Friday, June 19, 2009
I have struggled with choosing another subject and this morning I thought of
This is one of the hardest things to do after finding out we have Fibromyalgia. I do not believe we can become "better" until we accept the reason for our pain and then learn all we can about it and how to "Live" (really live) with it. It's very easy to try and pretend it's not there until we have another flare. It's hard to find doctor's who give us answers other than a name.
Therefore we have to be our own teacher and find out more information on the illness and coping with it day by day.
We go a few days, or a few weeks or if we are lucky a few months without a major flare and then we start doubting the prognosis again. Our brain chatter is sometimes our worst enemy if it is negative chatter.
The patients who say loud and clear "I may have Fibromyalgia, but it doesn't have me" and "I'm going to learn all I can about coping with it and apply the information to my life so that I can still enjoy each day" are the ones that live happier and with less pain.
When we learn all we can, we learn how to do the following things.
How to Pace my activities
How to get good sleep
What foods might make pain worse
What anger can affect pain
Stress and how it affects the whole body