Recently I had been dealing with a fibro flare. I was doing all the usual things to get a handle on it: resting, stretching, not over-doing things, staying hydrated, etc., but the flare just would not give way. I was even waking up In the middle of the night in horrible pain, stressed, chest hurting, etc.
Finally I realized that each night I awoke, I had an upcoming event on my mind. I had been dreading the event for weeks. In some ways, my dread was the same as most people would have, however, I had some unique and legitimate reasons for dreading it as well.
Now, I have been at this a long time, so saying, “No!” is something I have learned how to do. This, as you will find out later in this series, was not the usual “just say no” type situation. It is actually something I will reschedule in the future. Regardless, it was stressing me out just the same, so I made the decision then and there that I was just not going to do it. I immediately felt better.
The flare is not completely over, but I have no doubt that just making my decision will go a long way toward getting past it. Today, no doubt because I am feeling better, it hit me that there is a good blog topic here: Some Not-so-Obvious Causes of Fibro Flares!
Because I do not want the blog post to be too long, I am going to break it up into a series of blogs. It will cover a broad range of topics including physical issues, emotional issues, social issues, interpersonal relationship issues, and spiritual issues. I will try not to get into too much “story telling” but I will briefly identify how I determined that each was indeed contributing to a flare, what I found that helped get me past it, and what I have done to try to avoid repeating the same thing in the future.
Some may be thinking this will be a waste of time but I assure you fibro flares are not as straight forward as many think. We can probably all agree that family, friends, employers, children, spouses, parents, and even health care providers are often very unaware of things that can bring on a flare. However, I have found that often I have been as oblivious to the obvious as those around me were. Sometimes, even more so.
It is my hope that you will get some insight into your own flares during this series. Also, I hope some of you will comment or contact me to share your own discoveries of and solutions for Some Not-so-Obvious Causes of Fibro Flares!
Meshea Crysup, fibroLIFE©
7/26/2016 03:22:00 pm
Don't have email. I need help with fibro and spinal stonosis
7/27/2016 12:05:49 pm
Margaret, do you text or message in any other way? Are you on facebook?
10/18/2016 11:15:28 am
Yes I am on Facebook. You just made me realize that I am stressing over having my teeth pulled and all the money it will cost at one time I didn't realize that I was having a melt down with fibro because I was stressing over my teeth. I am so sick am having brain fog and so sick to my stomach. Until I read about your stressing. That helped me out a lot
7/27/2016 12:06:46 pm
Thanks Hannah for reading and commenting! Keep in touch!
7/26/2016 07:40:06 pm
This was interesting. Sometimes causes of flares are so obvious (such as day after day of rainy weather, sudden and dramatic changes in temperature, physically overdoing yourself, etc.), but your blog gave me something to think about when flares seem to just come "out of the blue". Thank you.
7/27/2016 12:08:23 pm
Hi Nancie! Glad to have you read and comment! Yes, I've been surprised by some things that have caused flares and sometimes I've been surprised that I was surprised! LOL! Let me know what things came to mind after you gave it some though! Thanks for the comment!
7/27/2016 06:09:11 am
I can't wait to read this series! Definitely something I can identify with!
7/27/2016 12:09:43 pm
Hey Jill! Thanks for the comment and encouragement! Hope to hear from you again!
8/2/2016 06:39:11 am
Have had fibromyalgia for at least 20 years, maybe more. Look forward to reading your blog
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