There are seven types of pain associated with fibromyalgia. This is not news to spoonies but, knowing how to alleviate the pain might be. These types of pain are not limited to fibromyalgia fighters, many people with chronic illnesses suffer from these and more. All this pain can easily lead to a lack of sleep and leave you feeling cranky and exhausted.
Types of Pain-
For Hyperalgesia, Paresthesia and Allodynia, relief often comes in pill form. Touch usually makes these types of pain worse. Wearing nonrestrictive clothing and regulating body temperature can help keep these pains from becoming too much to handle.
Random stabbing pains and migrating aches are often soothed by warmth and gentle massaging. Massage can aggravate certain types of pain but it has been proven to alleviate others, even tension headaches. Hitting the right pressure points can also help relief nausea!
Stinging prickles, often referred to as sparkler burns, and over-stimulation can be combated with rest and meditation.
It is important to understand all of these different types of pain in order to best facilitate your needs. It may sound silly but devoting time to proper self care can greatly reduce the amount of pain you’re in. Take the time to stretch and meditate or just sit with your thoughts in a quiet place. Reconnect with yourself and understand why you feel the way that you do. Stress can easily manifest itself physically, creating tension that you carry in your neck, head and back. So, remember not to be too hard on yourself if you don’t get everything done or meet every deadline. Leave some time for yourself and don’t feel guilty about it. You deserve to feel the best you can. Don’t give up on yourself because you are overwhelmed with pain and fatigue. Take a bubble bath, read a book, get a massage, buy yourself a little something, treat yourself because you are worthy of it!
So, there are a few things that I cannot live without. I refer to these three things as my Calm Kit. I would never want to be without them. Using them has made a huge difference in my daily life. I love Omvana! It is a meditation app for iPhone. There are probaly hundreds of guided meditations to choose from. Some are long, some are short, some are for weight loss, others are for creativity or stress some are just sounds or instruments. Bottom line, just download one of these apps and give it a try. If you stick with it, you’ll be surprised at how helpful it can be. I also cannot live without Two Old Goats Fibromyalgia and Arthritis Lotion, Balm and Bar Soap. It is all natural and it is very helpful for many different types of pain, even allodynia! I order it off of Amazon but I believe Ace Hardware also carries it. Mister Rodgers is the last thing I can’t live without. I keep a small book of Mr. Rodgers quotes in my purse and I read it when I am having a rough day. Emotions can be overpowering with fibromyalgia and many other chronic illnesses. If you can keep yourself calm and content, it reduces the chances of a flare so I encourage you to put a calm kit together to keep your pain and anxiety from ruining your day.
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