The fight against burnout...a vent

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   Posted 9/5/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Lately I'm struggling with burnout. It's taking more to keep positive and I'm
having a hard time keeping myself motivated. I find myself procrastinating to get
things done and have been using food (chocolate) to cope with pain. My fatigue
level has skyrocketed. I still manage to get daily exercise but it is not giving me my
boost of energy. Right now I feel as though my illnesses are ganging up on me and
they are winning. I'm taking one day at a time and continue to do my deep breathing
and meditation...I'm exhausted and hope this will turn around soon!!!!
Hugs, Robin shakehead

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   Posted 9/5/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to send you a gentle hug; hope you're able to get your pain under control soon!
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression, IBS, Lupus like symptoms

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

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   Posted 9/5/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Don't give up. Keep up with your breathing and meditation. It really helps even if it doesn't seem like it at the time. With the meditation, you become centered and can counteract the pain with the power of the mind, and the mind and body connection. You can do this. I am right here behind you. You will beat the pain and fatigue.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 9/5/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   

We are sisters in pain...I run for the chocolate too.  You are such an inspiration to me and I pray that this bad wave will pass quickly.  Buy yourself an extra bag of Milky Way bars, enjoy them and don't feel badly about it.  Think I will join you...



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   Posted 9/5/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Robin, I am sorry you've hit a rough patch.  shakehead   It is so depressing to see a thousand things that you want to do and not have the energy or muscles to do them!  Before fibro, if I felt blah and tired, getting going and pushing myself physically GAVE me more energy.  Now, when I've done a lot (for me) and feel that surge of "power," it usually means I've overdone it and I'm really going to pay with increased pain very soon.  mad (Or, it just makes me tireder right away.)  Sometimes it seems we just can't win with this stupid disorder....

Post Edited (Acheybody) : 9/5/2010 3:00:42 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/5/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe there is even an additional muscle relaxer that could be prescribed to help things calm down? Maybe you could ask your doctor. I know from experience that sometimes you've done all the praying/meditating/breathing you can do and you still are in agony. I use a RX called SOMA only occasionaly in addition to .5 mg of xanax twice daily. I only use the SOMA once or twice per week and just take one at night before bed.


Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (Fibromyalgia, Lupus in skin only, Gastroparesis, Depression)

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   Posted 9/5/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes it is so hard to rest and pace ourselves when we need to and when there are so many fun and interesting things we would rather be doing. It would be easier if it were a temporary thing like a sprained ankle or something. The fact that this is permanent is the hardest for me.

Have you tried the Snickers dark chocolate? mmmmm yum.


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   Posted 9/5/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Robin, ((hugs)) breathe, relax and this will pass, eventually (you may have wanted me to exclude that last part, smile we love ya)
'Brokenness means we are ready for change. Lord, come take my pieces and make me what you want.' Mark Brown

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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:45 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry you are at the point you are. I have been there before and right not it's almost 4am and I have not been to bed because of the pain. Chocolate for me seems to help too( as I polish off a pan of brownies ) Hang in there, you know the drill, do what you can to get some relief. It will pass and you will get a break, however , large or small it will be, you will be thankful for it.

I will keep you in my prayersand send gentle hugs your way. As far as your "venting".... If I did not have all of you here to vent to and to be able to just say "life sucks today and I don't feel good" I don't know what I would do. We all need a understanding shoulder to vent to.

Hugs and feel better
Savella, Lyrica,Mobic,Tramadol,Flexeril,Omeprezole,Vitamin D3,

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   Posted 9/6/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank You my dear fibro family for your caring support. I'm in the midst of a bad
flare but know at some point these buggers do end. Luckily I have plenty of
chocolate smilewinkgrin
I need to be strong, I have to cope
I still have faith, and hold on to hope
that there will be better days ahead
...perhaps a wonderful, miracle med
will make me feel well when I wake in my bed
For the time being, i get through the days
nursing my pain with my great Milky Ways
It does  distract the pain for awhile
and produces a happy chocolate smile
Hugs, Robin tongue
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 9/6/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Robin,

I completely understand what you're going through, and I know how frustrating it can be. Exhaustion is a key element in a lot of elevated symptoms, but when you're in pain, it can be hard to sleep...etc. etc. etc.

If you don't already have one, you might want to invest in a sound machine for your bedroom. I have one that has 10 different sounds like running water, ocean waves, thunder, etc. It can really help to have that to listen to, to drown out any other thoughts, so you can sleep. You can also download free MP3s of relaxation music, deep alpha wave recordings, nature sounds, etc. which are specially designed for you to go to sleep to. It might be worth looking into.

Gentle hugs!
DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily

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   Posted 9/6/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   

I hope your poem comes true and I love the part about the chocolate smile!

...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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