I know you may not feel particularly strong, but even on the days when the pain wears you down, you keep going. Somedays are challenging to keep going, especially when it feels like you are barely keeping your head above the water. That’s OK; it’s what fibromyalgia does to us. Just keep in mind that that this, too, shall pass — or at least not feel quite so bad.
Believe me, I’m speaking to myself as much as you.
Do we just lie down and quit? Give up the fight because it’s just too darn hard? The chronic pain of FM brings us to the precipice of giving up so many times. I would encourage you to step back and give yourself permission to cry, or scream, or just crawl under the blankets when you need to. But don’t stay there.
The chronic pain of FM interrupts our sleep, and can lead to depression. It drains our energy. It’s a constant companion that causes frustration and makes us angry at times. Sometimes we’re prone to give in to the “Why me?” moan, which is an invitation to a pity party of epic proportions. It also makes us difficult for others to live with at times.
Pain wreaks havoc with our ability to concentrate and interferes with our social life. It’s just plain exhausting! Listen to your body, and when the pain is overwhelming, do the things that bring you the most comfort. (Perhaps use heat to alleviate as much of it as you can.)
It’s good to do things that distract us from our chronic FM pain. Activities like watching TV, reading, listening to a good audio-book, listening to music, playing solitaire, etc., can be great distractors.
What motivates YOU to get through your tough days? Is it your faith, your spouse, your kids, your friends, your pet(s)? Looking forward to an event or vacation? We all need something, or someone, to keep us moving through the pain.
Pain comes and goes in various degrees from day to day. Let’s take our better days and do something that brings us joy. It will help us get through our not-so-good days.
Don’t let the chronic pain of fibromyalgia defeat you.
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