Toward a Deeper Understanding of Fibromyalgia Fatigue

Toward a Deeper Understanding of Fibromyalgia Fatigue
If there was just one thing I would like people to understand about fibromyalgia, it would be the profound fatigue that defines us. Sure, everyone gets tired. Everyone has a limit to what they can accomplish in a day. The thing that’s unique to fibromyalgia is the degree of our fatigue and the fact that resting doesn't restore us.  Here’s what I mean: Typical people can do a physical activity until they're tired, rest for a while, then get up and do some more. Not us. We can do a physical activity until we're tired. However, no matter how long we rest, we just can't muster the strength to get up and do any more. When our energy tanks for the day, we’re done. Kaput! I've had to call my husband to come pick up me many times after an enjoyable walk, a rest on a bench, and an inability to make it home.  In order to live our lives to the fullest, there are two important factors to consider about fatigue. The first involves knowing our limits. The second involves pacing. Of course, there's a difference between knowing our limits and respecting them. Disappointing as it might be, we may need to modify or even opt out of a particular activity. I, for one, rarely hesitate to do that anymore. The consequences of overactivity, such as increased pain and fatigue for at least the next day or two, are just not worth it to me. Knowing our limits is not as easy as it sounds, however. Those
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  1. Shahem Zenni says:

    When we leave comments does the public see them? My comment is on the other article about hypnosis and that they only found 3 men for the study (I still believe there are way more men than we know about) as men are notorious for not “talking about” or having checked out medical issues (especially chronic pain like Fibro) there may still be a stigma that men aren’t strong if they complain about pain. Pain is pain in humans so to say this is strictly a woman’s problem?

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