neuralgia does a flare up!
Well today, while sorting rams, I got smacked in the nose. Fortunately by a hand and not a ram, but still, it was a good thwack. I went and put cold water on it (the best we could do out on farm) and promptly had a meltdown.
The injury is on my face. The injury is, specifically, on my nose. The inflammation will put pressure on the second branch of both trigeminal nerves, and that’s likely to set off my trigeminal neuralgia which I had only just settled down after a volcano pimple on my jaw decided to set the whole thing off (why, oh why, does my face do this to me?).
So I had an anxiety attack, which is kind of understandable. I don’t want my fibromyalgia to flare up. I don’t want my trigeminal neuralgia to flare up. I don’t want to be in pain.
But I don’t really get much of an option, and not doing the things that I love to keep myself safe from injury is also not an option … so I have to be kind to myself when I am injured. And reduce inflammation as much as possible!
For now it is definitely setting off both trigeminal nerves, but it’s only set off the third branch of one side and mildly set off all three branches on the other. Here’s hoping fibro doesn’t kick in tomorrow and make all the joints in my upper body stiff and achy! I’ve got stuff to do!