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Essential Oils, Herbal Teas, and Pregnancy

Since my first pregnancy in 2000 I've read about the many things a pregnant woman should stay away from because it could possibly harm the growing baby.  Herbals in the form of teas and essential oils have taken the worst hit due to the bad press about over consumption of certain herbals, using oils in a baby's bath, and the intermixing of herbals with doctor prescribed medication. 

The bad press started back in early 2000 due to a woman reporting stomach problems to her doctor.  Her condition worsened and became serious and they had attributed it to her over consumption of herbal teas, particularly St. John's Wart.  An article about the precautions of taking St. John's Wart is here: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/stjohnswort/a/stjohnswort.htm.  The negativity gained new vigor with a rather recent finding of sterility in infant boys using lavender. 

The lavender study is small and according to Live Strong, the possibility of lavender being the culprit of infertility i…

Working through the pain with Bee Natural Fibromyalgia Care Products

“I can't stand to see people in pain.” Marian, owner of Bee Natural said to me in a recent interview I had with her. Bee Natural Fibromyalgia Care Company, a new business, had its infant beginnings in 2011 with its official product research and development but Marian really had had the idea since her Fibromyalgia diagnoses.
“There aren't many products out there geared specifically towards Fibromyalgia sufferers.  Most are for arthritis pain and they include Fibromyalgia.  My goal is to have products like my Deep Tissue Morning Bath Soak on popular store shelves like Walgreens and Walmart specifically for the sufferer.  I experimented with many different combinations of herbs and salts for this product for many years. In fact, one might say that I actually started my research and development way back in 2008 when I was first diagnosed with three different cancers and then Fibromyalgia.”
Marian chose specific herbs and salts for Fibro sufferers in her bath soaks. S…

Pregnancy at Week 4 and 5

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Pregnancy at weeks 4 and 5 can be uneventful for some mothers.  In fact, they might not even know they are pregnant at that point.  But for some of the lucky, like me, you can experience anything from fatigue on top of your normal fatigue, sore breasts, sore lower back, constipation, diaherra, mood swings, nausea, dizziness, bloating, food cravings and aversions.  I've been lucky to experience all of the above at week 4 and 5 of my pregnancy.  Up top is a picture of week 4's bloating.  And below is a picture of week 5.


I'm having a hard time fitting into my normal pants at this point and will have to start shopping for maternity clothes this weekend.  OMG! As my 4 yr old would say.  My first two pregnancies were nothing like this one.  I didn't "show" until my third month and even at that point I could still manage to fit into some of my clothes.

Bloating can be from a number of things during pregnancy.  Tight clothing and what you eat play a major role in y…

Fibro and Fabulous Pregnancy

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Coming this August... A new addition to the Fibro and Fabulous Family!  Yes, that is right!  Your favorite Fibromyalgia author is pregnant! 

As I do with everything Fibro, I will be posting about pregnancy from a fabulous stand point and you all will get to see the progress month by month.  Have a wonderful holiday!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

I'm Usually a Type A, but Lately...

Doctor Oz had a very interesting segment on today about metabolisms and food and how it can effect you and your health.  I like the Doctor Oz show a lot and I'm so glad that there is someone out there discussing the very things that I've said countless numbers of times over the years about food.

Pills to cure illness were never a common staple with our ancestors and it shouldn't be for us either.  Simple changes in diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference for us all.  I know there are some skeptics out there.  They still want to hold onto to the traditions of pill-profit medicine and that's okay.  But if you'd rather save a few hundred dollars or so every month, you might want to consider the alternative.

After taking Doctor Oz's test, I found that I'm a reformed Type A personality/metabolism.  Type A's suffer from anxiety which is something I've always struggled with, but perhaps the counseling I've gotten over the years for my OCD issues,…

Fibromyalgia and Holiday Festivities

I really hate the word diet.  It's constricting and has the negative connotation that you'll have to avoid all of your favorite foods at your Aunt Lucy's because she tends to cook everything from a box.  The holidays used to scare me. And for a good amount of years after being diagnosed, I tended to take on the burden of hosting the festivities simply because I didn't want to feel silly or starved at a family function.

Food sensitivities aren't fun.  In fact, they can down right suck for the sufferer.  They make you feel isolated and guilty because you feel people may have to go out of their way to cook something suitable for you to eat.

