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Oct 29, 2015 10:16 PM

Stress is one of the biggest triggers of fibro flares. But when you are a single mom trying to make it what are you supposed to do? Who has 50$ every time the need to go to cognitive behavioral therapy, and who wants to stop doing stuff they love? Who wants to have to take pain meds every single day. Now me. What are some things that have helped you guys? I hear yoga works good just have to get through the first couple of weeks.

29 and tired :)

Oct 30, 2015 9:11 AM

Hello JenNnN, you're so right about stress affecting fibro flares. So does being exhausted because you have no help. Are you going to a private counselor, or are you using the county public health system? Every country should have access to behavior therapy/psych, and they generally do a sliding pay scale. $50 sounds extremely steep. It's more than I pay at a private session. Check around and saw if you have other options for more reasonable help. My daughter used our county system because with six in her family and no insurance she has no choice; her treatment costs but her therapy is free.

We all wish we'd could do what we love. Unfortunately for me I can't hike and walk a beach anymore. I'm learning my limitations, and adjusting what I can. But I'm 54 next week, so my body isn't what it was at 20-35, even 40. I hate medicine, but I take it and think of it as general maintenance of my daily routine; 11 daily meds and some multiple times, plus prn meds... Blah! Sometimes I just want to gag! Thinking of it as maintaining (like vitamins & herbs) rather than meds helps a lot.

I've heard good things about yoga and tai chi. I'm in PT right now to help learn balance and strength. Practicing at home helps me focus off my pain. I have a chair yoga video I haven't used yet. I hope to be stable enough to use the video soon. And to think 2 years ago I was able to do aerobics!

For other relaxing methods, I listen to KLove radio, which is uplifting contemporary Christian music, much like pop/pop-rock. I walk on a treadmill, and play memory games. I can't do baths anymore because I can't get in and out of a tub, but I enjoy my new "rainfall" shower head; soft, gentle, relaxing massage on my scalp is like ... ahhhh! Movie and popcorn at night gives relaxation. And I have a Bible app that lets me choose from many programs. I love reading Psalms, Proverbs & Ecclesiastes. And I love doing jigsaw puzzles. There's one for a computer I have, and it lets me use my own photographs to make puzzles. I can't remember the name right now. It costs about $20 and no more unless you buy extras. With all my pix I don't need to.

I oppose you can find ways to relax that works for you. Each of us is different, but all alike in heart. Hugs & prayers for you. Have a blessed day! 🙏🌼

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