“Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself”?

“Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself”?

“Pull yourself together” . . . “Don’t rest during the day” . . . “Stop feeling sorry for yourself” . . . “There’s nothing medically wrong” sound familiar?  Yes, we all have heard those words over and over.  If this isn’t bad enough most of us also have the symptom of “FibroFog”.  What is “FibroFog” and how can we tell it to take a hike?  That is what I decided to explore today because it is real and it is debilitating to many and to me!

Fibrofog is a term given to the variety of cognitive problems that many fibromyalgia sufferers face during their illness.  Fibrofog can encompass memory loss, difficulties using language, and difficulties with learning.  These symptoms tend to descend in a haze or “fog,” around the sufferer.   Fibrofogs can occur at any time and can vary in intensity when they do occur.   Fibrofogs tend to be at their most severe during flare ups in pain.

It is clear that a lack of quality sleep has a lot to do with developing Fibrofog.  Most folks with Fibromyalgia do not get restful sleep and tend to wake up multiple times during the night.  Without that deep sleep we cannot really get rested, therefore we wake up each day with a little less energy and clarity.  Many articles have been written about this and how it affects people when they suffer day in and day out with chronic pain and lack of sleep.

In a recent study patients with Fibrofog complained of more pain, lack of concentration and ability to get quality sleep, as well as more flares.  So It appears we need to find an answer to getting that sleep we are missing.  I have developed some Lavender bag products which can also help induce sleep.  You can microwave these products and place them on your pillow so the scent of the Lavender can help  you fall asleep.  They are also great for keeping your feet warm in bed.  Having warm feet is essential to falling asleep and wearing socks can greatly increase your chances.  The website sells tie dyed fibro socks which keep your feet comfy and cozy.  Any pair of comfortable loose-fitting socks will help.  Check out these products at  http://www.2sistersgiftsgalore.com

Another article discusses the importance of sharing your symptoms with others who suffer the same illness or type of symptoms.  The act of sharing and having folks who understand you is vital to feeling validated and therefore understood which we certainly do not get from those who do not even understand why you’re unable to attend every event or family gathering.  There are many groups on the web for fibromyalgia sufferers.  Facebook has more than any single web site I have found.  All types of groups are available so it is fairly certain you can find one to join where you feel comfortable.  I am also certain you will find comfort in joining a group where you are understood and heard.  It is not a requirement that you post either. If you feel more at ease just reading that is okay too. Getting validation from those also suffering and not constantly trying to prove what is happening to you will, in itself, help you find the rest you need.

Take time to find validation!  Peace, Light and Health always!

Cynthia L. Matusky


About C. Matusky

Owner of retail online store selling items for gifts and to help folks like myself who have chronic pain conditions.
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5 Responses to “Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself”?

  1. Are your products similar to the rice lavender pillows that you can put in the microwave? They use to help a lot and I cannot find them anymore. I am trying to see if you sell something similar to it?

    • C. Matusky says:

      yes! I am designing a whole line of them. The one you are seeing is a rectangle with the individual sections filled with flax, rice and lavender. The flax holds heat longer. They can also be put in the freezer for cold therapy. They are $15 plus shipping. visit the website to order if you decide you want one and thanks for the inquiry! 🙂

      • I know I haven’t spoken to you in a while, do you still sell the pillows if so can you reply with the link because I have been looking for some lavender pillows and have been unable to find them. Also, are these the ones I can microwave?

  2. Cynthia Matusky says:

    I do not make them currently. I will plan to make them again once I am in my new home. I am not in a place right now where I can, sorry. We are listing our house and my stuff is all packed up. Our new home will not be ready until November of this year. And yes they are microwaveable. I do know others sell these so keep searching! I am sure you can find one. If not check back with me in November and I will do my best to help you, I promise!

  3. C. Matusky says:

    I cannot currently make this as I am listing my house and have all my things packed. My new house will not be ready until November. I would be happy to make it then for you. Keep looking.; I have seen them for sale elsewhere. And yes mine are microwaveable

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