There are a few things, however, that you can do to make the holidays a little more bright and merry for everyone involved-- including yourself.  First, offer to bring at least one dish so you know it's something safe to eat.  Some Fibro sufferers can handle a few chemicals or preservatives if they eat them in very small portio…

GMO – One Thing All Fibromyalgia Sufferers Should Avoid

Fibromyalgia and the brain: New clues reveal how pain and therapies are processed

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Migraine

The holidays drive everyone nuts.  You've got those special relatives and/or friends that spout off their laundry list of gifts they expect you to buy, the lines are long, people are cranky, you can never find a parking space, and then there's cleaning the entire house and making the seven course meal that will be devoured and forgotten about in five minutes.  I must admit that I tend to get loopy and start to sing strange versions of Christmas songs to keep my sanity-- hence the title of this blog entry.  I'm also guilty of making oddly shaped Christmas cookies that aren't "G" rated, and a glass of wine also has never hurt me during this season.

On top of all of this holiday cheer, you've also got to make sure the kids get to soccer, basketball, hockey, dance, karate, and/or whatever else they are into, figure out and do the school science project, make erupting volcanoes for the minor science project, research family trees that need Ancestry.com to comp…

Weaning and Medication

Weaning off of medication is something that many Fibro patients find themselves thinking about.  Some decide on this because they like to have a family while others feel they would be healthier to do so.  And sometimes, you or your doctor may feel that it's time for you to wean.  If you are finding that you're considering going off of your pain medication(s) for any reason there are some things you should think about before you decide to take the med-free road.

Talk with your doctor.  You doctor is your best ally on your med-free journey.  He or she can suggest your best course for weaning, especially if you are on certain kinds of pain medications.  Certain pain medications are actually narcotics and opioids and even though they are by prescription, the side effects you may have can be the same experience drug addicts have from illicit drugs.  Going "cold turkey" is not something that is suggested by doctors if you've been taking these types of pain killers becau…

The On Going Gluten Battle and IBS

I was pretty lucky when it came to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  It had never been a huge issue for me before or after my Fibromyalgia diagnoses.  I was always a relatively steady weight and I didn't have a lot of problems with constipation as far as pain was concerned.

But lately it's been a different story.  Now before I go into my story, I must say that I was never what I considered a healthy weight during my late teens and twenties.  I weighed at best 110 pounds.  My height is 5'4 and 3/4" so I wasn't severely underweight but I did push that at 20 when I weighed in at 92 pounds.  I had reasons for that weight loss and I'll delve into that era of my life one day, but this isn't the day.

My weight, at now, 120 pounds, was never really a huge issue before but it was shifting to my belly, hips, thighs, and fingers.  I wasn't completely alarmed at first because I figured my age (39) and stress might have something to do with it.  The weight shift (an…

Gardasil and a Mother's Struggle

This blog entry is going to sound a little off topic to some of you, but if you've read anything from me before, you know that I'm a naturalist to the core.  I was approached by my oldest's doctor yesterday about Garasil and here's my take on it...

After reading about Gardasil, the Human Papillomavirus vaccine in 2006 and 2007, I felt the pit of my stomach drop.  The alarming reports of experiencing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after the having the shot were overwhelming.  I just couldn't grasp that they were linking Gardasil to an onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in some cases.  The affects were so severe in some cases that they caused fatality.  My oldest was about seven when all of this information came out and I started to worry and dread the day that the doctor would pressure me into having my daughter take the vaccine.

Since 2006, many side effects have been documented after taking Gardasil.  Some cases of serious nerve disorders like Guillain-Barre Syndrome hav…

GlutenTox Announces At-Home Gluten Detectors

Fibromyalgia, Conceiving, and Miscarriage

Though some may disagree with me, I do not believe that conceiving a baby is any different for someone with Fibromyalgia.  Granted, healthy woman will not have to wean themselves off of medications that may either make it hard to conceive or be harmful to a growing fetus like some sufferers, but none the less, conception is basically the same for us all.

People with Fibromyalgia are also challenged with pain and sex may be difficult on some days.  This shouldn't discourage you from trying to have a baby.  Knowing your most fertile days may help you plan out your intimate moments better.  There are many ways to determine your most fertile days.  You can try the math yourself, use an ovulation calculator on some reputable sites on the internet, or you could also purchase some products on the market geared towards telling you your most fertile days.

