I don't know if there is a sure-shot evidence of it. Neither am I any authority to prove it. But this is my own experience. If I am very stressed / mad about anything, if someone emotionally hurts me a lot, that night and the next couple of days are super painful for me. It has always happened with me. Falling asleep that night and waking up the next morning become the most difficult tasks. And then, I wake up with severe inflammatory pain, spasm and stiffness.
Not that I don't have morning stiffness and 24x7 pain every single day, but in stressful conditions, it becomes more than unbearable. And then, it's a full circle. The pain increases your stress - the stress further increases your pain. And things become worse when on your super painful days people around you expect you to do all the endless household chores and office work with equal speed and efficiency. The taunts indicating that you are being simply lazy hurt more than the pain Fibromyalgia has to offer you.
I know the solution... I know how I can get some relief. But for some reason, I am unable to take an action. I know that those few days that I am away from home and the daily routine are the less painful ones. I know that I don't even realize (for a few hours) that I am in pain the day I spend some time with my good friends. I know I need a drastic lifestyle change.
Have you experienced the same? Do you think that a lifestyle change might help Fibromyalgia patients to a certain extent? Do you think stress makes things complicated and you should try and stay away from those who stress you out?
- Guest post by Ana Hope