Posted 2/12/2012 6:26 PM (GMT -7)
Hello, ancient Briton queen. Nice handle.
We all are designed to handle different things. One person's stress is another's daily life. Those who have kids here are among my idols. I couldn't deal with that in a million years.
But life is stress, sometimes. You can't eliminate it, because to do that would be impossible. But you can address it.
We each make the best choices for our illness and needs. Sometimes, people figure out they need to make a big change, and really benefit from it. Some people take prescription Meds, others do not. Some go to the gym regularly, others walk, others do not. Food choices are very personal, and say a lot about your environment, your social grouping, as well as reflect your life choices. There is a wide variety of healthy and appropriate options. For some, organic is good, others chose real foods (less processing), and others still go a diet-specific route, either by choice or need.
The point about FM as a primary or secondary condition is important, I
think, as is how it developed, under what circumstances, and what you can do or are willing to do to accommodate it.
In my case, my sibs are older and were diagnosed before me, so I had an inkling of what I was dealing with when I saw it. I eat real foods, though am a huge carb addict, and do deep water aerobics and walk
(as well as bike in season). I take a ton of supplements. I take various and sundry prescriptions Meds- anti-anxiety, birth control, colitis medicines, and only a small daily dose of tramadol for pain. I used to take more, but it made me too antsy at night. I also routinely take generic ambien.
Quality sleep is key for me. I have a full-time teaching position, and if I don't sleep, I can't function. Pain I can deal with, but low energy kills me. My kids talk about how energetic and upbeat I can be in class, and this totally cracks me up. If only they knew.....
So, back to stress. It can be healthy, because it teaches your body how
to fight, and keeps your mind on target. Too much, or not handling it well is what leads to problems. Kind of like everything else.
Going back to grading papers.... Seem to be in teacher-mode tonight. My apologies! Happy sleeping and pleasant waking.
Fibromyalgia DX 2005. Ulcerative Colitis, arthritis, TMJ. Family History of Fibro--2 out of 3 siblings diagnosed.
There are three kinds of people in the world: ones who see the glass as half-full, ones who see the glass as half-empty, and others who see a big crack in the side which is leaking all over their %$#@# foot.