What causes fibromyalgia? If we knew the answer to that we'd probably have a successful treatment that works for everyone. Unfortunately, There is no definite answer on what causes fibromyalgia, but there are plenty of theories. Long ago it was considered a type of arthritis (meaning it's in our … [Read more...]
My experience with chronic illnesses covers several different illness.
I hope that much of what I share on this blog can be helpful to anyone living with (or without) any chronic illness. However, my experience and my posts tend to be geared towards fibromyalgia, endometriosis, migraines, and IBS and my experience with those illnesses.
In addition to sharing my personal experience, I also try to share medical studies and general information pertaining to living with these specific illnesses.
Check out the posts below for information on the variety of chronic illnesses that I cover here, including:
Mindfulness Therapy for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and IBS
Over 50% of Americans have trouble falling or staying asleep, and that number is even higher for those of us living with Fibromyalgia or CFS. There are a lot of little tricks people suggest for help with falling asleep. I've tried quite a few of them with typically little success. Melatonin … [Read more...]
30 Things About My Life with Migraine
June is Migraine Awareness Month. Migraine is the chronic illness I've had for the longest. Although, I've finally gotten them under control migraine attacks still affect me. As I've gotten older I find that they affect me differently than they did when I was younger. I've gone through many … [Read more...]
How CBD Oil Improved My Sleep
CBD Oil for Sleep Despite all of the improvements I've made over the last decade, sleep continued to be the one area I had the most trouble. I tried so many things, many of them helped for a while, but invariably it seemed like once my body got used to whatever supplement I was taking … [Read more...]
6 Mental Actions That Will Make You Feel Physically Worse
When you live with chronic pain and fatigue, there are a lot of things that can make you feel worse. Over-doing it, crappy weather, stress. But, sometimes thoughts and mental actions can make you feel physically worse as well. 6 Mental actions that can leave you feeling worse 1 . Feeling Sorry … [Read more...]
Effects of stress and relaxation on Fibromyalgia
If I had a nickel for every time I've heard (or said) that stress impacts the symptoms of fibromylagia, I'd be rich. I'm pretty sure that those of us who live with fibromyalgia already know that stress effects the symptoms of fibromyalgia. But, often research exists just to prove the obvious. This … [Read more...]
The book A Return to Love talks about the idea of writing a letter to your illness and letting go of all the negative thoughts you have towards it, the "why are you doing this to me" thoughts. When I read this I thought it was interesting and I thought I'd write a letter to Fibromyalgia. … [Read more...]
How Chronic Illness is Like a Marriage
I've been thinking about how in a lot of ways chronic illness is kind of like a marriage. This post isn't as serious as most of my posts, I wanted to have a bit of fun, and take a light-hearted (tongue-in-cheek) look at how chronic illness is like a marriage. Sometimes we get stuck in … [Read more...]
How to Cope with Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain is not easy. There's no escaping it as chronic pain seeps into every aspect of your life, sucking the enjoyment from your days and the sleep from your nights. Pain takes all of your focus, making it difficult to work, or do other tasks. Unfortunately, too many of us do have … [Read more...]
Medications for Fibromyalgia: Too Many Don’t Work
Too many medications for fibromyalgia just don't work. There are so many medications for fibromyalgia, and while they all work for a small percentage of those living with the illness, too many don't work for the vast majority of those living with fibromyalgia. For all that the drugs have … [Read more...]