Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fibro Pal or Loved One Caught in Hurricane(s)?

Hello Everyone,

I thought I would write out some ideas for helping those who are living with Fibro and/or Allodynia if they've been effected by the recent hurricanes that have hit in the past few weeks.

Stress can greatly increase the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Allodynia and make a very difficult situation even harder to endure. This is a great time for those of us who may be aware of friends or loved ones who are living with Fibro and/or Allodynia to reach out and help ease their burden through extra support and thoughtful care packages (if and when they are able to receive them).

The effects of air pressure changes, wetness, and humidity will most likely cause a substantial increase in the effects of muscle and joint pain along with flu-like aches in the body. Disposable heat wraps, warm fleece blankets, hot water bottles, and small camping stoves for boiling water are great ways to help keep warm and comforted.

Being in a shelter with several other people can produce the extra stress of noise and non-privacy. During a fibro flair or attack of allodynia, this can be torturous. Noise cancelling headphones, disposable ear plugs, a radio or MP3 player with headphones are great ways to help either soften blaring noises or at least offer comfortable and soothing sounds.

Hard chairs, cots, and floors can cause a great deal of body pain over time. Body pillows, neck pillows, single size mattress toppers made of memory foam, and memory foam pillows are a wonderful guard against painful pressure points.

Feelings of despair and hopelessness, or feeling overwhelmed can increase Fibro and Allodynia symptoms. Encouraging books, letters, tapes, and cards can give an anchor hold on fly away emotions. Phone cards and/or a pay as you go phone can help keep communication open. Let your friend or loved one vent how they feel so that it doesn't build up and come out in a physical flair up. Think of solutions when your friend or loved one admits something they feel they can't handle (no matter how trivial it sounds! trauma can make even small tasks seem huge, so be patient and think of what you would do if you were in the same situation. Help them see their resources instead of obstacles.)

These are just a few ideas. Please feel free to post more ideas in the comments so that we can pass the word around and help our fellow fibro and allodynia heroes face the challenges ahead with strength and dignity.

My thoughts and my prayers are with you.

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