Anxiety and Fibromyalgia. Boy, this is a subject I hesitate to write about. Why? Because it could easily be used by the ‘Fibro Naysayers’ to discount the legitimacy of FMS. For decades Fibromyalgia has fought the stigma of being a ‘nervous condition in the mind of middle-aged women’, the ‘vapors’, psychosomatic, and a ‘female thing’ for those prone to histrionics.
It can be argued that those prone to anxiety develop chronic pain due to the stress that is put on the body over time. We all know and agree that stress causes untold damage to physical body. It can also be argued that anxiety experienced with FMS is a result of a compromised and overactive nervous system which causes all those nerve pistons to constantly fire off. It could be a little of both, or far more complex than these general theories.
I have always been a sensitive person. I am an INFP personality type, for me, it has always been about ‘how it feels’. Now, throw in a difficult childhood, abuse, and a rough start in early adulthood along with a decade of intense and painful counseling, and I’d say the nervous system got a little overtaxed. Along with a chronic Epstein Barr Virus that has caused ME/CFS with the additional physiological stress it puts on the system, it’s no wonder I’m prone to bouts with anxiety from time to time. Sometimes I get obsessed with a fear (which almost NEVER comes true) and have to go to battle for days/months to overcome it’s grip on my mind. My husband likens it to a ‘squirrel working a nut’. And of course, the stress of this can cause physical flare ups.
I think it’s safe to say that FMS is far more complex and multifaceted than is known at this time. I believe in the years to come the research will show just how little was known and how misunderstood the data was regarding this disease. In the meantime, breathe deep and try your best to relax, all you Fibro Fighters out there….tomorrow is another day.
~Recipe Of The Week~
~Mexican Mummy Poppers~
~6-7 jalapenos, split in half with the stem and seeds removed (hold peppers under running water in a well ventilated space while working with them, it makes the fumes easier to deal with)
~2 strips crisp fried bacon, chopped
~2 thinly sliced green onions
~1 tsp salt
~8 oz softened cream cheese
~2 sheets puff pastry
~1 tsp water
Combine bacon, onions, salt, and cream cheese. Slice puff pastry into 1/8 inch long strips. Fill jalapeno halves with cream cheese mixture and wrap them with pastry. Whisk egg and water together and brush onto mummies. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 2o-25 min.