Tuesday’s Flare Up of Fibromyalgia

Hello Fibro Peers,

Tuesday, I experienced a flare up of my usual fibro pain. There were likely to two factors that contributed to this; a tropical storm brought thunder clouds in, lowering the barometric pressure and I have been experiencing both emotional and physical stress. Physical stress was obvious as a definite trigger for flares right away. I also learned about the barometric pressure trigger early on while living life with fibromyalgia. It took me several years to connect emotional stress to triggers. What did I learn about trying to avoid these triggers? Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible, for all but weather changes. I learned to break up my chores into pieces. I stretch, walk and change positions frequently. I limit my outside errands to a few hours. When I was in university, obtaining my MSW, I started very slowly and increased until full-time was doable. This did not mean I did not ever flare; I did. I used Disabled Student Services to mediate my class work and internships. Emotional stress is something that can not always be avoided but I can make a choice about how much focus I put on a problem.

Despite living with well with fibro, life goes on. This last week has been extra stressful for me. There is not much I can do to change it, but I do things every day that take my mind away from it. Through journaling I learned that I can handle about 75% of stress for about a week. After that point, I experience a flare up. I have come to accept this as a part of my life. I load up the table with water, medication, meditative music on the ipod and fluff the pillows.

I wait it out. I waited and today I feel like I usually do; ready to tackle my life with mindful attention to my triggers. I have other triggers, but these are the most important ones for me to track as my day and my life journeys on.

As usual, any questions or comments, please indulge!

Lucinda

 

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