Living with Chronic Illness

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“I feel like I am dragging my nerves on sandy gravel every time I move.” If you can understand that statement you too might suffer from Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2010, but started symptoms in 2001. I believe my symptoms truly began with a traumatic car accident I had 1998. 

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, cognitive difficulties, and memory problems, as well as many others. Symptoms sometimes begin after trauma, surgery, an infection or significant stress. Women are more likely to develop Fibromyalgia than men. Many people with fibromyalgia also have headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety and depression. There is no cure for Fibromyalgia, but there are treatments of medication, and sometimes exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes may help. 

I have days where I find it hard to stand at the sink to do dishes, to self care like standing in the shower for long, or even to do things like going to the grocery store. Everything is painful and exhausting. I am Bipolar so I am already prone to bouts of depression. So feeling I cannot do the things my family needs me to do because my body is rebelling is hard to handle. 

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I am currently on medication to help with pain management. I try to keep up with yoga. Yoga is pretty easy on my body. You don’t have to push your body too hard. You do what your body can handle. Right now that may not be too much. Other days that is more. It all depends on the day and my body. 

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Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia

Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia

Oils for Fibromyalgia:

  • Tea Tree: Pain relief, relief of inflammation
  • Lavender: Relieves nervous system
  • Lemon: Reduces inflammation of joints
  • Ylang Ylang: Sedative and Nervine
  • Cedarwood: Decongest lymph system and improve poor circulation
  • Helichrysum: Antispasmodic and anti-inflammation
  • Frankincense: antiseptic, relieves muscle aches, and pains; and stimulates immune system
  • Myrrh: calms and relaxes; and speeds healing
  • Peppermint: Analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  • Clove: Analgesic and Antioxidant
  • Clary Sage: Soothes nervous tension

Pain Relief Oil Blend I:

  • 10ml roller bottle
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops Birch oil
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary oil
  • Top off with Carrier Oil 
  • massage painful areas twice daily 

Pain Relief Oil Blend II:

  • 10ml roller bottle
  • 5 drops Birch oil
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 3 drops Ginger oil
  • 3 drops Peppermint oil
  • 5 drops Orange oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary oil
  • top off with carrier oil
  • massage painful areas twice daily

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SEROTONIN: GIVE IT A BOOST, NATURALLY

SerotoninSerotonin is a compound found in blood platelets and serum that constricts the blood vessels and acts as a neurotransmitter carrying signals along and between the nerves. Serotonin is made in the brain and the intestines. The majority of the body’s serotonin can be found in the gastrointestinal tract. It is thought to be active in constricting smooth muscles, regulating cyclic body processes, and contributing to well being and happiness.

It is thought that it can affect mood, social behavior, appetite/digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire/function. Drugs that alter serotonin levels have important clinical uses such as in the treatment of depression, nausea, Fibromyalgia, migraines, and more. An association has been made between depression and Serotonin. Scientists remain unsure whether decreased levels of Serotonin contribute to depression or depression causes a decrease in serotonin levels.

Also medical research continues to evaluate the role of serotonin in obesity and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that a persistent high level of serotonin in the bones can lead to an increase in osteoporosis.

Fibromyalgia and Serotonin — Fibromyalgia disrupts important systems and is one of the most widespread pain disorders out there. Since the effects of Serotonin are systemic, it’s no surprise more experts are pointing to a relationship between Fibromyalgia and Serotonin.

Probiotics The majority of Serotonin is made in the gut. Probiotics help balance out the gut function and plays apart in nutrient absorption.
Vitamin B Complex & Tryptophan  Vitamin B3 and B6 is necessary for the body to make Tryptophan, which is necessary to make Serotonin. When Tryptophan is taken with other protein sources it may not be absorbed as well. So a supplement version should be taken separately from other proteins.
Sunlight  Spending time in the sunlight actually raises Serotonin levels. It is important to have some of that time without interference of sunblock.
Exercise  Any form of exercise will do but cardio seems to work the best in raising Serotonin levels.
Massage  Massage has been shown to raise Serotonin levels. It is unsure if it is the massage itself or the human contact that raises such levels.

My Top 15 Favorite Foods

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  1. Avocados
  2. Macaroons
  3. Sushi
  4. Strawberries
  5. Blackberries
  6. Raspberries
  7. Frozen Cool Whip (I know it sounds crazy but frozen straight out of the container is so yummy)
  8. Cashews
  9. Figs
  10. Clementines
  11. Fro-yo
  12. Greek Yogurt
  13. Crispy Bacon
  14. Banana’s Foster
  15. A huge Salad w/ field greens and a ton of toppings and a nice cilantro lime vinaigrette

What are some of your favorites?

Some of my Favorite Books

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  • Harry Potter Series
  • Hunger Games books
  • Divergent books
  • Twilight Saga
  • Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster family series
  • Nora Roberts’ MacGregor family series
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters Island trilogy
  • Nora Roberts’ Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy
  • Nora Roberts’ Concannon Sisters trilogy
  • Gardella Vampire Hunters series
  • Sookie Stackhouse novels
  • Vampire Academy
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls series
  • The Vampire Diaries series
  • Anything by Phillipa Gregory

Books I want to read:

  • The Uglies
  • Red Queen
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • Girl Interrupted
  • If I Stay
  • Fangirl
  • Beautiful Creatures

My Fibro Flare Kit

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I have had some questions in the past from friends and people I have met in Facebook about my “Flare Kit” for my Fibromyalgia. So I wanted to go into some detail about what I keep in my kit. I have no than one kit. So this one is just for my Fibro. I also have them for Anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

  • Heating pad pillow
  • My as needed meds that help with Flare symptoms
  • My coloring books with gel pens and colored pencils (They kinda love from kit to kit)
  • Bio Freeze Spray
  • Salon Pas patches
  • Favorite fuzzy blanket
  • Favorite fuzzy socks
  • Favorite DVDs
  • Favorite Book