All of these work well, but I personally like the calculators.  One to try is from the The Baby Center.  All you have to do is plug in t…

A Warm Heart with Great Natural Therapy

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It isn't every day that I recommend a product here on Fibro and Fabulous.  It's not that I don't like products, quite the contrary, I enjoy gadgets just as much as everyone else, but I don't normally talk about them unless I'm inspired.
I recently was introduced to a gal by the name of Yvonne Fricker.  She is the owner of a small business called Warmables and her story is incredibly inspiring to me.  She takes all natural to a whole new level with her company and even though it is commonplace for her to do so given her upbringing in Switzerland, her concept goes far beyond the ordinary.
I've had the pleasure of trying out a product of hers that helps to relieve the pain of Fibromyalgia with natural heat.  My pain can get pretty bad around my neck due to long hours at the computer and it was hard to find relief without taking a hot shower.  I used to use a lot of pain rubs but I'm not a huge fan of the recent bad press.  A heating pad was also out of the quest…

In Case You Didn't Know...

I can't begin to tell you how many people I have recently come across that are completely misinformed about Fibromyalgia.  There are some that just think it's arthritis and there are others that still want to believe that it's a syndrome and not a disease.  I'm not sure why people want to hold true to that syndrome thing.  Many sites stopped calling it FMS for short several years ago.  It's now called FM because it is a disease-- period. 

But, for those of you that still need proof that it's an honest to goodness disease, here's some proof from a very reputable website called WebMD-- you may have heard of it.  Also, please note that this article is four years old which means that all of us who have this DISEASE have known it for years.

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/news/20081103/fibromyalgia-a-real-disease-study-shows

How Do You Know If It's Fibromyalgia?

This blog entry from a chiropractic office in CA has some great information.  I can't begin to tell you how many healthy people I've known who have thought we Fibromites are "lazy".  Ugh!  Honestly, Fibromyalgia should be deemed the Type A Personality disease!  

Anyway, I'm digressing a little too much.  This article is a great source of information. 
How Do You Know If It's Fibromyalgia?

Organic Foods and Nutrition, Really?

I honestly don't know what Stanford is trying to prove here.  This has got to be the worst case of waste I've seen in a long time.  Organic fruits and veggies were never meant to be more nutritious than their pesticide filled counterparts.  Both contain vitamins and minerals, HOWEVER, one will kill you off a lot quicker than the other!

Pesticides and other harmful chemicals are bad for you.  We say how bad it is to inhale cigarette smoke whether it's first, second, OR third so why is it so hard to believe that ingesting chemicals is ALSO a bad thing?! 

UGH!  I can't believe that someone was given money in the form of a grant for this!  We should all be outraged by it and demand that grants only be given to people who are worthy of doing something important for society with them.  This study clearly was not important and proved very little. 

We should be taking steps forward as a society not backwards.  Chemicals and antibiotics are not healthy for any of us here in th…

Pre-Pregnancy Checklist for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Many sufferers have been searching the internet as of late for advice on pregnancy while having this beast so I've decided to devote today's posting to a pre-pregnancy checklist for all of you thinking about adding a new addition to your families.
Talk to your Fibromyalgia doctor about your medications.  Some meds are very harmful to growing fetuses.  Others may even hinder pregnancy.  Discuss a plan for weaning off these harmful medications and plan out a date for eliminating them either temporarily or for good before your pregnancy.Start taking prenatal vitamins now.  These vitamins are essential for baby so starting this good habit early is always a good thing.Have a game plan with family and friends for house duties.  Some of the regular house duties are a no-brainer for Mommy-to-be to do before pregnancy, however, once you have become pregnant, all bets are off.  Common household chores to steer clear of are changing the litter box, using harsh chemicals to clean the kitch…

A Not So Rich Look at a Billionaire's Viewpoint

I know this article sounds COMPLETELY off topic and borders on politics.  Politics is something that I don't really discuss much here on this blog because I feel opinions are like belly buttons.  Everyone's got one and sometimes the discussions can get so heated that an "innie" winds up having an "outy".

My personal opinion on politics is that politics suck.  The parties never seem to agree and they constantly bicker and never get any work done.  I know that if I pulled half the stunts the politicians have pulled in the past several years at MY job, I would have been fired.  But that's what makes them different-- they can sit on a law or policy, refuse to work across party lines, and STILL have job security because elections are only done every couple of years.

