Those of you with Fibromyalgia will know what I mean when I say I am having a fibro flare. Have been achy all week and brain fogged. I see it was the full moon a few days ago, so I suspect that has something to do with it as it always seems to effect me this way.
I woke this morning feeling like I had been hit by a bus. After having a shower I felt a little bit better but feel wooden and heavy and oh so very, very tired. I even feel a bit nauseous.
I haven’t been sleeping well lately and am often awake till 3am, then struggle to get up in the morning and feel very ‘brain fogged’ for the day. My sleeping pills don’t work any more plus am having such dreadful hot flushes that waken me at night and drive me nuts during the day. They are not just flashes, but last 10-20 mins and if I am doing something slightly energetic, they can last 30-45 mins. I positively ooze. It’s not pleasant for me and even worse when I am out or shopping. Blood tests show I am post menopausal and don’t have any disease or illness, so it is just put down to good old fibro. I can cope with the pain, tiredness, brain fog and clumsiness, but the sweating is the pits.
OK so what can I do about it? Basically grin and bear it. There is no medication that helps the pain. But I can help myself to help myself. How?? Read on.
- Diet…. Yeah I know, you have heard it before. But I have improved since I started eating everything fresh and no preservatives or chemical numbers. My pantry has one tin of baked beans, one tin of spaghetti, and a few tins of fish. That’s it! My fridge has a block of cheese, yoghurt and bacon but hat’s the limit of my stored pre packaged food. I grow all my own vegetables, buy fresh fruit in season and bottle or freeze it, and make all meat dishes from scratch, using spices or herbs. I have also cut down my bread consumption and only eat two slices of Burgen SoyLin bread a day… usually with half an avocado, cucumber and tomato for my breakfast. I steer clear of further gluten where I can or else be prepared to suffer the consequences.
- Exercise. Ok, I have to put action where my mouth is here as I have never been a sporty person. Even as a child I did anything I could to avoid PE or sports… I could never understand why no one else was all sore and achy like I was. I go swim walking and aqua exercising 3-4 times a week. This has helped my knees considerably and I love it. Might be different in winter tho but I want to keep at it.
- Sleep. We all know lack of sleep leads to stress which leads to more pain. But sleeping is easier said than done too. Ideally I would love to be asleep by 10am and awaken ready to bound out of bed, into the shower and face the day at 7am. Alas my bounding days are over as that bus is usually waiting to hit me. So getting up in the morning is a slower event than it used to be. I am lucky to be asleep by midnight and if left undisturbed, I could sleep for 12 hours. I no longer use the tv in my room at night, preferring to read for a short time then try to sleep. But between the hot flushes and restless legs its pretty much a hit and miss process.
- Coffee. I am trying to cut down on the number of cups of instant coffee I have per day. I don’t drink it after 3pm and go onto a herbal tea after that time. My water bottle is never far away either.
- Vitamins. With out Vitamin B executive stress formula I don’t function. It really does help. Because I am getting restless legs and lower spasms I take Magnesium. I am going back on to them at night as they are said to help with sleep as well. Worth a try.
These things have worked for or are helping me. OK they may not work for every one but they are for me to some degree. The exercise one is something I resisted, but it is essential. I would like to be able to walk miles but I find the aqua exercise works much better for me.
What about you? Have you found something that really helps you? Do u have a question to ask? I’d love to hear from you.