Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Bad Flare Day
It's been a really bad flare day today with the fibromyalgia. I think it comes down to the weather as the primary agent today. It snowed here in New Mexico on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Even though I stayed inside, I could feel it seeping into my body. I struggled to fall asleep last night and when I woke up late this morning, I could hardly move. It took several minutes to walk from the bedroom to the kitchen to get some breakfast. Instead of settling into the desk chair to start my daily routine, I crawled back into bed.
I have a few go-to things I do when I have a bad day like this.
1. Last year after the holidays, I bought a twin size heated blanket for a really great price. I lay this blanket out over the bed or a recliner and then sit or lay on it. It's like a giant heating pad. I've been sitting/laying on it all day today.
2. A long soak in an epsom salt bath. Not only is it relaxing, but it's a great way to distract me if I have a good book to read. I spent 2 hours in one today and would have stayed longer but the water was getting too cold (the book I was reading was that good!).
3. Use a TENS unit. I don't have one of my own, but I have my mom's. I haven't used it today simply because it's really hard to attach the pads to my back which is one of my major pain areas.
4. Watch Netflix. I have been distracting myself with mindless tv today (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Burn Notice).
What do you do when you have a bad flare day? I'd love to try some of your strategies to see if they might work for me. Or if you try one of my strategies, let me know. I want to hear if it helps you.
Praying for a less-pain day for all of us tomorrow!