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Showing posts with label Fibro Info. Show all posts


Latest fibromyalgia blogger articles

You can gain deeper insight into fibromyalgia with these informative articles. People living with fibro share their personal experiences, shedding light on the ways this chronic pain condition impacts their lives and those around them. This week we have four articles on food and many other helpful subjects including recent fibromyalgia research, how to handle the holidays, and using a symptom tracker and foods.
Latest fibromyalgiaarticles

This includes both global and UK awareness days at Back Pain Blog UK. Have you heard of Blue Monday or Paget's disease?

Melissa vs Fibromyalgia explains how to plan your day using pacing.

Dale talks about his exeriences with yoga including the benefits he sees and how to begin. 

Baking Cookies with Fibromyalgia... Or Not is about the difficulties and decisions of baking cookies and keeping up family traditions.

How Chronic Pain Warriors Handle The Holidays is a friendly letter style post about one persons thoughts around how they view and also manage the holidays, her wishes and memories and how she sees herself. 

Did you know that ''sending a blessing benefits both the bless-or and the bless-ee. It has a transformational effect on both you and the recipient.''

Is where Susan talks about the difficult year she had in 2023... a death in the family, perimenopause symptoms, deression and grieving.

''Black, white, green, oolong, rooibos, flavoured, herbal. Loose leaf or bagged. Milk and sugar or straight up. Tea comes in many varieties and the steps to crafting the perfect cuppa have been hotly debated for years. Black tea is the UK’s most popular type and confers the most benefits, but however you take it, you’ll be glad to know there will be at least a few extra perks besides the comforting taste. Here are x surprising health benefits of drinking tea. Put the kettle on, grab a cuppa and enjoy!''

In this article we find out about the lions message for humanity.

''Despite its prevalence, fibromyalgia remains a complex and poorly understood condition with no known cure. However, significant research efforts are underway to unravel the mysteries of this chronic pain syndrome. Here’s a snapshot of the current state of fibromyalgia research.''

According to this article living with fibromyalgia can be made easier by following an anti-inflammatory eating plan. It lists the inflammatory foods to avoid so you can help reduce pain levels and improve nutrition.
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Omega 3 is crucial for managing fibromyalgia. Read this article to find out its hidden benefits, foods that contain it and why flaxseeds in your diet can make a significant difference to your pain. 

A christian women's persective on ways to overcome the depression caused by living with fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses. 

From Fibro Friday week 483
  1. 10 Health Awareness Days for January 2024
  2. How To Use Your Symptom Tracking to Plan Your Day (Pacing Well)
  3. Fibro And The ‘Y’ Word!
  4. Baking Cookies with Fibromyalgia... Or Not
  5. How Chronic Pain Warriors Handle The Holidays
  6. Biology of Blessing
  7. When Everything Collides
  8. 10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Tea Drinking
  9. The Unyielding Majesty of the Lion’s Roar
  10. Fibromyalgia and the Current State of Research
  11. 10 Foods That Cause Fibromyalgia Symptom Flare-ups
  12. Why Omega 3 is so important when living with fibromyalgia?
  13. Sufficient to the day
Latest fibro blogger articles


Learn more about Fibromyalgia from Fibro Bloggers

 Learn more about Fibromyalgia from what Fibro Bloggers have written here. As well as round ups of experiences in 2023 you can find information on acceptance of pain, Living with P.O.T.S., The Flight or Fight response, Pets and Weight issues. 

End of Year Health Update and Lessons Learnt

Melissa provides an update on where she is at when living with fibromyalgia and endometriosis and more diagnoses, treatments she has tried, her surgery and her next big thing. 

Going With The Festive Flow

Dale describes his preparations for the holiday season and shares some beautiful night time festive photos from London. He is also a songwriter and guitarist and shares his newly written Christmas song in a video here.

Fibromyalgia and the Battle for Correct Diagnosis

Sue has gathered together some expert sources on the symtoms of Fibromyalgia and the difficulties of getting a diagnosis. 

A short Christmas note to the ones who are struggling.

