Saturday, January 29, 2011

We Are Not Alone in the Fibro Battle

With 2-4 percent of the human population being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, it's no surprise that there are celebrities dealing with this beast.  What's a little surprising is the fact that some are now talking about it in the open!  Below is an article from Celebrity Health that discusses 5 celebrities doing just that, and some of the ones diagnosed may surprise you.


http://greencelebrity.net/2011/01/29/celebrity-health-5-famous-people-suffering-from-fibromyalgia-pain/

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kids+Toys=Fibro Flare Stress

I used to think it was only me who struggled to find matching socks in the room I dubbed The Abyss, otherwise known as my daughter's room.  I felt like I failed somehow or somewhere along the line, embarrassed by the toy-garnished floor.

My childhood life, so my dear friend always says, was COMPLETELY opposite of what others go through.  Growing up, I was a neat freak.  Everything had a place.  On Saturdays, I'd spend hours dusting my room and rearranging the few figurines and collectibles I had.  It was fun for me.  My Mom was no different.  I grew up with a Mom that would put Adrian Monk to shame-- seriously!!!
My Mom always had everything in its place.  The house was unbelievably clean and VERY white.  White curtains, white walls, counters, appliances, the place looked (and smelled) like a hospital.  There were days when I thought Lysol was my Mother's choice of perfume.

Despite my upbringing, I've managed to relax my Vulcan Death Grip on the house-- for Fibro's sake.  It wasn't easy.  I liked things orderly because it made winter boots easy to find.  This kept my stress levels in check.  But after a few fibro flares, two kids, and several pets later, it got harder and harder to keep up with the growing toy population.  Man those suckers like to multiply!  I swear they're like guppies!

Tons of toys can make any parent want to put some caution tape over their kid's room.  It also can lead to a ton of stress when you have 20 minutes to get somewhere and can only find one shoe in your three year old's room.  Stress for Fibro sufferers isn't good.  It can lead to flares.

But how can the overly scheduled moms of today have less stress with the land of The Abyss?  Simplify your life.  Have your child get into the habit of giving away toys to the less fortunate.  It's never too early to start.  My 3 year old helps me give her out-grown clothes and toys to the Good Will.

As a family, we also dedicate the months of January and February to clean out our closets and storage areas of any unwanted or unused stuff.  These months tend to be the best because life seems to slow down enough after the holidays to accomplish this.  Another bonus is that the house is de-cluttered for spring cleaning, making it much easier on fibro-tender muscles to dust and vacuum all the cracks and crevices of the house.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Friday, January 21, 2011

One of my favorite side dishes for lunch is potato salad.  I admit I'm a little lazy when it comes to making it, I leave the skin on, but that's actually a good thing.  Potato skin is very healthy for you.  According to wisegeek.com, the skin contains nutrients like vitamins B6 and C, as well as fiber.  In essence, it's better to cook potatoes with the skin on so you don't loose all of the nutrients in the cooking method.

Potato salad can be boring when prepared the same old way.  I always like to shake things up because variety is the spice of life.  This one, is my latest rendition.

And here's the recipe...



2.5 pounds of small red potatoes
3 sprigs of fresh dill
1 stalk of scallions
1 large garlic clove
3 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Method:
Cut potatoes into quarters and boil until soft (about twenty minutes).  Rinse with cold water to cool potatoes once soft.  Blend dill, scallions, garlic, mayo, and potatoes together.  Enjoy.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fibro and Pregnancy


