National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12th!

What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a cognitive disorder that affects the central nervous system. This is a disease, and there is no cure. This disease is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, depression, fibro fog, and fibro flares. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. The brain is continuously firing pain signals throughout the body.... Continue Reading →

No Pain Medication Allowed!

Hello. It has been almost five months in my journey with no pain medication. How's that working? Well, I'm still here. Many others are not. Their pain too great. Suicide rates are on the rise... What is a flare like WITH the availability of a rescue pain medication, often called; The Evil Opioid? A painful flare... Continue Reading →

Revisiting Trauma?

I believe I am revisiting past physical trauma. I am struggling with a flare. This makes sense as there are so many significant changes happening in my life (selling my home and moving while flaring!). But. This flare is eerily similar to those flares I had right after the car accident I was in. How am... Continue Reading →

Hello Chronic Illness Vampire!

When is the last time you asked someone how they were and meant it? You really wanted to know how another person is doing? Physically and emotionally? Not asking out of politeness or obligation. Not asking so you can tell that person about your issues. What was the last conversation you had that was not about... Continue Reading →

Fake It Until, Oh Stop!

I'm not a fan of the saying, "Fake it till you make it." Just STOP being a faker. I just get mad when I hear, "Push through the pain." Push t-h-r-o-u-g-h the pain??? Then what? There is no reward for pushing through the pain unless you are giving birth. A person with a chronic pain disease... Continue Reading →

It’s ‘Come to Jesus’ Time! (No Bullshit.)

Do you know what 'come to Jesus' time is? It's truth time! I'm sure you've had many of these types of discussions with your parents, children, spouses, etc...tell the truth and no bullshit allowed, no excuses. So here I go... I've been in a mediocre flare for the last week. Just enough pain to put... Continue Reading →

The Chronic Illness Hell Flare.

"I will take charge of my illness it cannot be in charge of me." Before we begin, can I just explain how much I hate going to the doctor? I mean, getting ready? (Showering is hard but who wants to be the 'funky' patient?) The questions! When was your last period? Yes, the question they... Continue Reading →

Seven Symptoms of Low Ferritin

Iron Deficient, Anemic Lady with Fibromyalgia! (Whoa...What?) It's good to be back! I have some amazing news! The riddle of my mysterious, continuous fibro flare has been solved!!! The not so good news (for me) is this is a chronic issue I will need constant medical intervention for. You may, too? Hemoglobin and iron are proteins in the body. Hemoglobin... Continue Reading →

I Need to Find the Entrance.

Its been a very difficult time, I am not going to lie. I am trying to find an exit. No. I am desperately trying to find an entrance (that's it). I need to re-enter my life again. I need to function as a whole person; wife, sister, daughter, friend ... I am struggling, but I am... Continue Reading →

You Must Deconstruct to Reconstruct Your Life!

  I use to wonder if I would die from this Fibromyalgia Syndrome I have? Fibromyalgia in itself is not an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is when your immune system attacks your healthy cells by mistake, you suffer from inflammation and chronic pain. Some autoimmune conditions even cause death. Fibromyalgia is not this. Fibromyalgia... Continue Reading →

Pick Your Box

Have you ever heard of people talking about a fibromyalgia toolbox? Well, a fibromyalgia toolbox is a real 'idea'. There is no definition. It is basically an emergency kit for fibromyalgia flares. When you are in a fibromyalgia flare, you are in much more pain, you are beyond exhausted and you may be in a fibro... Continue Reading →

Hemoglobin and Ferritin … What?

  The range of normal hemoglobin levels is; 12-16.   The range of normal ferritin levels is; 15-205.     Hemoglobin and iron are proteins in the body. Hemoglobin is in your red blood cells and carries oxygen to your body's organs. If your hemoglobin is low, this means you are anemic. Ferritin is a protein produced by the... Continue Reading →

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