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Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Chronic Pain and Self-Harm

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When I started to write these blogs, I believed that it was important to discuss a variety of topics – including ones that we don’t often discuss, but are nevertheless important to do just that.  Finding out that there is a correlation between self-harm and chronic pain peeps, including fibromyalgia and CFS/ME was an eye opener. In connecting with other …

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Nobody Understands My Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME Part 2

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If you are feeling like ‘nobody understands my fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain, know you aren’t alone. Those of us with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME – and in fact all invisible illnesses are hard enough to get our heads wrapped around – and we are the ones who have the illness to begin with! And if you don’t understand yourself, how is anybody …

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Nobody Understands My Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME Part 1

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Every person on this planet is unique unto themselves. However, it is certainly not a rarity to feel like ‘nobody understands my fibromyalgia, CFS/ME’ or indeed any invisible illness. I think it is really important to understand that basically nobody is ever going to ‘understand’ you. Ever. Have knowledge of, yes.  But actually understanding you is never going to happen. The …

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Letter From a Doctor to Those With Chronic Disease

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This is a MUST READ for any patient with chronic pain and chronic disease.  Worth sharing, too! A LETTER TO PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DISEASE July 14, 2010 by Rob Lamberts Dear Patients, You have it very hard, much harder than most people understand. Having sat for 16 years listening to the stories, seeing the tiredness in your eyes, hearing you …

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Feeling the Winter Blues? You May Be Struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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If you are struggling with depression, fatigue, feeling low and listless particularly during the shorter days and longer nights, you aren’t alone. – in fact it is called SAD –  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and in Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME it can be quite prevalent. The Winter Blues is a Real Thing! SAD, also known as winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, summertime sadness, …

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I’m An ‘A Lister’ – Are You? Personality ‘Type A’ & the Fibromyalgia CFS Connection (Part 2)

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Let’s Recap… In Part 1 of this blog we explored a bit about personality types by checking out what is known as ‘Type A Personality ‘. In recognising the amount of stress and strain many of us who have this personality put ourselves under, if we recognise how we are currently functioning – and how it is detrimental to our …

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I’m An ‘A-Lister’ – Are You? Personality ‘Type A’ & the Fibromyalgia CFS Connection (Part 1)

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Hello everyone! (Which means, hello Mom, always good to know I have at least one follower (and hopefully fan!)).Today I thought we would look at personality traits of the Type A person…and how this affects how many of us experience life.  (A life that is high achieving, stressful and many other detrimental things to our physical and mental wellbeing…). Type …

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Costochondritis/Tietze’s Syndrome – 5 Things That Help!

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Costochondritis =PAINFUL For many of us with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME is the very sore, tender (and sometimes scary!) costochondritis (which seems to be cross-referenced a lot with Tietze’s Syndrome). I know of many fibromites/CFSers who have been rushed to the hospital thinking they are having a heart attack – ‘only’ to be diagnosed with ‘costo’ aka costochondritis. Costochondritis is where costal cartilage in …

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…And Being Tiny Tim, Too!

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Hello everyone (so, hi Mom and hubby!), Firstly, as with all the writing I do, it comes from my heart – what I am feeling, experiencing and of course, questioning (What can I say, I’m a Gemini!). The other night I had an impulse (or I like to call it ‘listening to myself’) to watch the movie White Christmas.  You …

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Cold & Flu Season: Be Prepared!

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Yep.  We Know It All TOO Well… For those of us with auto immune conditions, such as Lupus, MS, arthritis, fibromyalgia and CFS/ME (to name a few) we know all too well how easy it is to catch everything that is making the rounds. From colds and flu, to sore throats and norovirus…not to mention issues arising with asthma being …