My Chronic Pain

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  It is a condition that makes you have pain all over in the muscles and joints.  I have good days and bad.  But I found that when I am able to keep a positive attitude, it helps keep my mind off of it.  Exercise and medication helps too.  My mom is the only one that understands how I feel because she has it too.  It is frustrating that my boyfriend doesn't.  But, that's life I guess. 
Valentine Valentine
26-30, F
14 Responses Aug 2, 2007

Definitely. Exercise, music, and relaxation are great ways to deal with the pain. Much healthier than relying on strong pain medication. That's great!

I have read that one of the characteristics of fibromyalgia (which I have) is a lowered threshold of pain. In other words, we feel pain more quickly and intensely than others without fibro. Ever since I was a child, I felt pain more than others, and sometimes I would be teased or shamed about it, even by my mother.<br />
Now my mother understands, because she has it too, but I do find that others can be very callous and suspect me of making it up sometimes. So far I don't need narcotics for my pain -- just 600-800 mg ibuprofen -- and I hope it stays that way for a long time. Exercise, music, and relaxation are also helpful.

Thank you, I will. :) It helps to have people to talk to who understand you. EP is a great place, isn't it?

I have fibro too. It's all about having life in moderation to keep the symptoms under control.<br />
Read my story in "EP fills my bucket". Keeping positive about life gets you out of bed in the morning and makes you push through when you don't really want to. If you ever want to compare notes just message me :)

Yup Brandi, you are right. Each person is different and each condition is different. I have a pretty good tolerance for pain most of the time because I had to deal with pain especially back pain since I was a kid. However, it does get the best of me from time to time and the only thing I can do then is take pain medicine and I want to be left alone and rest. My daily coping skills are to stay busy and stay positive. If I focus my attention on doing things and thinking of other things, it helps a lot. Spending time with people who make you feel good is a great way to get through the day. Happiness is a natural way of your body blocking some pain. I use this a lot. The challenge is to stop feeling sorry for yourself in order to experience the happiness and positive things in your life.

I totally agree it takes a woman to truly understand another woman. I also live with chronic pain. I am sorry you have to endure this. I would like to know what you have done to ease some of your pain? Does anything really work? I have CTD and RA....and so far it seems each person responds differently and it is pretty much handled case by case. What have your experiences been? Thanks

Thank you. You are really sweet. I think the great thing about us women is we are more understanding of each other and more caring. I guess that is the way God made us. Men are made to be different. All well. At least we have each other. I am thankful for the wonderful women in my life. We need each other!

I am so sorry that you have to suffer from that. I myself, don't know what its like, but I couldnt imagine having to have chronic pain all the time. And as far as men go, none of them understand anything! They may try but bless their hearts, they really have no idea.

No I haven't but I need whole grain in my diet because of my IBS. Are there other whole grains that would be an OK substitute to wheat?

Yes I did. Some of the things I have heard of before but forgot about like the supplements they recommend. If I could feel better with supplements, that I think would be better than being dependent on pain medications all the time. I think I will ask my doctor about it. Thank you for referring this site.

Correction: the site address is I am checking it out right now. It seems pretty interesting!

I would love to be able to get over it! Thanks I will check it out. Anything is worth a try.

Sleep helps me, and sleep is so hard for a fibro patient. I just work myself into total exhaustion and then pass out. As long as I can sleep, I can cope with the pain. I am so sorry that you have to suffer with this disease. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Then again!!! lol, just kidding.

I have fibro also. It is hard for others to understand how we are able to do one thing one day but unable to do the same thing the next day. Meditation helps me. I also try not to watch the news, as it stresses me and causes me to flare. We need to practice extreme self love. Wishing you pain free days...