Coping with fibromyalgia is all about developing a pace of life that allows you to accomplish as much as possible without overdoing it and sentencing yourself to a painful week in bed. Let’s look at a few ways you can develop your own schedule within the limits of fibromyalgia. We’ll also consider a natural means of care that is helping some to increase their abilities despite a chronic pain condition.
Treating Energy as a Limited Commodity
If you have ever used envelopes for budget purposes, you understand what it means to pace yourself. For example, let’s say your grocery budget for the month is $300, and you have that cash in an envelope. If you go shopping on the first day of the month and spend $150 on a week’s worth of groceries, you’re going to be really hungry during the rest of the month. Now let’s apply that idea to your energy level.
When you wake up, you can probably gauge how much energy you have for the day. If that means you can pour a bowl of cereal for breakfast and do one load of laundry in the afternoon, you can’t expect to spend an hour at the gym, and hour cleaning the house, and an hour preparing meals for the week and still be fine at lunchtime. You can only spend the energy you have, and if you use it all at once, you’ll be struggling later in the day, the next day, or maybe even the rest of the week. It means being honest with yourself and your loved ones about your limitations.
Getting Help for Fibromyalgia
Since fibromyalgia is connected to things like brainstem function and proper blood flow to the brain, it makes sense to check the upper cervical spine for subluxations. The C1 and C2 are positioned right at the base of the skull. A misalignment here can lead to many fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact, case studies have been published that show patients having fibromyalgia resolve after gentle upper cervical adjustments. Why not schedule a consultation with a practitioner near you to learn if this is a viable way to help you put some more energy into your daily envelope.