Flair up today.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I took a few extra days off, just because. I decided to run the vacuum in the living room which took me about 5 min and took out the trash. Now my body is telling it was a VERY bad idea. Everything is starting to hurt and twitch. The pain is getting worse little by little. Every time I stand up sit down or walk down 3 steps fells like someone is hitting my joints with a hammer...

I don't know how so many people have made it threw years of pain. I get all annoyed and irritated when I have flair ups. Hope this goes away soon which it will not until tomorrow. I should go to the ER and see if they can do something for me. I will just have to wait and see....

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   Posted 1/19/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Eric, you need to learn how to accept this illness.  Your getting frustrated with it only tenses the muscles worse and stresses you more and those things can increase the pain.
Vacuuming is one of the more difficult household chores.  For me, mopping is worse!  I have a vacuum that isn't really as heavy as most.  Also, pace yourself.  Since vacuuming causes you problems, vacuum one room and rest then vacuum another room and rest.  You can't do things in the same time frame as you did before fibro.
I've had fibro for nearly 23 years and am so used to living with pain that I often can ignore it.  I know it's there and a day doesn't go by without my taking pain meds.  It's there but it does fade in the background when I start to focus on other things than how I feel.  Now, if I stop to think about how I'm feeling, yowie! 
You might try taking some over the counter pain relief.  I use ibuprofen with food (600 mg every six hours) and extra strength Tylenol (1,000 mg every six hours...in between the ibuprofen) when I'm in a flare.  I still hurt but at least it's under control.  I never wait until I'm in misery to take the meds because then it takes twice as long for them to kick in.  Ask your doctor about this, okay?  My doctor put me on this regimen.  The ER is for emergencies and this wouldn't be considered an emergency, I don't think, so you probably wouldn't get much help.  Of course, that's up to you.
You might try gentle massages, too.  They really help me.  Here is a site to find a good massage therapist near you.  These therapists have to continue their education every year in order to be affiliated with the American Massage Therapy Association.
I hope you start to feel better.
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   Posted 1/19/2010 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Vacuuming and mopping are one of the hardest things to do with fibro.  It all has to do with the way that you are standing and the motions.  It really gets to the muscles.  I agree with Sherrine, we have to learn to adapt to what we can do.  Learning to pace ourselves stops flares.  And yes to taking your medication before you get bad, as Sherrine said, it takes twice as long for it to work. 
Best wishes to you.
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   Posted 1/20/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Eric!

One thing I've found out about years of fibro is that the more stressed or upset I get the worse the pain is. We tighten our muscles during stress (and vacuuming) and the pain ramps up! Instead try something soothing like a very warm bath or shower or some other way of getting the muscles to relax. They are most likely in spasms which makes the pain just keep getting worse. Learning to manage the pain of fibro is what it's all about. We're not going to cure it any time soon, so we have to get together and find all the tricks that will help us keep it under control.

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   Posted 1/20/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Eric.. sorry to day has been so hard for you ..
I don't dare try to vacume or mop anymore. I am blessed my husband will do these for me and I do the dusting . he tells me not to do it. as every time I have tried . I flare. not good.

I do use the swifter sweeper though but only a small area at a time. . no weight . but just the motion. and my sholders . neck.. not a good thing.
I hope it lets up on you .

sending you Soft Fibro Hugs

post tomorrow and let us know how your doing ok. ? please
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   Posted 1/21/2010 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband does the vacuuming and mopping for me as well. I go right into a flair otherwise. Fibro is hard to take - it's not easy - but one can learn what works and what doesn't. Hang in there and let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 1/21/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband gets frustrated with me because when I am feeling well I want to clean like there's no tomorrow. I think that we may have to clean seperately.
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