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For Barbara re: Pain and Fibromyalgia

Posted by IsoM on March 12, 2002, at 1:26:51

In reply to Re: Feeling Slow (and porky) Zo, posted by BarbaraCat on March 11, 2002, at 17:04:31

Barbara, don't feel so bad you went back to bed & didn't go for a walk. We can know what might be best for us, but it can be so difficult to work up enthusiasm for it by yourself, especially when the day's grey & your poor, old body aches.

It's hard to let go of that image of the young slip of a girl who used to look back in the mirror at us. I'm not fat by any means, but I used to have a 23" waist, it's more like 27" now. No, I'm not complaining but I was just a slip too, plus I really DO have small bones - my wedding ring was only a 4 1/2 & most people can circle my wrist with their thumb & forefinger.

It's one thing to get moving so your joints & muscles warm up & the pain almost leaves, but an hour or so after you stop, the pain comes back. I stay warm during the day if I'm active, but at night, I strangely get cold. In winter (& I mean the Pacific Northwest winter - not bad at all), I go to bed with flannel jammies, an undershirt, wool socks on (it keeps my feet from paining during the night) all under a down comforter in a heated water bed. It helps ease the pain to a bearable level & I can leave the window open a little for fresh air.

It sucks to grow old - everybody throughout history has hated it, but now our society doesn't honour age like it did in most cultures before. Even in Japan & China, cultures that used to revere their elders, it's fast disappearing. At least before, we could look forward to be honoured & our wisdom sought after.

Just a thought on pain & your fibromyalgia. I found that the more I used painkillers, the less my body was able to make its own. Nothing to do with dependence or addiction/tolerance developing, just with external painkillers, the ability of my body to produce my own went way down. I spent some painful weeks doing without. Now I'll only use them when I can't sleep for pain or if it gets too, too much. My pain tolerance has either improved or my body has adjusted. My Mom found the same thing. But maybe our similar body make-up accounts for this, rather than it being true for most people.


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