Pain from HELL! (And my antidote to it all)

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   Posted 3/29/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been cycling back and forth lately.  One or two days I'm doing fairly well, then two or three with all kinds of flares.  I actually thought I was on the upward slope of a flare when all hell broke loose in my house.  I truly learned that STRESS is a MAJOR factor with FM.  It started with a headache like no other.  Not a migraine - a true headache.  And it's migrated to just about every part of my body imaginable.  I've even had flares that I've never experienced before.  This is HORRIBLE!  I can't get comfortable no matter what.  My body is crying for relief.  I know though, if I'm not able to relieve the stress I'm under (right now), there will be no relief.
So how do you destress???  My only solution is to find my own island, pack my bags, tell no one and MOVE!!!smhair

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   Posted 3/30/2010 1:19 AM (GMT -7)   
lostnomad, I really feel for what you're going thru. When everything hurts, including your hair and there just seems to be no end in sight, it gets so overwhelming. Add in whatever other stress there is in your life and you've got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Some of the things I do in this situation is to first remove myself from whatever stressful stuff is going on. I will tell whoever is causing me the stress to just back off and give me some time to get grounded. If they can't or won't, I physically remove myself from the situation. I have on a couple of occasions left the house and checked into a motel, just to get away.

Once removed physically from what's going on, I focus purely on me. I soak in a long hot bath and listen to soothing music. I let the music just carry me away and tune my mind out from anything else. Sometimes, stressing thoughts creep back into my head, so I actively acknowledge them and send them away with the promise of reviewing them "later". I do a lot of rhythmic breathing and focus on the sensations my body is experiencing. I try to look and feel beyond the pain, for "other" sensations. Again, this can be very hard to do, but I keep actively trying.

More than anything, I give myself permission to focus on me. I allow myself to be selfish and put myself first. I don't give a hoot about anyone else for whatever amount of time I'm taking my "time out". Sometimes it's an hour, sometimes it's a few days. I refuse to feel guilty and if any dares try to tell me that I'm a horrible person for ignoring them, blah blah blah, I simply let them know that I have reached my limit and need to recharge in order to be available to resolve things. The longer they nag at me, the longer it's going to take for me to recharge - simple as that.

I hope this helps even a tiny bit. I am a firm believer that when stress is attacking, I HAVE to remove myself from the situation in order to regroup. I do it now with absolutely no regret, no guilt and no wishy-washy waffling.

Good luck to you...I hope you are able to start taking control of your body instead of it dumping stress all over you. You can't make every pain go away, but you can reduce the intensity in my opinion.

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   Posted 3/30/2010 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lost,

I do meditation to relieve stress, plus mindfulness. Being in the now and not worrying about the future or past. Sometimes this takes practice, but it works. Meditation is good. That takes practice too. Just focussing on yourself is a good thing. Let all your worries go away. Have some ME time. I hope that this helps some.

Best wishes for a stress free day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry your going through so much stress and pain. There are certain situations in life we can't run away from, hide from or wish away. For me prayer is my meditation and if I can't fix the situation myself I HAVE to turn it over to God and have faith in Him or I would have been put away long ago.
I know that feeling well when every muscle in your body contracts and starts screaming in pain and the headache from stress is unrelenting. For those times xanax isn't even enough to relax my body.
I sure hope things get better for you and your body can relax but we do have to go to somewhere else in our minds sometimes for a break.
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