Currently my neck and shoulder muscles are feeling as if the incredible hulk has a hold on them and won't let go, and it's due to something like this as well.
While I agree with the pick your battles mentality, sometimes that is easier said than done. I've had my share of difficulties too with my own mother and with my MIL, and I agree that with fibro, the last thing we need is added stress in our lives.
Picking your battles sometimes requires us to hold in the stress, which may be worse. Fighting the battles often times leads to breaks in the families and marital stress, both of which I am currently dealing with.
I went through the therapy route but found it discouraging when my hour was almost up, I'd be talking about
something close to my heart and would catch the therapist glancing at the clock. It's all about
money to them I guess, and I'm in short supply of that anyway, so....
I've found the best place to discuss things like this are on a good forum, like this one, with caring people who understand and are in similar situations.
There is one I belong to, specifically for these kinds of family issues, which has been my lifeline. I'm a member there for almost 4 years now. It's a wonderful safe place where mostly women, and some men, can talk freely about
the narcissistic people in our lives and how we've learned to handle them, or simply, walk away from them.
I don't know if it's ok to post a link here or not, so I'm not going to do that, unless I'm asked about
it, in which case, I would be glad to share that information.
Post Edited (Me-Ouch) : 3/7/2013 10:35:04 AM (GMT-7)