I think a lot of people are as fed up with me when it comes to politics and big business.  I'd say the economy-- but let's face it-- the economy IS big business.  They are the ones callin…

Fibromyalgia does not hinder Concord artist's passion for painting - ContraCostaTimes.com

LiquidCMO Formulation Gives Dramatic Results For Fibromyalgia Patients

This press release looks promising, however, the studies done do not state the number of participants.  I don't like press releases that don't state the facts-- that's a personal pet peeve of mine.  I shouldn't have to find the facts-- they should be there in the release-- but that's me.  And as far as the numbers go, it's a bit scary that they don't post them.

HOWEVER, MSM can help Fibro sufferers.  That has been proven and I've even used it myself when I've had inflamed joints.  It did take a week or two, though for me to feel better once on MSM.   So if you decide to go that route-- wait at least two weeks before deciding it's not right for you.

A word of caution though, this site is only worth looking into if it's affordable for you.  I say that because personally, at least from my stand point, it's a little high. The cheapest bottle is $92.00 for about a two week supply (16 days).  Now that may seem harsh and I don't mean to beg…

Fibro and Attitude

I was in a conversation with a friend of mine the other day and the topic was about attitude.  She compared me to another friend of hers who had Fibromyalgia and said, "Kim, don't take this the wrong way, but you just seem to have a better attitude about your illness.  My friend gets too caught up in what she can't do and can't eat and she just seems miserable all the time."

Being the person I am, I tried to brush off the compliment.  I'm not one for accepting them well.  I'm me, a human being and I may do some things well, but I've been known to screw up too.  And when I screw up it's usually bad so compliments are not something that I've gotten used to.

But something else was hard about that compliment and that was the fact that someone else was suffering.  They were feeling down and out about their disease, possibly even overwhelmed.  We've all been there.  We've felt bad about having to change our lifestyles from a fast-paced type …

Chronic Vulvar Pain Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Interstitial Cystitis

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When You and Your Child Have Fibromyalgia

It's a topic I really hoped that I never had to discuss because the initial research stated that children of Fibro sufferers would not inherit the gene.  It wasn't supposed to happen, but sadly, it has.  Children of parents who suffer from Fibromyalgia are more likely to develop it than the rest of the population. 

Now, as a side note, and FORGIVE ME for going off on a tangent-- but, if my kids can inherit this beast of a gene, let's do the ENTIRE Fibro community a favor and start calling FM a disease and NOT a syndrome because in the loosest sense possible-- if it can be spread-- it's a DISEASE!  Having said that, I will now step nonchalantly off my soap box and continue with the task at hand...

Juvenile Fibromyalgia has not been studied heavily in the US, though there are cases here.  A child usually develops symptoms in their tweens to early teens.  Symptoms include wide-spread muscle fatigue and pain in 5-11 of the classic trigger points that adults have.  Children…

Fibromyalgia and Fashion

There's an old saying that states we are slaves to fashion.  And if you have Fibromyalgia and try to keep up with the latest trends, you might wind up feeling just as weak and weary as one!

Each generation has their fashion favorites and faux pas and some of us older gals have the proof of it on film.  YIKES!!!!  I grew up during a period where hair defied all the laws of gravity, woman's shoes could look good AND kill roaches at the same time, and pants were so baggy that it looked like you had a third leg growing.  Ah, the 80's, such a fond time for working hard and playing hard, but that grueling fast-paced life of fashion don'ts made my body want to scream!

Small one inch heels were nice in the 80's but the shoes coming to a roach zapping point were not.  My dogs were not barking-- they were whimpering when I let them out of their misery at night.  I was thankful when the 90's arrived because I could liberate my piggies and burn those tortuous shoes!  The 9…

One's Fear of Panic

This blog posting for today may sound a little off topic due to what I'm facing recently.  However, I can assure you that every Fibromite deals with health issues that seem unrelated to Fibromyalgia.  The sad part is, they really aren't and the more you know about what's going on inside you, the better you will be to handle flares.  Having said that-- here's the post:

The thought of leaving the comfort of my own home has been a challenge for me since my Fibromyalgia diagnoses.  I honestly hated going anywhere.  It wasn't until my loving but ever so persistently annoying best friend forced me out of my house that I started to realize I might have a problem.  I lived in fear of people giving me strange looks as I limped by them.  Some have even been nasty when I just simply couldn't move fast enough out of their way.

I remember a time in my life where I was the one passing out every slow-paced walker in the mall.  I used to power-walk on my work days during break…

GIA Announces a New Release Given the Increase in Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Rates