Juggling Multiple Health Conditions at Once

By Garrett White
Updated 2024-03-28 16:59:14 | Published 2022-05-30 11:09:24
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Life is like a juggling act, where we have numerous aspects to balance. Our family, friends, work, school, health, and money are just some of the balls we're expected to keep in the air. On top of that, we're bombarded with advice on how to live a fulfilling life – from recycling and cooking to writing books and dating. Taking care of ourselves is another juggling act, with meditating, exercising, eating well, and staying hydrated all vying for our attention. Moreover, everything in our lives requires maintenance, from our homes and cars to our careers and relationships.

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What makes this juggling act even more challenging is that the balls we're dealing with come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some balls are small, like ping-pong balls, while others are as large and unwieldy as state fair watermelons. The balls can even change shape or disappear altogether, constantly keeping us on our toes. And if you're living with fibromyalgia or any other health condition, that adds another ball to the mix. The more balls we have to juggle, the more complex and difficult life becomes, especially if we're also dealing with other health issues.

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Personally, I have my fair share of health conditions that I juggle alongside everything else. Carpal tunnel syndrome, diverticulosis/diverticulitis, fibromyalgia, IBS, generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, POTS, sciatica, and sleep apnea are all part of my daily life. With so many balls in the air, my juggling performances can be messy, to say the least.

However, I've learned an important self-help tip: instead of focusing on the negative aspects of my health conditions, I try to shift my perspective. I make a list of the positive things about my body and myself to combat any feelings of sadness, frustration, or being trapped. I remind myself of my dazzling blue eyes, my unique gapped teeth that give me a charming smile, my cute petite feet, and so on. This helps me embrace my body and its strengths, giving me the resilience and love to keep going.

But the challenge of managing multiple health conditions persists. Imagine waking up one day with extreme fatigue, feeling like you're trudging through quicksand with every step. It's as if even lifting a spoonful of cereal is an exhausting task. In moments like these, it's difficult to pinpoint which condition is causing the symptoms. Is it fibromyalgia, POTS, sleep apnea, or diverticulitis? The uncertainty is frustrating, and it leaves me unsure of how to treat the symptoms. I'm also left with fearful questions about potential new conditions and whether I can handle them alongside my current ones.

It's natural to feel fear, uncertainty, and confusion when facing new symptoms or flare-ups. Juggling all these health conditions already feels like a daunting feat, and the thought of adding more to the mix is terrifying. If you can relate to this uncertainty and fear, know that you're not alone. These juggling routines are indeed challenging. However, it's important to recognize the strength and resilience within yourself. Even if you drop a few balls along the way, remember to give yourself credit for hanging on.

And most importantly, remember that you're not alone on this spherical stage. Reach out to your support system when you feel overwhelmed. Connect with others who understand your experiences by joining supportive communities like our Fibromyalgia Facebook Group. Together, we can navigate this juggling act and embrace the beauty and strength within ourselves.

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