I am not going to lie, the pain is at an all time high as it feels like I’ve got the early stages of flu. I felt rough this morning, had 2 cocodamol felt slightly better, went to the bike shop to get our new bikes and had another coffee, one more than my usual, felt great, Christ I felt high. Then I crashed big time, I felt dreadful, exhausted and in pain.
I decided to go for a little trundle out on my new bike to learn how to use gears, I’d passed my CBT on an automatic bike. Now the way Fibro works is every little amount of ‘stress’ which normally I’d just deal with, my head and body go into full on ‘fight’ mode, I either hold my breath or take fast small breaths, the pain starts and I feel exhausted. I managed to deep breathe and kept it under control.
After an hour I went home exhausted and in great pain, like having the flu, especially in my lower back around where I have had it fused. I went to bed, listened to 2 mindfulness meditation sessions, ate a chicken snack, used a hot water bottle and after an hour of being in agony I took 2 cocodamol, begrudgingly, as I do not want to rely on pain pills.
I’m sat in bed still, hoping I feel better so I can go round the block on my new bike to get used to it. Then I have all night and day to relax!! Wish me luck.
Do you have tips and techniques you use to get you through the early stages of a bad Fibro attack?
I read this article on the Internet here and found the advice to be very good.
I used to be extremely fit, lifting heavier weights than my husband even!! I’d work out 6 times a week and could burn upto 1000 calories an hour, I used to eat a lot of protein and complex carbs to keep the energy levels up. Since I’ve been in constant pain it has been hard as Fibromyalgia increases my exercise soreness to the extreme. I literally feel like I have flu.
The more exercise a person does the stronger we become and that means the less tired we get undertaking normal activities. I switched from interval training and weights to nothing and boy did I feel like death. I had more stiffness, aching, felt more tired after just pottering around and I felt more stressed, less endorphins!!
I decided to restart yoga, mindfulness yoga, managed 2 x 20 minute sessions this week, one day on and one day off etc. I also forced myself to go swimming today after work. I only did 8 lengths, s far cry from the 40 I used to do about 4 years ago. I am hurting now but I feel happy I went and I know tomorrow I will ache but I just need to remember why; it’s my body’s way of telling me I did some good and I might have a tough day tomorrow but the long term benefits of exercising outweight the negative.
I’ve included a picture of my Fitbit page to show you how it helps me track my day. Last night was one of the best sleeps I have had, over 5 hours with less thrashing around (check out the blue lines), I hit all my goals apart from steps, but that’s ok because I’ve been swimming.
My calories are still quite low but that is okay. I’ve ate plenty of low calorie food today I certainly haven’t starved myself.