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

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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

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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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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Fibromyalgia and Allodynia Pain

Allodynia is a symptom of fibromyalgia where you get pain from something that others don't feel pain from. For example, brushing your hair can be painful to allodynia sufferers and even a pinch can be agony. It makes you ultra sensitive to anything your body touches. I find clothing labels can hurt more than itch… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Allodynia Pain

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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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Fibromyalgia and Internal Tremors

My newest symptom in the ever growing list is internal tremors. I started getting them in my lower left leg, in my calf where I often experience cramp. An internal tremor is a sensation of vibration within a muscle but without it physically showing any movement on the outside. This can make it quite hard… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Internal Tremors

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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

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When Family Health Concerns Take Priority Over Your Own Health Issues

I have been fairly quiet on my blog recently. Unfortunately my dad was diagnosed with cancer just over a month ago. Luckily it has been caught early but he will need an operation to remove it. Firstly I would like to just say the NHS is incredible and although they have sometimes let me down… Continue reading When Family Health Concerns Take Priority Over Your Own Health Issues

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Surviving Christmas with Chronic Illness

Christmas is a busy, crazy time of year even to a healthy person. When you add chronic illness to the mix christmas can seem daunting at best. The key to surviving Christmas is working with your chronic illness not against it. Below I give some of my tips for getting through Christmas. Start Christmas shopping… Continue reading Surviving Christmas with Chronic Illness