Pain-filled days can lead to emotionally dark moments. That is why counting the various ways I was lifted up during my current flare is so important.
In this month’s linkup I share what I am looking at, playing, joining, invigorated by, and ditching to make living with my chronic illnesses easier, less painful, and more fun!
Have you watched The Mandalorian on Disney Plus? My family had a weekly date to watch it together. Afterward, we would discuss the episode or show in general. One thing that surprised me was how deeply I related to the Mandalorian whenever he was questioned about not removing his helmet. What does this have to do with living with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis? Read on to find out!
Fibromyalgia stress flares debilitate our mind and body plus disrupt our daily lives. Here’s how to cope with them and reduce occurrences.
Fall back in love with yourself! Regain the self-love that your chronic illness stole with these five self-care activities and journal prompts!
My chronic life was in need of a good purge and revamping! Discover the changes that will make it easier, less painful, and more fun!
You don’t have to be rich like Lady Gaga to reduce fibromyalgia pain! Here are twenty things everyone can do to make living with fibromyalgia less painful.
Is social media feeding your depression. anxiety, and/or anger? Here are four ways to protect your mental health while remaining connected.
Loving yourself isn’t always easy, especially when you live with a painful chronic illness. What do you do when you can’t? How about faking it until you make it?
Funny memes that perfectly describe what it is like to have a chronic illness during the holidays.
No need to leave home! Shop these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from home. Everything from pain relief to products that will make life more comfortable and easier!
You may have noticed in the past few weeks that I haven’t been as active on social media as I am normally. The reason for this is…..
Within a few months of seeing me for psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, my rheumatologist could see how much I was struggling to walk any distance. In fact, it was he who suggested that I get a parking placard for my car and handed me a form with his signature to get one asap. What was strange is that he never discussed use of a mobility aid.
There two forms of self-care. There’s the fun kind that everybody likes and the not so fun kind that feels more like work than a good time. Today I am sharing the importance of both and why they should be discussed with newly diagnosed patients.
I can’t imagine anyone likes asking for help. I know I don’t. But as the pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis increased, I had no choice but to give in. I often wonder if it would have been such a painful process had I been warned at the time of my diagnosis. My guess is that….
I was caught off guard by the changes that took place in regards to my relationships with others. As a stay-at-home mother and wife my role was to care for everyone. But that all changed after my body was hijacked by fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.
To expect millions of people who are as different from each other as the sun and moon are to find relief from one, two, or even three options is absolutely ridiculous! What we need are pain management plans that address us individually, not as group.
The problem is
For doctors and patients to have a better understanding of how the disease progressing, what could be triggering symptoms/pain, and the impact it is having on the patient’s life they both need to see the full story, not just one day or week of the patient’s life.
Let’s talk about sex!
Chronic pain from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis will destroy your sex life unless you are willing to accept and make changes.
What needs to change?
Things that may need reevaluating are:
Our prescribed treatments aren’t going to help if we are struggling with our mental health. Reasons why therapy is important after receiving a chronic illness diagnosis.