Alisha shares her feelings and her thoughts at Christmas and some of the difficulties and losses of her year. 

Interview with a Chronic Pain Warrior (Book about Grief)

An open and honest interview with a struggling P.O.T.S warrior where she shares her journey to diagnosis and how her faith and family have helped. She offers words of encouragement for others living with chronic pain.

Merry Christmas 2023 & Happy New Year

A quick end of year post from Caz at Invisibly Me Blog which summarises her year and also gives some suggested Christmas and New Year reading for those with chronic illness.

What does acceptance mean when livng with pain?

The reasons for accepting pain and what hinders and helps our acceptance are discussed here by Julie, including some research done into the topic. 

What does it mean to accept your pain? That is a question that many of us have asked or been asked.

Fight or Flight Response Overactive in Fibromyalgia

Did you know that an overactive sympathetic nervous system, aka the body's flight or fight response, is overactive in Fibromyalia. Sue discusses this and if there is anything we can do about it. 

It is what it is!

Glenys shares her Christmas plans when her and her husband live with multiple chronic illnesses. 

Do You Buy A Pet Because It's Cute Or The Kids Won't Stop Begging? Beware!

Mel discusses her approach to deciding whether to become Pet Parents. 

Christmas Prayer For Fibromyalgia

A prayer for those with chronic illness including fibromyalgia written by Sue and also a link to a video of her talk at Cal State Fullerton where she shares tips on what to do about Fibromyalgia. 

Fibromyalgia and weight gain resources

A list of some of the sites and books that can help with the common Fibromyalgia problem of unwanted weight gain.

1. End of year health update  
2. Going With The Festive Flow  
3. Music Therapy - I've Written A Festive Tune!  
5. A short Christmas note to the ones who are struggling  
6. Interview with a chronic pain warrior (book about grief)  
7. Merry Christmas 2023 & Happy New Year From Invisibly Me!  
8. What does acceptance meanwhen living with pain?  
9. Fight or Flight Response Overactive In Fibromyalgia  
10. It is what it is!  
11. Do you buy a dog for it's cuteness?  
12. Christmas Prayer for Fibromyalgia  
13. Fibromyalgia & weight gain resources  


Fibro bloggers share their latest fibromyalgia articles

These Fibromyalgia articles allow you to understand more about fibromyalgia. Those living with fibro are sharing their blog posts to raise awareness of this chronic pain condition and the many ways it affects their lives and also offer helpful ways they cope such as distraction ideas, humor and self care strategies. 

latest fibromyalgia articles

Fibromyalgia and the Current State of Research 
A snapshot of the current state of fibromyalgia research.
Read full article by Thom Byxbe

Set Boundaries, Command Respect 
Setting boundaries is a skill we all need. This post explores why we should set them. 
Read full article by Thom Byxbe

Nostalgic, Creative & Photographic Distraction From Fibro
How these 3 factors come together in a hobby that helps in distracting from the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Read full article by Dale Rockell

Top 6 Books as Gifts for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Sufferers
Reviews of 6 books of which some are practical and same are uplifting.

Read full article by Blogger Bar

ACR23 Fibromyalgia Research in 2023 - Where Rheumatology Meets 
My Several Worlds presents the latest fibromyalgia research from ACR23 attended in 2023. The presentation was called 'Fibromyalgia & Other Clinical Pain Syndromes.'
Read full article by Carrie Kellenberger

Distraction ideas to bring you joy for Busy People with Chronic Pain and Fatigue.
''We deserve to do things we like and enjoy. Even if we barely have the energy to manage life. Our quality of life matters so much.
So today, I want to share some distraction ideas for your enjoyment, even if you have a busy life too.''
Read full article by Melissa Reynolds

Physical Self-Care Strategies To Manage Fibromyalgia
Sue shares the strategies she uses to maintain physical self-care and how she uses the free Health Storylines app to keep on track.
Read full article by Sue

It's OK to have a simple Christmas

The whys and hows of a simple Christmas in this Christian household when both partners are living with chronic illness. 
Read full article by Glenys

Disability Representation on Doctor Who
Beverley gives her opinion on how disability is portrayed in one of her all time favourite shows and has a bonus video on disability in Hollywood movies. 
Read full article by Beverley Butterfly.

