‘Another fibromyalgia gift?’

Aasmund Ryningen
3 min readSep 29, 2020


Oh yeah.

Good ole’ fibro brings with it some nice and revered gifts. People who grasp the concept of irony get that this is highly sarcastical and realize that all the ‘gifts’ and ‘presents’ you get from having fibro are really curses, grudges and ultimately inevitable fates.

In this case it’s no different.

This special present is of another character than what you initially thought, though. Because, you won’t necessarily wake up with it, nor do you have to go to bed with it. In fact, you can actually choose to stay away from it for the entire day. In fact, your entire life if you want to. Only thing is, depending on where in the world you live, it may prove quite impossible to do so. At least theoretically. In fact, I don’t know about anyone who’s managed to pull it off.

Having said that though, we’re all born *without it*, so I guess it may be nature’s way of letting you know that you don’t have to use it.

Or wear it.

Alright, I’ll stop teasing you and let you know what it is.

I’m talking about nothing more than clothes. Accessories. Underwear. And so on. You know, the pieces of fabric that people put on their bodies to cover their private parts and to also stay warm during the day.

At least if they live somewhere cold.

Because, as anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia knows, even wearing clothes can hurt.

A lot.

We’re talking about regular, so-called ‘loose’ clothes as well, Capt’n.

If you think this is about tight, slim fit clothing that’s meant to make a person attractive or beautiful, think again. If you have very sensitive skin and are prone to painful flare ups, of course it’s going to hurt wearing clothing and footwear like that. It’s not like you’re asking someone who’s in pain all day long to wear, for example, a tight fit latex skirt, a slim fit top and high heels. That’s literally asking for more pain.


I’m talking about ordinary clothes.

Even underwear such as bras and boxers.

Yes, even assuring that your private parts don’t swing back and forth may cause you lots of pain.

Though it’s something that most people consider necessary and essential for actually living a life.

But then again, what ‘life’ do you really have when you have fibro? Or any other chronic pain disorder? How great is your quality of life when all you can do before you go to sleep is cry and vent and complain about how much your body hurts? Or when you wake up first thing in the morning, you start worrying over how much pain you can tolerate today? How long it’s going to take before things start seriously hurting?

And that’s before even having to worry about which clothes to wear for that job interview or the presentation you’re supposed to give.

Or dressing up nice for your spouse.

Or whatever.


Most people don’t get it. They don’t actually get or understand how much it hurts. Both mentally and physically. Both on the inside and the outside. How someone with fibro hurts from having to let other people down again and again and feel like they’re some sort of second class citizen.

Alright, ‘nuff with the moaning for today.

The same suggestion for pain relief and getting a new life applies for today just like it did for yesterday.

CBD oil.

So you at least can put on your bra and boxer shorts without feeling like 10 million wasps are stinging you from the inside.