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  • Stress and Fibro

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    16 posts, 8 voices, 1235 views, started Nov 2, 2009

    Posted on Monday, November 2, 2009 by Marya1961

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      I know there is a connection, but how can you possibly relieve the every day stresses that occur.  It is like a yo-yo..one day you feel great, the next you feel like you were run over by a truck and it may only take one single event to encourage the trigger which produces the flare.  I am trying to understand this invisible monster and learn something new each day to combat the symptoms.  How do each of you deal with this?  I know meds, exercise, diet all help..but has anyone been able to directly link this to something specific.  I would love your feedback.  Thanks!

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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Nov 2, 2009
        • Stress plays a big factor on Fibro. It all started a couple years ago for me when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. I started feeling horrible and was in a lot of pain so I went and saw two rheumatologists and both of them diagnosed me with fibro. Yes, it flared up due to stress. Things seemed to spiral out of control with my husband as he had other health issues piling up along with the cancer and of course loss of work meant loss of income. I had to take care of him and everything else that he could not do anymore. Sure I had supportive family and friends but they did not understand as they were not going through it. I became miss negative in a big way and my health got worse. Everyone kept telling me stay positive which I tried to do but it seemed when things started to get better something else happened. I was always waiting for the next bomb to drop. I was loosing control of everything it seemed. One day I said to myself this is it I have to do something so I decided that I was going to take a different attitude no matter what happened I would deal with it one step at a time and one thing at a time. I keep a positive attitude no matter what and it does help. I have learned there are things I cannot control and things I can. So I guess everyone was right stay positive...it works for me.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 2, 2009
        • I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in March 2008.  From my own experience, stress does contribute to an increase in pain.  There are some things in life in which we DO NOT have control, such as my husband getting laid off work one month ago and losing our medical insurance.  

          Previously, I had resigned from my steady job in the beauty industry, due to chronic pain with fibro and with 4 bulging discs.  Occasionally, I have worked freelance, but it is very unpredictable and not dependable income.  

          Other than stress adding to fibro pain, the Pittsburgh weather does contribute to an increase in fibro pain.  In October, I definitely noticed a change in the weather and I noticed that my aches & pains were becoming much more intense.

          Fortunately, I was taking aqua therapy this summer.  The rehab that I go to aqua therapy is providing a very affordable self-pay fee for patients who no longer have medical insurance.  The cool thing is that the cost is much less than what I would have spent on co-pays if I still had insurance!  A blessing in disguise!

          If you want to reduce your pain level, do not keep still and lay in bed all day.  Gradually, start walking, stretching or doing some form of physical activity.  By keeping active, even if it is daily walking for 10-15 minutes, it will trigger the “feel good chemical” and truly help you to reduce your stress!



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          Marya1961 wrote Nov 8, 2009
        • Thanks Kandy and Dana for your input.estatic



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          Conakat wrote Nov 29, 2009
        • I know I'm late to the game, but I've found something that helps me with the fibro pain and the [Link Removed] that Adrienne at about.com described so eloquently. I've started meditating.

          I thought I didn't have time for that, just like I didn't think I had money for a [Link Removed] page and is called diaphragmatic-breathing1.  

          I started doing it in the morning when I first woke up. It is really helping me be a little more reasonable. I’ve tried meditation before but it seemed like a waste of time that I could be doing something else. But...this is really helping. Perhaps it’s because I have someone encouraging me with the practice? I don’t know. But it does help.


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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Nov 29, 2009
        • Hi Marya1961 ~  You are not alone with this silent enemy.  I was just recently diagnosed with fibro after 3+ years with lupus and rhuemetoid arthritis.  The pain has increased a lot over the last several days as I was trying to get everything ready for Thanksgiving.  Last night I was standing too long and had pain all night long.  It’s a mystery to me what is good and what isn’t.  It may be different for everyone.  

          If you take a really good multivitamin, not One A Day or Centrum, you can keep your body in a healthy state at least from that perspective.  

          Another way I have heard will help is to do mild stretching and gently walking to build yourself up.  I haven’t been walking for the past week and I think that’s why I think I’m hurthing so much.  God’s Glamour Girl has some great ideas too.  Aqua therapy is good because it doesn’t stress your muscles and helps to soothe them.  

          If you feel stressed, going for a walk, as slow as you need to, will really help.  It’s the only thing I have found without going to a professional therapist.  

          If you need someone to talk with, don’t hesitate to send me a message.  I love to help others and it sounds like so many of the women here are the same.  You aren’t alone and that helps as well.  

          Take care and don’t hesitate to message me anytime.  With the holidays coming, you will need to find some ways to de-stress.  See what works best and also see how many things on your ‘to do’ list that you can either let go of this year or give to someone else to do.  

          Stay happy.  Best to you.

          Maryann



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 29, 2009
        • Conakat, you are so fortunate to have found an excellent life coach to help you manage your life better!  Earlier this year, I had a life coach and I was very excited to try this new method to manage my life successfully.  

          Unfortunately, the life coach proved to be unreliable, unprofessional and she quit after only one month.  The lesson learned is that NOT everyone is suited to work as a life coach.  I highly suggest that if anyone is looking to hire someone as a life coach, to first check their references and background in advance.  

