Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness, Living Daily with Fibromyalgia, Plantar Fasciitis and Bursitis

I try to keep my blog topics on the lighter side of pain...which is somewhat of a challenge since pain is my daily companion. Take today. I am dealing with the pains from the past 72 hours of non-stop preparing for a double going away party for our two sons who have joined the United… Continue reading

Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness, Plantar Fasciitis and Bursitis

Plantar Fasciitis and Bursitis

A while back I made a post about Plantar Fasciitis and Bursitis. While I suffer from Fibromyalgia, which causes a host of debilitating pains, Plantar Fasciitis and Burstis is now among the list. In fact, the heel pain I experience has now become my constant companion.  Almost two months ago I had cortisone injections in… Continue reading Plantar Fasciitis and Bursitis

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Fibromyalgia and Brain Fog

When you have Fibromyalgia and your brain does not cooperate with what you need to get done, it makes getting through the day quite the challenge! This morning I set out to check off my list of " things-to-do-today" as I did them.  However, I had numerous interruptions; ie, the internet man showed up earlier… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Brain Fog

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Loving Someone with Cancer When You Have Fibromyalgia

My husband has cancer of the bone marrow called Myelofibrosis. He has been receiving blood transfusions for over a year. He was receiving them about every 14-16 days until this past winter when his body began requiring them about every 9-12 days; 2 units each time.  As a Fibromyalgia sufferer, I deal with the ups… Continue reading Loving Someone with Cancer When You Have Fibromyalgia

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A Beautiful, Spring Fibromyalgia, Self-Afflicted Pain Day!

I awoke to a beautiful, crisp spring morning. The breeze was coming out of the NNE. I poured a cup of decaf coffee (I have a PVC Heart Arrhythmia which means no caffeine). I went outside to sit on my new wooden swing and took in the day! It almost felt like autumn! Here in… Continue reading A Beautiful, Spring Fibromyalgia, Self-Afflicted Pain Day!

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Fibromyalgia Pain Waves

My Fibromyalgia pain is always there, hovering, sometimes just on the surface, ready to become a flare at any moment. I have recently had a few weeks where my pain was manageable and getting through the day was not too bad.  About a month ago I had a flare that lasted 6 straight days. It… Continue reading Fibromyalgia Pain Waves

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Fibromyalgia and Emotional Stress

The amount of stress a person is under can greatly affect how they feel physically, especially if you suffer from Fibromyalgia. Emotional stress might be hidden beneath a facade of, perhaps, a smile and pleasant countenance, but underneath it is causing damage to your body. Emotional stress eats away at you until you suddenly split… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Emotional Stress

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Living in the Midwest with Fibromyalgia

I suffer from Fibromyalgia. I have multiple days in a row where I seem to have more energy and I also have trouble sleeping. Then, I have found the opposite to be true; days in succession where I am so fatigued I can barely function. Whether I have energy or am fatigued, every single day… Continue reading Living in the Midwest with Fibromyalgia

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10 Day Fibromyalgia Flare

I have just been through an awful ten days of pain and a seemingly never-ending flare-up from Fibromyalgia. When a flare starts, it may end in an hour, it may end in a day, but sometimes it goes on for over a week. When you suffer from Fibromyalgia you NEVER KNOW how long a flare… Continue reading 10 Day Fibromyalgia Flare

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Fibromyalgia and a Creative Thought

I took a few months sabbatical, not because I wanted to, but because my life was not conducive to stopping to write this blog, let alone stopping for anything else! At the end of October 2018 our 23 year old daughter got engaged. (applause all around!) And then it happened- They desired a January 2019… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and a Creative Thought

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What NOT to say when you have Fibromyalgia

I have Fibromyalgia and fight the pains in my body 24/7. It is a seemingly never-ending whirlwind of pain and labeled an invisible illness because those of us who have it look pretty darn good on the outside, but on the inside we are battling those pains through the smiles we have programmed ourselves to… Continue reading What NOT to say when you have Fibromyalgia

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When Your Body Locks Up from Pain

Yesterday I had another episode where my entire body locked up for a good 30 minutes from severe pain. Was it the weather? Was it lifting a heavy pot of water to boil pasta? Or was it just the Fibromyalgia doing what it does? I had spent the morning making a lasagna with my daughters,… Continue reading When Your Body Locks Up from Pain

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That Long-awaited Cool Front

