Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

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

Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia Poems

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

Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

Distractions for Bad Mental Health Days

Sometimes life can get too much and you need to block it all out. You are overthinking and can't seem to switch it off. The world seems to be closing in on you, and you have nowhere to turn. On these days, all you can try to do is survive. I have had a few… Continue reading Distractions for Bad Mental Health Days

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

Fibro Blogs, Fibromyalgia

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

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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

Fibromyalgia Poems

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

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

Fibromyalgia

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

Fibromyalgia

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