Fibromyalgia

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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Chronic Illness: What You Don’t See

You see me smiling and laughing You see me living my life You see me like anybody else But I'm hiding the truth You don't see the days I spend in bed The days I can barely move I am too fatigued, in too much pain Those are the days I hide away You don't… Continue reading Chronic Illness: What You Don’t See

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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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When You Feel Like Giving Up

When you just feel like giving up Please know that you are enough Everything you do is an achievement No matter how big or small There is always a light at the end of the tunnel... Try not to judge yourself by others Make your own rules for your life Change your priorities to what… Continue reading When You Feel Like Giving Up

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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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Disneyland Paris with a Disability

I just came back from my first Disneyland Paris trip since officially being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have been 5 times in the last 5 years as it is my happy place away from reality! When I went last year I was in the process of being diagnosed. I paid for a letter from my… Continue reading Disneyland Paris with a Disability

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How Chronic Pain Can Affect Mental Health

Chronic pain is not only hard on the body but also on the mind It can make you feel worthless as you can no longer achieve all you could before It can make you feel lonely from having to spend so much time at home and nobody seems to understand your pain It can make… Continue reading How Chronic Pain Can Affect Mental Health

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A Good Day Does Not Mean I’m Pain Free

I wake up and I'm still in pain My body is stiff and aching I get up feeling the pain ease a little I don't feel too bad today ... I manage to shower and wash my hair I may even be able to dry it today It's a very rare day indeed Today is… Continue reading A Good Day Does Not Mean I’m Pain Free