During a recent health appointment, the practitioner asked “So how does your fibro affect your day to day life?”. It was probably the first time that anyone in a professional capacity had asked me that during almost a decade since being diagnosed. I gave an answer which, hopefully, painted a picture of what my everyday … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Awareness Month – How Does Fibro Affect Day to Day Life?
Bad or flare days can crop up for a multitude of reasons when living with fibro – over exertion leading to a flare, sleep that’s even worse than normal, a period of stress, a Covid booster jab (writing from personal experience here!), hormones - to cite just a few examples. Bad days may leave us … Continue reading Navigating a Bad Day with Fibromyalgia – 6 Tips
Many of us, for various reasons, find the Christmas period to be an anxiety-inducing time which can cause our fibro symptoms to worsen. Often there’s a long list of activities vying for our attention - shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating the house and visiting relatives to name but a few. Added to that, there may also … Continue reading Fibro, Anxiety and the Festive Season
With the holiday season just around the corner, many of us may be undertaking car journeys, whether that’s to visit family, go Christmas shopping or attend a social function. I often find car journeys really uncomfortable and my pain levels tend to soar during and after car travel. With that in mind, here are some … Continue reading 5 Tips for Travelling by Car when you have Fibro
Life with fibro is hard. It’s not just the myriad symptoms which can occur at any time of the day or night, but one of the cruellest things is the prejudice we often have to deal with from others just because ours is an invisible condition. Some folks seem incapable of grasping what that means, … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Awareness Month – Four Things I Wish Non-Fibro People Understood
Disclaimer – this post relates solely to my own diagnosis story and should not be taken as medical information. By telling my story, I hope it might help others in their diagnosis journey. The type of medical professional who makes the initial diagnosis of fibromyalgia can vary depending on how symptoms present. In the UK, … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Diagnosis – Neurology or Rheumatology?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterised mainly (but by no means exclusively) by musculoskeletal pain which can crop up anywhere in the body. You may see the condition abbreviated to either FM (Fibro-Myalgia) or else FMS (Fibro-Myalgia-Syndrome). In addition to pain, some of the most common accompanying symptoms are: FatigueInsomnia / other sleep issuesCognitive difficulties … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Symptoms (and what it feels like to live with them)