Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

Fibromyalgia and Emotional Stress

Stress can wreak havoc on anyone’s health, but for a person with Fibromyalgia, it can be gruesome. 

Emotional Stress effects people in different ways. Sadness, grief, joy  and laughter are all emotions, but when intense sadness befalls a Fibro sufferer, it causes pain like no other. 

Recently I encountered a situation where my emotions rose to heights I did not know existed. 

The emotions my body went through was physical pain that was ignored and over-ridden due to the shock, horror, anger, intense sadness, and grief that overcame me all in about 3 minutes. Later, I let loose with tears of grief that literally caused my body to tremble as I let go of my emotions uncontrollably.  

Lack of sleep, an overwhelming sense of urgency and a continuous adrenaline rush for over 36 hours caused my body to respond in a deep, painful way. It got to where I could not sit, stand or walk well. It hurt to move any joints. I tried to keep moving so I would not “lock-up” but eventually I could go on no longer and had to give in to the pain and rest.

Sleep finally came, but only for an hour. When I awoke, I proceded to get up and begin again only to shower and find myself back in bed trying not to focus on all the pains that seemed to crawl out of everywhere. 

A sudden sick child with headache and fever caused my “Mommy-instinct” to work over-time and any chance to sleep was replaced with concern for my child and keeping her fever down. Constant pain from getting up and down made me feel like I had extreme arthritis throughout my body. 

(The fact that it was 7 degrees outside and I had to keep carrying in firewood did not help my pain either, just saying)

I felt I could not catch a break from the pain. How funny is that? Fibros don’t get a break from pain. But when you have emotional stress on top of the everyday Fibro pains, it makes for debilitating and freezing pain. 

Some emotional stress is part of life, but other stress can creep in through the loss of life and even happy emotional stress can cause issues for a Fibro body.  

In my case it was anything but a happy occurrence. None-the-less, I am dealing with it and praying for my body to get through this. An impending Flare is upon me and I must ride it out. 

It is part of living with Fibromyalgia.  

If you are going through a sad, emotional event in your life and you suffer from Fibromyalgia, you are not alone. 

Your fight is real. 

I offer you this, “…to cast your cares upon the Lord..” and allow Him to help you get through it. It is what I do each and every day. 

“This is the Day which the Lord Hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

May you find peace amidst your sadness and may your Flare not last too long. 

God Bless-

Fibro Momma of Ten 

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