Wellness Wednesday: Seeking Happiness In The Shadows of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Awareness

Fibromyalgia Awareness (Photo credit: Kindreds Page)

I am so happy to be back with a new post for Wellness Wednesday and on such a great topic.  Though I do not suffer from Fibromyalgia, I was diagnosed with the Epstein Barr Syndrome 8 years ago.  It too is a disesase that is hard to explain to family and friends.  It causes chronic fatigue and at times a lot of pain.  I have to often take breaks from my writing and other things I enjoy doing when my body is telling me to rest in order to prevent a pain spell from coming on.  Janiera Eldridge shares with us today some helpful tips for dealing with Fibromyalgia as well as informing family and friends.

As I go into my 3rd year of dealing with Fibromyalgia it still amazes me when people ask, “What is that?” It’s a disorder with physical and mental symptoms that affect nearly 8 million people and it is still a hush, hush topic.  Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that can be developed from a viral infection or trauma. It leads to widespread muscle pain that causes the sufferer to experience muscle ache, extended fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome. Dealing with all of these symptoms can wreak havoc on one’s mental state causing loneliness, isolation and ultimately leading to depression.

I can’t be shy and say I haven’t experienced all of this and more during my struggles with Fibromyalgia. It can take years for people to be diagnosed since it is a syndrome people often don’t know a lot about. However, when one does get a diagnoses there are things you can do to keep your mental state as strong as possible. Keeping a strong mental state can help a sufferer with pain management and deal with the debilitating effects of constant fatigue.

One of the most important steps to take when first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia is to sit down with your family and friends and explain to them what this syndrome is.   It breaks my heart every time I hear someone say that their love ones think their lazy or just making it up. Part of this problem is lack of empathy; the other half is people not being educated on the mental effects Fibromyalgia can have on their love one. Explain to your family that missing a family day at the park is not because you don’t care to be with them but because the pain would be overwhelming and they may not be too happy around you either.  Let them know that it is hard enough not being able to do the things you used to do so any love and support they show you is great appreciated. Make clear that when you can do, you will!

Do something every day for you! Just keeping up with everyday life can feel like you’re in a rat race….of pain. I’ve learned to take at least 30 minutes a day to do something for me. Whether it was watch a favorite TV show, read a book or take a long hot shower. It would come in handy at the end of the day and at times help me to sleep better at night. It’s so important to help clear your mind and raise your positive, spiritual energy when you’re fighting against Fibro.

Last but certainly not least, live as healthy a lifestyle as possible. One of the hardest things to do with Fibro is to workout. However, it can really help to do minor exercising that can be as simple as walking! Talk with your doctor about workouts that can help to eliminate some stiffness and lessen your pain. Eating well is also extremely important. Drinking plenty of water is important. Leaving out caffeine, sugar and gluten can help to decrease fibro fog (problems in your memory caused by fatigue) and increase your positive emotions!  I find on days where I’m able to drink a lot of ice cold water my muscles don’t ache quite as much.

There is no way to cure Fibromyalgia and it is a reality that those who suffer from it are at a much higher risk of depression. If you think you’re depressed then please, talk to someone, preferably a professional. They can help step out from under the Fibro shadows and cope with your new life. Every life is precious and you still have yours to live to the fullest.

9016_1048197421837_1732740364_91005_7263899_nAbout the author:  Janiera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she not writing. Writing is therapeutic to her during her struggles with Fibromyalgia. Being unable to work a normal 9-5 is what encouraged her to write full time. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry.When trying to relax she likes a huge yard sale on a Saturday morning, rainy days to read by and nacho cheese is her kryptonite. Soul Sisters is her debut novel and her books can be found on Amazon.com.
Feel free to visit her book blog where she loves reviewing books and doing author interview at Books & Beauty- http://janieraeldridge.blogspot.com. She loves feedback and welcomes any questions or comments to her email: prettyhaydengurl@yahoo.com and FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/authorjanieraeldridge