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Hi I hope I am not infringing on any rules here but I have just read a very interesting page and I thought it might be useful to others especially newbies that are having trouble "pacing" themselves. I for one have found this to be the worst thing for me. As my nickname suggests I was a big ball of energy, if I walked into the room everyone knew it. Now I'm a snail and hide away as much as I can.

I have been informed I must delete the link. However Barbsh54 has kindly copied and pasted it. The article itself is very illuminating.

Lots of gentle hugs to everyone out there suffering



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hi Ms Tigger, thanks for the interesting article. As I have learned at my peril, I think copying and pasting (part of) the article is ok, without the ads. :-)


PS I think the author has got it right.


(MS Tigger has the source for this article by Sue Ingebretson; abbreviated by barbsch54:)

"I don’t like to discuss my limitations, do you? It feels restrictive and confining to put what I can’t do into words. I’d much rather hop into topics such as options, opportunities, and healing. But understanding our limitations can help to develop a healthy respect for our personal experiences related to our fibromyalgia symptoms....

Here’s an example... (Author describes how she had to hire a brand new car - with unexpected consequences...:)

... You see, the fumes even messed with my cognitive abilities. ... Even in a completely familiar part of town, I couldn’t get my bearings. I just wanted to get away from the smell. I wanted OUT. Driving in circles, (this was before Google Maps on my cell phone), I finally arrived by default. Then …. I jumped out of the car and ran as if it were on fire.

... On the upside, this time of forced rest provided me with ample opportunity to assess the situation.

You see, I knew that some smells bothered me more than others. I’m super-sensitive to chemicals in scented candles, room fresheners, detergents, perfumes, smoke, pesticides, herbicides, paints, lacquers, solvents, and more. But I didn’t respect my own boundaries. I thought, “I can tough it out for a few days.”

Have you ever felt that way?

We fibrofolk are sensitive souls. We’re sensitive to many things including lights, smells, touch, foods, sounds, and more. Learning this helps us to develop awareness and respect for our own space and circumstances. When we define an offending smell, environment, or experience, we can begin to protect ourselves from it.

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Very Interesting, I had attended Pain Management, but the limitations in this article were not mentioned. I understand now, (I think) that pacing is not just taking things slower but thinking about which activities to take on. Thanks it was a good arti le


Thanks i hadnt come across this one .

Just pinned it onto my board for future reference. :P

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A lot of sense in that article. Thanks :)


thanks :-)


Really interesting. Going to show this to my husband as he gets vexed when i do things which are obviously going to aggravate and escalate health issues. Maybe he will understand that sometimes the experience/activity is worth the payback!


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