Well, that long-awaited cool front passed through this afternoon. I would have known without the weather app on my phone preparing me! It is a bittersweet thing for this Fibro gal, those cool fronts. See, I love autumn! The colors, the leaves falling in the breeze, pumpkins and the amazing smells! I have been waiting… Continue reading That Long-awaited Cool Front

Fibromyalgia Family Life, Living Daily with Chronic Invisible Illness

Being Creative with Fibromyalgia

Having Fibromyalgia and being creative, like decorating a cake, is quite the challenge! Today after our family Bible study and prayer time it was decided to spontaneously celebrate our daughter's birthday, which is actually next weekend, but due to a music engagement we have way upstate, we will not be able to celebrate it on… Continue reading Being Creative with Fibromyalgia

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Looking for the Blessings with Fibromyalgia

As summer comes to an end, I am reminded of the blessings life has to offer. Yes, there are blessings to be found if we take the time to look. Summer brought warmth, gardening, flowers and dragonflies! (We won't mention, mosquitos, ticks, and sun rashes...this is a post about finding blessings.) However, if you live… Continue reading Looking for the Blessings with Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia Makes Every Day Difficult

I have felt the physical effects of the past week which offered nothing but continuous rain from remnants of a tropical storm. I chose to be as productive as possible despite how the rains make my Fibromyalgia body feel. I spent one day making several meals for the week and resting, I spent a day… Continue reading Fibromyalgia Makes Every Day Difficult

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Labor Day Memories

Labor Day is the last celebrated American holiday for BBQ's before the weather turns cold. For me, Labor Day has always signified the day before school began. As a child, it was the last "Hooray!" day because you knew that the next day, school would begin. It was a bittersweet time in my childhood. My… Continue reading Labor Day Memories

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Lead Me to Higher Ground During this Fibromyalgia Flare

Lake Michigan, USA. My view from the hotel where my husband is in meetings all week. This particular block of time in my life is one of a seemingly never-ending time of a major Fibromyalgia Flare. I am listening to instrumental hymns and currently "Higher Ground" is playing. Do you know the hymn? I’m pressing… Continue reading Lead Me to Higher Ground During this Fibromyalgia Flare

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Positive Thoughts and Fibromylagia

(This article was reprinted by request.) Okay, so let's talk about the realities of having Fibromyalgia or another chronic pain disease. Few websites or blogs will touch on this subject. I will do my best to do so. See, I am a daily Fibromyalgia warrior. I fight the battle of pain every day and it… Continue reading Positive Thoughts and Fibromylagia

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When the storms of a Fibromyalgia flare occur, what do you do?

When the storms of a Fibromyalgia flare occur, what do you do?... What can I say? Sadly, today has been a bad day for me. I felt the flare coming on yesterday, although I tried to ignore the symptoms. I had had two consecutive nights of being woken up with all the joint pains, but last… Continue reading When the storms of a Fibromyalgia flare occur, what do you do?

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Varying Hormone Levels in Your Home and Fibromyalgia

I deal with a lot of different personalities and hormone levels at my house. Why?? Well, for starters I have ten children from ages 27 down to 9 and six still live at home. Each one is uniquely made and each one goes through his or her own issues at any given time. I have… Continue reading Varying Hormone Levels in Your Home and Fibromyalgia

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Cast Your Cares Upon the Lord

Have Faith! The Bible (paraphrased) says not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough going on to monopolize our minds. This is true for everyone, but for a Fibromyalgia sufferer it's VERY true. Worry can add stress to our minds, which overflows to our bodies, which causes immeasurable, debilitating pain that is all-consuming and… Continue reading Cast Your Cares Upon the Lord

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Life Does Not Stop for Fibromyalgia

June has been quite a month for this Fibro Momma! Music engagements, family visits, Father's Day, my 28th Anniversary...all has kept me busy, busy. Life does not slow down for Fibromyalgia.   So, What do you do when life does not slow down for Fibromyalgia sufferers and your body desperately needs it to??  Pacing yourself… Continue reading Life Does Not Stop for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia and Deadlines

When you have deadlines to meet and you suffer from Fibromyalgia, that can make one's week extremely difficult to get through. I don't know about you, but when I have a deadline it causes my adrenaline to kick in, allowing me to accomplish the task at hand, but the after effects can be debilitating. My… Continue reading Fibromyalgia and Deadlines