Easing My Flair for Flares

Young Stars Flare in the Carina Nebula
Young Stars Flare in the Carina Nebula

Some flares are pretty, fibro-flares are not.

An important part of my learning to LIVE with fibromyalgia has been trying to pinpoint my personal triggers of fibro-flares.

In other words what makes all my fibro symptoms go from manageable to really, really bad. Sometimes so bad that I literally can’t stay upright.  Some of my flare ups have lasted days, some have lasted weeks.  Before I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with I remember a flare that lasted months.

Some triggers can be avoided, some can not.  I recently spiraled (that’s what it feels like to me) into a ten day and counting flare-up.

What makes this one unique is that it was avoidable.  Circumstances beyond my control forced me into over exerting myself and placed me under a ton of stress. Two of my harshest triggers.

Don't let fibro-flares stand in your way
photo allposters.com

Anyway, that was then and this is now.  Now I focus on getting through to the other side of this flare by walking when I’m able, resting when I need to,  taking  lots of hot showers and sleeping when I can (not as easy as you might think).

Doing what I can to take my mind off the pain while respecting my limitations (no over exerting). This post for example, took multiple sittings over a three day period, but I did it.

Vow to self…I will do my best to avoid whatever triggers of my fibro-flares that I can!

Stressed to the max

It’s like a never ending loop…get stressed, get sick, get sore, become more stressed, become sicker, become more sore.  Then rinse and repeat. The more I’m stressed, the less I sleep, the more likely I am to get sick. I know  it, I live it, I have accepted it and over the past year I’ve become better at dealing with it.

I had made so much progress physically and emotionally and then Wham!  Out of what seems like nowhere, suddenly it’s like I’m living a nightmare. I’m stressed to the max, I’m hurting, I’m not sleeping and now I’m sick. I’m only human and I have my limits.

Hopefully Monday & Tuesday will be a turning point and I will be able to get back on track.  Back to healing, back to learning to LIVE a new way and maybe even back to smiling again.

Picture from Allposters.com

In spite of everything I have met some new people that are genuinely kind and are doing their best to help me.  For that I am grateful.