I hope you’re having a good week. I’m continuing to push myself a little physically which results in some extra pain; however I’m recovering faster than I used to. My doctor put me on hydrocortisone a few months ago. He said that sometimes low cortisol levels can mimic or worsen fibromyalgia symptoms and he wanted to find out if raising my cortisol level would help. He said it would take a few months to notice any difference. He also said that the “normal medical standard” for cortisol level starts at ZERO which both he and I thought was rather unusual since we need a certain amount of cortisol for our bodies to function properly. As usual, I never try just one new thing at a time to make it easy to figure out what’s helping — I’m in too much of a hurry to feel better and try everything I can as soon as I hear about. So after watching a dating site commercial and realizing how lonely I was, I started dating again for the first time in a VERY long time which was about the same time I started the hydrocortisone. While the actual dating has had quite a few emotional ups and downs — my body is responding beautifully to SOMETHING! I don’t know if it’s the hyrodrocortisone or the excitement of getting to know a “possible significant other” but I’m recovering from the pain of extra activity faster than I have since 1999. The dating involves a short dance class, which originally I had to sit down 3 or 4 times during the class to prevent my back from hurting for the next 24 hours, but now I only need to sit down 1 or 2 times — quick, someone who does math figure out what percentage of improvement that is!
Since I’ve been recovering from the pain of additional activity much faster, I thought I would try exercising again. I found a very effective exercise routine that strengthens and tones muscles very quickly with minimal effort and additional pain. It was something I had been doing about a year prior to having to quit my job and go on disability but could not continue until now because my FMS pain was too severe. If you want to know more about this exercise routine, feel free to contact me.
So what has caused this improvement? The hydrocortisone, the excitement of dating, all the other stuff I’ve been doing finally starting to work or was this going to happen anyway? I have no clue, I’m just glad to be recovering faster from activity and socializing more!
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Here’s to Feeling Better!