I’ve worn jeans for about 45 years. Big fan of jeans. Love the comfort, the look….pretty much have always loved wearing jeans. Never had any problems with them. I mean what problems could a person have with wearing jeans??
I’ve been having a hard time lately with my chronic pain issues. Trying to come out of a 7 week flare up, but the cold weather is making it difficult. I am finding myself really worn out from the constant pain. So I thought I would lay down on the couch for about a half hour before my husband got home from work.
I got my microwavable hot pack heated up, grabbed my blanket and my pillow and headed for the couch.
Took my glasses off and laid them on the coffee table. Got myself laid down on the couch, put the hot pack between my back and the back of the couch (I was laying on my side) and threw the blanket over myself. Settled in and closed my eyes.
I became aware of some discomfort. It was under my hip. It was the seam of my jeans. It was like, what the heck, the seam of my jeans is really digging into my hip…. what the heck? I scooched my rear end a little bit, trying to get the seam over a little bit. I closed my eyes. No. The seam was still digging into my hip. I thought, Are you serious? It feels like I am laying on a railroad tie…..this stupid seam is really making me nuts!!! I scooched my butt a little more, trying to get the seam over just a little bit so it would not dig into my hip so I could sleep. No way. That damn seam was not going to cooperate. It really, truly felt like I was laying on a tree branch. A golf club. A broom handle. A barbed wire fence.
I thought to myself, how freaking hyper-sensitive I am…..a seam on my jeans, keeping me from being able to get comfortable and sleep for a half hour on the couch. Are you kidding me?? No I am not kidding.
The hypersensitivity of fibromyalgia can be extreme. Many times the pain feels like it is even in my skin. My skin literally hurts….to be touched sometimes, even lightly, can cause extreme sensations of pain and tenderness. And of course, the muscles are tender as well. So for people with fibromyalgia, even a simple seam on a pair of jeans can cause pain.
I hate that this happens, because people that do not have fibro think we are exaggerating and blowing our pain out of proportion. This is not true at all. One day, the seam of my jeans may not bother me at all, some days like today, even a stupid seam can bother me enough to make me get up and forget about my nap.
Anyway, my nap never happened, my husband just walked through the door….and my hip still hurts.