Some Lessons to Learn

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Last Updated on December 28, 2014 by melissanreynolds

I have come so far in trying to live well with fibromyalgia, but sometimes I get stuck and don’t look after myself the way I should. Here are a few lessons I need to learn:

  1. Don’t be too proud to take pain relief. Sometimes ibuprofen can kick a neck ache that’s evolving into a heachache, dizziness and nausea, in the butt. I keep tying the concept of “surviving without pain relief” to the concept of “living well with fibromyalgia”. Not so, I shouldn’t have to cope with pain when there is help.
  2. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. When someone says “only” and you feel it’s too much, tell them.
  3. Incorporate rest into the day. Every day. It makes the day nicer.
  4. Sometimes, do the “selfish” thing. The other night, I was fighting my baby to sleep (he had gotten overtired) and I was sore and overwhelmed, so I took a five minute shower. When I came out, he was asleep and I felt better!
  5. Always experiment, always hope, but don’t get sucked into the promise of a cure.

3 thoughts on “Some Lessons to Learn

    1. I could add that, except that at 8 months old he’s only just learnt to nap properly and I’m expected to work, clean and do life as if I am sleeping through the night! Also, I just can’t fall asleep in the day! Perhaps, “go to bed closer to his bedtime rather than muck about enjoying my freedom” would be a good one! 🙂

      1. It’s a tough one, I know, because you need that free time too. (((hugs)))

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