Black Friday shopping can be hard on any body, but it is particularly rough on someone with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions. I have only done it once when my fibro was in its early stages, my weight was where it should be, and I was in good shape. It still wore me out.
Here is a list of reasons to avoid Black Friday shopping:
- Stress exacerbates pain
- Cold weather exacerbates pain
- Standing in lines can cause fatigue, especially if this is not something you normally do or if you are in line for midnight store openings when you are normally sleeping
- Exhaustion decreases stamina, something needed for shopping expeditions
- Thinking about getting the good deals can lead to sleep problems, which causes fatigue and pain
- Thinking about getting the good deals can cause anxiety
- Brain fog increases when sleep is reduced or non-restorative
- The sights and sounds (not counting pushing and shoving) can cause sensory overload
- Negotiating crowded store aisles is particularly hard if you have to use a motorized cart like I do
- Standing in long lines can be a problem if you suffer from irritable bladder and/or irritable bowel. Maybe they exist, but I have never seen a port-a-potty at waiting lines.
For sufferers of chronic pain, one must decide whether the consequences are worth the bargains. Personally, I recommend online shopping. Many stores are offering Black Friday deals online, as well as in the stores - "Bricks and Clicks." Some stores have items that are on sale only online.
Whichever way you choose to do Christmas and/or Hanukkah shopping, I hope you...