Today I am med free. I manage my fibromyalgia with a combination of clean eating, gentle yoga, meditation and massage. And it works for me. I know my body well enough to be gentle with it when I have to be.
The relationship between grief, emotion and chronic illness can be immediate and direct. Indeed, strong emotions can wreak havoc on autoimmune disorders and chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, where stress triggers a flare up in symptoms. Learning to ride these strong emotions instead of resisting them can help reduce the negative impact on your health.
“How many pillows do you sleep with?” Ever wondered why the doctor wants to know that? The answer could indicate a health problem. But it is also a sign you are managing a chronic pain issue. In which case, perhaps your pile of pillows is your best friend.
It sucks to be sick. No question. It hurts, it’s exhausting, and sometimes depressing. Managing your illness can take all your focus and energy. But to keep your relationship healthy is to honour one of the most important areas of self-care. Especially when you’re chronically ill. Here’s how.
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia? Based on my personal experience, there are three big things you can focus on right away to start feeling better.
The lightbulb went on with a bang when I watched The Connection, a documentary by Shannon Harvey, about the mind-body connection in health. It was suddenly clear there’s an important role for belief in managing – and healing from – chronic and other illness.
Eating clean just may be your best defense against fibromyalgia. Why? It’s pretty simple. Eating clean means real food. Food that is a product of nature, not a product of industry. Foods in their natural state, or as close to natural as possible. No chemicals, preservatives, pesticides. Just food.
As a person with a chronic illness, there are many days I don’t feel great. Some days I just can’t get anything done. But what if it isn’t my fibro? What if it is my head or my heart instead? There’s a process I go through to figure it out. Maybe it will work for you.
Having to be right all the time is a horrendous burden. First, it is impossible to attain. And second, striving to make it so surprisingly harms your health. I suspect this tendency of mine served to set me up for the fibromyalgia I eventually developed. Thankfully I figured out how to give up on being right and reduce stress. Which…
Experience has taught me that trading fibro shame for acceptance leads to better quality of life. Is it a factor of my age? The length of time I’ve had fibro? Or is it that I’m in a better state of mental health than when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003? I don’t know. But today, I share the fact of…