          The one thing that I believe has a huge impact on females with fibromyalgia is hormonal imbalances.  Now that I am entering menopause at the age of 45, my hormones have wrecked havoc physically and emotionally.  Is anyone else sensing that their hormones are increasing the chronic difficulties with fibro?



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          Conakat wrote Nov 29, 2009
        • Dana, I had no intentions of going back to therapy and had never heard of a life coach. But I happen to be chatting with a lady on Chronic Babes forum who had some really good insights into what was going on with my sister (when I flare she treats me pretty badly) so we started talking...and it’s been great. No flakiness noted and lots of progress made!

          As far as the hormones, the symptoms are all pretty similar to what we‘re already going through with the exception of hot flashes. Am I wrong? So how would a person sense that their hormones are acting up? The yo-yoing that Marya is going through might be hormones...but how do you really tell? The tests (at least the kind that traditional doctors that are covered by insurance) doing really provide much information...



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          Denise Young wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • The cold is coming the stress is here. If any one has helpful hints to ward off the additional pain, im all ears.



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • With the cold, the pain does seem to intensify.  Try taking baths for extra warmth.  I always use glucosomine.  During the summer months I can back off a little but in the winter I double, sometimes triple up on them.  I use a cream that contains ibuprofen.  It also has herbs to help alleviate the pain.  Warm compresses or hot water bottles help a lot too.  If you have a heating pad, you can use that as well.  I’ve tried all of these and each one will help for the most part.  Let me know if you need more because I’ve tried so many things that do work.  These are the ones that come to mind right now.  

          Best to you,
          Maryann

          Live Healthier
          www.livetotalwellness.com/maryann



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          Conakat wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • The baths just reminded me, I take magnesium (here's a link with info on [Link Removed] )and it seems to help with the deep aches. Oh and I put Epsom salts in my bath...that seems to help too.  

          Maryann do you take the glucosomine or put it in your bath? Just from the way it’s worded it sounds like you put it in your bath...I’d never heard of doing that. So I went looking and found this: [Link Removed] which sounds really cool. Is this the product you use or something else? Thanks for the info!


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          Lisa Middlesworth wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • I have found that stress and the weather have a lot to do with my flare ups. Also, when I am over worked. Like you said, there is going to be stress for the rest of my life and we all over do it quite often. I have just tried learning to live with the pain and move forward. I refuse to let it beat me too bad. lol
          I have found that walking, over a period of time relieves some of the pain. I try very hard not to get as stressed these days and that helps some.
          Hopefully, one day soon, they will learn more about this condition so we can all have some sort of relief.



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • conakat that is too funny I was talking about using glucosomine seperate from the bath but went to the website about the joint bombs and they look really intriguing.  I never thought of that so thanks for the information.  I think I'm going to try them.  

          Another thought on things I do in the cold weather is I use hand warmers, the packets that skiers use to keep their hands and feet warm.  I put the hand warmers inside my gloves or sometimes on my wrists or knees or hold them on my elbows.  The hot water bottle covers a broader area but if I’m already using the hand warmers, I’ll just start putting them on differenct places because they last such a long time.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • Has anyone tried soaking in a hot tub of water with Epsom Salts?  When I was in aqua therapy a few weeks ago, one of the patients shared with me that soaking in your tub with very warm water filled up high enough to immerse yourself in with 2 cups of Epsom Salts will help to reduce fibro pain.  

          I have been practicing this for the past few weeks and in all honesty, I noticed that my 4 bulging discs do not hurt as badly as they did earlier in the month.  My fibro pain level changes daily, but I love soaking in a a bath or doing aqua therapy exercises in a heated indoor pool.  

          VITAMIN D3 is usually low in fibromyalgia patients.  When an individual has a vitamin D deficiency, they will experience more muscle aches and pains.  Ironically, the year that I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia was the same year that I was diagnosed with a deficiency in vitamin D.  

          Currently, I take 2,000 IU vitamin D3 daily.  My endocrinologist suggested that I take above the normal amount since I was deficient.  My favorite brand of supplements is Nutraceutical Sciences Institute (NSI) through a website for discounted quality supplements at Vitacost Dot Com.  (It is a great savings!)

          Has anyone read the book called “FROM FATIGUE TO FANTASTIC” by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum?  I highly recommend this book and I have learned many helpful new remedies to reduce fibro pain or fibro related health challenges.  (Insomnia, Brain Fog, Bladder Problems, Achiness and more.)

          In the book “FROM FATIGUE TO FANTASTIC“, Dr. T recommended fibro patients to take Malic Acid with Magnesium & Calcium.  I take the NSI brand called Calcium & Magnesium, which includes 650 mg of Malic Acid.  

          For individuals interested in ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR FIBROMYALGIA, I suggest reading the book called “ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME” by Mari Skelly & Helen Walker.  I am a huge believer in alternative methods!  

          If anyone has other helpful books, videos or websites to share, feel free to pass it onward!

          Thanks,
          Dana



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Nov 30, 2009
        • Wow ~ thanks so much Dana! You have some great information.  I haven’t looked at any books about fibro because I try not to dwell on it.  

          The Vitamin D is something I did know and take 2000 IU’s per day as well as the magnesium, calcium and malic acid.  

          Anything alternative is the way I prefer to go as well.  

          Thanks for all the info.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Dec 3, 2009
        • Glad to share what works for me!  I prefer alternative products versus traditional medication, too!



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