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Fibro Feelings – One Handed

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Seeing as it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a post up I figured I’d try to type one, one-handed. The Boisterous Boy is swaddled and in my other arm. The sciatica on the side of my body that was still hurting after delivery has started feeling better over this past week. Although my wrists were feeling better the day after delivery, they have been more irritated now from the support I provide the baby while breast feeding for so many hours a day. My back has been feeling a lot better than at the end of my pregnancy, but it does get sore from various baby tasks. Using a Moby wrap to carry around The Boisterous Boy gives my wrists a break, but is hard on my back. So, I’m still finding my sweet spot for feeling better in most places, but haven’t had any horrid pain since delivery!

The lack of sleep due to an awake or feeding baby has been tough, but my fibromyalgia was training me for this all along. I’m used to only getting three hour blocks of sleep at a time and then waking up for a bit, all throughout the night. The difference now is that when I’m waking up every three hours I then have to stay awake and do something (feed The Boisterous Boy) for an hour before going back to sleep. The first couple days were the hardest, but it feels easier on most days and nights now.

The Boisterous Boy has been sleeping in our room for now so we’ve been playing soothing nature sounds in the background. It’s been years since I slept with any music or noise playing through the night and now I remember why I did it. I’m such a light sleeper that noises outside easily wake me up on a nightly basis. The sounds of summer rain or an ocean beach block out the pesky noises of traffic, construction, etc… I’m going to stick with this for awhile!

Do you sleep with nature sounds or white noise?


I love the sound of waves*

*Image Credit: from by Mr.Thomas


Comment from Elaine
Time January 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

Yes I always sleep with a sound machine or a repeating cd of a peaceful sound. The ocean with the waves is one of my favorites.


Comment from Karen
Time January 26, 2013 at 7:57 am

I am so out of the loop! I didn’t realize that you had the baby…congratulations!!!!! I love CDs with nature sounds, except if there are birds. I hate frickin bird sounds, they are annoying. Ocean sounds and rain or thunderstorm sounds are great for me
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I hear ya about the birds. A lot of nature soundtracks have too many noises for me – even too much thunder can end up alerting me instead of relaxing me.


Comment from Amy
Time January 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hey Felicia,
I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now but have never posted anything. I was diagnosed with fibro a little over a year ago and I really enjoy reading your blog. In the beggining it was really hard for me to find any info on fibro that was positive. As I learned to deal with my diagnosis and learn more about fibro it became a habit to come to your site and read your weekly post. All of the info on your site has really helped so much and I am very grateful to you. I’m also very happy for you and your husband and your new baby. I am a mom as well to a beautiful three year old little boy. Being a mom of a small child and having fibromyalgia challenges me every day but I love my son more than anything and I can’t imagine life any other way. I too have a wonderful husband who is helpful as well and that does help. We are now actually trying for a second baby. I havent been able to find much online about pregnancy and fibro. I know most meds are off limits but my dr did tell me that if needed I could take Benadryl for sleep. I was wondering if you would mind sharing(if any) the meds you used for sleep during pregnancy and how often u took them. I would really appreciate any info u would feel comfortable sharing. Thanks so much for everything and sorry this is so long.
Sincerely, Amy


Felicia Fibro Reply:

I’m so glad that I could be a part of your fibromyalgia journey and to hear you have a supportive husband. Thanks for the compliments and for commenting!

Good luck trying to conceive Amy. I wrote a few tips and tools posts about pregnancy and fibro which you can find links to on my “Newly Diagnosed?” page. I plan on writing follow up posts to them eventually.

I met with a perinatologist prior to getting pregnant and went over the list of any meds I was currently sometimes taking and found out which ones were ok, ok if I really had to and off limits. I was able to get through my pregnancy without taking any medication fortunately. I was told it was safe to take Benedryl as a sleep aid when I was trying to conceive. I hope this helps some.


Comment from Tink
Time February 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I found the nursing pillow MY BREAST FRIEND helped incredibly when it came to feeding my 2nd. So much better than the boppy, which always slipped out of place. I found I could also nurse while moving around the house if necessary due to the support it offered.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks for the tip! I have the my brest friend twins which is bigger than the regular one and provides more back support. There is no way I could walk around while nursing since The Boisterous Boy is very finicky about nursing. I envy you being able to do that!


Comment from Lindsey @ Dishing Up Hope
Time March 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

Congrats! What beautiful news to share. Hugs as you deal with a new one a the flares!
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