Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

Navigating Chronic Illness During the Pandemic

It is a scary time for everyone, but living with a chronic illness is an extra thing we have to deal with over the top of it all. We are already home most of the time and our lives can feel like one big lockdown that never ends. However finally others have experienced this too… Continue reading Navigating Chronic Illness During the Pandemic

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Chronic Fatigue is More Than Just Feeling Tired

Chronic fatigue is more than just feeling tired There is not a time I'm free from it Every minute of every day I struggle on Though it may not be obvious to everyone I may smile and carry on sometimes Other times I cannot get out of bed When it knocks me down you will… Continue reading Chronic Fatigue is More Than Just Feeling Tired

Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

A Year Taking CBD Oil

I've just hit my first anniversary of taking CBD oil and it has definitely made a difference to me. Of course, it may not work for everyone but this is my experience, in case you are thinking of trying it. I use a 5% CBD Oil from a health shop. It is quite expensive but… Continue reading A Year Taking CBD Oil

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My Favourite Pillow to Ease Neck and Shoulder Pain

For years I have suffered with shoulder and neck pain when trying to sleep, and I would often wake up with my head falling off the pillow, which would trigger my vertigo. Last year I invested in my first V pillow. I was looking at the massive U shaped pregnancy pillows, as I heard from… Continue reading My Favourite Pillow to Ease Neck and Shoulder Pain

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