By: Dr Alex Robber
365 days with fibromyalgia can really hamper your life. Just peekaboo social gatherings can be difficult. Recently I was invited to a friend’s house for a BBQ and I was really looking forward to it. I hadn’t spent time with this couple in a long while and I really enjoy both of them. However, when the day came, I was having a Fibro Flare. It was well-expressed my legs, my hips, my lower when and was causing my stomach to be upset.
Finding a Joy
At first, I thought I would skip it. That’s something I have washed-up a lot of since Fibromyalgia came into my life, but I didn’t want to stay home. It wasn’t well-nigh disappointing my friends, my husband or plane myself. It was well-nigh which would bring me increasingly joy.
Now, I often mentor people that it’s okay to say; “No.” I do firmly believe that you need to set boundaries and not finger guilty if you need to stave a situation which can rationalization you increasingly discomfort.
At the same time, if you know you can say, “No,” and you still want to participate, then it’s time to prepare and plan for what will help you make it through with the least value of reviviscence later.
Honest and Loving
In my case, I knew we would be sitting a lot and I knew that I would be a horrible person to sit next to. When my muscles and nerves are vicarial up like they were, I squirm and fidget a lot. I have to constantly move my legs in order to stave cramping and honestly, I couldn’t stop myself plane if I wanted to. So I packed a travel chair that I had bought just for these occasions. It’s not your stereotype folding chair and is very comfortable.
Because I was once experiencing pain, I moreover packed a pillow for my when and a heating pad. In addition, I brought essential oils I use to wifely nerves and manage pain.
Diagnosed and Planing
At the gathering, I simply explained to the few people I didn’t know that this was my way of managing my symptoms and that was that. In fact, one of the people there was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and she was impressed by my set up. She had to leave early due to her symptoms, but told me she was going to follow my example next time.
The point is, you need to know your boundaries, but you moreover can’t let them limit you. With just a bit of ingenuity and pre-planning, you can still enjoy many activities you might think you have to avoid.