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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi you guys,
I got these coping strategies from fibromyalgia network.
*keep a small circle of friends and family who respect and understand you.  Anything else just adds stress to your life.
*Learn to enjoy your own company and do something for yourself each day.
*Focus on things that could improve the situation at hand.
*Seek out a doctor who is knowledgeable and willing to work with you.
*Allow yourself to slow down and say no.  Avoid trying to "push through it."
*Ask for help.  It is amazing how this can make a difference.
*Don't apologize for your illnes, and let go of anger.
*Create a supportive, comfortable environment that works best for you.
*Don't feel pressured to keep up with those around you.
*Get decent sleep and effective pain medications, and stop using any meds that are not working or seem to make matters worse.
*If you can, go to a counselor or professional to vent, for coping ideas, or to spill your guts, instead of venting to family members.  Find a support group, or think about starting a small one yourself.
*Remember, you are the one most relponsible for your own health.
I hope that some of you find this useful.
Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Karen, for me that "supportive comfortable environment that works best for me" would be on a beach in Florida! turn Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea

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   Posted 1/23/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The people that live with us are affected by our conditions too.  I'm sure we've all had times where there were things we planned to do - or wanted to do - and then we just didn't have enough left to actually do it.  So we had to cancel.  One of the coping things I've found is - sometimes I have a little extra energy that I usually don't have.  So when that happens I tell my wife, "let's go and do something".  Doesn't really matter what.  Movies are one of my favorite things cause it gets us out of the house and yet is a low-energy thing that i can do.  Or a little shopping she's wanted to do.
Hopefully this helps to balance out the things we wanted to do but couldn't.
Hope this makes sense - think I'm having a minor Herx this morning and I feel fuzzy.
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
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"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)

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   Posted 1/23/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for this!

It was see that some of what I have already done, perhaps subconscienciously, actually works!! :-D

I am also working on a few of the others on the list. Some are easier said than done...but need to be done for sure. You know?

Happy Friday!!

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   Posted 1/23/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I agree Aimee, some are easier said than done, but they do NEED to be done.. it's a big part of what we have... thank you so much for this, Karen.. I think I'm actually going to save this to my computer and work on some of it little by little yeah
-Jenna :-)
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Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Irrational fears
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