Crying Helps My Fibromyalgia Pain

Crying Helps My Fibromyalgia Pain
Quite by accident this week, I learned something important about myself. It was the eighth day of a very painful recurrence of occipital neuralgia. At the emergency room, I was told that the estimated wait time was at least four hours. In addition to a pain level of nine out of 10, my emotions were at an all-time high. Self-pity was high on my list, followed closely by frustration, fear, and disappointment at missing the memorial service for a friend's husband. I had spent the better part of the day around truly sick patients. And there was the niggling thought that by the time a doctor saw me, I’d be feeling fine. That did not happen. What did happen was an onslaught of tears. It was the first time I remember actually sobbing in public. By then, I was beyond caring. Once they began, my tears flowed like Niagara Falls. After many minutes and many tissues, they finally stopped. That’s when I made my discovery. My pain wasn't quite so bad! Did crying reduce my pain? I was excited to return home and research this theory. What I found were mixed results. One often-quoted study indicated that emotional tears (meaning those from pain rather than from peeling onions) contained more protein than other tears, indicating that healing had taken place. However, subsequent studies failed to produce the same results. One study showed that a third of the participants showed no improvement. Results of studies done on the effects of crying on mood, however, are more positive. The heart rate increases and breathing slows. Slowing of breathing could be responsible for my decrease in pain — I learned breathing exercises in pain management classes. But there's probably more to it than I understand. For some people, crying may be self-soothing. But this is not tru
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5 comments

  1. Marlene Andrade says:

    It decreases my pain too. I also feel a sense of emotional discharge, I feel calmer and better after the crying is done.

  2. Abot Bensussen says:

    Yes, but I have Sjogren’s and no tears come down. It’s raining here, and I’m taking Norfolk and oxycodone. Thanks to those who still enable us to get pain meds. Could not bare this otherwise. And now, my son calls while on tour, and he’s not sleeping. I am so afraid he is going to get fibro too. My older son had it, my daughter has it, my dad had it. It saps the joy from life……….i hope you finally got some pain relief….

  3. Lynette Helwig says:

    I find actually quite the reverse, tears will bring on a major fibromyalgia attack and therefore avoid crying as much as I can.

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