A new study has recently come out that wants to try and link Fibromyalgia to obesity.  The Journal of Pain thinks there is a close relation to obesity and Fibromyalgia patients.  The University of Utah conducted research of 215 patients and is now hypothesizing that obesity adds to the disease and disability.
They believe that obesity is common among those with Fibromyalgia because these findings are supposedly consistent with previous studies.  Out of the 215 participants, half were obese and an additional 30% were considered overweight.  They found that these participants had increased pain sensitivity and that it was pronounced in the lower body.  This study further suggests that weight loss will help to alleviate pain, as well as adopting a healthier lifestyle and having a positive attitude.  
I find this study comical to say the least because it doesn’t prove anything for Fibromyalgia sufferers.  Why?  Well, first off, the study is obviously slanted since about 80% of the participants had weight issues.  A more conclusive study that involves participants of all sizes should be done to have a better understanding of this issue.
As a side note, I’m not over weight, in fact, I could by some doctors be considered underweight, and I have Fibro so this study REALLY irritates me.  How could weight be an issue for me?  PLEASE!  I’d love to be the one to say, yeah, I could lose a few, and that’s the reason why I have Fibro, but I’m not that way.  I WISH I could GAIN a few.  My metabolism won’t have that though. 
Second, if this study supposedly proves that weight is a problem, then how do they explain pregnancy?  Clearly anyone who is having a baby will experience weight gain, and yet, many doctors have reported that patients seem to go into a remission when pregnant. 
Sure, there is that study done in 1997 from Norway that concluded that women with Fibromyalgia have a severity of pain in the last trimester of pregnancy, but that study was done with a very small percentage of participants.  Today, doctors like Mark J. Pellegrino of the United States and Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum of the United Kingdom, will swear that their patients have experienced less pain while pregnant.
Relaxin, an ovarian hormone, may be the reason for this “remission”.  This hormone will allow the body, particularly the skin, to relax.  It does this so a women’s body can expand to hold the baby.  Relaxin has been shown in certain studies to help people with Fibromyalgia and can be taken as a supplement.
There really is not much known about pregnancy and Fibromyalgia as far as studies go, however an overwhelming amount of Fibro sufferers will advocate pregnancy.  I’m one of those sufferers that will. 
Why?  Because a child brings a lot of joy just like any animal or plant would.  Yes, they come with instructions and sometimes they are confusing to read, but that shouldn’t be a reason to say “forget it”.    We have a lot of power in us to change the negative and make a positive outcome for ourselves.
That is why I’m writing another book.  This one will be on Fibromyalgia and pregnancy.  I hope you join me in the journey with this book because I will post a lot of information on this blog that will eventually be posted in the book.  I’d also love your opinions.  Opinions would be great for this book because I hope to give tips and tricks that not only help me, but other sufferers too.  Fibro is different for us all so I hope that we all can help everybody.
Please email me if you’d like to contribute, help, or just plain have an issue.  I love input!
Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fibromyalgia IS NOT a Death Sentence!


One of the things that irritate me the most is when people commit verbal diarrhea on the internet.  I know that the internet is used for many things, forums, games, social networking, to name a few, but there is another really big reason for using the internet and that’s to research information on any particular subject.

There are a lot of people that look to the internet to research disease.  These people are generally newly diagnosed people.  Newly diagnosed means that they have little knowledge on the disease they are researching about.  Fibromyalgia and other misunderstood diseases in the medical community are tough to research.  There are many conflicting studies and even nostril flaring opinions out there on these diseases.  It’s tough to surf through all the crap.

When people air their dirty laundry on an internet blog, forum post, or even their Facebook page about their frustrations, it can add to the mess.  I’m not saying that one shouldn’t socialize on the net, nor am I stating that one should not use the internet to reach out to people who also have a disease—far from it.  Having a support system is one of the best things you can do for yourself to help you feel better.  I’m just merely stating that your rants really should be done responsibly.

Please remember that EVERYTHING you say on the internet is recorded for EVERYONE to see.  And more importantly, search engines see it too.  They will also post what you say in their search engine blurbs.  If you state “Fibro is a slow death” in your rant of pain, don’t be surprised to see it appear in part of the search engine’s blurb because it will, and actually has, shown up.  Everything you say or write can be taken out of context, especially in a search engine blurb. 

Fibromyalgia IS NOT a death sentence.  Findings and research do not medical point to the fact that one living with this condition will die from it.  In fact, any reputable medical journal or online health magazine will state that you can’t die from it.  Granted, the medical community is still baffled by what causes the disease in sufferers, but that doesn’t give anyone free range to mouth off.

We sufferers have a responsibility to the newly diagnosed.  We should be making sure our words are helpful and informative.  It is through this process that we all can heal, both physically and emotionally.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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