Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

Managing Symptom Flare Ups in Cold Weather

Some flare ups can be down to stress, overexertion etc. But I find a lot of flare ups coincide with weather changes. My whole body reacts fo different weather. When it is humid, I get pressure headaches and my brain is super foggy and fuzzy. When it is stormy, my skin gets prickly. By far… Continue reading Managing Symptom Flare Ups in Cold Weather

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Chronic Illness and Feeling Guilty: The Sad Truth

I know I shouldn't blame myself for my bad health, that I shouldn't feel guilty, but I do. I have always been a people pleaser and a very empathetic person. I love helping others and being there for them. I'm great at jumping in wherever I'm needed and putting others first. But I'm having to… Continue reading Chronic Illness and Feeling Guilty: The Sad Truth

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Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

Like many living with fibromyalgia, I am willing to try most things that have any chance of reducing my symptoms. A while ago, I took a course over a few weeks all about tai chi for those living with fibromyalgia. I have always been a fast moving person, always wanting to help, running around at… Continue reading Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

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Fibro Friendly Hobbies

I have learnt to adapt my hobbies to suit my pain and fatigue, enabling me to still do things I find enjoyable no matter how I feel. Reading It is easy to forget about reading when I'm busy with work and come home exhausted, but it really does help me escape into a different world.… Continue reading Fibro Friendly Hobbies

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How Pacing is Helping me Reduce Flare Ups

When I'm working, I can sometimes manage up to 20,000 steps in a day without realising. But boy do I suffer for it afterwards. The following days I would be lucky to manage 1,000 steps. Since starting my June challenge for Versus Arthritis to walk 8,000 steps a day, I started testing my limits trying… Continue reading How Pacing is Helping me Reduce Flare Ups

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Adapting Exercise for Chronic Pain: My Latest Walking Challenge

I have come to realise that any kind of exercise causes more pain, but no exercise is far worse. When I don't do any exercise, my muscles weaken which only leads to more pain. Most days at work I would normally get quite a lot of steps in, swapping between office work and outdoor work… Continue reading Adapting Exercise for Chronic Pain: My Latest Walking Challenge

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Fibromyalgia and Allodynia Pain

Allodynia is a symptom of fibromyalgia where you get pain from something that others don't feel pain from. For example, brushing your hair can be painful to allodynia sufferers and even a pinch can be agony. It makes you ultra sensitive to anything your body touches. I find clothing labels can hurt more than itch… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Allodynia Pain

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Staying Strong during Isolation

It is a trying time for everyone in the world right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the world is on lockdown. You would think the chronically ill would be great at isolating themselves, since that is what we do in normal circumstances. The problem is, when we are feeling well enough we… Continue reading Staying Strong during Isolation

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Fibromyalgia and Internal Tremors

My newest symptom in the ever growing list is internal tremors. I started getting them in my lower left leg, in my calf where I often experience cramp. An internal tremor is a sensation of vibration within a muscle but without it physically showing any movement on the outside. This can make it quite hard… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Internal Tremors

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How a Flare Up Really Feels

A flare up is an increase of symptoms compared to your 'normal'. With fibromyalgia your normal includes pain 24/7 so it can be harder to know when you are flaring. They can last for any amount of time from a day to years and vary in severity. A flare up can be caused by any… Continue reading How a Flare Up Really Feels