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What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects your bones and muscles. It is characterized by a widespread muscle-skeleton pain followed by fatigue, insomnia, mood swing, memory issues, burning and tightness. Fibromyalgia amplifies your pain sensation by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men are.  Fibromyalgia co-exists with anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

You ache all over. The symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Draining fatigue
  • Muscle pain, burning, tightness
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering, this is called  “fibro fog”
  • Low pain threshold
  • Sensitivity to cold, heat, sound and light
  • Numbness or tingling in arms, face, hands, legs, feet
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloating, constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches

Diagnosis

There is no blood test to determine if someone has fibromyalgia or not.  However, a diagnosis is made when a person has had widespread pain for more than three months with no underlying medical condition that could cause the pain.

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Treatment

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, treatment is aimed at reducing its symptoms. A doctor might prescribe anti-depressants such as Cymbalta or pregabalin for fibromyalgia. Almost all doctors emphasize the importance of exercise in reducing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but there is no one way to treat it. Doctors use a combination of medication, exercise, and therapy to help their patients with fibromyalgia. Some patients find acupuncture, yoga, and tai chi to be helpful in reducing their symptoms.

Fibromyalgia self-care tips
  • Try  fibromyalgia friendly-exercises, these are low impact activities such as walking, yoga, tai chi that build endurance, strength, stretch your muscles
  •  Stick to a structured routine to reduce stress, and get your body use to moving which will then reduce tension in your muscles
  • Practice relaxation techniques to help calm your body throughout the day
  • Set a bedtime routine
  • Reduce stress, acknowledge that there are things you can not control
  • Pace yourself, prioritize your tasks, don’t push yourself  too hard to finish your to-do list
  • Communicate your needs with your loved ones
  • Engage in social activities whenever possible
  • Know and accept your limits
  • Accept help when you need it
  • Balance your meal with a low-fat, high protein diet and drink plenty of water
  • Join a support group

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Explore these tips and find what works for you. Understand that there will be bad days even when you follow your routine and stay within your limits.

Depression in men

Clinical depression was considered a ” woman’s disease”. The labeling of depression as a female disease may prevent clinically depressed men from recognizing symptoms of depression and seeking treatment. Depression affects both male and female and both sexes experience similar symptoms of depression. However, men express those symptoms differently than women. Common symptoms of depression include loss of appetite, lack of sleep or too much sleep, sadness, feeling hopelessness and helplessness, worthlessness and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.  But depression in men may cause them to feel irritable, aggressive or hostile, withdrawn,  cause headaches, digestive problems, problems with alcohol or drug use.

Why is depression in men not recognized?

There are many reasons why clinical depression in men are not recognized or diagnosed. For one, …

Depressed loved one

I am a smart, strong, joyful person; a friend to many, a wife to an amazing man and a mother to three beautiful and energetic kids. Life happened and I became suddenly ill. An illness that changed my life and loved ones forever. As a result of my illness, the able, go-getter and hyperactive me became the not so active and a person I could not recognize. It didn’t take long before depression crippled me down a deep hole I could not attempt to escape. Yes, the smart and strong person that survived the unthinkable as a teen is now depressed loved one with…

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Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

I am excited to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It feels good to know that people are reading my blog and liking it.

Megan from Megan’s Life with little nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Check out https://meganslifewithlittles.com/for amazing tips on motherhood and blogging tips.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

“Does exactly what the name states:

Bringing a bit of sunshine into a bloggers life!

It’s a brilliant way to recognize fellow bloggers for being awesome. And also, provides us the opportunity to extend the honor,…

Rainawithchronicillness is pleased to have a special guest blogger, Dani, author, and creator of The Village Girl– Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone. She is going to take us on her personal journey of a Philippines ‘ girl life of pleasing her family while working on self-discovery. Imagine what her life is like when her family’s happiness collide with self-discovery and how she learned to love herself first.

SEO-YOAST- MeltdownDani is a plus-sized Filipina ADHD kid, recovering shopaholic, alcoholic and workaholic. She doesn’t take herself seriously. She has an insatiable wanderlust, out of this world food cravings and goof addiction. If she is not busy planning her next adventure, she will be spotted taking OOTDs and OOTNs. She took a break from the crazy corporate world to see the real one. This is not another travel blog. This is her journey to self-discovery,…

Emotions

I am a mother to three beautiful kids and a wife to an amazing man. I am a firm believer in emotional expression and I encourage my boys to identify and express their emotions whatever that might be. Why do I do this? The reason is  I am sick and tired of the phrase ” Be a Man”. The society dismissed men as the feelingless gender. Men are expected to be though, on point, not to cry, not to feel, be the provider and the protector and so on. Men conform to what psychologists call The Masculine Norms, the rules of masculinity and the ways men are told they should act. How to empower men to breakthrough their emotions? Why talk about it?…

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Hello everyone! I’m Koral Dawn, a social media manager and marketing professional from Washington, USA. No, not Washington, DC; the other Washington on the west coast by California! You can find my blog here. But if you prefer to find me elsewhere, my Instagram is where I spend most of my time: @koral_dawn.

I’ve been recently going through some rough times with depression and anxiety after being laid off from the job that I moved 2800 miles away from home for. I had less than 24 hours’ notice that I didn’t have a job, and my manager didn’t even know until I did, about 10 minutes before.  You’d be a little off if you were in my situation as well. Things could be worse… we all say that.

Insomnia

Sleep has always been a challenge of mine. It is difficult for me to fall asleep and stay asleep. Moreover, I’m a light sleeper which does not help. In the morning, I am irritated, fatigued and in pain, my fibromyalgia and depression symptoms get worst. I find myself going in the same circle every night, forcing myself to fall asleep with no success. I would count from 1 to 10 and backward while listening to the clock ticking.  All this did was just making me frustrated and making sleeping even more impossible.

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Something has to change, right?

After years of struggling with insomnia, I was desperate to find a solution to my night problem. I listened to calming bedtime music, going to bed earlier and other sorts of method to help me sleep. Eventually, I developed a bedtime routine that …

My life before the depression

I am a wife and a mother to three beautiful energetic kids, ages 10,7, and 4. My family is my world. I love reading, cooking, and baking, cleaning up, listening to calming music and love spending time with my family. My kids love swimming classes and outdoor activities. I was taking pre-requisite courses at a community college to get into nursing school. Life was good. I am the person my friends would call for advice or when they need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. Depression was not in my everyday language.

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Then came the sickness, what?

My illness was sudden…

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