Chronic Pain, Depression, Disability, Fibromyalgia, Health

Motivational Monday

12 Steps to Self Care If it feels wrong, don't do itSay exactly what you meanDon't be a people pleaserTrust your instinctsNever speak bad about yourselfNever give up on your dreamsDon't be afraid to say NODon't be afraid to say YESBe kind to yourselfLet go of what you can't controlStay away from drama and negativityLove… Continue reading Motivational Monday

Chronic Pain, Depression, Disability, Fibromyalgia, Gratitude, Health, Spoonie

My Husband, Michael Gilchrist

This post is dedicated to my husband and to all the husbands out there that support us, 'the Fibromyalgia sufferers'. Fibromyalgia is a debilitating chronic condition. I believe that support from your family and friends goes a long way. Most Fibromyalgia sufferers end up losing their husbands/wives/partners as they cannot handle the support we need.… Continue reading My Husband, Michael Gilchrist

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Surviving the Festive Season with Fibromyalgia

Tips on surviving the festive season There was a time when I really enjoyed the festive season ... setting up Christmas trees, buying gifts for everyone in amongst the hustle and bustle of the crowds, setting a menu for Christmas Day, buying the food and then cooking a lovely Christmas lunch for my family. Since… Continue reading Surviving the Festive Season with Fibromyalgia

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Suicide Awareness

Do you know what the number one cause of death is for someone with Fibromyalgia?

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Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

Let's explore some natural remedies for Fibromyalgia Many people have come forward and asked me to recommend some natural remedies for Fibromyalgia. While I have not tried a lot of natural remedies, I can provide you with some and will let you know which ones I have tried and my success rate. SLEEP The first… Continue reading Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

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What is a Spoonie?

This article covers "The Spoon Theory" This post is especially for newly diagnosed Fibromyalgia patients. A Spoonie is a person who suffers from an invisible chronic illness, like Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Lyme Disease, etc. The term originated from a post written by Christine Miserandino, entitled "The Spoon Theory". This YouTube video is of her explaining… Continue reading What is a Spoonie?

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Humour

I thought that I would do a lighthearted post today. I come across loads of Fibromyalgia humour on the internet and I thought today was a good day for a giggle. I hope you enjoy these:

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My Fibromyalgia Story by Jeff McCool

My Fibromyalgia Story, by Jeff McCool My name is Jeff and I have Fibromyalgia. I'm one of the less than ten percent of males who contract this illness. I had throat surgery in 2000 which is, I believe, the trauma which caused this illness. I continued to work driving 60 miles a day, to and… Continue reading My Fibromyalgia Story by Jeff McCool

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Trigger Point Injections (TPIs)

Trigger Point Injections Every 4 months, I go to see my Pain Specialist and he gives me Trigger Point Injections (TPIs). The areas that he focuses on are my neck, shoulders, back (both upper and lower), my jaw and occasionally the muscles in my chest. I find these injections very painful and they often put… Continue reading Trigger Point Injections (TPIs)

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Fibromyalgia & Depression in Art

Fibromyalgia & Depression in Art Pinterest is full of the most amazing images. I have selected a few that speak to me and portray Fibromyalgia and Depression. Unfortunately there are no artists to credit but all these images come from Pinterest.

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My Mom has Fibromyalgia

My Mom Has Fibromyalgia, by Jessica Brombin My name is Jessica and I am 22 years old. My Mom, Angelique, asked me to write an article about what it’s like to have a mother living with Fibromyalgia. For a long time I didn’t understand what Fibromyalgia was. I read through the research, got the just… Continue reading My Mom has Fibromyalgia

Chronic Pain, Depression, Exercise, Fibromyalgia, Health

Exercises for Fibromyalgia

I see many people asking which exercises are best for Fibromyalgia, and so I decided to do a post covering this topic. These recommendations are based on professional advice as well as my own experiences. One thing that you really need to do is some sort of exercise. I am fully aware that the muscle… Continue reading Exercises for Fibromyalgia

Chronic Pain, Depression, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Health, Radical Acceptance

Letting Go of Control

Today's post is a follow on of the previous post about Radical Acceptance. While at the clinic, we were given this story to read and I thought that it would be great to share it with you, as it is a perfect example of Radical Acceptance. "I know, when I look at my life, that… Continue reading Letting Go of Control

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Diagnosis Acceptance

As mentioned in the previous post, I am going to let you know how I eventually accepted my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. You might be shocked to realize that it took me 10 years to do that but when you are diagnosed, you remain forever hopeful for a cure or a treatment that is going to… Continue reading Diagnosis Acceptance

Chronic Pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Gratitude, Health

Gratitude & Positive Thinking

In today's post, I would like to address gratitude and a change in the way we think. One thing that I realized about myself, and I'm sure other sufferers feel the same, is that I tended to focus all my attention on my pain and accompanying symptoms of Fibromyalgia. It was so bad that I… Continue reading Gratitude & Positive Thinking

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Disability due to Fibromyalgia

Most people think that when you are on disability, you are so lucky. In fact many people will come out and say to you "Oh you're so lucky to be on disability, you don't have to work and you still earn an income. What more could you ask for?" Well let me tell you how… Continue reading Disability due to Fibromyalgia

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No one truly understands

As much awareness and education is brought to Fibromyalgia, it still remains true that no one will truly understand what it is like to have Fibromyalgia until they get it themselves. No one truly understands what it's like to have Fibromyalgia until they get it themselves.

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Fibromyalgia is a Journey …

Fibromyalgia is a journey I never planned or asked for, but I choose to love life, hate the disease and FIGHT! Fibromyalgia is a journey I never planned or asked for but I choose to love life, hate the disease and fight!

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Sick & Tired

Time for a rant session ... Is it just me or is everybody feeling sick and tired of the treatment received from your family and friends? When your own family cannot even ask you how you are doing?, or when you do tell them, they cannot even acknowledge the fact that I am battling so… Continue reading Sick & Tired

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Could insulin resistance be the cause of Fibromyalgia?

I was sent this link to an article about insulin resistance and Fibromyalgia. It is a very interesting read and something worthwhile trying? Has anybody tried a low carb, high fat diet and had any improvements in your symptoms? https://www.dietdoctor.com/could-insulin-resistance-be-the-cause-of-fibromyalgia?fbclid=IwAR2RXjVN3fsmBIa9SuQ1R8JATAnLEDxOo2k1ARHzvD6nPXzA3zbAd0F6Gk0 This is a brilliant website with loads of information about low carb, high fat diets… Continue reading Could insulin resistance be the cause of Fibromyalgia?