Can you just push through the pain?

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it's a new day
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   Posted 6/5/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I am just wondering if you can just push through the pain?
This is my situation.  We are having a family reunion over the 4th of July.
I feel like it is something I have to do, not something I am looking forward to.
It is about 350 miles away, so a little drive.  I feel like I am already flaring
and this will add a lot of stress.  Will the trip make this all worse?
I don't know how it could get worse.  But how bad can it get?
I feel like I have to go.

Sherrine
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you can do it.  You can do anything you put your mind to!  So many times I wish I wasn't going to have to go someplace but then I do and end up having a wonderful time. 
 
You are stressing right now and that is making your pain worse.  You are convincing yourself that you can't do it or that you will be in more pain.  You know you will go so you might as well look forward to the time with  your family and do a little "ahead" planning.
 
I bought a lumbar support pillow that is inflatable.  I carry that whenever I travel and if my back starts hurting, I blow that up and am far more comfortable.  Regular pillows will help, too.  On your trip, be sure to stop at least every two hours so  you can get out and move around.  In Fibro 101 there are some good stretching exercises that were designed for long air flights.  They are great and easy to do while sitting in the car to help keep you more limber.  Carry water with you and keep yourself hydrated. 
 
Most of all, enjoy the scenery and time with your family.  They won't be around forever and so you will be happy that you went.  Have a wonderful time and let us know about it when  you get home.
 
Sherrine
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KellieJo
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine, is right. If you stress that will trigger more pain, go the the reunion have fun then be proud of yourself that you made it through. ((hugs))

getting by
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If you really feel like you have to go, then do so. But that is a long drive. Are you on any pain meds??? I usually take an extra pain pill in situations such as this. Though I couldn't do the ride comfortably. Stop frequently and stretch your legs. Maybe do some other stretching exercises. Most of all, if you don't feel like going. learn to say "NO". It is one of the hardest things for us to do, but you have to think of yourself. Though this could be good memories for you. I know that I am not much help at this point. I guess you need to weigh out the pros and cons of it and see what works for you.

Best wishes to you...

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it's a new day
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   Posted 6/5/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for the encouragement. You are all so special!

Acheybody
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   Posted 6/5/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I bring a pillow with me everywhere - coffee shops, planes, EVERYWHERE. If I forget it, my back hurts. Period. I do like the idea of the inflatable one, Sherrine - not so bulky. And maybe then I wouldn't get as many strange looks. Well, I probably still would, with my water bottle, sun hat, long sleeves, baggy pants (like Mr. Bogangles). But, as my husband says, "we're old....nobody cares what we look like!"
  Achey 
 
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Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


Sherrine
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   Posted 6/5/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   

I love my inflatable pillow.  It folds up in a little bag that fits easily in my purse.  Here is a link to it.

http://www.amazon.com/Back-Booster-1001-Inflatable-Support/dp/B000P41RK8

Sherrine


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Sheila1366
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   Posted 6/7/2010 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Take plenty of breaks so you can stretch your legs and back. If the reunion is at someones house maybe they will let you lay down for an hour so you can get some rest. I hope you are able to go. I understand the pain, dealing with a lot myself. I just try to get out of the house when emotionally I am up to it depspite the physical pain.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.


@rianna
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   Posted 6/8/2010 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Whenever these worries come up for me I just look at how bad the pains gotten and what I can't live without.  When my husband and I go to the cabin I have to bring my comfy mochason (not sure of spelling) and faux fur slippers to make going up and down the ladders to the loft bedrooms easier.  Then same for going about the grounds I don't try to dress in heels, but comfortable.  if we go into town I will have a nice top that goes with tennis shoes that have lace on them.  I know if the pain gets to be too much that I just have to hold on until we get back or turn in early and take 3 advil before bed.  it's like the spoon theory from christine miserandino.  She came up with an excellent way to describe lupus and other chronic diseases and in there she said that she has to plan out her day straight to what she wears.  So if you have a feeling about what will go on just plan accordingly.  All you can do is your best and if most of your family knows they probably will understand completely.  You can't give up life because of the pain.  Playing hooky every now and then is ok, but family reunions don't always happen.  Just pack your essentials and try to have fun as best you can.
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