Kathy Musser

Living with Fibromyalgia

Someone asked me recently what Fibromyalgia pain felt like. I am sure it is a little different for each person who suffers from it, but I thought I would share my description:

Have you ever had a toothache? One that was so bad it made your entire face and jaw hurt?

Well, imagine that in every joint in your body. For me it is especially painful in my knees, hips, elbows and wrists. I type for hours a day due to my job and Fibro makes it virtually impossible to work on the really bad days because I can barely bend my fingers, much less, type. On the very worst days, the pain feels like it is in between each of my ribs, and in the spaces of each of my vertebrae in my spine.

On top of that, there is a second layer to the pain. When you were young, did a friend ever “frog” you? You know, did anyone ever hit you with a raised knuckle to cause a knot on your muscle? It was sore and tender for hours after, right? Well imagine having that pain in various points in your muscles all over your body throbbing and aching at the same time.

The combined muscle and joint pain during an intense flare up makes everything hard. It hurts to stand, walk, sit, and even lie down. Sometimes I wake up during the middle of the night from intense pain due to nothing more than turning over in my sleep.

My Fibro pain used to incapacitate me for up to three weeks out of every month. I considered myself lucky to have one solid week without pain. I had been told before that moving my body and exercise would aid or reduce the Fibro pain.

That seemed so counter-intuitive it was scary to even think about!!

But then I met Eric Romanak and something about the way he designed his exercises really struck a chord with me. Over the past 3 1/2 years I have worked out with the trainers at Seva Fitness Academy as consistently as Fibro will let me. On a great week that means 5-6 times a week. On a crappy week that means maybe once if I am lucky. I try to listen to my body, no matter how frustrating that can be.

But now I consider myself extremely lucky because I may have an incapacitating flare up 3 -4 days every two months or so. That is what I call a win.

I am no longer managing my life around my Fibro.

Sure it still sucks on the days that the flare ups are bad, but I am so thankful that there are so few of them now!

The trainers at Seva Fitness Academy have been wonderful to work with me around these flare ups and even modified workout routines that I can do even during a flare up if I have the energy. Julie Folsom has helped me with my nutrition which has also been extremely helpful in limiting the intensity and number of my flare ups.

Focusing on my nutrition has allowed me to discover some foods that actually trigger the pain so that I can avoid them.

Fibromyalgia is horrible and debilitating, but with the help of the trainers at Seva it is so much more manageable than I would have ever believed!

If you are suffering from chronic pain, don’t give up…get moving! The trainers and nutrition counselors at Seva Fitness Academy can help.

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