Showing posts from October, 2012

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

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…