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   Posted 9/3/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. This time of year for me has several "negative" anniversaries such as the day I tore up my knee 7 years ago and pushed the fibro into overdrive. I was wondering if any of you experience flares around the anniversary of physical or emotional traumas. My knee injury anniversary was on Saturday and I experienced pain these last 6 days in every place that has given me any problems since that accident without any change in my activity. I asked my chiro about it today and he believes it was a fibro flare because of the multiple areas of pain. My "usual" flare is more like a cross between severe flu and being run over by a bus. I don't remember past years being this obvious but I was generally in more pain in the past  than I am now. I am on the mend from this weekend and am hoping it was just a fluke because the anniversary of my last knee surgery, which came with a very difficult recovery, is coming up next week. After that I should be good to go for awhile :)  I am very curious to hear if anyone else has this happen to them. Thanks.        Lisa

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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you feel so bad. I have had several accidents that I feel contributed to my fibro.  The first was a car accident; a car failed to stop at a light and slammed right into me, totally my car and injuring my left knee.  Now anytime I see someone speeding to a stop light, I get really tense and anxious (and this happened almost 20 years ago).  Another accident, I had a ceiling fan fall on me.  The fan was spinning on high speed (it was older and very heavy), it spun right out of it's base and dropped on me (I was standing right under it).  The blade struck my right eye brow and split it open.  The fan bent (I have a hard head) and I was left bleeding and 30 minutes away from a hospital.  Well I lost a lot of feeling on the right side of my head and it has taken years to recover but I still can't stand under a ceiling fan without getting very tense.  My point, maybe stress and tension from the memory is bringing on the flare.   idea Now that I think about it, I do flare every year on the anniversary of my parents death.  My father died 14 years ago this November and my mother will be 6 years this January.  I do have extreme fatigue and pain in the days leading up to the anniversary.  So I guess I would say yes, anniversaries of extreme stress do send me into a flare.  Stress is not good for FM and I haven't learned how to avoid it yet. 
I hope you feel better soon, try not to think about the surgery.  Happy thoughts wink .

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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Meggie for sharing your story. Wow. I find the whole subject of our body-mind connection actually pretty interesting. My chiro said that he sees incidents of increased pain in patients around painful anniversaries all the time so my reaction didn't really surprise him much. I didn't really notice being stressed but apparently something was going on. I will try not to think too much about that long ago surgery but it is hard as I find myself becoming contemplative this time of year. I will try to focus on good thoughts. Thanks. Lisa

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   Posted 9/4/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Meggie, I wouldn't be standing under any ceiling fans either after that. shocked
I have become very interested in the whole mind/body connection and was researching books yesterday on Amazon. I do believe things affect us even if we aren't aware of them. There are times when I'm down or having more pain and it takes me awhile to figure out why. I do a lot of self analysis and when I get to what is causing the added pain or mood I can actually feel it more. Sometimes it might be a negative anniversary or something as simple as something someone has said.
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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa! I'm so sorry you have to re-live negative experiences with these fibro-flare reminders. Accidents, tragedies, traumas and other bad experiences always trigger painful and unhappy memories......even more so when you attach a certain day to the event. As Marlee said, the mind/body thing has such a strong & deep connection. These events create bad thoughts which in turn creates S T R E S S and we all know that fibro looooooooooves stress and the more the better as far as it is concerned. I know that meds help relieve symptoms but other "relaxation" therapies may be just as good or better. It may be something as simple as getting lost in your favorite or soft music through headphones, a warm/hot bath in low light/candlelight, curling up with a good book......anything to help push those thoughts to the very back of your mind if you can. Alternative therapies can really help take the sharpest edges off and make the pain and discomfort seem far away!

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John (53)
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