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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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The Fibro Diaries | Pain Management - Session One

I feel like I've been pretty distant on my blog/social media after my quick holiday to Germany, so I'm excited to get back into it! I thought I'd share my first session on the Pain Management Programme with you all! 

First off, I can't even describe how nervous I felt. The idea of walking into a room full of strangers is literally my worst nightmare, even though everyone in that room is in the exact same position as me. Luckily, the session wasn't as daunting as I thought. I feel like I probably didn't look like I should be there, just based on my age. I doubt anyone was actually thinking that as everyone seems so nice but that's something I'll always worry about, no idea where it comes from really but I always end up feeling like a fraud!

One of the best thing about this session was that it wasn't focused on telling everyone your story etc. I mean, you were given the chance to expand on the conversation topics to describe your personal experience if you wanted, but there was no forcing you to tell your story. I can only really talk about fibro so much before I end up crying - don't ask me why, I just do - so it was great not needing to sit and tell a room full of strangers about your life if you didn't want to.

This first session was kind of an intense introduction to what was going to be happening in the next five sessions. We went through what pain was, how your body works when it comes to pain and stuff like that. It was really interesting, especially with my science background I was living for all the scientific talk about pain.

On top of this, we went through a few exercises for 'waking up' your joints. This is something I should really do on a daily basis, I normally just go from lying down to suddenly up and out, so I think that will be something that I'll benefit from.

We also did something very similar to meditation (there was a name for it but of course my fibro brain is making me completely forget). This was my absolute favourite thing, oh my days. Let me tell you, it was a good thing we were sat on chairs, I was that relaxed if I'd been on the floor I would have been out for the count. It felt so great, I didn't have much hope for it but when it was finished, quite a few people in the room said how the pain felt quite dulled, and I completely agreed. It's something I definitely want to do on a regular basis if I end up feeling like that after.

All in all, I'm feeling really positive about this. The positivity of the people running it was great, they stressed that this might not help everyone which I think makes me feel even more positive about it all, I'm not sure I'd trust it if they were promising to cure you in six weeks! I'm excited to go back and see what else I can get out from it. 

I know this is pretty basic for explaining what my experience at the pain management unit is, but I'm not sure how to best explain it, and I feel like I should still keep the specifics private, at least for now. Fingers crossed this is something that will lead to a positive improvement in my life! 

Abbey xx


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