Recovery

Behcets Recovery

I have not been writing for about a month, until now. I can finally say confidently, that after a year of daily pain etc., I finally see recovery approaching. I am taking Gabapentin for fibromyalgia and it has been working well so far, which has reduced the number of painkillers I take. I am down to Paracetamol with the occasional Tramacetal (tramadol with paracetamol). I have no side effects from the Gabapentin for now, which is always a good thing.

But recovery has its own challenges, the main one, currently in my life being, balancing rest and activity in a way that I does not lead to another flare up. It is tempting to do everything I have dreamt of catching up with, but pain is a good reminder to sit down and rest. I read an article from another writer living with fibromyalgia, and what she wrote made a lot of sense to me. She said that for every minute you are active, you must rest equally for the same amount of time. For example, if you work for ten minutes, rest for ten. And never go beyond twenty minutes without resting. So far, this has worked for me. I have been able to resume cooking and cleaning dishes, making me feel like I rule the world 😊

Today, I want to be a light in this very dark tunnel that is living with chronic illnesses. Although the dark tunnel may seem to stretch endlessly, occasionally, there is a break. I hope you all get a break as well. It might feel like the pain will never stop, and on some days, you might wonder how to go through another day with the pain. So, let me tell you what my husband always tells me on those days, “your job today is only to stay alive, nothing else”. Because that alone is a hard job for us! And remember, someone loves you, and seeing you alive makes their day that much better!

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