This article is to share a fibromyalgia update is on my own experience since February, 2013 when I made my last post. I’ve discovered a few things or perhaps I should say rediscovered a few things about fibromyalgia that hadn’t been plaguing me for quite a while. That’s why I decided to share a fibromyalgia update.
First of all, I’m not invincible! Now isn’t that a shock. On the other hand, I’m not an invalid either. Yet another shock. Somewhere in the middle of those two things exists the person that I am.
I am a 63 year old woman who has had fibromyalgia since 1994. Well, I’m not alone in that boat. I’ve known for years that there are many people out there that have fibromyalgia and I’d like some of them to share their updates in comments to this article. I truly believe that by sharing our own experiences we can help others.
Some questions I would like to have them answer are:
How long have you had it?
How do you cope?
Do you use pain medication or some holistic method of pain control?
How active are you?
How does your family deal with your disease?
And anything else that you feel you want to share.
Since February of this year I’ve been working more hours in a restaurant. I’ve been on my feet more just standing and walking. There are days I can hardly put one foot in front of the other when I first get out of bed. I’ve discovered however, that once I get moving things aren’t so bad. I’ve also started walking with my husband and a neighbor lady as many days a week as I can. This supports the information I’ve read that staying active can help the fibromyalgia pain. I have days, of course, when I can’t move very well but I still try to do something on those days too even if it’s just walking around the house a lot. I wear a pedometer and try to take at lease 5,000 steps a day…That’s approximately 2 miles. Most days I’m successful.
I try to stretch twice a day. In the morning after I’ve been moving around for a while and, most importantly for me, about 2 hours before I go to bed. The before bed stretches help my sore muscles relax so I sleep better. This works especially good after I’ve taken a fairly hot shower or soaked in a tub with epsom salts. I do the epsom salt baths after working for 6 – 8 hours and that helps the muscle pain.
I want to share a fibromyalgia update on my diet too. Right now my diet is in conflict. I tried to stay away from foods like chocolate, nuts, cheese and several others that I had always read were bad for people with fibromyalgia. I even wrote an article on this much earlier on this site. Now I just read an article that says that studies have shown that avoiding specific foods doesn’t necessarily affect fibromyalgia. The article also said that if you think a food is effecting your fibromyalgia you should eliminate it for 4 – 6 weeks and then reintroduce it and see what happens. It goes on to say that eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will help you feel better. This, of course, we already knew. The reason for my diet conflict is that my kidneys are malfunctioning and a lot of things on a well-balanced diet are forbidden on an kidney diet; that’s another article after I do more research.
I accidentally found some essential oil blends on line that have really helped my muscle pain. One contains black pepper oil and one contains ginger. The one with black pepper oil is best for strained muscles and when the muscle pain isn’t very bad. The one with ginger oil works not only for really sore muscles but it also helps prevent muscle spasms. I apply it to my lower back, hips and legs. After I do I don’t experience charlie horses or restless legs so much. I’ve used both on arms, shoulders and my neck too. They are each $15.95 and well worth the price; in fact it’s time for me to order more.
It’s been said that meditation relaxation helps. Well meditation and I are still at odds. I can’t slow my mind down for more that 2 or 3 minutes at a time but it’s comforting to know I’m not alone there either. All I can do is keep trying and maybe save up and hire a meditation coach if there is such a thing. Ahh, research for another article!
Florida heat and humidity is here so I already know I’m in for some uncomfortable weeks until it passes. I/we love Florida but I have a hard time with pain and stiffness when summer is here. I have a friend that lives across the street and she has the same problem in summer.
The friend I just mentioned and I talk a lot about our pain and frustrations with fibromyalgia. It helps to have a sounding board to share with. I would suggest that you find someone who had fibromyalgia and share what you’re going through with that person. Perhaps he or she can give you some ideas for coping that you haven’t already tried.
I’m still sewing and quilting as something to keep my mind occupied. It not only helps deal with the pain and stiffness it seems to be helping some with the fibro fog that haunts many of us. I also read a lot and then do a mental book report back to myself to see how much I’ve retained. OK, sometimes these things work and sometimes they don’t, but at least my mind is occupied at the time and I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself.
From the length of this article I think my idea to share a fibromyalgia update was a good one. I told myself when I started this blog that it was to share my own experiences as well as research other health issues. Thank you for reading this and I hope it has helped you in some small way. I look forward to reading anything you might like to share with me.
Stay healthy, get some sun for vitamin D, and share a fibromyalgia update – if not with me then with someone else who understands.
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