It’s bad enough that we have to deal with things like pain, sleeplessness, and costochondritis, but throwing chronic fatigue symptoms into the mix is just not good. The depth of my fatigue defies explanation.
My fatigue keeps me from traveling, shopping, running errands, going out to eat, and more — so much more. Since I can’t be very active physically, I work on keeping my mind active. I read a lot, work on my blog, write, and interact with other people struggling with fibromyalgia.
I would love to relax in the living room, put my feet up, and read a good book with a cup of ginger tea. Unfortunately for me, I also have pain in my tailbone, so I can only sit for an hour or so before it becomes intolerably uncomfortable. I spend the majority of my day in bed.
I bought an adjustable stand and a touch pen for my iPad, and downloaded a keyboard that allows me to type by swiping. It’s amazing how much tech exists to make life so much easier. I also play games on my iPad, read on my Kindle app, and watch several streaming channels. I keep myself mentally busy!
I recently purchased a weighted blanket to help with my sleep issues. I’ll write about that after I’ve used it for a while. If I can deal with my sleep issues then maybe I won’t feel quite so fatigued. That’s the hope anyway. Less fatigue should equal more energy, but I know that’s not always the case.
Fatigue symptoms are just no fun. I know that exercise is supposed to help, and I hope it helps you, but it seems to exacerbate my fatigue. I do it anyway because I know it’s good for my body. Acupuncture is also supposed to help, but so far I’ve been too chicken to try it. If you have had it done, please let me know — you just might boost my courage. I’m also considering making some dietary changes. Going gluten-free didn’t make a difference for me. I’m currently working on reducing my sugar intake. Wish me luck.
Do you have tried-and-true ways of beating your fatigue symptoms? Please share in the comments below.
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