Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

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

Fibromyalgia Poems

I Am Not a Hypochondriac

So many doctors wouldn't believe me For years I started to feel the same Perhaps I'm just oversensitive Maybe everyone has pain like this Why do I hurt so easily? Am I a hypochondriac? I never knew the answer to that Even my family started to think it Nobody understood the realities The pain it… Continue reading I Am Not a Hypochondriac

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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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Still in Pain

Some days are better Some days are worse But every day I'm in pain Even when I'm smiling Even when I'm laughing I'm still in pain Whether I'm out and about Or stuck in bed Im always in pain It never stops Even on my best days I am still in pain At times I… Continue reading Still in Pain

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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

Fibromyalgia Poems

The Worst Flare Days

The worst flare days Are the ones you don't expect They creep up silently Then pounce and cause devastation The worst flare days Are when you wake up And you just know Everywhere hurts and you have no energy The worst flare days Are depressing at best They cancel all your plans And make you… Continue reading The Worst Flare Days

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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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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

Fibromyalgia Poems

I’m Fine

I'm fine Is the easiest thing to say It can be a sign That you're having a bad day ... I'm fine Most won't look beyond the smile I don't want to explain Sometimes it's just plain denial I'm fine I don't want to admit That I am not okay That I hurt and I… Continue reading I’m Fine

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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