When I first came down with fibro, I talked about it a lot because it was such a change to my life. Then it seemed that I talked about it too much and people were backing out of my life. That's when I realized that talking about it didn't change the fact that I had this lousy illness so I needed to "create" a new life for myself. My family and friends all knew what was going on, even though they might not understand it. I figured it was frustrating for them, too, because they didn't know what they could do to make me feel better.
I realized that it was my responsibility to try to make me feel better. I started walking. I couldn't go far, but every day I went a little further and I was starting to enjoy it. I would look around as I was walking and see animals, insects, flowers, trees, children, puffy white clouds, beautiful landscaping that gave me ideas for my own yard. As I walked I started thinking of all the blessings in my life. They far outweighed the negative things. By the time I got home, I would feel much better and actually have less pain and less fatigue. I have since found out that my fatigue does get better with exercise. Also, depression improves with exercise. Exercise does help with pain and fatigue. If your pain is better, you are feeling better and are a happier person which helps with the depression. So, really do try to exercise daily. It does help.
Laying and sitting too much will make you stiff as a board. Standing and doing someone's hair would make you have more pain, too. You do have to keep moving with this illness.
Find activities that you can enjoy to help take your mind off your pain. For me it is genealogy. I get so engrossed in doing that, that time flies and I have even forgotten to take my medication! Some people here paint or draw, sew, do quilting, etc. There are things you can do that will bring you joy. That, too, helps with pain and depression.
So, try to look forward to each new day with anticipation and hope. We do have good days along with bad days but I try to have more good days in my life. Thinking positively and not thinking about how I feel has helped me immensely. Fibromyalgia is a fact of my life but I will not let it control me. I find ways to work around my fibro to do the things I really want to do. Because of this, I have had a full and enjoyable life in spite of fibro. We can help you here. Just ask questions and we can give some helpful tips to get you moving and enjoying life again. AND, you are never alone. We are here for you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 10/27/2009 4:04:04 PM (GMT-6)