Relaxing Sunday
A very brief 
post about her day by Melinda.
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How Viruses Affect Those With Chronic Illness

personal experience of how and why viruses have an affect on someone living with fibro and other chronic illnesses. 
Read full article by Bethan Jones.

A Fibromyalgia Christmas Laugh
Here you will find a the 12 Days of Fibro

Read full article by Sue Ingebretson.

Fibro Friday week 484

Fibro bloggers share their latest fibromyalgia articles

1. Fibromyalgia and the Current State of Research
2. Set Boundaries, Command Respect
3. Nostalgic, Creative & Photographic Distraction From Fibro
5. ACR23 Fibromyalgia Research in 2023 - Where Rheumatology Meets
6. Distraction ideas to bring you joy
7. Physical Self-Care Strategies To Manage Fibromyalgia
8. It's OK to have a simple Christmas
9. Disability representation on Doctor Who
10. Relaxing Sunday
11. How Viruses Affect Those With Chronic Illness
12. A Fibromyalgia Christmas Laugh


Latest Fibromyalgia Articles

These articles allow you to gain more understanding about fibromyalgia. Those living with fibro are sharing their blog posts to raise awareness of this chronic pain condition and the many ways it affects their lives and those around them.

The Latest Fibromyalgia Articles

‘Chronic Illness Joke of the Week’ Series
A Joke about Heat Therapy, especially using heating pads to help with chronic pain. Helen at Helens Journey. Read more

Is Fibromyalgia Serious? 
Melissa at Melissa vs fibromyalgia talks about insomnia, the heart, diagnosis and her story with fibro. Read more

The Art of Happiness.
 About finding your own happiness. By Thom at Thom Byxbes Desk. Read more

Warming gifts for Christmas. 
Shares gift ideas that can provide warmth and ease pain. By Blogger Bar at Back Pain Blog. 

You Never know What You’ll Get With Fibro Or Photography
Dale Rockell describes one of his early morning walks as a photograher with fibromyalgia.
Alternative Healing
5 Astonishing Methods to Overcome Boredom and Embrace Life including some you may not have heard of. By Thom at Thom Byxbes Desk. Read more

Foods That Fight Fibromyalgia Review
A review of Foods That Fight Fibromyalgia – Nutrient Packed Meals That Increase Energy, Ease Pain, and Move You Toward Recovery by Deirdre Rawlings, PH.D., N.D. By Sue Daze at Fibro Daze. Read more

Fibromyalgia stories
My diagnosis, by nine people living with fibromyalgia.
Read more

Cyclobenzaprine for fibromyalgia.
Describes a treatment for muscles stiffness. By Lee Good at Fibro Files.
Read more

11 Things You Should Never Say to Someone With Fibromyalgia.

A list of things that you’ve likely said at some point to someone you care about, and in doing so you unknowingly made them feel even worse. Don’t do it again.

These are things you should never say to someone with Fibromyalgia (or any chronic illness). By Julie Ryan at Counting My Spoons. Read more

Fibromyalgia Holiday Stress.
Symptoms of stress and seven tips to overcome it. By Sue Ingebretson at Rebuilding Wellness.
Read more of Fibro Friday week 482

  1. ‘Chronic Illness Joke of the Week’ Series
  2. Is Fibromyalgia Serious?
  3. The Art of Happiness.
  4. Warming gifts for Christmas.
  5. You Never Know What You’ll Get With Fibro Or Photography.
  6. Alternative Healing
  7. Foods That Fight Fibromyalgia Review
  8. Fibromyalgia stories
  9. Cyclobenzaprine for fibromyalgia.
  10. 11 Things You Should Never Say to Someone With Fibromyalgia.
  11. Fibromyalgia Holiday Stress.

