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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My pain screams

My health and weight loss journal

The medication I have been taking has been managing my fibromyalgia very well. I don't think I've had an "attack" for quite some time, but - unfortunately - my pain and discomfort has been increasing lately. One of the keys to dealing with fibromyalgia is to have consistent days of activity: Daily strength training, stretching and exercise along with similar paced days with minimal stress.

Realistically that doesn't always happen. In fact, I haven't been on my exercise bike in about two weeks and it's been several days since I've stretched. Now I am wondering if those things, in addition to chillier weather, are contributing to my increased pain. For the last few days the pain and discomfort in my wrists, knees and ankles has increased. It's a burning type of pain that causes tingling and a sort of numbness. It's a pain that I didn't miss when it was reduced by the medication.

For more than a month or so, when I squat to reach or look at something it's painful to straighten my legs back out and extremely difficult to get up. I have to push on my thighs as I rise. Yesterday, while I was in the store with Amber we were inspecting some fingernail polish (on sale!) that was on a bottom shelf. About five minutes later when I tried to stand up I could barely make it. I was surprised to discover that the pain is getting worse.

It doesn't help that I haven't slept well the past few nights. Not getting enough rest and sleep contributes to the pain because my body doesn't get a chance to rejuvenate. Sometimes even when I'm asleep I am tossing and turning, which is one of the reasons I was prescribed a sleeping pill. I am running out and waiting on the refill from the veteran's hospital so the last couple of nights I have been only taking half. Reduced quality of sleep equals increased pain. Terrible timing since my pain has been bad lately.

I am hoping it will subside some soon. Living with fibromyalgia involves dealing with daily pain and discomfort, but I am thankful to be one of the sufferers who has mobility. The 11 pills per day that I take help with that. One day I hope to reduce my medication intake and find a more natural means of dealing with this. For now, I do the best I can with coping with it and continuing to take care of myself and my children.

If you're interesting in learning more about fibromyalgia, take a look at the Fibromyalgia Center at WebMD. There's comprehensive information there to help you understand this chronic pain condition.

When you get a chance, check out my other health and weight loss journals. Oh, by the way, I actually had a little fun taking the picture of myself. Jo, Liss and a few other blogging friends are always telling me to keep trying with the pictures and be a little creative - so that's the result.
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