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Coping Mechanisms

Coping Mechanisms

What coping mechanisms do people use? As I'm majorly struggling at the mo, I'm at breaking point

posted August 1, 2016
A MyFibroTeam Member

The 2 things that helped me the most were warm water exercise tailored to Fibro and arthritis patients. The other thing was dry needle therapy. It is similar to acupuncture but it targets fibro areas not chakras. BTW..
First time I've tried to answer something so I hope it doesn't come out somewhere weird

posted August 1, 2016
A MyFibroTeam Member

I see a few people who answered are working but cut their hours back. I had done the same. I cut my hours back to 18 hours a week. I worked that for one year then decided I needed to quit working. I DO NOT recommend quitting your job because you are not going to feel any better sitting home. Your fibro is not going to go away but your income will. I had thought if I didn't work that I would recuperate. NO, no and no. Now I have all this time to sit around and dwell on my pain and I am financially broke. My pain is not any better, in fact it is worse because I do not have anything to distract my brain.

My coping mechanism is the belief that I will eventually find something to help me. I search the internet, read articles and research on fibro. I am way the heck more knowledgeable about fibro than my doctor. I have time on my hands, therefore, I read everything I can find pertaining to it.

posted August 1, 2016
A MyFibroTeam Member

Hi I'm really sorry to hear your at breaking point. Where does your fibro effect you, mine is all over even face and brain apparently they felt left out. Are you on any anti depressants to help? I have only just past through the dark tunnel myself we had a look at different Meds etc. I do relaxation techniques, I also meditate and try to work for compassion for the pain I start at my head and let it flow out of your feet it is actually a very good technique that my therapist taught me more relaxed you are the better that's why I think it helps but I would do this laying down just have some compassion for yourself. I also use a hand held massager also a heated blanket that goes on your mattress. Trigger point injections help lidocaine plasters help with the right Meds a very hot shower get in while it's not to hot than slowly turn the hot up or cold down depending on your shower hot pads and stuff the ones that go in the microwave are very good and come in all different sizes for your body. I hope this has helped, I have wrote an essay on the update page I think that might help if you have a read lots love xx

posted August 4, 2016
A MyFibroTeam Member

some times you just have to realize your not the same person you were before fibro. Then find something you likeand can do,and stop thinking about that other thing.Its hard at first but then you train your brain to know what you can and cant do.I hope this helps

posted August 2, 2016
A MyFibroTeam Member

Minimize stress and baths help but only ease a little for me sorry I'm not much help I'm really struggling atm as well

posted August 1, 2016

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