I have a couple of auto immune conditions, an immune deficiency, severe osteoarthritis, and severe peripheral neuropathy.
All cause pain and fatigue, and the PN makes it hard for me to walk, even slowly.
My lifesavers for pain: Cymbalta, Aleve, Turmeric, Pain Coping Skills (meditation, relaxation and others), and mild water aerobics in the heated pool or even in the regular pretty warm pool at the health center.
I cannot take the opioids (codeine or any of the other RX for pain).
Over doing brings on flares, with everything above on overdrive, plus outrageous pruritis (unbearable itching), and often results in an outbreak of cold sores.
Needless to say, I do NOT over do. Payback is a b...h. when I do.
Last Friday we had 3 couples for dinner, my husband did the vacuuming, and STILL, I had a three day flare of misery.
Sometimes saying NO is a way of saying YES to yourself.
YES I will be more available for my life.