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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 Two

Session two of my pain management programme is up, but you can have a quick read about my first session here if you fancy!

Another day of pain management, and even more positivity! I honestly think this is such a good thing for me, so although I turn up feeling really nervous to be in a room full of strangers, I'm also always excited for it too, to see what I can learn and what I can get out of it.

Not going to lie, I was pretty chuffed with myself this week because I actually got involved rather than sitting in silence too nervous to respond whenever they ask questions. I say I got involved, I responded to a question twice, gave a mini introduction and freaked at a wasp, but hey, it was an improvement on complete silence last week!

I'm sure everyone with a chronic illness has had a time where you've woken up one morning feeling 'good', done all the things on your to do list, and then woke up the next three days after that feeling so terrible you've forgotten what 'good' even feels like. I'm prone to doing this a lot, but luckily the pain management programme helps with learning how to pace yourself without burning out. I think this is something so important to help deal with chronic pain on a daily basis without it taking over your life, so again, I'm really excited to take this on board and use it in all aspects of my life. Whilst it's primarily based on pain, I think it's something I can use for the concentration issues I have too. That's one of the great things about these sessions, it's never really specified towards a specific condition so you can take everything you learn and expand it to fit your life.

We did two lots of the relaxation sessions which I loved, I always feel so great after it although I did actually struggle to concentrate and relax during the second one for the stupidest reason ever. The minute I shut my eyes I was reliving Englands penalty shoot out against Colombia the night before and imagining us winning the World Cup! I tried so hard not too laugh because I knew I should have been just relaxing and listening to the man running it but genuinely I couldn't think of anything else, I didn't dare tell anyone that though because it just sounded like the stupidest thing ever.

I came out of this session feeling really good. Whilst it's still daunting thinking of the work that needs to be done, it's got to be worth it right? Can't really expect to just click your fingers and feel better when it comes to stuff like this. I will admit though, I had a sudden feeling of sadness the next day. As I've mentioned before, I often get quite emotional when it comes to talking about fibromyalgia, because it's such a frustrating thing to have. So I did end up getting quite upset because I'm having to really thinking about it and clearly I still struggle with that but again, that's why I'm doing this programme so hopefully by the end of it I've come to terms with it all.

Again, this is a basic description of the session because it's just about how I found it and what I think of it, I'm not sure it would be fair if I sat and described in detail what happened minute by minute. But if you think this is something you would be interested in by my very limited detail I would totally recommend it just based on these two sessions alone. You're also always welcome to message me any time over on twitter or instagram to talk about it all 😊

Abbey xx


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