A Short Trip Was Therapeutic for My Fibromyalgia Symptoms

A Short Trip Was Therapeutic for My Fibromyalgia Symptoms
For years, I avoided travel because of painful past experiences. I concluded that it wasn’t a good thing for fibromyalgia sufferers like me. I recently changed my thinking after a short visit to my son, who lives an hour’s flight away. I’d been anxious about the trip, anticipating the stress of travel, my inevitable lack of sleep, and accompanying increase in pain while away from home. However, the outcome was the opposite of what I'd expected. My journey proceeded without a hitch: no flight delays, no overcrowded planes, no long waits for my luggage or a Lyft. My packing left room for improvement, however, as anticipating the clothing needs for my temperature-sensitive body is always a challenge. And my experience is often different than the weatherman’s predictions. Poor sleep was my other primary concern. As a true insomniac, my home is equipped with a large assortment of sleep aids. In addition to my beloved organic latex mattress, I rely on an ocean sounds machine, a library full of bedtime reading that's not too stimulating, room-darkening shades, and many pillow variations ranging from very firm to very soft in various shapes for my neck, knees, and shoulder. How could I possibly sleep without all of my “stuff”? Surprisingly, I slept better there than I usually do at home. I was so busy from morning till night that at the end of each day, I fell into bed and slept like a baby.
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