New strategy - maybe it is working!

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Statgeek
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I am just posting left and right!
 
I am trying this new theory.  Work through the pain because I am going to hurt anyway.  This may be dumb or it may be smart, don't know yet!  But I wanted to work in the yard, so I did.  Yes, I did more more slowly and got less done.  And yes, I hurt and had trouble sleeping, but . . . that happens anyway.  So I suppose I can't do that every day, but sometimes must be ok.
 
At the same time, I am allowing myself to use my cane when walking sometimes.  I use it before I start hurting and have found that I can walk further.  This seems like a good idea because I can build up my strength and endurance.  Plus I can walk further with less pain this way. 
 
I think this fibro thing takes some trial and error to figure out!
Sue

Realest
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   Posted 5/12/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey
I think that there seems to be different emotional stages of having fibro ...... I said the same thing to myself a few months back " I'm not gonna stop doing things I wanna do because it will cause me pain ...... I hurt everyday anyways so I might as well just do what it is I wanna do " and just take whatever measures you use to manage the pain.

Take Care

vestabula
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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   

I was just thinking the same thing.  I helped my son mow the lawn on Sunday...we traded on an off between the tractor and the push mower.  I was a mess yesterday.  But...I am determined to do it again anyway.  Like you said...pain is pain is pain.  I have felt just as bad doing nothing.   Plus I fee guilty because the hubby is working 60 hours a week right now and helping with the yard is the least I can do.

Owie.

Donna


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Statgeek
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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes. that is exactly it Realest and Donna.  There are still some things that I know I cannot do; like pushing a shopping cart that pulls to one side will exhaust me within a few minutes; and I cannot speed walk around town!  But pain is pain and I might as well do the things I love.  Realest, did it backfire on you or is it still working out ok?

Sue


Realest
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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
It really is just a day by day thing ....... we all have more energy and less pain somedays and we all have those days you wanna cry in pain. You kinda just have to find out and be aware of your physical limits and manage with your meds. or whatever you do for pain relief.
Myself I take meds. daily and lay on an ice pack nightly to try and keep the swelling out of my spine.

Take Care

getting by
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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you all are right on. If we can work through the pain we feel so much better with what we have accomplished. I can work through pain, but not with fatigue. Lately the fatigue has been rough, but we have a weather front coming in and I think it has to do with the barometric pressure.

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SleepyBug
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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I think this is a great attitude to take. Oddly enough, I've been thinking something similar myself. Must be in the fibro air or something?

Like today for instance. I am working on centerpieces for my sister's baby shower this weekend, and I really wanted to get them done tonight. By the time I'd finished the 3rd one (I'm making diaper cakes), I was starting to hurt and feel tired out and I almost stopped. But then I realized...I'm going to hurt whether I finish these or not..Might as well finish them!

(Unfortunately, I ran out of tape just before I started the last one, but that's another story)

I do think it's very true that as long as we're not doing something that's totally beyond our capabilities, why shouldn't we do what we want and need to do? We're probably going to hurt anyway...might as well get something done!
love and hugs
~danielle


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We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

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CINDY30
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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what the weather is like where you guys live but it is nearly impossible to be depressed about the pain in Savannah, GA during the Spring. I have had the same thoughts lately about trying to work through my pain and I think it is directly related to the weather. Maybe it's getting the extra sunlight or something but I really do feel better mentally despite feeling like crap physically--of course I am a school teacher and the closer it gets to June 12th, the better I feel anyway! You guys take care and stay positive!

donnaeil
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   Posted 5/12/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My pain is often so bad that I cannot work though it. HOwever, I try to exercise in water no matter how bad it. is. But, I use pain relievers.

I do not think this works for all of us.

I guess I have just been in too much pain in the past.

Donnaeil

GamJill
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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sue-

I work through the pain too, and am just finishing raking out the garden areas. It has taken me "days" but it had to be done and boy does it look nice out there! I will be in pain no matter what, so I try to stay busy. I don't clean the whole house in one day, or anything like that, I would pay too dearly! But I do try to get something accomplished everyday. I have a 3 bedroom rambler with a huge yard and there is alot of maintenance keeping up this household, but it hasn't fallen to pieces yet. :-)

Jill


 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My hands do stop me sometimes cause the more I use them the worse they hurt but the rest of the body pain doesn't stop me. The fatigue is what stops me first. So you all got the right idea, we are going to hurt no matter if we are laying on the couch eating bom-boms or doing something constructive, within reason.
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee...did you say Bon Bons...where's the bon bons?  Let's see...bon bons or pulling weeds...bob bons or pushing a lawn mower up a hill...

I gotta think about this one...yeah, right!

Ouch and Owie

Donna

 


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Binki
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I push myself everyday...working 40 to 50 hr week for me is a major accomplishment. So, on friday's I am always patting(softly) myself on the back for making it through another week. :-)

I use my cane just about all the time when I do my weekend shopping. I noticed I can last longer too.

Take care everyone,
HUGS,
Lori  
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Donnaeil, I had to check 3 times for the spelling of your name and am still not sure if I got it right!

I think it depends on the pain and the cirumstance. There are things I absolutely cannot do and other things that I can do even when it hurts. You do work through the pain with your swimming because that has helped you. I admire you for that determination because I would like to have that motivation for exercise. I know it is good for me, but can't always find the time to do it. At least working in the yard is a type of exercise, right?
Best,
Sue

donnaeil
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Working in the yard is definitely a type of exercise.


I have rethought my answer to this situation. I have gotten a couple of college degrees, reared 3 children while divorced and started working agian since my initial diagnosis. However, the super woman in me knows I am not able to do what I did before. I am much slower, I have to take breaks while doing simple things like getting dressed in the morning and I can no longer run a small business.

However, I have returned to writing but worry about future public speaking commitments.

It seems as if I sit at the computer during times I would prefer to be doing other things (but do not have the energy).

Yes, between fibro and chronic fatigue my energy levels are low. Swimming definitly helps and thank you, Sue, dor reminding me.

BTW My actual name is Donna. I just do not wish to be confused with the crazier one. lol

I like this message board because most of the folks here are positive about what they do in life. I was on one where everyone whined about how much they had lost due to this illness. Last night, I was whiney. Sorry.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 5/13/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I also love how positive everyone here is.  I've gotten lots of info and support. 
 
My name is also Donna.  I don't think I'm the crazy one. tongue
 
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