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- Posted on Feb 17th 2010 2:00PM by Linda Laban
"Fibromywhat?" is a common reaction when she mentions this little known condition. "I hate when people say this," Hardy tells Spinner. "For me, it's a dull pain that's always going through my body, but mostly in my shoulders and neck. I also have scoliosis, which could be why it's centered there. I feel like I'm 80 years old. Every time it's going to rain, the pain gets worse. It's really brutal. Another symptom of fybromyalgia is chronic fatigue and feeling tired all the time. It makes doing things a lot slower."
The condition was often exacerbated by experimental medication that had her "walking into walls," she says, and recording was difficult even on a low-grade narcotic. "Even just sitting upright in a chair is painful after 15 minutes. Standing up and playing the guitar is brutal. I have to have a chair, but I don't want to look like that kind of person at shows, so I stand up. Behind the scenes there's a lot of sitting down."
Despite the pain, Hardy remains calm and pleasant, though. But, then, she has no choice: Stress and anxiety exacerbate the condition. "If I get anxious I get crazy muscle spasms," she says. "It's really weird."