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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 Four

Another day, another pain management session that I thoroughly enjoyed - onto session 4 now, it really is going so fast! You can read my post on my third session here but for now, I'll be talking about my fourth session.

Wins and Goals
We started our session with our wins of the week. I shared mine but it was actually probably the worst win ever, I'd had a tough week with feeling ill, so I didn't really do much aside from sleep and work! Again, I love this section, it's great hearing all the positive stories from everyone, I'm definitely considering doing this for myself on a weekly basis, positive thinking and all that. We also discussed some of our goals, things we'd like to achieve using all the things we've learned at these sessions. I chickened out of sharing mine, but I thought I'd share it here! I'm hoping to become a bit more active! I used to play netball and went to an athletics club, but I'm constantly worried about injuring myself or not being able to walk the next day after but hopefully I can take what I've learned to get back to it.

Exercising Safely
Perfect that we went through this considering my goal. I'm still so used to my life when I was so active so I would often go straight into it without thinking about pacing and building up to exercise now it's not as easy to do. We've previously went through some little exercises like 'sit to stand' and joint exercises to wake them up, but this time we learned how to build up these exercises, especially when we've gone through a flare up and maybe can't exercise the same as a 'good' day. 

Something I definitely need help with. I'm terrible at communicating about my fibromyalgia in person, one of the reasons I started this blog! This is something I'm going to take with me for communicating with both my friends/family and with Doctors etc. For a while I struggled with doctors, I often found like my way of communicating and my age meant that I sometimes wasn't listened too properly. It got to the point that I would actually have to take my mam in to appointments! I also struggle with explaining how I feel to people, one minute I'm very 'don't give me sympathy I'm completely fine' and the next I'm very negative about how I'm feeling and not able to really do much so I know it must be really hard for my family to understand where I'm at. So I really need to take on board everything that we went through, I know my family and friends will really appreciate that too!

We actually have two weeks off before our next session, so there won't be an update for the next two weeks but I'll be right back once we start up again for our final two sessions. Feel free to ask me any questions regarding the pain management programme, I'm not even finished it yet but I already recommend it! 

Abbey xx


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