Handicaped and shy to use a sticker

Hello dear readers,

My BFF, Wil sent this to me. I qualify for a handicapped sticker, but I feel too shy to use it.

How do you explain to someone that on some days you can do 80 minutes of cardio at quite a decent level and some days you can’t move your fingers?

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I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis in May 2011. Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Bi-Polar was diagnosed when I was 14. Anemia has been added very recently.

REMEMBER – PEOPLE USING A HANDICAPED PARKING SPACE MAY LOOK WELL – BUT LOOKING WELL AND BEING WELL ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS….

Pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It may be mild to severe.


Painful areas are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.


The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.


The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.

People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.

Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.

Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can’t get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


Memory and concentration problems


Numbness and tingling in hands and feet


Reduced ability to exercise


Tension or migraine headaches

Pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It may be mild to severe.

Painful areas are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.


The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.


The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.
People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.

Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.

I wish you good health,
Wεทchƴ¸.¸.☆¨

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5 thoughts on “Handicaped and shy to use a sticker

  1. aeroplanejane says:

    If you ask me, use it if makes your life easier and more bearable, especially on the bad days.
    I insist on driving my FIL to the shop now that he’s been issued a sticker ;), which may I add was quite a thing to get from the Stellenbosch Municipality. They required his doctors to confirm his loss of mobility even though he very obviously can no longer use his legs.

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    • Yes, confirmation is required from your doctor. I just think of my brother in law, Chris who is in a wheelchair and how much more useful that parking would be for my sister Mary-Ann to get Chris out the car… then I drink my tablets and walk.

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  2. Wenchy,

    Thanks for your honesty. And the cyber-education. I also live with chronic lower-back pain, but cannot imagine the realities of what you experience.

    Someone said that pain is inevitable (its part of life), but suffering is optional. Pain can be transformative, whereas suffering can turn on us and make us victims.

    God be with us as we keep shining the light of hope to others.

    Regards,
    Peter

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