Dealing with the constant pain and fatigue associated with Fibromyalgia can be challenging on a day to day basis.
Because it is a condition which not a lot of people are familiar with, it's hard to explain to someone how it feels to have this condition.
I have had Fibromyalgia for 21 years and still feel like I can't tell most people I have it. I can't bear the comments and looks you get when you try to explain to someone that you have Fibromyalgia.
It's hard for someone to understand how much of an impact this condition can have on your life.
The constant pain that comes with Fibromyalgia is just that: CONSTANT. It can be hard to live with that on a daily basis.
Each morning a person with Fibromyalgia wakes up not knowing for sure whether it is going to be a good day, a bad day or the day from hell.
Sometimes I feel like its a lottery! I feel like I have hit the jackpot if I wake up and the pain is minimal!
Other days I just want to fast forward the day to night time again because I have woke up and it feels like I have done 20 rounds in the boxing ring with a professional boxer. Or I have had a wild night on the town drinking until the small hours.
Each morning the first thought in my head is "What level is my pain today?"
I can feel it before I even move a muscle.
Only someone with Fibromyalgia will know how it feels.
One of my favorite techniques for dealing with a bad day is a visualization which I call "My Happy Space"
I imagine a beautiful place in the world, usually one I have been too, like a beautiful beach. I Imagine that I am lying on a fantastic, comfortable four poster bed on that beach.
Then I imagine that I am getting a massage on that bed. I imagine that while I am getting my massage with essential oils that smell so fantastic that the pain I am feeling is slowly ebbing away and I am starting to feel so much better.
I imagine my pain levels decreasing with every moment and how good it feels to have some relief.
Finally I imagine my massage is over and slowly bring myself back to the present. I have found that the more I practiced this visualization, the more effective it became!
This whole exercise only take around five minutes and I will usually do this on bad days last thing at night before I fall asleep or first thing in the morning before I attempt to get out of bed.
Try it out and see!