Just thought I would blog about the Push & Crash Cycle (or Boom & Bust).Whilst living with Fibromyalgia we experience many days where we are in too much pain or feeling very fatigued that we are mainly in the house. So when we feel better what do we do, up we get and do as much as possible.This is where the push & crash comes into play as we push ourselves so much then the crash and the flare is really bad.
Don't for a minute think I have not done this in the past, of course I have. I understand that when you have been poorly stuck indoors that a good spell is a chance to get up and do things.
Getting the fresh air and seeing the world helps you to feel better too. However, to aim to help control the symptoms pacing & gentle exercise is advised. Doing the same amount everyday, trying not to push yourself on the good days and it may break the cycle.
If you look at the end of the blog there is a scale of symptoms. With the push & crash cycle imagine a zig zag pattern, up and down the scale from the near the top to the bottom , up & down , up & down. This represents the way that when we feel better we do things and than feel so bad we can hardly get out of bed. With pacing and gentle exercise the aim is to be maybe go between level 60 & 80 say and the pattern be like a bumpy road rather than the zigzag.
Saying all this I know it is hard but it is achievable. So maybe try and adjust a few things here and there and eventually you may feel you are on the bumpy road rather than the rollercoaster.
On the FibroAction website there is information about gentle exercise and flares. It might help you with some useful tips. They are part of the Expert Patient series , please find links below
They is also a blog here called Thoughts on flares written by Lindsey that has helpful tips too, link below;
I hope this helps and little steps are the key, small changes here and there.
100 Fully recovered. Normal activity level with no symptoms
90 Normal activity level with mild symptoms at times
80 Near normal activity level with some symptoms
70 Able to work full time but with difficulty. Mostly mild symptoms
60 Able to do about 6-7 hours of work a day. Mostly mild to moderate symptoms
50 Able to do about 4-5 hours a day of work or similar activity at home. Daily rest
required. Symptoms mostly moderate.
40 Able to leave house every day. Moderate symptoms on average. Able to do about
3- 4 hours a day of work or activity like housework, shopping, using computer
30 Able to leave house several times a week. Moderate to severe symptoms much of
the time. Able to do about 2 hours a day of work at home or activity like housework,
shopping, using computer.
20 Able to leave house once or twice a week. Moderate to severe symptoms.
Able to concentrate for 1 hour or less per day.
10 Mostly bedridden. Severe symptoms.
0 Bedridden constantly. Unable to care for self.