With over 200 symptoms or co-morbidities, fibromyalgia symptoms can vary from person to person.
With 18 trigger points across the body, one of the most defining symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome is widespread pain. It is also characterized by extreme fatigue, sleeping issues, headaches, and a myriad of other symptoms. It can be difficult at times to ascertain whether you have yet another weird symptom of fibromyalgia, or you truly have something else wrong. And the symptoms vary from one person to the next.
Research suggests that “the brain of a fibromyalgia patient amplifies pain signals” and that it “is a complex condition whose definition and measurement extend far beyond charting patient-reported pain levels on a numeric scale.” It’s no wonder there are over 200 symptoms and/or co-morbidities that have been attributed to this syndrome. Continue reading “Fibromyalgia Symptom Round-up”
People with chronic illnesses or pain often feel like they have transformed into someone else, perhaps even someone they no longer recognize. It takes strength and courage to deal with long-term pain and illness, while staying true to your authentic self.
Here’s to being able to bloom where you are planted, face challenges that come your way, transform into a stronger being, and find your authenticity and strength.💛
As many of us are wrapping up a long holiday weekend celebrating America’s independence, it’s a good time to reflect on what “independence” means for many. While the holiday is meant to celebrate my country’s independence from the colonization of the British, for many the word independence means so many other things.
For those with chronic illness, pain, or conditions, being independent and able to do things unassisted is hugely satisfying, but not always possible. Oftentimes those conditions are “invisible” meaning the individual tries to exert their independence, put on a happy face, and carry on, all the while hiding their pain or condition from the outside world. Try to consider these scenarios when you think of the word, because Independence Day can have different meanings for so many people. Continue reading “10 Things to Inspire You this Month”
Life is full of ups and downs; good and bad; happy and sad. But life is really what you make of it. So make the best of it! Follow those dreams! The road to success may not be an easy one, but you can overcome. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Never, ever give up on those dreams. I hope you find whatever you are looking for at the end of your rainbow!
We all have moments of self-doubt and fear. Learning to trust our instincts will help us conquer those fears. Just like the children’s story about the little engine that could, think you can, and you will! “Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true.”
So put those fears aside and go with your gut instinct. Sometimes we all need a little kick in the pants to recognize what we already know to be true. Believe in yourself and you can be living the life of your dreams.
Fibro fog manifests itself in different ways, including forgetfulness, difficulty remembering names or where you place an object.
One of the definitions of fog is “something that obscures and confuses a situation or someone’s thought processes.” If you are familiar with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, you might have heard the term “fibro fog” describing those periods where you can’t think right, and sometimes suffer memory loss or have difficulty concentrating. It is a very real thing for us fibrowarriors. I have experienced this feeling more times than I care to admit, and to this day my memory is not as good as it used to be. Continue reading “Cloudy with a Chance of Fibro Fog”
I often use the hashtag #lovewhatyoudo because I believe that if you enjoy your work, it doesn’t feel like work. Everyone should find something that makes them happy; something they are passionate about; something they are good at. And then do more of that.
I came across this quote and decided to look up the author, as I had never heard of him. Frank Tyger was an editorial cartoonist, a humor columnist, and an artist. He has many wonderful quotes attributed to him. On Mondays he would write a column that always ended with, “May today be the start of a wonderful week for you.” Such positivism that we don’t always see these days. It’s this kind of everyday inspiration that I look for in life.
I hope you find your freedom, like what you do, and do what you like. Or even better, do what you love and love what you do. ❤
Have a wonderful week!