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February 09, 2013

Thoughts on Fibromyalgia : when you have more than one illness to deal with

Today we have a guest post all the way from from Boston, MA.

Thank you for your time and effort Stephanie. Fibromyalgia is no fun. Anyone who has it, knows that. But sometimes, fibromyalgia isn't the only illness we are dealing with - for me it's a part.

Four years ago I was treated for a serious cancer with surgery and chemotherapy. It was about a year later, I was told I also have fibromyalgia. Pain, stiffness, aches and insomnia, nerve and teeth pain etc...all the broad range of symptoms follow me around.

But chemotherapy has lasting effects too, so I have a separate set of issues to sort out with that.

Most days it's aches and traveling pain.

How to cope with this?

I do the best I can each day. I try to stretch, walk or move around. I listen to music, work on my interests (art and writing, letters and so forth) and try to keep my mind engaged. I also try to keep uplifting thoughts in my head...and be around people who make me laugh. I keep a sense of humor.

Watch the diet. A nutritional consult helps and if your insurance covers it, so much the better. I have tummy issues from my treatment, so I try to find things that don't bother either illness.

For instance, oatmeal bread is easier to digest than whole wheat for me. I take childrens vitamins, probiotics and eat vegetables, veggie burgers and spinach. Frozen veggies are easy and plentiful all year.

Try not to focus on the pain. This is not so easy, but I do crosswords when I can't sleep, write out cards, make lists, look at photos, read, plan.

I realize that many people don't understand fibromyalgia and its symptoms and almost contant pain. If I'm having a bad day, I can easily say 'I'm having a bad painful day' and I don't expect everyone to understand it. But that's ok.

As long as I know I'm trying my best, that's what matters.

Having the cancer taught me to just take everything one step at a time, and not to expect others to understand everything we go through. Unless you've actually had some of these illnesses, it's pretty tough to comprehend.

Read Eric's newsletters. He understands fibromyalgia and offers some very real and compassionate help.

THANK YOU Eric, for giving me the opportunity to do what I like to do: write my thoughts. :)

Sincerely, Stephanie Hammonds

Boston, MA.

Fibromyalgia-Fitness, your exercise and diet guide!

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