Hi cbrown and Birdy and welcome to the family. You have been given sooo much great advice there isn't much I can add. Life happens and unless we want to lock ourselves away from everything and everybody we can't stop it but we can change how we react to it, there are some days I would like to run away from my family and that's okay to do once in awhile too. The same with weather, we can't change it. I live in central Illinois and right now the weather is changing everyday and it is hard on the fibro body.
Like some have said we have to weed out our lives not only the things that take physical energy that are not necessary but the things that take emotional energy. Sometimes that may mean cutting ties with people that drain us. I use to think I had to be there for anyone that had a problem, I can't do that anymore so I pick and chose what I want to take on.
Distraction is great. I'm going to hurt no matter what I do so I can sit and concentrate on how much I hurt or I can do something enjoyable and try to get my mind off the pain. Shopping is a great distraction for me but we all have different things.
I have held out for all most six years now since being dxd without taking narcotics. I have vicodin in the cabinet and there are days when I think why don't you just take one and see if it helps instead of suffering but I also have a med phobia that stops me from taking a lot of meds that may help me.
I do use a TENS unit to interrupt the pain signals to the brain when things get bad.
Hang in here with us and you will get lots of help.
luv and hugs
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