Pain management: practicing what I preach

Fibromyalgia, Pain Management

Hi, I’m Stacey, and I don’t always practice what I preach.

If you’ve followed my story for a while, you’ll know that I’m a Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia warrior using my experiences to help others on the same journey.

I share information, advice and support focused on living with chronic pain and making the best of things. I also provide BEMER therapy sessions and a wide range of natural supplements designed to help manage chronic pain symptoms.

But, somewhere in between all that, I’m a human being who doesn’t always do the right things. Especially when it comes to my own pain management.

So, it’s officially confession time!

Confessions of a Chronic Pain Warrior 

These last few months have been a real challenge for me. While my conditions are usually well controlled, I sometimes throw myself too hard into living my best life and forget the limits that my conditions can impose on me.

I holidayed in Crete and Rome in September and definitely overdid things. I found myself struggling with a difficult flare-up that made it difficult to continue with daily life. BEMER therapy became my absolute saviour and I relied on family and friends for some much-needed support and encouragement.

Throughout October and November, I had to put the physical activities I had worked so hard to maintain on hold in favour of really listening to what my body needed. I’ve learnt what my limits are over the years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t fall off the wagon occasionally. And this was quite a big fall!

What I, and you, need to remember, however, is that falling off the wagon is fine. Just as long as you get yourself back up again once you’ve got a good grip.

If you ever find yourself in the same boat, I’ve popped a couple of my tried and tested ways of making it through a flare-up below…

Managing Chronic Pain Flare Ups 

  1. Surrender to it While pushing through it might feel like the right thing to do, it won’t be for your body. Accept that a flare-up is occurring and allow yourself the rest your body needs. This flare-up will pass – they always do.
  2. Focus on what Helps Instead of focusing on the pain you’re feeling, focus on what helps. For me, it’s BEMER therapy. I increased my sessions and really made time for it. It made such a huge difference and gave me some peace of mind knowing there was something I could do to relieve the pain I was feeling.
  3. Be Kind to Yourself If you know you’ve overdone it, you may feel frustrated with yourself for allowing it to happen. But we all know that the relationship between emotions and pain is an intense one.  To avoid negative feelings and risk worsening your symptoms, focus on being kind to yourself. You’re doing the best you can with the hand you’ve been dealt.

Moral of the story: you can’t escape chronic pain flare-ups (no matter how much you practice what you preach, it seems!), but you can manage them.

For advice, support or more information on helpful therapies, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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