To all my followers, Happy Halloween, I hope you enjoy my poem…
In the Spooky Graveyard 🎃
Walking the steep
Into the old graveyard
A deep dank mist
Hovers all around me
Darkness is falling
Fall across my path
Into my head
I rest on a bench
Suddenly, behind me
A huge gust
blows leaves high
Into the air
I don’t feel alone
Swiftly I hurry
Back to the gate
A slight terror
Fills my mind
Is it unearthly
Forces at work?
Poem by Nick
Sometimes it’s easier to focus on others to put your own problems into perspective.
You may of read about Florence Nightingale as a student, but you may not be aware of her link to fibromyalgia or indeed Florence, Italy.
She was an inspiring person who despite illness and injury, lived an exceptional life.
Florence was quoted as saying
“There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain”
Florence was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy, after which she was named. She was the youngest of two children.
Florence was born into a wealthy family and was expected to get married and have a children. Florence rebelled against this stereotype. She had always helped to care for sick people and started working as a nurse.
Florence was sent to nurse injured soldiers during the Crimean War. She proved to be a very dedicated nurse; visiting the injured every evening on a regular basis which started the phrase ‘the Lady with the Lamp’.
Because of her influence in nursing practices unsanitary areas were improved which increased the survival rate of patients.
Florence wrote about her nursing techniques from experience, which formed the basics for standards in nursing care adopted for the profession.
During 1860 St Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale School for Nursing was opened.
Florence and fibromyalgia
Florence suffered from an invisible illness after she returned from nursing solders in the Crimea War.
Her symptoms are reminiscent of fibromyalgia; which was not a recognised condition at the time. Florence spent prolonged periods in bed, due to her illness. This was probably triggered by excessive stress carrying out her duties nursing in terrible conditions.
In recent years soldiers from the Gulf War have gone on to develop fibromyalgia after they returned from war. The unbearable stress they were exposed to at that time triggering fibromyalgia.
Florence died on August 13, 1910; she received the Order of Merit in 1907 for her contribution to modern nursing practices. Florence was an amazing woman who cared for others and put others health before her own.
It’s really important to keep as healthy as possible, as your level of stamina fluctuates so much.
When you have Fibromyalgia it is a daunting prospect, keeping fit. Particularly starting out for the first time, with a new exercise.
On a visit to my Physiotherapist recently I mentioned I go walking regularly. She said doing moderate exercise can build up strength and help with mobility.
After I was was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004, I found that exercise helped me a lot to keep a reasonable level of mobility. But I struggled to find things I could do.
I have made a list of everything that has helped me that you could try. If you’re starting out try hydrotherapy first and then some gentle flexibility exercises.
I found gentle exercise in a warm water pool can help. The water supports your body and has less impact on muscles and joints.
Research has shown that lying in warm water helps the body to relax and lowers pain perception.
A therapist that specialises in hydrotherapy or a qualified physiotherapist that has a good understanding of fibromyalgia, can help you to work out some exercises.
Your local sports centre or gym may have these facilities and let you have a couple of trial sessions.
If you have limited mobility, sitting exercises could be a better option than other ways of exercise.
Pilates strengthens the body as a whole, the main aim is to improve core strength. Regular sessions can help to reduce the risk of injury by increasing flexibility.
I developed my own tailored exercise routine, by trying out different exercises, from visits to a physiotherapy practitioner.
If you go for physio ask the practitioner for advice and help about what exercises are best for you.
I practice these regularly once a day, for about ten minutes in total. Although, I had to work up to doing this amount gradually at first.
I found walking to be the most accessible and best for my circumstances. Walking can help to boost your energy levels and enjoy nature.
If you suffer from low mood, walking on a regular basis is a good non medical therapy, to help feel more positive.
If you are on a low-income, it’s no problem to try out as there is no sign up charges.
If you are new to walking it is best to start with 5 to 10 minutes at first and gradually increase this as your body gets used to the exercise
You will need to try out a pattern that suits you.
When you first start you may need to get some comfortable shoes and wrap up well with thermal layers on cold days.
Have a look at my post on walking for more tips.
The NHS live well website has a lot of really useful tips to get you active.
I hope this post has helped to give you ideas to improve mobility for Fibromyalgia. My goal is as always to help others with Fibromyalgia and similar invisible illness.