Congratudolences

Congratudolences? What is that? Well, in the spoonie community, it’s what we say when we discover something about our illnesses. Congratulations for figuring something out! But, condolences for having to figure it out in the first place.

I got many congratudolences when I got the lupus diagnosis. Yes, lupus sucks. But! It’s great to know why I feel like shit all the time!

Today my congratudolences came when I finally realized how to tell when I’m having a fibromyalgia flare! I woke up today and my upper back wasn’t screaming in pain! That is a victory! Yesterday I was damn near completely miserable because my upper back hurt so much. I have no idea why it stopped (or started), but I am glad to have a signal when I’m flaring. This lets me know that I need to take it easy and let my body relax so it can stop freaking out.

Now the task is to figure out which drugs I can take or what I may be able to do to take the pain down a few notches. That pain is absolutely unreal. I can’t focus because the pain is so bad. It’s truly miserable.

I’m trying to really pay attention to the signals my body sends so I can better take care of myself. I should really be keeping a journal so I can track what I eat, any exercise I do, and how my body feels to see if there are any correlations. If I’d been smart I would have done this ages ago. Argh.

Anyway, congratudolences to me! Figuring things out one small step at a time!