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Fibro Feelings – I think I Jinxed Myself

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I think I jinxed myself. On Monday I was thinking about how I was so surprised that my body has handled 4 weeks of physical labor weekend projects without going into a full blown flare. Normally I would never do even 2 weekend projects like we’ve been doing in a row. Of course, we’d planned to spread these projects out throughout the summer, but unexpected things at The Helpful Hubby’s job prevented us from being able to. Even The Helpful Hubby commented on how he was surprised that I wasn’t feeling worse. Sure I’d gotten heat exhaustion and had some painful days, but I hadn’t had any flares, which was unusual for the amount of physical labor I’d been doing.

And then came Tuesday afternoon. I did a couple loads of laundry, some work online, finished unloading the dishwasher and washed some dishes. I noticed that my upper arm/shoulder was slightly sore. Hours later my shoulder and upper arm were killing me anytime I tried to move them. I think I have a strained tendon, but I’m not sure how I did it. I hurts to move my arm in certain directions, especially if I even slightly push/pull on anything. When The Helpful Hubby got home he said that I looked sad. It wasn’t that I felt sad, my arm/shoulder and my teeth were just really hurting. I’d been using Crest whitening strips for the few days before that and they had made my teeth super sensitive. I guess I’ll stop using those for awhile!

As you can imagine I didn’t get much sleep Tuesday night with my bodily pains. Luckily, my feet had quite hurting before all those new pains though! Sunday I had worn those massaging, slide on sandals that are supposed to push on reflexology pressure points to do what I thought would be a short task. That task ended up taking me 1-2 hours and causing me foot pain that lasted for 1.5 days. During that time I felt like I was still standing on those painful, little rubber dots. Since I still have many things I’d like to get done before our house guests arrive on Saturday, I know I’m going to have to start prioritizing. There is a good chance I physically won’t be able to do all those things. I am grateful that I started preparing weeks ago, just in case this sort of thing happened.

Do you find massaging sandals painful too?


The painful dots look so innocent*

*Image Credit: from by arvindgrover


Comment from Sheilagh Lee
Time September 1, 2011 at 10:59 am

I find those sandals excruciating. I have to be careful about footwear because my feet swell in odd places like the top of my foot , the arch, and ankle and then they hurt worse with wrong footwear. It’s the same with those sandals that go between toes. they hurt.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels that way in those sandals. I usually try to avoid wearing them. Some thong sandals I can handle, others I can’t.


Comment from Alison H.
Time September 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I hate sandals like that — SO painful. Any footwear with “massaging” texture kills my feet, even just the little grips on nonslip socks. Which stinks, because my feet are always cold and we recently got hardwood floors. I can’t wear socks without possibly slipping and falling, and I can’t wear grippy socks/slippers/anything else because they hurt my feet.

The only comfortable sandals I’ve ever found are the Anti-Gravity line made by Easy Spirit. It’s a specific sandal in their collection, the Heel Riser, with suede and stretch fabric and the cushiest soles ever. (For some reason, the other Anti-Gravity shoes aren’t as comfortable, despite supposedly having the same soles. And their other sandal styles don’t stretch and flex and conform to the foot as well as this one either, so they’re less comfortable and less stable. Even the decorative variants — Heel Shine and Heel Jewel — feel totally different. It’s just the one particular style that’s great.) I love them so much, I own five different pairs — I have never bought more than one pair of a shoe before! — and wear them pretty much exclusively. I used to hate every pair of shoes I’d ever put on my feet until I found these. I know I totally sound like a crazy shoe evangelist (or like I’m getting paid to endorse this shoe, which for the record I’m not) but seriously, I cannot stop myself from recommending them whenever someone with fibro or other pain issues mentions shoes. If you can find an Easy Spirit store, you have to try them out. And I’ll shut up now!


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Now that I think about it, I’ve had some nonskid socks hurt me too, when my feet were already a little sore. Be careful on your new floors! I have a pair of slippers that have support in them that I really like. They’re listed on my resource page, if you’re interested.

Thanks for sharing your comfy sandal find! I just looked at them online and they’re on sale. BTW, I loved the “crazy shoe evangelist” mention!


Comment from Karen
Time September 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Yeah those things hurt!!!
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