A Brief Note on Fighting Flare Ups

It can be handy to have an unreliable memory. I forget just how bad it can get when I have a flare up.

This morning, I woke up after a night of extremely restless sleep (after a string of similar nights) with very tight muscles in my neck and upper back, the pressure wrenching my trigger points tighter. I felt on the verge of vomiting all morning.

But instead of getting lost in the pain, today I was able to put small coping mechanisms into place.

I thought I would share them just in case others fall into a quiet panic when they flare up too.

The first thing I did was take appropriate medicine. Unfortunately I did force myself to go to work because I had an important workshop. When I found that it had been cancelled I took the opportunity to go home. It was a good call.

The second thing I did was lie down with my heat pack with my legs up on the couch in half legs on the chair pose.

After that I went to bed and did a 20 minute Yoga Nidra meditation sequence. Then I felt ready to quietly continue my day, still in a lot of pain but able to cope.

I’m so grateful that I have these mechanisms in place, so that I know what to do when I get so sore that I could fall down and not get up.

Opportunities to give up when you have Fibromyalgia come often, but with them opportunities to fight arise also.

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