The Latest Fibromyalgia Articles

Information about Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Doctors

Here we have some interesting articles for you about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, two chronic illnesses both with symptoms of pain and fatigue. 

What makes these articles different is that they have been written by people living with the conditions. We also have some helpful articles about doctors specific to when you are living with chronic illness. Just click on the links below to be taken to the full articles.

Fibro Fighters sharing their stories

πŸ’œ Dale Rockell shares his observations as a photograher, living with fibromyalgia, when visiting the big city of London for the day. 

Living with Fibro and it’s many challenging symptoms means taking many things into account to make the most of my day and navigate the hustle and bustle of the city. The Fibro Challenges Of A Day In London

πŸ’œ The results of a study into physical activity and sleep in both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia at Fibro Files.

πŸ’œ Blogger Bar reviews her to 5 Fibromyalgia books 

This book is an indispensable resource that empowers fibromyalgia patients to take charge of a debilitating disease and get the health care they deserve.

πŸ’œ Melissa vs Fibromyalgia is a busy Mother and here she reveals her tried and tested ways of staying organised. Today I’m spilling the beans on the super simple systems that help keep me organised with chronic illness in Staying Organised with Chronic Illness – 4 Systems I Rely On

πŸ’œ Carrie Kellenberger shares her chronic pain story and explains the creative ways she copes with the pain in Finding New Creative Ways To Combat Pain.

πŸ’œ Are Doctors Biased Against Patients? And if so, does it affect the treatment they provide. Julie answers these questions through a survey done by Medscape.

πŸ’œ Glenys talks about issues she is having with her medications in Being your own doctor.

πŸ’œ Thom Byxbe states the case for what he believes is The One Relationship You Can’t Afford to Neglect

πŸ’œ In Epic Life Upgrade Thom explains what is needed to get motivated and move from stagnation to triumph.

πŸ’œ I want to share a bit of my journey with chronic fatigue. It’s a tough road, but through the ups and downs, I’ve found some strategies that really make a difference in my chronic life. Let’s dive in together.

Cynthia Covert shares her strategies in My Journey with Chronic Fatigue: Finding Energy and Joy in Daily Life

πŸ’œ Helen praises the Power of THANKFULNESS to bring more happiness & inner peace into your life and shares 4 tips for increasing it. 

πŸ’œ Sue Ingebretson discusses how sensitive many of us are when living with Fibromyalgia in her post on Fibromyalgia Hyper-Sensitivity 

I’ve often said that I’m thankful for fibromyalgia. Learning how to analyze and deal with chronic illness has taught me powerful lessons I wouldn’t have learned any other way.

πŸ’œ Glenys Hicks shares a link to the housekeeping lists that she follows when living with many chronic illnesses in This is a great help.

πŸ’œ In How To Describe Fibromyalgia Pain To Your Doctor Sue Daze shares tips to help fibromyalgia sufferers be less misunderstood by their medical professionals. 

πŸ’œ What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – the answer might surprise according to Dan Neuffer.

πŸ’œ My Fight to Be Diagnosed With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is where Bethan Jones explains her search to find what, on top of her fibromyalgia, was causing her such extra and extreme fatigue. 

1. The Fibro Challenges Of A Day In London  
2. Physical Activity and Sleep in CFS & Fibromyalgia Syndrome  
4. 4 systems I rely on to stay organised with chronic illness
5. Creative ways to cope with pain
6. Are Doctors Biased Against Patients?  
7. Being your own doctor  
8. The One Relationship You Can’t Afford to Neglect  
9. Epic Life Upgrade: From Stagnation to Triumph  
10. My Journey with Chronic Fatigue: Finding Energy and Joy in Daily Life  
11. The power of thankfulness, yes even with chronic illness!  
12. Fibromyalgia Hyper-Sensitivity  
13. Glenys Hicks This is a great help


Fibromyalgia stories: my diagnosis, by people living with fibromyalgia

I find it fascinating reading how people received their diagnosis of fibromyalgia and thought you might too so I am sharing many of them here from the fibro bloggers in our Directory. 

diagnosis stories, by people living with fibromyalgia

I have noticed a few common threads in these stories - many of us went to quite a few doctors before we received a diagnosis, many of us had to keep pushing to find out what was wrong, many of us found our symptoms were not taken seriously or took years to diagnose.


