With Fibromyalgia, Write It Down!

With Fibromyalgia, Write It Down!
The single most valuable piece of advice I have for how to survive life with fibromyalgia is this: Keep good records. Document everything! No matter how convinced you are that you’ll never forget the horror of some medical nightmare you endured, the mind has a way of blurring the details over time. You will forget the name of the drug that made you vomit, the name of the doctor who was rude and nasty, the name of the physical therapist whose exercises worked like a miracle. Occasionally, I question the wisdom of this practice. As a follower of Deepak Chopra, I firmly believe in the Law of Attraction. It says that you attract into your life whatever you dwell upon. Just as you can draw positive things into your life by using focused attention, you can easily encourage negative things. My concern was that spending time writing about my illness each day was the equivalent of dwelling on it. Perhaps my record-keeping practice was having a negative effect? Last year, I suffered for many weeks with occipital neuralgia before it was almost miraculously cured with an extremely painful injection. Within an hour my pain was reduced from a 9.5 out of 10 to a five. Within eight hours, the pain was completely gone. I wrote all of these facts down in my daily medical journal. When my head began to ache last week, I consulted last year’s journal. It reminded me that I had been required to see a physical therapist
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