I am often frustrated by my inability to do as much as I want to do… my heart is in it but my body says otherwise.
Overall I give myself a lot of credit for what I am able to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It takes a lot of effort to work around the Fibromyalgia symptoms of fatigue, aches and pains, headaches, stomach issues, etc… I also can’t help but to compare myself to others with the same issues and I have to admit that I am so lucky, blessed even, to be able to enjoy my full-time job, my friends, family, cooking, life.. while there are so many out there who are sadly truly disabled by this often crippling illness.
Over the years I have adopted a few tricks that have really helped me to combat some of the most debilitating symptoms:
Low Energy: A simple shower can make me feel exhausted so I generally take them at night. I often skip the hair washing and save it for the morning. This cuts back on my morning routine and helps me feel a little less fatigued in the morning.
Leg Pain: Applied heat really seems to help my leg pain. I really like microwavable rice packs because there is a little weight to them. Sometimes I’ll heat a blanket in the dryer which works well for me as long as I am careful not to overheat my body…
Headaches: Staying hydrated is imperative. I get a lot of headaches and they are always worse when I’ve neglected my water intake. I’ve also been using peppermint essential oils on my temples at the first signs and I feel it’s helped.
Depression: The best way for me to fight depression is to laugh. It’s hard to find humor with illness but watching a comedy, playing a game with the kids, spending time with friends, and enjoying a hobby help a lot.
Brain fog: This is one of the hardest things to deal with… I keep lists… at work I use them to stay on track and it really works. At home I use a phone app like Google Keep to jot down things but I all honesty, if I need to get things done… It needs to be a list on paper that I can add to and cross off as I go.
Attitude/Mood: I once regretfully told someone, “Oh, I’m sorry you don’t feel well… Just think, I feel that way everyday.” It may be true, but completely unnecessary to say… That person didn’t feel well, it wasn’t about me… With that said, the more I keep my focus on others the less time I spend focusing on my illness which lightens my mood and keeps my attitude positive. I can’t explain why but it just works.
What are your tricks and tips to help you stay strong every day?
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