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   Posted 11/7/2016 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering how many others feel better if they are able to have solitude in their lives? Also curious if there are more introverted or extroverted fibromites?

I'm an introvert and find my pain, fatigue and brain fog is better if I have time alone. Right now I'm at the Oregon coast by myself, watching the ocean through the rain and feel so much better.

Is this because I'm a natural introvert or do you fibro extroverts also feel better (or worse) with solitude?


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   Posted 11/7/2016 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
You are not under as much stress sitting by the ocean. It is so relaxing and you aren't tensing your muscles. Stress makes our pain worse so it is important to find time every day to sit back and relax and let some things pass you by.


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   Posted 11/7/2016 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   

I also need plenty of time to myself, and I'd call myself an introvert (mostly). It's like I can't really process things if I don't have enough alone time. They just kind of swarm around on the top of my psyche!

Or at least that's how it feels ;)

The ocean is probably my favorite place to be, but I've never gotten the chance to live by it - yet.

Enjoy yourself!

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   Posted 11/8/2016 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with you. I have become more and more introverted as the years go by and fibro remains a constant. I work, so I do get out with people every day. But I LOVE my alone nights and weekends. My husband doesn't count, as I can be as quiet as I want with him and he does not mind my "hunker down" weekends. The idea of watching and smelling the ocean air is my idea of heaven.

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   Posted 11/8/2016 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been an introvert with an occasional burst of extrovert. ;))

I love my quiet time when I'm feeling bad, but I love being around people when I'm feeling good.

I do love the beach. I haven't been there in over 7 years since I was diagnosed with photosensitivity. I miss going down to Tybee beach for a week of relaxation.
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   Posted 11/9/2016 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am introvert. Being around people wears me out. But, I need interaction too. And, as y'all know, no one understands or can understand The Mess unless they have it.

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   Posted 11/13/2016 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm also introvert and like my quiet time. I have 3 kids and just love it when they are at school. I feel like I can get so much 'thinking' done. Simple things like planning what to cook and buy or have on hand. I can't do that when they are home. Like AcheyBody said, I can't process things fast enough if I don't have 'me' time.

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   Posted 11/14/2016 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been doing a lot of thinking (something we introverts do a lot of) and because of the traits we introverts share I've come to the conclusion more introverts than extroverts have fibro. This is why I posed the original question.

I see Dr. Ginevra Liptan, an internist that has fibro, has written a couple of books and only treats fibro patients and ask her what she thinks.

Would appreciate any feedback from others on this site.


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   Posted 11/27/2016 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
We definitely need the quiet at times...i can get very overstimulated in group situations..

I had fibro as a child and always needed to go be quiet and read in my room..

Love people ,but smaller groups are better for me..

Having said that, i am the youngest of 7 mom and an older sibling had fibromyalgia also..

My sisters, is a different form..i believe one of my two daughters also has it..she has chronic pain but can go in and out of denial on the fibro..

My daughter was always quiet and shy when she was little, her teachers would hassle me about it.. I would assure them , the world needs quiet people also..they are the thinkers! She is an amazing woman.

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   Posted 11/28/2016 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I am an introvert married to a major extrovert. He's active at church, he can't sit for too long gotta be doing something. Me, of course, not so much. He goes to baseball games (I stopped can't take the bleachers or the heat).

The weather is changing and I'm very sore.

I'm going to be near the ocean in March can't wait.

I was in a restaurant with my daughter and it was so loud I felt like screaming. Everyone was in high spirits as kids were home for thanksgiving etc. i really couldn't enjoy the time with my daughter.

Ooops 76 year old husband home from work gotta feed him. Even that is hard. To move is to hurt.


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   Posted 11/29/2016 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
If i am in a flare, a noisy restaurant can get overwhelming..where normally i can get past it..

It can be really annoying when the staff crank the music up, so its hard to hear people speaking..almost like their guests are in the way of their party 😝.

We tend to choose quieter places, and non peak times.

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   Posted 12/5/2016 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel sooooo much better when I'm in solitude.

I find the noise and sounds of children is sooooo annoying and makes me angry.
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