'It took years for me to get a diagnosis … and I had to do it on my own.
Learning to become my own advocate, I finally discovered what was wrong. Of course, my symptoms were devastating. I felt like an 80-year-old trapped in the body of someone who wasn’t yet 40.' ~ Sue from Rebuilding Wellness.


'Finally, they gave me a diagnosis of exclusion, something called Fibromyalgia, because their diagnostics are not sophisticated enough yet to source the true cause of the problem. They told me it is not terminal, but there are limited ways to treat the burning fire inside my muscles that debilitate me.' Leah from Chronicles of FIBRO


'A visit to the Neurologist resulted in a bunch of tests but they couldn’t find any reason for the symptoms. He sent me to a couple of other specialists and they couldn’t find anything either. Eventually, through research of my own and pushing to see a Rheumatologist, I received a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.' ~ Julie from Counting My Spoons


'The rheumatologist was the first person who looked at me and said, “something is wrong, I can tell.” But all my labs came back fine, as always. So she diagnosed me with fibromyalgia because I did have all the tender points required to meet the diagnoses (and more). At the time, I didn’t really believe in fibro, not that I thought people were faking, more like it was a diagnosis you get when the doctor has no clue what is wrong. I fought the diagnosis for a long time.' ~ Shelley from Chronic Mom


'In July 2009, I finally got to meet with a Rheumatologist, Dr van Zyl at Unitas Hospital. Within 10 minutes, he diagnosed me with severe Fibromyalgia! I was not crazy, and it was not all in my head! Finally, someone that believed and understood what I was going through.' ~ Angelique Gilchrist from Fibro Ramblings.


'The second rheumatologist at 20 was the one who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. By then I had a family history with it as well as my father had been diagnosed. At this time the tender point test was still something they did. And I had a whole lot of pain in those spots for sure.' ~ Nikki Albert from Brainless Blogger.


'The symptoms came on gradually, starting with back pain, infections, shoulder pain, insomnia – and finally a referral to a pain clinic where I was told I had a chronic, incurable illness. I left school and spent the next year in a state of shock.' ~ Katarina from Skillfully Well and Painfully Aware.


'Fibromyalgia was a diagnosis I received around the age of 27. Like a lot of people with this condition I was ill for a very long time before I was considered to have something more going on than just being stressed out. My initial symptoms were dismissed on a regular basis by health professionals who believed I was simply burning out from work, but I was becoming more and more unwell. So unwell in fact I became like someone in my 80s and not my 20s. It affected my ability to work, to socialise, in fact my ability to do anything.

After much back and forth with the doctor and referrals to the wrong clinics, I was eventually diagnosed with Fibro by a Rheumatologist and discharged from their care the very same day.' ~ Sarah at Me, Myself, and Chronic Illness Blog


'From my childhood years up until early twenties I went from doctor to doctor undergoing laborious blood tests of all kinds to rule many illnesses.

“She just needs exercise and vitamins” was a common response from the clueless doctors.

After the familiar, stressful blood tests again doctors in NYC diagnosed me with having a connective tissue disease, but rheumatologists in London disagreed and named the culprit fibromyalgia. There you go, fm diagnosis in its simplest form!' ~ Alisha at The Invisible F.


Fibromyalgia diagnosis stories

Fibro thoughts from people living with fibromyalgia.

Here you will find many thoughts about fibromyalgia and what it is like living with it. If you click on the names of the people making these comments you will be taken to more information and the context of what they have said. 

thoughts from people living with fibromyalgia.

