Contributed by: Margaret
Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini MSW, April 2010
Margaret has fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and scleroderma. She is 60 years old, lives in Virginia, and sent this response to the painACTION Newsletter question “My most effective strategy for avoiding high calorie foods is…”
I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was 35. I work 5½ hours a day as a school nurse. I guess you could say that I maintain my household with the help of my dear husband. I remain active but I do have to pace myself. Although the pain is always there, it is relieved somewhat with a daily dose of tramadol. I get an extremely tired feeling at times and, when that happens, I know that I am getting ready for a flare-up. If I can just go ahead and rest at that time, the pain is usually not as bad. If I could afford therapeutic massage, I would be getting it. I used to when I was able to work in the hospital and made more money. I am no longer able physically to do that.
My most effective action for eating healthy and thereby relieving pain is a nice hot bath, especially in the evenings. Often when I think I am hungry, I just need to do something relaxing. This feels much better than eating something high calorie.