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Posted By : Hallahan - 7/14/2017 10:53 AM
Had words with my daughter yesterday and sure enough today, a flare.

We're told to keep stress at bay. But life is stressful.

Even my teeth hurt. Everything hurts.

I keep active and that helps a lot. Even when you want to curl up in a ball force yourself to be as active as you can. My meds are pretty good = Cymbalta, Baclofen, magnesium, vitamin D. But still do get the occasional flare. Much less though since I am retired.


Posted By : Ljm2014 - 7/14/2017 6:18 PM

Hope tomorrow is better!!!

Even my teeth hurt last night..but it was barometric pressure and not my daughter this time. 😊

Life is stressful..we just have to stay as calm as we can, not always possible though..


Posted By : Sherrine - 7/15/2017 6:15 AM
I've been dealing with a family crisis for the past three days...texting nearly the whole day, every day, and even to the point of texting one of my daughters for nearly two hours in the middle of the night. But, I do deep breathing which helps release the stress. I can tighten up so fast but if I take deep breaths and blow the air out like I'm blowing through a straw, I can feel the tension release. So I do this is stressful times and it helps prevent a flare for me.

Try the deep breathing now and do it periodically throughout the day and see if that helps to get rid of the flare. Stress is a killer so we need to do anything to help relax and deep breathing does it for me...along with walking.

Feel better!


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Posted By : Diamond20_UK - 7/15/2017 4:22 PM
Hi Barb,

I don't have fibro but i know what flares are like as i'm in them more than out with Lupus and sjogren's, fibro ailments are identical to Lupus.

Any upset or stress kicks them off a lot more.

Diagnosed with MCTD (Mixed connective tissue disease)

Lupus SLE/SCLE/Secondary Sjogren’s syndrome/Raynaud's phenomenon/Scleroderma
Antiphospholipid Syndrome/Peripheral neuropathy/Muscle Atrophy/COPD/Hypothyroidism
Chronic IBS/Epilepsy/ (Bipolar-Manic depression-OCD)

Posted By : kellyinCali - 7/15/2017 9:37 PM
Hope tomorrow is a better day, Barb. Hug.

Posted By : Luvzminis - 7/16/2017 8:01 AM
Barb and Sherrine: I hope things are going better for you both! Stress is so sneaky, and it's hard to avoid it, especially these days.

For me, prayer is really helpful. There are sometimes some things "too big" for me, as when several things go wrong at the same time. I do what I can, then I've had to pretty much say, "Okay---this is all Yours, Lord. I can do no more." I do find prayer comforting, in general, and I know some others here do, too.

This next point isn't necessarily about stress, but more about anxiety. Dr. Claire Weekes wrote several books years ago. I just checked online, and they are still available (or you could probably get them at a used book or thrift shop for next to nothing). Just do a search on her name.

She has a simple step-by-step program: Face. Accept. 'Float' by (unwelcome thoughts). Let time pass. Her books can tell you much more. I found them helpful and a very down-to-earth approach towards getting through difficult times.

It wouldn't necessarily "work" for some stressful situations, but might be helpful for others.

Prayers for you both! I hope your situations have gotten better. Take care and best wishes. yeah
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 7/16/2017 8:04:10 AM (GMT-6)

Posted By : Hallahan - 7/16/2017 10:14 AM
Thank you all for your helpful responses.
I just had my statin dosage doubled and I'm wondering if it's not a flare but muscle pain from the statin. THAT'S all I need.
I'll email my doctor. This feels like a flare but gets better during the day and usually flares don't get better for days. Usually.


Posted By : Hallahan - 7/16/2017 10:48 AM
Sherrine: There is an app for slow breathing. I find it helpful but tighten up so fast also.

That's my theory of how we got fibromyalgia. Life circumstances can change your brain chemistry. All that cortisol coursing through our bodies set us up. Then we tighten our muscles so much for that fight or flight thing and bingo muscle tightening and brain changes = fibromyalgia. A path is made to the brain, a loop that we can't break free from.

What do you think Sherrine? I asked my doctor once though if happy happy people get fibromyalgia and he said yes. By happy happy I mean people who haven't had so many crises in their life that it's almost unbearable.


Posted By : Ljm2014 - 7/16/2017 12:48 PM
One of my quickest ways to dial stress can google points to use...i also love my acupressure mat..when i feel myself starting to flare, or stress..i lay on it for 20 minutes..

It relaxes me

Barb, do they have you taking cq-10 with the statin? The statins lower this nutrient in the body, which increases pain..
Hubby was very achy on statins, even without fibro, but he started on coq-10 and that helped and eventually he was able to lower that statin which also helped..


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