Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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

Friday, September 14, 2012

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?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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 the US-- period.  If they were than the rest of the world would still be using them too.  But they are not and were banned for a reason.
http://news.yahoo.com/study-questions-much-better-organic-food-071356280.html

Sunday, September 2, 2012

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.
  1. 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.
  2. Start taking prenatal vitamins now.  These vitamins are essential for baby so starting this good habit early is always a good thing.
  3. 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 kitchen or bathroom, home improvements such as painting or staining, or doing anything that might cause you to get off balance-- in other words-- don't use a ladder or step stool while pregnant.  Okay, the last one was more for me because I sprained my ankle during both pregnancies.  Oh who am I kidding!  Learn from my mistakes people!
  4. Schedule a gyno visit and discuss pregnancy with your condition with him/her.  Depending upon your individual situation, you may or may not be considered a high risk pregnancy.  I was not but I also was not on any meds at the time either.  That can make a difference with some doctors.
  5. Get plenty of rest.  Eat right.  And learn not to push yourself too hard.  This will keep you in practice for when you are pregnant and can't do as much as you'd like.
  6. Pace yourself and allow yourself some slack.  NO ONE and I MEAN NO ONE has every done pregnancy perfectly by the book.  Listen to yourself and your body and you will do what is right for you AND baby.
  7. Read up on symptoms and find a support system.  Many Moms have had Fibro and have had healthy pregnancies.  There are a lot of support groups out there-- even for Fibro Mommies.  And of course-- you always have yours truly!
  8. Plan ahead.  Who's going to change/feed the baby at night?  Will you breast or bottle feed? Who's going to clean the house during the day or night?  Are there other kids involved? What will they need during the day/night?
  9. Pets are a tough subject.  They are your babies, but what happens to them when you have "siblings".  First, map out a game plan as to who will take care of your precious Fluffy and Fido while you are having "sibling" number 2 and beyond.  Next, devise a plan as to how you will introduce your new "sibling" to them.  It's not really hard, but it can be frustrating if you've had Fluffy or Fido for a while before baby.  Pets WILL get just as jealous as siblings so patience and LOTS of treats are in order when the day finally comes.  Separation between baby and pet also helps because the pet will feel like they have "owner" time too.  I could go on and on with this. I promise there's a future post for this!  Until then, email me with your inquiries (kimberley@kimberleylinstruth-beckom.com).
  10. "Mommy time", as in "me" time is also important.  It will be hard to separate yourself from baby at first at times, I know, but it is essential to do so because you have to take care of yourself too.  Plan time for your showers, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and time AWAY from baby.  Believe me-- Daddy really CAN handle it.  I've had 2 kids and SEVERAL pets to prove it!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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