Thursday, November 24, 2016

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Have you ever woke up in the morning and not been able to get out of bed?  You will your body to move but it does not react.  This is a reality for millions of people around the world, including me.  We have all had a flu or cold in the past and felt this upon awakening in the morning.  Now imagine feeling like this every single day.  Hard to imagine isn't it?

Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia are 'invisible' illnesses, yet they have very real symptoms.  They can be quite crippling while destroying the lives and happiness of many people and their families.  The biggest problem is there is little information about these illnesses and there appears to be no cure.  Now imagine what this does to the mental health of the sufferer.

It is quite possible that both of these afflictions begin with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, but the worst part is that they both cause these mental health problems to worsen each day.  When your physical being is always in a state of illness, it has detrimental effects on your mental state as well.  It is vicious cycle that seems to have no end.

The hardest part for the sufferers is that those around them cannot see the problem and often don't believe the person who is suffering.  They may call you lazy or unmotivated, but on the inside many of the sufferers are terribly motivated people.  This then leads to more anxiety because we cannot perform the duties each day that we would like to, feel that we should be able to.  The longer this goes on, the more depressed the sufferer becomes, and the downward spiral continues.

Even if you can't see the illnesses, we can certainly see the very real symptoms they produce.  I woke up feeling exactly the way I described above, but after years of dealing with this, I have learned a few coping mechanisms and strategies to get on with my day.  Some involve simple stretching that begin in a sitting position and progressively move into some yoga type stretches on the floor.  Meditating and improving my thinking helps as well, and gives me the ability to push myself beyond the limits of my pain.

Many sufferers have not hit this stage yet and simply have no choice but to lay in bed until they can find the will to push through the pain and fatigue.  What I can tell all of the sufferers of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia is that we must start somewhere.  Likely the physical suffering is too much too handle much of the time, so I suggest working on your mental health strengthening a little at a time.  Remind yourself that there is hope.

People are learning ways to improve their quality of life through these illnesses each and every day, and many of them are sharing their stories on the internet in the hopes that they can reduce the suffering of others.  You are not alone!  Read some of these success stories so that you can find ways to help yourself from people who have suffered from the same afflictions and truly understand how you feel.  Give yourself some hope and begin to build yourself some goals.  Baby steps are all it takes to get started.

You matter and your life matters!  Start resolving some of the mental issues that are holding you back and find ways to reduce your anxiety each day.  There are tons of tips and strategies to get you started all over the internet.  I gave you a few to get started if you want to click the link here:  and there is so much more information than the few links I have listed.

 I feel your pain and understand how hard even brushing your teeth can be some days, but I will tell you that with some effort each day, you can improve your quality of life.  Improve your mental health and your physical health will begin to see some relief, and you can stop that downward spiral.

Be well and have a peaceful day!

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