Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

Putting Your Health First

Putting your own health first over everything else is so important. You may think it feels selfish or rude, but it is essential, especially when living with chronic illness. Chronic illness can make the simplest activities difficult or impossible. You smile and carry on even when you feel like you might break your body/mind. You… Continue reading Putting Your Health First

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The Similarities Between Chronic Illness and Highly Sensitive Personality

You feel so deeply about things and you cannot help it. Stimuli can be overwhelming. You absorb other people's emotions. Time pressures make you anxious. You often need to take yourself away from your busy life, to restore your balance. You overthink often. You have a vivid imagination. Change can be hard to process. You… Continue reading The Similarities Between Chronic Illness and Highly Sensitive Personality

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The Truth about Living with Fibromyalgia

It is more painful than you can imagine Every second of every day Even when I'm smiling Even when I'm having fun My toe suddenly hurts when I walk My knees feel battered and bruised My back falls apart doing the simplest of tasks And my hands ache so badly Flare ups are the worst… Continue reading The Truth about Living with Fibromyalgia

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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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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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When I’m Not Working I’m Resting

When I'm not working I'm resting On my days off that is all I can do I know I have pushed myself I am too tired, in too much pain To do anything at all except rest I have no choice but to give in And I'm mostly okay with that I accept it as… Continue reading When I’m Not Working I’m Resting

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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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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