Flare Ups from emotional stress

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   Posted 8/15/2010 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone find that when you are emotionally stressed you have a flare up? I have had FM for over 20 years now and I pretty much know my physical limits and what to avoid to keep from flaring up. My body feels like I ran a marathon (2 days ago of course) and physically there is no reason for it but I am dealing with a lot of family stuff.....just wondering

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   Posted 8/15/2010 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot more pain right now as we are going through bankruptcy. It's a very tough time for me. Stress stinks.
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   Posted 8/15/2010 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have for sure noticed a connection between times of emotional stress and fibro flare ups, sometimes it almost feels like someone is injecting me with pain. stress is not a good thing for me at all.
gentle and supportive hugs,
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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi aluca and welcome to our fibro family, you will find alot of supportive people here that want to help you and dont ever be afraid to ask questions or just vent when you need too.
Also let us know when you have good days because it brightens up all of ours. That being said I do beleive that stress is a major factor in how bad our flares are. Whe I worked the stress of what I was doing on some days that I could barely get out of my van when I got home because of the pain. I will be praying that the stress in your life goes down soon and that you start feeling better.
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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah... emotional stress is a huge trigger for flares. Soon as I feel myself
getting worked up, I know the sooner I get myself get calmed down the better. I have
been doing relaxation therapy for a long time and I believe it has really helped me.
Practicing deep breathing and meditation during the day helps keep my emotions at
an even keel. Music can lift my spirits and relax me, so I listen to my favorites each
day. I'm a walker and it is a good way to release stress. Talking to family and friends
helps too.

Wishing stress-free days ahead! Hugs,Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome to the fibro forum!  I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  Yes, yes, yes, stress does lead to more pain.  We tense up, even though we don't realize it.  When I make a mental note to relax my muscles, I'm amazed at how tense I was. 
You can use breathing techniques to help relax.  I use the Lamaze method of breathing and that does relax me.  I try not to worry about things because it doesn't help one iota but it will make me sick.
Have you had the opportunity to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum?  If not, you should because there is a lot of good info about fibromyalgia there and you can learn a lot. 
I'm happy you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Emotional stress (good or bad) can cause pain, make me catch a cold, feel absolutely exhausted...
Working the muscles too much in the wrong way can make me upset, confused, have digestive problems...
It seems that I am one big blob of confused signals, with the brain firing off random reactions to random activities.  Sorting it all out seem impossible!  So I try to stay on an even keel, as Robin said. 
Easier said than done, of course!
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 8/15/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome :-)

I agree with everyone so far.

My former doc was the first to ask me how my living situation has been - he knew exactly what stress does with fibro. It is very important to address the sources of your stress. Some can not be removed, but it is super important to find ways to cope. I have a delayed reaction usually - the next day, or even within the next 3 days after the incident is usually when it will come back to bite me. So yes, please, find ways to cope and deal with it because it will help your fibro and every other part of your health.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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   Posted 8/15/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aluca,
And welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum.  I see you have gotten a good welcome from the others here.  I am happy for that.  We love Newbies!lol...
Yes, STRESS!!!...  Can be a real killer.  I was a diabetic in my 20's due to family stress.  My blood sugars are good now, but back then they were all over the place.  I am glad that those days are over.  I think stress played a big part of me getting fibromyalgia.  It was a bunch of stressful events that led up to the onset. 
So breathe...  Meditate...  They both really help.  Keep a good attitude, and live your life one day at a time.  No dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.  Things have a way of working out. 
Keep posting and letting us know how you are doing.  I see you have been directed to the fibro101 thread.  There is a wealth of information on that thread.  Take care...
Hugs, Karen
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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   

LOL, I hate to laugh, but everyone said it.... STRESS SUCKS!... I stay in a flare all the time with stress, No kidding, for the last 4 months I have lived in a flare and I know it's all stress related....

I don't like it! I need calm and quiet and right now everything in my life is stress..
My skin is burning, on fire and I'm not sleeping even with enough drugs in me to knock out a horse.

Hugs to you and good luck.
Savella, Lyrica,Mobic,Tramadol,Flexeril,Omeprezole,Vitamin D3,
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