Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yoga boosts stress-busting hormone, reduces pain, study finds

Yoga boosts stress-busting hormone, reduces pain, study finds

Saturday, July 23, 2011

How Fibro Sufferers Can Beat the Heat

The extreme heat that Connecticut had been facing about a decade of summers ago had made it difficult for me to enjoy the dog days. I used to practically live outside all summer long when I was a kid, only going inside for food and sleep.

My symptoms ran rampant during extremely hot days as a newly diagnosed fibro adult and I tried to avoid the heat like the plague. I was finding it difficult to breath and to move due to the pain. I knew I had to do something for relief, but I wasn't exactly sure what.

At first I tried to live without an air conditioner. My thinking was that the extreme change in temperature was the culprit. I figured if I could eliminate the drastic change, my body would become more used to the summer again and I could finally remember what it was like to enjoy the warm weather. That worked until the past two summer's temperatures were breaking records set 40 years ago.

My asthma then kicked in, causing a whole other set of problems, including extreme fatigue, and the feeling of faintness. It was obvious that my conservation of air wasn't the best way to deal with my pain, so I opted to suffer through the lesser of the two evils and I put the air back on.

Summers for the most part are usually okay for me if Connecticut doesn't see temperatures over 85. My flares are mostly minimal as long as the humidity doesn't make the temperatures feel like they are over 100. These past two summers, however, have been a little difficult.

During this time, I've been caring for grandparents who aren't particularly fond of air conditioning so my husband had suggested I bring several packets of a hydration mixture with me while caring for them in a stiflingly hot house. Amazingly, my symptoms started to diminish. I couldn't figure out exactly why this was happening but I reveled in the fact that it did.

Below is an article that I just recently came across that offers tips to fibro sufferers who find it difficult to beat the heat.

Every Day Health

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Monday, July 18, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

‘Health Adviser’ Uses Natural Ways to Help Individuals Heal - The Missourian: St Clair News

I wanted to share this particular article because I believe that Natural Doctors are making some important strides in aiding patients with diseases like Fibromyalgia. Homeopathic care is on the rise, but it is not always recognized. In this article you with see that this particular doctor is nationally certified, but she is not recognized as being so in her home state. Hopefully this outlook will change as Natural Doctors become more popular.

It is important to know, as with any doctor, it's always good to do your research. Read up on the treatments they suggest, find out if there is any side effects to medicine they prescribe, and if you don't feel comfortable with a particular diagnosis, get a second opinion.

‘Health Adviser’ Uses Natural Ways to Help Individuals Heal - The Missourian: St Clair News: "After looking fibromyalgia in the eye and beating it, Angie
Chaudoir decided to move from corporate America to a more natural

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy | Articles | Pregnancy Today

I really don't think there's enough out there on this subject and it's important for every sufferer to know that a woman can have a happy and healthy pregnancy and birth of a child while having Fibromyalgia. Any pregnancy has its fair share of symptoms and Fibromyalgia should not be an excuse to not have children.

The important things about Fibromalgia and pregnancy are listed in the article below, but I'd like to reiterate that many doctors will not consider a Fibro patient a high-risk pregnancy unless it's absolutely needed. I was not a high-risk, in fact my pregnancy was pretty normal aside from being induced. And that had nothing to do with Fibro. I'm just one of those gals that needs a little help with labor because I tend to have long ones. I was also induced with my first and I had my first long before my Fibro diagnoses.

Another factor to consider is a calm setting. Birthing places have come a long way. Most look like 5 star accommodations today and we can take a few pointers from that idea once we are home with baby. Set up a calm setting for feeding time. You don't have to get incredibly fancy. A nice rocker next to a window will do. I used to watch the fireflies with feeding Olivia. A fish tank is also another great option. Fish have a calming effect and can reduce one's stress. A fresh water tank is the most economical because these fish tend to run smaller-- hence only a small tank is needed.

These are just a few ideas that can help reduce your stress and flares during pregnancy and those first few weeks.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy | Articles | Pregnancy Today

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

5 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

This topic may not have a lot to do with Fibromyalgia, but it could. Some of the symptoms described are extremely close to Fibro symptoms and you could be dismissing some very serious warning signs. If you are at all in doubt of what your body is trying to tell you, don't hesitate to call for an appointment with your doctor.
5 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Friends and Fibro

Today's news story about Caylee Anthony was not a very happy ending for the people I know that watched it.  I must admit that I did not because I couldn't stomach the news story to begin with.  I have two daughters myself and I could never picture my life without them.  I'm not one to ever accuse anyone of anything, especially as a journalist, I have a code of conduct I uphold.  It's not my job to speculate, however, I do believe that justice is always served.  God sees to that and Caylee's killer will be exposed with the justice that is deserving for that little girl.

Today, for me at least, was filled with a lot of sadness.  I've had a lot in my own life to deal with when it comes to loss as of late.  I try hard not to dwell on the negative, so let's focus on the positive and look at something to be grateful for.  I am grateful for friends when it comes to my Fibro issues.

Having friends that are there for you when you are in a flare is a Godsend.  I have actually lost count when it comes to the times that my friends-- either through the magic of the internet or in person-- have been there for me during a flare.

Most of the time I can feel a flare coming on, but there are always those times when I least expect it and that's where my friends have stepped in.  They should know, or at least I hope they do, that I'm VERY appreciative of them.

I can remember a time where I awoke from a deep sleep in a sweat.  I felt dizzy and I couldn't see well.  The best way to describe it is that I was experiencing tunnel vision.  My skin was itchy from the inside and I had this looming notion that everyone was out to get me.

I didn't know it at the time but what I was experiencing was a panic attack.  I got through it by making a simple late night phone call to a VERY understanding friend named Emily.  She was great.  She asked a series of questions and then came to the conclusion that I was having a Panic/Anxiety attack and that I needed to do some deep breathing exercises.  I got through the night with her and I will never forget it.  Thanks Emily!

Another friend of mine helped me when I was newly diagnosed.  She sat there and listened to all of my banter about the disease.  She heard a few of the why me statements and she even did a few Reiki sessions for me.  Dana was there for me a lot and I can't even begin to form words for that thank you.

Karen and Michelle are two other friends that have been there during my dark times and I'm pretty sure that neither of them know just how much their little statements have made such a big impact on my healing.

There are some people that just pop into your life that say something profound for your life circumstances and bingo-- life becomes clear.  Michelle or Michy as she likes to be called is one of those people.  She tends to say things that I've always believed but never acted upon.  I look to her for guidance in a way that is different from all of my other friends because she is someone I've never met face to face, or even had the pleasure of talking to one the phone.  She's an internet buddy and she may see herself as only that but I know better.  There are just some people in life that can exude their kindness no matter how small because it's just in their nature to do so.  Sorry Michy, I don't want to sound weird or anything, but it is what is.

Then there are some friends that you held dear that you never wanted to let go and then due to life, they slipped through your fingers.  You think about them often, even hope they got what they wanted, but never do you think that you will ever see them again, until you do.  Facebook has it's perks and finding lost friends is one of them.

I met Karen at 14 and lost touch with her towards the end of college.  It was just one of those things.  But thanks to the reconnection, I'm viewing Fibro through a new set of eyes again.  She sees things that I'm missing.  For instance, she made the comment "I think you do too much.  Let Brittanny and Scott help a little more."  I wouldn't have seen that potential flare because I'm too much in the middle of my life to compensate at the moment. 

We all have some true friends that we look to every so often.  Just make sure, especially today, that they know how much you appreciate them.

Stay fabulous,
Love and friendship,


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