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When Stress Leads to Flares

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I often find this topic hard to discuss because of it's nature.  It's not that I'm closed lipped about my life-- quite the contrary.  I'm an open book with my feelings.  In fact, here's me deep in thought about this post:


But sometimes I get so consumed with emotion that I find it hard to express those feelings into words.  It would be nice if I could just post a picture of my face, and nothing more, at times.  That might say it all since my life is written all over my face, but I am, after all, a writer and I have to find a way to make the words come out because if I don't, I feel a little bit of me is lost.

Stress is one of my main triggers for a flare.  I often feel trapped when stressed.  I find it hard to move past it because I just can't see past it and then I fear that it will consume my life forever.

Has that ever happened to you?

My stress has to do with care taking for several family members aside from my own children and it's a stress that I …

16 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs of 2013

Fibro and Fabulous was ranked as one of the top 16 Fibromyalgia blogs for the second year in a row by Healthline.com.

Other blogs that were also ranked in the top 16 (in no particular order) are:

The Invisible Disease
Felicia Fibro
My Foggy Brain
Faith, Family, & Fibro
Life and Fibromyalgia
Counting My Spoons
Seeking Equilibrium
The Fibro Frog
Fightin the Fibro
Dawn's Fibro Blog
My Life with Fibromyalgia Pain
Inspired Living with Fibromyalgia
Mummy Whisperer
But You Don't Look Sick

Congrats to all!

I especially would like to thank my readers because I could not have done this without you!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

70 Percent of Americans are on Prescription Drugs

What a World We Live In

It has come to my attention that the Fibro and Fabulous site may have been hacked.  I have reported the sites to Goggle that I believe are in question and I have temporarily removed my links page to further stop these soulless beings from harming any of my readers. 

I completely apologize to everyone who reads this blog.  I hope and pray that none of you were affected by this. 

Hopefully my links page can be reposted in the future, but until then, if you need any informational sites, please email me personally, or message me on a social networking site.

Thank you and Stay Fabulous!

Love and friendship,
Kimberley

Doctors Confirm that Fibromyalgia Is Not Imaginary

Nerve Stimulation Might Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

Though this study is in its complete infancy, I find it incredibly interesting that PET scans changed during stimulation.  I do find this exciting, but I think I'll hold my comments until they test this more mainstream.  I'm also not keen on the price tag either.  Hopefully that comes down too LOL!

http://www.app.com/article/20130617/NJNEWS/306170074&source=rss

A Response to the Fibromyalgia and Weather Correlation

Though I am very skeptical of the research that has been done with this particular study (please read my previous post entitled, Weather Doesn't Trigger Fibromyalgia Symptoms?, I do applaud the researcher responding to patients with Fibromyalgia.

I honestly believe that she is trying very hard to help people with Fibromyalgia, I just think her perception of weather is a little skewed.  There are many factors to consider with weather, and only giving this study a month, not focusing on all the seasons, and choosing to pick a geographic area that does not have extreme weather conditions, really did play a huge role in their findings.  I honestly believe that if they did an extensive study, involved other countries, added in extreme conditions, and focused on every season, they may have opposing figures to look at. Hopefully, someone else will look at the facts, interpret flaws, and study this issue again. 

Until then, I really hope this study is not used as a basis of facts linking…

Weather Doesn't Trigger Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Okay folks, you all know how I feel about studies and this one takes the cake!  A study was done in the Netherlands to see if the weather triggers a flare.  The Netherlands typically doesn't have a drastic change in temperature, summers are cool and winters are not extreme (according to http://www1.american.edu/ted/ice/dutch-sea.htm).

Now granted, this study was supposed to be about sunshine verses rain and winter verses summer, but generally, when you talk to a person about the weather, they include heat, or lack there of in their perception of the weather.  A rainy day is okay, but if it's a cold rainy 60 days in a place that's normally sunny, that's something completely different for someone who suffers from Fibromyalgia.  And they probably WILL flare if their symptoms are anything like mine.

I wonder if their results would change if they did this study in America-- particularly New England where there is a distinct difference in seasons and the weather temperature …

Voice Disorder in Patients With Fibromyalgia?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23727328?dopt=Abstract&

Mojito Meatloaf

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I am in no way a chef like Anne Burrell.  I can't even pretend that I "cook like a rock star".  I'm just a plain old Mom who cooks, but I must say that this latest creation is pretty gosh darn good!  It's a kid tested and hubby approved recipe, and as a side note, no alcohol was abused or used in the making of this recipe.  It's strictly a virgin and gluten-free fibro-friendly meal.

Ingredients:
1 pound of hormone-free ground turkey (I used Trader Joe's)
2 cloves of organic garlic, pressed
2 slices of a small organic red onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper
3 tablespoons of organic flaxseed meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 egg
Mojito glaze, recipe follows

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine spices with onion, garlic, ground turkey, flaxseed meal, and egg in a bowl.  Mix well and shape mixture into a loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, com…

Treating Chronic Pain: Can Doctors Do Better?