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If you live with fibromyalgia like I do, then you know that waking up can be painful. Morning is often when my body feels the most stiff.
Someone mentioned to me that this is so because our bodies don't like being in the same position for long periods of time. Of course, when you are asleep, you can't help but be immobile for much of that time.
So it goes without saying that the best cure for morning stiffness is trying to wiggle, stretch and get yourself moving.
But then there are the mornings when I am just not sure what is going on when I am asleep...
For example, I woke up this past Saturday morning and could not put any weight on my right ankle. I went to bed the night before with absolutely no right ankle pain at all. It was like I injured it horribly while I was sleeping and now I was suffering the consequences...big time!
I have been employing rest, ice, compression through the use of an ankle brace and elevation all weekend. It is helping in small increments, but my ankle still hurts three days later. I almost think a visit to the doctor might be in order, but since this is my gas pedal foot, I'm not quite sure how I would get there safely.
Then yesterday I woke up and it felt like someone punched me in the breastbone. I hurt so bad right in the middle of my chest. I struggled for the first few wakeful hours and the pain did subside, but did not disappear completely.
I really have to wonder if aliens are borrowing my body while I am asleep and having a lot of reckless fun inside it. At the very least, you'd think they could return it in better condition after a few zaps from their advanced healing gadgets.
I'm feeling like a weirdo now, so for my own sanity I have to ask all of you: do you wake up worse off too?
Kindly leave me a comment with your reassuring words here or over on the OMA&P! Facebook page. Let me know I'm not the only one feeling all beat up in the morning!