What do you do when all your effort backfires and makes things worse, where you feel like your body is allergic to effort? (And you tried "resting" or doing nothing for months but that clearly did not work either?) Especially if you are the type of person that thrives on effort (professional life and hobbies and ways to blow off steam?)
For several years, the pain, fatigue, isolation, anxiety and low mood cycles were hell. The harder I tried, the worse it made everything: I was used to trying harder making things better, but this was its own beast. During this time, I had trouble walking without my muscles (eventually my whole system) complaining for days. I had trouble driving. I felt trapped in my apartment.
Aquajogging is one of Jared’s most successful management strategies, it’s a fantastic idea & it directly inspired this great new article for PainScience.com.
Jared perfectly demonstrates a thoughtful, systematic approach to learning about fibromyalgia and experimenting with treatments. He’s open-minded, but — crucially — not too open-minded. His writing about that process is a great bonus, clear and interesting, and I learned a lot from it, so on top of everything else it’s a useful collaboration.
The main article is short, but some of his “Additional Notes” are actually longer and the best part: be sure to click/tap to show those.
“DOCTOR MASSEUSE: Or My Personal Pain Puzzle”
by Jared Updike