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Grocery shopping with Fibromyalgia & CFS

Friday 26 March 2010

GroceriesAbout.com's Adrienne Dellwo discusses the difficulties of grocery shoppping for people with ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia:

Grocery Shopping With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thursday February 25, 2010

Grocery shopping wasn't fun when I was still pretty healthy. After fibromyalgia hit, it didn't just get harder -- it turned into a much-feared ordeal that was likely to leave me not just hurting and exhausted, but panicky and shaking.

A trip to the grocery store seems to require all the skills that those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome lack. You've got to have the direction sense and focus to first drive yourself to the store, and then to find your way around inside; you've got to follow a list (if you remembered to bring it), which challenges the short-term memory; your brain's got to take in a lot of visual and audio signals, which can overwhelm us; you've got to multi-task and make a ton of decisions, which can cause anxiety and confusion. And as if that weren't enough, you've got to expend a big chunk of that day's energy and probably amp up your pain several notches at the same time.

Let's face it -- grocery shopping is never going to be a cake walk for us. We can, however, do some things to make it easier. I've made a list of the things that help me and the things I've heard from other people, and I hope some of the suggestions help you. You can see them here:

At the end, there's a Readers Respond link so you can share your own tips. If you'd like to share your grocery shopping horror stories, leave a comment below!

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