Don’t just look ~ see!

Reposted from 04/03/2013

Today I went to a cell phone service store.  When I walked into the store there was already one person waiting in line.  I was able to lean up against a post for some support.  While waiting in line it’s impossible to not hear what the Employee’s are talking about with other Customer’s.

The one Employee started discussing a service problem with a female Customer in great details.  The other Employee commented softly that she really didn’t want to know all of the “details”.

I noticed the lady being helped placed her hand on her  hip/low back for a second.  I saw that slight twinge that appeared on her face for a second.  As the Employee said that he was going to try something else on her phone – the lady said “I’m just going to just sit over here” pointing to a bench just a short distance away.  He said to her “Naw, that’s ok – you can hang out here with me”.

I kept watching her.  She placed her hand again on her lower back.  I told the customer next to me that the lady over there is in pain.  “See how she keeps puttin her hand on her back” , “She’s hurting”.

The Employee kept working, got up and moved to another workstation leaving the woman waiting at the counter.

I knew the tell-tale signs.  I have done the shifting of legs while waiting in lines.  Trying to keep the pressure off of each one.  I have pushed my hand in my lower back trying to move some of the trigger points or to stop the shooting pain.

She would glance over to where there was a seat and back to the Employee who had not returned to her yet.

Thinking back the time really wasn’t all that long.  But for those of us who suffer from pain by just “being” ~ the time moves so very slowly for us when having to stand in lines.

I looked around the sales counter and saw they had benches in front of each of the stations.  The lady waiting was standing in a way that she could not see the bench around the corner.

It was emotionally painful for me to watch her.

I walked over to her, lightly touched her arm and asked “would you like to sit down?” showing her just around the counter the bench.

She nodded slightly saying “yes, thank you.”

I returned to where I had been waiting.  I turned around just at the time she was starting to sit down.

That is when I saw what we all feel.  She moved so very slowly, lowering herself to sit, eyes closing at the last-minute.

I wonder would I have ever noticed that before it became my life.

I was raised right by my parents.  I was taught to hold the door for the elderly or someone using crutches.  I was taught to have compassion for those in need.

She did not have a cast, wheelchair or anything outwardly that would make you believe she may need help.

I honestly do not think that I would have noticed her before…

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Reposted for #May12BlogBomb

Whether or not it’s the weather?

Whether or not it’s the weather?

Does the Weather Affect Fibromyalgia Symptoms?      HECK YA!

How can people not see how it affects everyone not just the Fibromites?

Every article you read – gives totally different replies.  Does the weather affect moods? Health? Pain? Of course they do.

There are so many studies that prove that temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, precipitation and wind affect Fibromyalgia symptoms. Studies do show that Fibromites tend to have more symptoms flare during December and January due to cold temperature & low barometric pressure.

Barometric Pressure: Sunny days create a high barometric pressure while storms result in a sudden drop. These changes can trigger muscle aches in FM patients.

Humidity: Humidity is associated with headaches, stiffness and widespread pain flare-ups in FM patients.

Precipitation: associated with a change in barometric pressure. This can result in increased pain and fatigue in FM patients

Temperature: especially rapid changes in temperature and cold tend to irritate while warm temperatures are less troublesome.

Wind: In general, wind usually causes a decrease in barometric pressure regardless of its force and therefore can trigger fatigue, headache, and muscle pain in FM patients.

One of my diagnosis is Seasonal Affective Disorder.

It is directly related or even caused by too little sunlight, which causes the body’s time clock to go out of sync, upsetting the body’s routine, and may even affect certain hormonal levels.

The symptoms of SAD are depression, sadness, lethargy, fatigue, excessive sleeping, difficulty getting up in the morning, loss of appetite or increased eating of carbohydrates, thus increase in weight, decreased activity and socialization, apathy, irritability.

Your body operates using an internal clock known as the circadian rhythm. Changes in seasons and the amount of light that your body receives can throw off your circadian rhythm, causing you to feel fatigued and more achy then usual.

I read this in one study – But I am not going to pretend to understand it.  If you do – please comment on it for me.  The study said “There does appear to be a relationship between low temperature levels and an increase in the number of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body. These cytokines appear to be related to pain intensity.”

 So what can we do to combat the effects of weather?

We know that sleep cycles change during times of extreme temperature – either too hot or too cold.  I know that we need longer deep and restful sleep.

I go to bed same time every night.  I added a heated mattress pad, lavender spray for pillows, a body pillow and ice too.

Cold temperatures are usually worse so they say to dress in layers on the chilly days.

Ok – sure and what do you do when you have allydonia along with it. Dress warm when you need to wear tank tops.

Try to increase the amount of light you have inside of your house. Purchase halogen bulbs or a special light box to help improve your mood.

Ok – here we go again~How do we do this when not only the sun streaming through the windows are too much to handle & we start wearing sunglasses indoors.

I do have the special light bulbs next to my chair in the living room (thanks to my Mom) and a light box on my desk at work.

What do we know about the weather and Fibromyalgia?

Cold temperatures and low barometric pressures are not our friend!!!!

Find what makes you feel better – whether it’s like me and go for a swim.  I will go lay in the tanning bed for a quick warm up. (No lectures on Cancer – I’m killing myself slowly with all these pills – at least let me be warm and relaxed).   I really haven’t learned how to make my own sunshine. But I am trying. I usually will open the blinds (and wear shades in my house), light candles, put out some fresh flowers, open up the windows and let in some fresh air.

Wishing you a sun-filled day!!!   (and it’s hip to wear shades)

I am a Fibro Warrior ~ Living Life!

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