Today I just wanted to bring you a short post to discuss how emotions can impact on Fibromyalgia. Last week I talked about Weddings, specifically how an event like your wedding can trigger Fibromyalgia. A big reason for the timing of this subject was the Royal Wedding happening the next day. In theory, spending half of the day sitting on the sofa watching the TV was a Fibro friendly activity. I mean it is hardly overdoing things, is it?
An emotional rollercoaster
Like any other fan of a Royal Wedding, I found the whole affair mesmerising. From the run-up when we saw the arrival of Hollywood’s Finest and the assorted family members. The adorable appearance of the page boys and the bridesmaids through to the dramatic unfurling of the bridal attire. That was before the actual service began. Who else got goosebumps listening to Elin Manahan Thomas singing Eternal Source of Light Devine? When it comes to emotions that provided all the feels! I couldn’t help smiling at the bemused faces of the Royal Family during Bishop Curry’s passionate sermon. As someone brought up in the Anglican tradition, I confess I would have reacted similarly. The fact that people are still thinking about and discussing the address several days later is a testament to how effective it was.
Personal Poignant Moments
I have pretty much got used to my mainly homebound life these days, but sometimes I get a prodding reminder of my old life. When the chapel choir sang the Tallis and Rutter anthems, I had one of those moments. These were both pieces I was very familiar with having sung them quite often with, what was, my choir for half of my life. I couldn’t help but be transported back to times I had performed them, as well as sang at weddings – not Royal ones I hasten to point out! Add to this the reminder of the little Prince Harry walking behind his mother’s coffin and the emotions were drawn in an entirely different direction.
Taxing the Overused Emotions
On Sunday I must admit I had to rest up. This sensation was an entirely different experience to the weeks before when I went walking on the Saturdays. On those occasions, I could barely move for the next few days. I was physically in relatively good shape, but it was like my brain had been through a similar experience. This experience was the worst Fibro Fog I could imagine. I can only describe it as my mind had seized up just the essential act of thinking was difficult. The situation was made worse on Monday when our dog Gemma was taken to the vets with Pyometra and had to have emergency surgery. Thankfully she returned home to us on Tuesday to recover.
I am writing this on Thursday, and I have to say that today is the first day I would have been able to do this. The reality is that the emotional flare symptoms are every bit as disabling as the physical ones can be, just different. The best advice I can give any spoonie is to be aware of this and allow for emotional triggers to potentially take a lot out of you. As always not everyone with chronic health problems has the same experiences so find out first if this is likely to be a problem for you.
Don’t be a stranger!
Do you have Fibromyalgia and have experienced flare-ups caused by emotions? If so I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Maybe you have had flare-ups caused by other triggers which have surprised you, again please tell me about it I’d love to know what different crazy experiences I may have in the future.