Top tips and realistic recommendations from bloggers who live with Fibromyalgia
May 12th every year is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, to help raise awareness of this often invisible condition. It is characterized by widespread pain and fatigue, with no known cause, a variety of different symptoms, and no one-size-fits-all treatment.
This year, several Fibro Bloggers from FibroBloggerDirectory.com have joined together to share their top recommendations for living with fibromyalgia throughout the month of May. I am proud to join in with this group. Please visit all of these other wonderful bloggers’ links to find more fibromyalgia resources.
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We’re all just given one body to get us through life, so take care of it.
Did you know that:
- An unhealthy diet contributes to almost 680,000 deaths in the U. S. each year?
- Fewer than 1 in 10 people eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables?
- An estimated $147 billion is spent annually on health care for obesity?
Staggering statistics to say the least.
If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know I have had fibromyalgia for over 20 years now and I prefer a holistic approach over taking prescription medications to cope with my condition.
March is National Nutrition Month here in the U.S., designed to help people make informed choices on what to eat, and build better habits for eating right and moving more. We’re all given just one body to get us through this life, so it’s best we take care of it the best we can. As such, I thought I would just link up some of my favorite and most popular posts on nutrition, supplements, exercise, and building habits, that enable me to live a life without pain medication.
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Fatigue is a debilitating, all encompassing feeling of exhaustion.
This guest post has been written by Ann-Marie D’Arcy-Sharpe, a Pain Educator and Blogger at Pathways Health Ltd. She and I both live with Fibromyalgia; she also lives with Arthritis and Bipolar disorder. Her article is so timely for me, as I have been suffering from the daily fatigue that comes with living with our condition. Please enjoy reading her tips!
One of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia, along with widespread pain, is fatigue. Fatigue is a debilitating, all encompassing feeling of exhaustion. Personally I find fatigue one of the most difficult symptoms of fibromyalgia to live with and to push through. It can feel as though your entire body is being weighed down. Every action feels like an extreme effort. It can even make you feel as though you’re thinking through a fog.
We’re all individuals so we will each experience our symptoms, including fatigue, in different ways and to different degrees. My fatigue is a symptom I experience daily, even when my pain levels and other symptoms are well managed. Over time I’ve had to learn how to cope with fatigue so that I can function in the best way I can in spite of it. I wanted to share five coping tips I hope could be useful for other fibromyalgia warriors.
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Holistic health focuses on the whole person rather than individual illness or specific body parts.
As fibromyalgia is a complex and poorly understood syndrome, with no defined cause, I have found that doctors are more inclined to just treat symptoms. Years ago I became disillusioned and weary of the medical approach of prescribing medication for symptoms, rather than trying to get to the root cause of various health problems, so I started taking more control of my own health journey (read more: Becoming Your Own Health Advocate). I want to share how I approach my health and fibromyalgia holistically.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying my approach will work for anyone else, let alone everyone else. We are all individuals with different ailments, pain levels and thresholds, environments, and situations. I am just sharing my approach to managing my fibromyalgia to minimize flares and the disruption to daily life. And first, you have to understand what I mean by “holistic.”
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