Acute stress acts up my Fibromylagia. does anyone else have this happen?

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Hara
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   Posted 4/13/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   

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.  cry

Hara

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pattipanda
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   Posted 4/13/2009 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Hara,

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. 

Take care,


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patsie
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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hara,

First off let me say I totally agree with Patti but for Fibro people this is very hard. My feeling is that we are very sensitive caring people and cannot cut this out of our being. Things that roll off of other people we take straight to our hearts (most of us). Yesterday, Easter, was very hard for me also b/c I had to have family here that is not easy to be around. You know how some family is just like your favorite pair of slippers and others are like your most uncomfortable spike heels. Well Girl I had the spikes yesterday. They are just the type of leering, noisy people I do not need. BUT I had to do it for my husband. NOW, why do they not just roll off my back, especially knowing they are not of strong character???? I do not know.

My belief is for me anyway I am a "goodist". I want everyone to be happy and to like me. I am greatly working on this as I have identified it in myself. Perhaps if you can look at the triggers and think about why and how you react you may find help. It is very gradually working for me.

Hope it helps, Patsie

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   Posted 4/13/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

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-

GamJill 

 


 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 4/13/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hara, stress is a big factor for me. Stress + fibro = pain. Horrible stress was the beginning of the whole fibro thing for me. With my family there seems to always be something stressful going on so I am trying to change the way I react to it but it's not easy. Stress affects my body whether I'm thinking about the stressful thing or not. To change that I would have to change who I am cause I have always been like that, I'm type A and over sensitive. I have changed a lot of things in my life that use to cause me stress but when it comes to the people in my life and them causing me stress I haven't had much success in changing the way my body reacts. I do try to find a solution to the problem even if it means apologizing for something I didn't do wrong just to keep the peace. There is nothing worth putting my body through the stress.
 
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Hara
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   Posted 4/13/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

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. turn

Hara


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   Posted 4/13/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   

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!!


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Hara
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   Posted 4/13/2009 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Patti, Mine are parental in nature so I can't get rid of them I love them both dearly. It might be easier on me if we were astrainged, but that's not the cass. I only live 3 1/2 miles from them but I really don't make it a point to visit them either. I have only gone over to the house twice in the last 6 months. I just knew I didn't want to go anywhere for Easter, but I had my son to think about.
 
Hara

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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I might be a anomaly. I have this tense, constant stress state going on where my body simply will not totally relax, unless I am asleep. Put me under stress and it does not immediately cause more pain, but it depends on the type of stress. Someone yammering at me will put me into a fog. Put me under the stress of something very difficult that has to get done and my body reacts by rising to get it done, then goes into a fog and pain after its done. Its like hard stress numbs me to pain. Mild stress like the thought of starting another day in fibro paradise causes pain.

On the other hand, something as simple as waiting in a check out line at a super market and I find myself leaning against the candy bar rack like I am part fatigued, part steadying myself with one arm and that arm has got this shaking thing going on, and it feels like I am facing a horrible task to get through that line and out of the store.

I think I am kinda like Marlee. Very stressful childhood that elevated my base stress level, combined with years of battling intense stress from others BS caused this to begin with.

I don't think with all the therapy, drugs, meditation, yoga in the world it would drop my base stress level. It is the way I have always functioned. The main difference is my mind and body adapted to it when it was young, but burned things up quicker and now there just isn't much left to burn.
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   Posted 4/13/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am one of those folks who stay away from relatives during stressful holidays. My children are not married yet so I do not have any in laws to deal with. I need a relaxed lifestyle. If I do not have one my work and my body and soul suffers.

Maybe you should let it go. People do not change easily. It is you who are the important person now. I know this is not easy but please be good to yourself.

Donnaeil

Hara
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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

Hara

 


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   Posted 4/14/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Grailhunter, I don't think my body has been in a relaxed state for 11 years now when all this started. Even xanax doesn't put me in a total relaxed state. I think my body got stuck in the fight or flight mode. It does suck the energy out of you.
 
I agree when it comes to those relatives that you can't avoid and suck the life right out of you, you need to walk away from or change the subject. I've had to bite my tongue many times over the years but I have to think of myself first so I avoid conflict.
 
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Hara
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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   

My question was "Are there any eggs at the house." Perfectly inocent.

Hara


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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
It is a good observation that we fibro's are very sensitive people. I am the peacemaker in my family and friends. I remain calm, but when its really intense My whole body starts shaking from the inside out, then my back cramps up from shaking and it usually takes a couple days to recover. I have this saying and most my family and friends do to, "Its Denise's fault" I could be states away, haven't talked to anyone and Yet it is my fault. I can ask something as simple as you did, and BAM all of earth's forces are let loose. Sometimes my daughter says its the look on my face. Finally I had to explain it is the pain I am in and I am trying to hold it in. Ahhh, light bulb moment things got better.
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Hara
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

Hara

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