I have found out that my Fibromyalgia acts up the worst when I get some acute stress. It's like all my muscles cease up and I can't hardly move. Does anyone else have this happen to them? I am in pain right now because of what happened on Easter. I have been crying also. I'm very pissed off right now and I'm trying not to be. I need some advice, help or something.
Stress is my #1 trigger for a flare. There's lots of others that have that problem.
First let me say, whatever got you upset try to let it go, I know that's easy for ME to say, but if you're going to try to avoid pain you have to learn how to destress. Some people find taking a hot shower, bath or if you're lucky enough to have a hot tub, a long soak helps. If you know any yoga moves or gentle stretches that might help loosen you up. What ever your relaxtion thing is you'll need to try to do that.
Unfortunatly its hard to avoid stress in our lives but when you see a stressful situation coming along try to walk away from it. Remind yourself that stress will bring on a flare and if you want to avoid it. You need to learn to keep as calm as possible.
I know all to well about stress and flares. I was in a really stessful job and it brought on a flare that lasted close to a year. I had to quit. It was hard to do, because I really loved that job. But I knew if I continued to work there I would never get better.
I'm sorry you're having a hard time right now. I hope you can find a way to get calmed down.
Hara- I react the same way to acute stress. I literally feel like my body freezes up and the pain goes to a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. I know there are situations that you don't have much control over and that may be what happened on Easter? Not much you can do now except to try to calm down in anyway little way you can. And if it is something I can control, I have to, like Patti said walk away from any stressful situation I see coming or I pay dearly for it.
Hope you feel a little better this morning-
You all have been such a big help. I'm probably not going to talk to this relative for a while. She can be so negative at times, but I still love her dearly. I only just asked her a question and I should have seen it coming and knew she might reply with something negative. I only asked a question that had a Yes or No answer. Darn it anyway. I'm off to work for the last day of the month. Then I have about 3 weeks off.
Hey again Hara,
I have a problem with certain members of my family (in law side). Of course I wouldn't tell hubby, I don't want to hurt his feelings where these people are concerned. We definately don't see eye to eye on a lot of issues. When we get together I don't bring those particular issues up if I can help it. If the conversation starts going in a direction that irritates me, I try to leave the room.. go to the bathroom or something (under these circumstances smoking is a great way to get away.. LOL). I've often caught myself getting so worked up about going to the family gatherings that I put myself into a flare. I'm trying really hard to control that but its not easy.
Yes, it might be best to avoid that person for a while.. but you can't avoid them forever.. but you can control the conversation. If you see its going in the wrong direction maybe you can go work in the kitchen or something. That's the best thing I can think to do.
Good luck, Sweetie!!
I am starting to feel better emotionally. As for physically yesterday was a work day I think I wore a path in the carpet walking up and down the hallway to find files on patients. OMG my lower back hurt when I got home. Thank God for good meds.
My question was "Are there any eggs at the house." Perfectly inocent.
I hold alot of things in. My old Chiropractor said that I carry the weight of the world's problems on my shoulders and neck. He's right. I have a new Chiropractor now any he stated to me the other day, " You've been hurting for a very long time." I didn't know if it was just a statement or a question, so I answered him anyway, "Yes I have."
I had fallen off a horse several times landing in different positions - It's been 28-29 years now and I still feel the effects of the falls from the horse.