I’m always on the lookout for new oils, creams, and ointments to use to give me relief from some of my fibromyalgia symptoms. One I had been using (Traumeel) just rebranded itself and changed its formula and I don’t like it as much now. Plus, it’s not available anymore on the website I order stuff like that through to make those types of products cheaper. Now I will be trying Two Old Goats products thanks to Seeking Equilibrium. It’s so stupid that they can’t brand their merchandise as treating fibromyalgia and arthritis anymore! Yet another reason for me to be mad at the FDA and get up on my soapbox. I love essential oils and lavender and eucalyptus are my go tos for aromatherapy. Lavender especially seems to work really well for me. I’m excited that these products have other natural anti-inflammatories in them like peppermint too. I can’t wait to try these out!
We all have bad days where keeping a positive outlook is impossible. Where we feel like we’ve been hit by a tractor trailer or run over by a train. We react to the weather and can predict it better than weatherpeople can. I like this blog post by Seeking Equilibrium about the average daily pain we all become accustomed to living with and the off-the-charts, please-make-it-stop pain that makes us crawl in bed and pray for sleep until the flare is over.
Thanks to Seeking Equilibrium, I discovered FibroGuide. FibroGuide has a modules with great information for those newly diagnosed and those of us who have had fibromyalgia for what feels like forever. You take a simple quiz and it points you to the modules you may find most helpful. Examples of modules are Understanding Fibromyalgia, Fibro Fog, Being Active, Communicating, Sleep, Pacing Yourself, and more. It’s got a lot of great information and I really like how it’s organized. With the quiz, you are quickly pointed to the resources you may find most helpful and don’t have to go digging through a ton of information for the tidbits that are the most relevant for you. I don’t know about you, but my attention span is short and my thoughts are easily scattered so I found the way this site is organized to be very helpful. Check it out!
I’ve gone through a “roadkill tired” spell myself of late. I think I’m finally coming out of it. Adding a Vitamin B and iron supplements to my daily mix of supplements seems to be helping me feel a more normal level of tired, not the bad roadkill tired I’ve been doing. My brother actually figured out that it sounded like I was iron deficient. I definitely notice a difference now that I’m taking it. Thanks brother!
This post on chronic fatigue as it relates to fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses is really great. She highlights ten common suggestions doctors make to help decrease fatigue and how most of them really work for fibro sufferers. Our brains just don’t work like “normal” brains and until doctors realize that and modify their recommendations accordingly, we’re stuck with getting the same unhelpful advice over and over. My favorite tip she makes is:
Point number 10: Be good to yourself. There is a lot of guilt and problems that go with chronic illness. We do need to be good to ourselves. This will be with us until there is a cure so we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves.
So remember, be good to yourself. That’s really the best thing we can do for ourselves, both physically and mentally.
In loving memory of my dear aunt Lorena who we lost to cancer last night. She will always be one of my favorite people and I will miss her dearly. This was one of my grandfather’s – her brother’s – favorite poems.
My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily
Oft times he weaveth sorrow
And I in follish pride
Forget he sees the upper
And I the underside
But till the loom is silent
And the shuttle ceases to fly
Will he unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why
The dark threads are as needful
In the weavers skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern he has planned.
I haven’t written a personal post in ages, not because I haven’t wanted to but because I’m going through a nasty divorce and don’t want my words used against me. Since I last wrote I’ve moved to a new house, spent time with my supportive family, and survived a cancer scare. I had a tumor removed from behind my right eye not long ago. Thankfully it was benign but knowing I had that thing in my head for 6 weeks and not knowing what it was was hell. I thought fibromyalgia was hell but this was a new circle of hell. Not knowing was so much worse. I’m home healing now and I have lots of healing to do. I think the bruises will fade faster than the trauma from the past few months will though. But I wanted everyone to know that I’ve been thinking about you, about everyone suffering from fibromyalgia. Hang in there guys. Things will get better.