I read about this on the National Fibromyalgia Association website and I wanted to pass it on! This is a great challenge to give to anyone who you want to know what it is like to suffer with the pain of FM.
Granted, the pain we feel with Fibromyalgia is much greater than pinching your skin with a clothespin but you have to remember that the people you will have do this challenge are not used to experiencing pain on a daily basis like we are. Although to us a clothespin pinching may be mild, to someone not in our shoes it could hurt a lot. It is just to show what it is like to be in constant pain. It is NOT a comparision of the type of pain or the illness itself.
For the people in your life who don’t understand your Fibromyalgia pain…invite them to take The NFA Clothespin Challenge:
Here’s how it works:
– Place a clothespin on your finger
– Set a timer for 30 minutes
– See how long you can bear the pain. Did you leave the clothespin on for 15 minutes? 10? 5?
For each minute you adverted that clothespin pain, donate to the NFA-$20 a minute, $10 a minute, $5 a minute…
– NOW. Imagine this pain forever… This should help you understand what it is like to live with constant pain – but people with FM can’t just “remove” the pain the way you can remove that clothespin!
To make a donation for this campaign, visit the National Fibromyalgia Association website.