I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a while back. I'm not 100% confident in that diagnosis, but I want to share my experience because it might help others.
At the time, I was working 9-5 at a computer for the first time in my life. I was also rowing, and often didn't stretch as much as I should have. But I think what triggered my fibromyalgia was my leisure time, during which I spent long hours on the web at home. The reason this became so detrimental is that I felt very guilty about it afterwards. And when I was feeling guilty, I started paying too much attention to my body, always checking it for pain, afraid I was hurting myself, wasting my energy. I'm pretty sure when a healthy person asks themselves how their body feels, very often they will find some pain. The problem, in my case, was that I let that pain grow in my head, and I let it tell me that I had to rest more, take more medication, and that I wasn't up for exercise. Once you start accepting that you will feel a little pain after exercise, work, and other activities, you can start creating positive associations with the pain in your head. People who work out feel less pain, but also enjoy the pain they do feel, because it's an accomplishment for them. Once I stopped paying so much attention to my pain, this condition of increasing pain, fibromyalgia or not, went away.
I know some people will find this post stupid or misleading. This is just my story. I think it could have been similar if instead of guilt, my pain trigerred anxiety, depression or self-pity. This is my opinion, and I put it here because I truly believe it might help others.
I had a point in time when I was certain the two dx's for fibro, one from a rheumy and another from a neurologist, were wrong. I wasn't plagued daily with obvious pain, although I had other symptoms...tingling sensations, periodic weakness in my limbs, fatigue, dry mouth...a myriad of symptoms that I never associated with fibro because I was told with fibro I would be in chronic, unrelenting, pain. Then the pain returned and has not gone away since. All I am saying is this disease is unpredictable. I climbed five miles up a mountain this summer, and kept thinking, "I'll pay for this big time." I did not. Yet three weeks later, while shopping in Walmart I had to sit in the patio furniture section and call the hubby to come and get me as sudden, unexpected pain raced through me without warning. I agree that a sedintary life style is not good for a fibromite and of course a positive attitude is a must. But I don't think 'talking' ones self out of it works. The kind of pain we get can not be 'ignored', but we can distract ourselves with other things so it lingers in the background. That just MHO. And stress...a big time trigger, especially for me.
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 1/20/2010 7:13:56 PM (GMT-7)