'Diagnosis with fibromyalgia or any chronic illness can be life changing. Bewilderment, sadness, anger, fear and a torrent of other emotions can come to the surface as a newly diagnosed patient.' ~ Sarah Warburton

'I was done feeling awful and hiding it. I was done putting productivity in front of my ability to reduce my pain and sickness. Yup, in that moment I decided feeling good was my number one priority and everything else could happen second.' ~ Leah Tyler


'If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard (or said) that stress impacts the symptoms of fibromyalgia, I’d be rich. I’m pretty sure that those of us who live with fibromyalgia already know that stress effects the symptoms of fibromyalgia.' ~ Julie Ryan


'Back in 2011 when i got the Diagnose Fibromyalgia, i was more than happy that my healthy problems now had a name. But after a while i realised, it changed nothing. I still have my pain, i still have to fight to get accepted.' ~ Bettina Bier


'It's important to address both the physical and mental aspects of fibromyalgia in order to manage the condition effectively. The pain and limitations caused by fibromyalgia can increase the risk of developing depression and anxiety. ' ~ Thom Byxbe


'I realize now that I take the approach with doctors that they are automatically going to doubt me. I explain to them that I understand my nociceptors are wacko, that I don’t perceive pain properly, that it’s like brain damage.' Dee Dee


'Just because I'm smiling doesn't mean I'm pain free. I live in pain 24/7 but I refuse to let it stop me' ~ Bethan Catherine Jones at Hello Fibro Blog


'I know what it’s like to feel out of control when it comes to symptoms such as pain, fatigue, memory loss, super-sensitivities, and dizziness. If you’re familiar with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune challenges, and chronic illness in general, you know what I’m talking about.' ~ Sue Ingebretson


'Yes, Fibromyalgia is incredibly painful. It’s not one type of pain, there are multiple ways of feeling that pain. The types of pain that people with chronic pain can feel also seem neverending... No wonder so many Fibromyalgia patients are physically miserable.' ~ Chronic Mom


'The biggest change in my life that followed my fibromyalgia diagnosis was leaving my career because I just physically could not keep up any longer with the demands of the job. I’ve never felt more conflicted about making a decision.' ~ Katarina Zulak


'Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders. Awareness of fibromyalgia has increased and it has been accepted as a legitimate medical condition. Yet, fibromyalgia continues to be a hard-to-diagnose condition.' ~ Sue 


'But the most distressing thing about Fibromyalgia is people not recognising, or even believing, that your experiences are real. Even today, there is still a significant lack of understanding around fibromyalgia in terms of its causes, diagnostics and how to best manage it.' ~ Barbara 


'From the time the term ‘fibromyalgia’ was first used in the late 1990s to today, this condition hasn’t had many breakthroughs in the research/medical fields. And despite the millions diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it largely remains a mystery to many specialists, researchers, and organizations.' ~ Brandi 


'It is no secret that my secret is that I have Fibromyalgia. I am living with an invisible, chronic illness that is beating me up while pretending otherwise. To the eyes of people, I am too young, too lively, too good looking or even too faithful to be sick (I know, I’ve heard it all).' ~ Kooki Honor


'If you are like most people who have experienced ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, POTS or a similar syndrome, there is a real sense of relief when you finally receive a diagnosis. At least you know what you have now, rather than being labelled a hypochondriac.' ~ Dan Neuffer


'With fibromyalgia you need to:  Learn what feels good and what doesn’t. Accept your limits. Put these habits into practice.' ~ Emmie 


'My chronic fatigue, that comes from a couple of my chronic illnesses, is the thing that has been bothering me the most. It stops me from doing a lot of the things that I love and I honestly feel so frustrated and annoyed when I cannot do the things I want.' ~ Beverley



Raising Fibromyalgia Awareness in June.

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month worldwide but it is EVERY MONTH here and it is every day

You can learn more about fibromyalgia from people living with it by reading these blog posts. 

There is no catch here. We are not selling anything. We are trying to help raise awareness of this chronic pain condition. 

You can join in and help raise awareness this month by simply sharing this post or visiting and sharing some of the posts in this list. 

Raising Fibromyalgia Awareness

We hope you find some articles of interest to you here. We also have a larger directory of fibromyalgia blogs that you can view. That's why we are called Fibro Blogger Directory. 

June Fibromyalgia Awareness