Word of the Week * TIRED * Living with Incurable Abdominal Chronic Pain

My word of the week is TIRED! Unless someone lives with chronic pain, they have no idea how tiring it can be or how long it takes to recover from a flare.

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The Mandalorian Approach to Explaining What it is Like to Live with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis

the mandalorian approach

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!

Valentine's Gifts that Say I Love You While also Making Life with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Less Painful

Valetines day gifts

Choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts can become quite difficult when the object of your affection has a chronic illness like fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis. But have no fear! I am here to share a few ideas that will provide your loved one with comfort and joy long after February 14th!

Maintaining Mobility: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 9

HOW TO MAINTAIN MOBILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

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.

The Importance of Self-Care: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 8

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

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.

Assistance is Necessary: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 7

Assistance is Necessary WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

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….

Relationship Changes: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 6

Relationship Changes BECAUSE OF CHRONIC PAIN

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.

All Pain-Relief Options: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 5

All Pain Relief Options

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.
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