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Recovering from flares with Fibromyalgia & CFS

Sunday 5 December 2010

Woman in bedFrom's Adrienne Dellwo:

Recovering From Flares With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Adrienne Dellwo, Guide

Monday November 22, 2010

A lot of us with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome have flares (when symptoms are bad) and remissions (when symptoms are lighter.) While a lot of different things can trigger flares, stress and overexertion are among the most common.

I learned a few years ago that I have to plan for some recovery time after every event that involves stress and overexertion -- especially holidays. I clear my calendar the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I keep a light schedule for a few days after that. If I make plans during my recovery period, I let everyone involved know that they're tentative.

I've found several things that help me get through flares, and part of my holiday preparation includes making sure they'll be available when I need them. Those things include:

  • Epsom salt for baths
  • Plenty of painkillers & muscle relaxants
  • A few clean pairs of pajamas
  • Some light, feel-good movies or DVR'd TV shows to watch
  • A planned activity that will take my husband & kids out of the house
  • Healthy convenience food, including microwavable entrees and easy-to-grab snacks like yogurt, fresh or dried fruit, and nuts

After giving myself one full day to do nothing but relax and take care of myself, I can re-assess and gauge how much I can expect from myself the following day. Then, I make sure to do less than I think I could for a couple of days, just to make sure.

I've needed a lot less recovery time when I've planned ahead far enough to pace myself properly. If you're having trouble with that kind of planning, see The Holiday Survival Guide.

What helps you recover from the holidays or other events? How long does it take you to recover? Have you found things that make your flares less severe? Leave your comments below!

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The above, with comments, originally appeared here.


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