Brenda Demic has been a member since 2012 and is an Event Assistant. She is very interactive and supportive during monthly meetings as well as online.
Brenda has Fibromyalgia and its accompanying symptoms/overlapping disorders. Diagnosed in 2012 following a surgery and after a 5-year battle for answers, the highly athletic mother and wife did not give up in her search for answers. She arrived at a support meeting with a smile and gentle demeanor and always has something funny to say.
She can be reached at email@example.com
Less Medical Helps
Think about all the medications we take every day? I know they help us deal with our days or nights (or both), but are they helping or just masking the underlying issues we face? Are we really trying to get to the heart of the problem and solve it or just trying to get through the day to day? Medications can be a start to get us on a functioning level, a break from the relentless pain, but we need to face the issues causing the pain, etc.
After checking with your Doctor, and your inner self, gentle movement is really good for us, it doesn’t take much to get started to get a benefit: Tai Chi, yoga, walking, stretching, and sitting on a core ball while watching a TV show. Even meditating, deep breathing exercises and positive imagery all help! Learning to tune out our minds to the pain is a HUGE step to helping ourselves. Saying “I can’t” only makes us give up on ourselves too easily. OK, today you can’t walk a mile like you wanted, but what CAN you do?? Can you walk 1/4 mile? To the mailbox and back once, twice?
Just sitting in a comfy chair and turning off the distractions can help you to focus on what is really bothering you today. Is it your shoulder? Maybe a hot pack, or an icepack on the spot will help you to not hold it in a tensing position, maybe rotating your arm a few times forward and back, using a pressure point tool to target the spot, maybe deep breathing, soothing imagery or music are what’s needed?
I try to play a game with my mind. Do I really need the big guns (pain pills)? Or can I get by for now with an analgesic and a break from what I am doing that is hurting. Will a warm rice-bag work on what’s hurting?
Some of our body parts have real issues, and some I think are just crying wolf. Weeding those out and using less invasive methods for relief will really help you in the long run.
What works best for you?