Fibromyalgia Poems

Fatigue Vs. Tiredness

When you explain to a friend that you are tired and struggling

Sometimes they say they feel the same

But they don’t realise you are more than tired

Chronic fatigue is so much worse thathan tiredness

No amount of sleep can cure this kind of fatigue

It sucks your energy until you have nothing left

It can make you sick to the stomach

Unable to focus on anything

The brain fog sets in and the world blurs

People talk to you but you can’t hear

Or think of the right words to say no matter how easy

Even forgetting what you were talking about

All you can do when it’s that bad is rest

Try to nap or sleep or rest your eyes until you feel better

Never knowing how long it will take

Or when it will hit again

It leaves you unable to make plans

Try to pace to conserve your energy

Unable to push through

Or achieve what you used to be able to

Rest days between busy days can help you recover

So that you can do it all over again

Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets you through

But it’s a skill I’m yet to accomplish

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3 thoughts on “Fatigue Vs. Tiredness”

  1. Thank you for putting into words something that can’t always be said. I need to remind myself when I’m feeling guilty about resting, that the fog is real, and can sometimes be more debilitating then the pain.

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  2. I’m still struggling with the same thing. Honestly it’s the most frustrating part of being ill; having your mind always worrying and over thinking, making you feel guilty about doing what’s best for you. I wish it were easier but slowly it is getting easier.


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