We all want to be able to live pain-free, to enjoy our lives. Sometimes you have to think outside the box.
Everyone experiences pain differently. Everyone reacts to drug therapies differently. There is no one size fits all when it comes to devising a pain management plan. Dealing with a complex condition like fibromyalgia, one must get creative in devising their strategy, and sometimes think outside the box. Here are some non-drug therapies for managing pain that you may not have thought to try or even heard about.
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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”
No matter how much pain we are in or how exhausted we are, we manage to bounce-back.
Resilience and Fibromyalgia don’t often complement each other. Resilience is one’s ability to bounce back. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is characterized by flare ups, or “flares,” of symptoms such as widespread musculoskeletal, stabbing or burning pain; fatigue; sleep problems; and cognitive problems. These flares can be short-lived or long-lasting, and sometimes debilitating, mentally draining, and exhausting. So you can see where these two things don’t naturally lend themselves to each other. Continue reading “How to Be Resilient with Fibromyalgia”
Drinking water is essential to maintaining proper hydration and a well-functioning body.
It’s summer in Texas and it is hot already. Just a little time outdoors causes you to overheat, sweat, and start looking for something to cool you off and quench your thirst. The body is about 60% water, and it loses water through sweating (to regulate body temperature) and urinating (to rid the body of waste). So it stands to reason that drinking water is essential to keep those resources replenished.
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June is Men’s Health Month so here are some gift ideas to keep those men in your life healthy.
In case you haven’t stopped in before, I typically write about life with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and strategies for coping with it naturally. As June is Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day is coming up, I wanted to offer some gift ideas for keeping the men in your life – dad, husband, brother, friend – healthy and happy.
Men typically live 5 years fewer than women.
Men are more likely to have heart disease than women.
Men are more likely to use tobacco and drink.
And men make up less than 10% of the millions of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Continue reading “Gift Ideas for a Healthy Dad”
Technology is a tool people use to improve their lives.
Let’s face it. We’re lucky to get out of bed, get our hair done, and make it to work on time with the same color socks some days. Life with a chronic condition is challenging every single day. I fight fibromyalgia, what’s your superpower? So anything I can do to make my day/week more productive is alright by me.
“There was a time when a nail was high tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives.” ~Tom Clancy
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The days are usually long. The rooms are usually cold. The food options aren’t the best. And sleeping in a strange bed without your pillow is never very fun.
Traveling for business requires different strategies than traveling for pleasure, because you can’t always modify your schedule and you don’t have a built-in support network of family to help lug your bags around. The days are usually long. The rooms are usually cold. The food options aren’t the best. And sleeping in a strange bed without your pillow is never very fun.
For many of my work trips I am traveling with some of my employees or co-workers and have vendors to meet. Not showing up to a session doesn’t always work for me, unless I am calling in dead. So I have crafted a few strategies that help me survive business travel while dealing with the chronic pain and fatigue I experience.
“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” ~ Albert Einstein
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